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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Inside Other Spaces: Environments by Women Artists, 1956–1976

Nanda Vigo, Ambiente Cronotopico, 1967.

Prinzregentenstraße 1, 80538 München, Germany

The term “environment” was first applied to fine art by Lucio Fontana in 1949, after he started work on his first spatial concepts. “I have created an infinite dimension,” he explained, and the term stuck. In 1956, Tsuruko Yamazaki, a Japanese artist, created Red Shape of Mosquito Net: she hung a red vinyl tent from trees and had the audience crouch underneath it. Those inside were met with red surfaces, while those outside saw their shadows. In 1976, the first historic review of environments was held at the Venice Biennale. In a long overdue exhibition, women’s contribution to this niche artistic practice are explored. Artists from three generations and different continents include Lygia Clarke, Judy Chicago, Marta Minujín, and Nanda Vigo. —Elena Clavarino

Photo: Giorgio Casali