Published by Holzwarth Publications. Interview by Sebastian Preuss.
Characterizing herself as a “conceptual carnevalista,” Beatriz Milhazes (born 1960) merges the bright chromatic exhilarations of her native Brazil with a conscious reappraisal of the history of abstract painting. “I am an abstract painter speaking in an international language,” she declares, “but I am interested in things and forms of behavior that are found only in Brazil.” Applying paint to canvas not with a brush but via the application of plastic sheets, Milhazes has developed a vivacious style that allows her to invest even the most traditional of painterly themes with a freshness and energy. This volume reproduces her epic treatment of the four seasons, inspired by the weather cycles of Rio, where winter registers as a change in mood rather than in temperature: “it’s still hot, but nobody goes to the beach, simply because it is winter.” Also reproduced here are an extraordinary baroque mobile made for the artist’s show at Berlin’s Galerie Max Hetzler and new collages.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Michiko Kono, et al.
Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes (born 1960) derives the basic motifs for her colorful, seductive paintings from the tropical flora and fauna of her homeland, juxtaposing a native color palette with explicit borrowings from the western canon (Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Sonia Delaunay). In her lively compositions, abstract ornaments, arabesques, flowers and geometrical shapes pile up vertiginously into rhythmic deluges of bright pattern. Milhazes emerged alongside the Geração Oitenta (1980s Generation) movement, which, in tandem with trends in America and Europe, proclaimed a return to painting after the conceptual austerities of the 1970s. Milhazes’ art vividly expresses this new hedonistic approach to the picture plane, which also recalls something of the spirit of the 1960s Tropicalia artists. This publication presents beautiful reproductions of four new monumental paintings that improvise on the theme of the four seasons, as well as new collages and a mobile sculpture.
Published by Domaine de Kerguehennec. Essays by Simon Wallis, Christian Lacroix and F»d»ric Paul.
Colorful as Carmen Miranda, the paintings of Beatriz Milhazes are a mélange of iconographic Brazilian imagery, drawing from folk art, crafts, jewelry, tropical nature and the splash of carnival, all funneled through a modernist sensibility. Vibrant swirls, bold stripes, and intricate rosettes show both delicacy and sweep in a practice situated somewhere between figuration and abstraction. “Color is the core of my work,” Milhazes says in an extensive interview with fashion designer Christian Lacroix included in this compact catalogue covering paintings from 1996 to 2004, originally exhibited at the Domaine de Kerguehennec in Bignon, France. An essay by Simon Wallis of the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and an introduction by Frédéric Paul place this recent work within the context of her oeuvre.
PUBLISHER Domaine de Kerguehennec
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 7 x 9.5 in. / 136 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/15/2005 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2005 p. 154
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