GO SEE: BEATRIZ MILHAZES AT FOUNDATION CARTIER POUR L’ART CONTEMPORAIN IN PARIS THROUGH JUNE 21ST, 2009

May 17th, 2009
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Beatriz Milhanes at Fondation Cartier via WSJ

For her exhibition at the Fondation Cartier, Brazilian born artist Beatriz Milhanes presents a focused selection of large format acrylic paintings, chosen from her work of the past decade, as well as a monumental collage created especially for the show.  She was also commissioned to produce a monumental installation of the building’s glass facades.  Beatriz Milhanes emerged on the Brazilian art scene in the mid-1980s.  Her vibrant and colorful paintings intertwine colonial baroque, high modernism, and popular Brazilian art.  Her bold and bright installations play with natural light to compliment the architecture of Jean Nouvel and the surrounding garden.

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via Fondation Cartier

The work of Beatriz Milhazes occupies a unique position between Latin American and Western traditions.  Milhazes embraces a kaleidoscope of influences which she describes as “culture eating culture”.  Much of her inspiration comes from both the high and low art of Brazil.  She is able to combine the natural and the material, recreating tropical flowers through a collage of candy wrappers.  Her paintings express many of the formal preoccupations inherent in the history of abstract painting.  Her canvases burst with 20th century influences from the bold colors of Matisse to the rigorous structure of Mondrian.

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Beatriz Milhanes, Fondation Cartier.  Photo taken by Art Observed

 

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“Avendida Brazil”, 2003-2004, Beatriz Milhazes. Image via Tate

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“Palmolive 2004″, Beatriz Milhanes via Tate.

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Beatriz Milhazes via EgoDesign