From April 4 to June 21, 2009, the Fondation Cartier presents an exhibition devoted to the work of Beatriz Milhazes, one of the most important contemporary Brazilian artists. With their superimpositions of ornamental motifs, her brilliantly colored, hypnotic paintings are informed by colonial baroque and modernism as well as Brazilian folk art. The artist presents a selection of ten large paintings and a remarkable collage created specially for the event. She has also responded to a commission from the Fondation Cartier with a work composed of vinyl cutout motifs arranged across the glass walls of Jean Nouvel’s building, creating a visual dialogue with the architecture of the Fondation Cartier and the garden.
Focusing on the creative process, the catalog published on this occasion presents the works on display including the pieces made specially for the Fondation Cartier, photographed by Ambroise Tézenas. Playing with substance and color, the book, realized in close collaboration with the artist, is a journey into the baroque palimpsest of Milhazes’ work and reflects the scope of its painterly and musical influences.
Interview with Beatriz Milhazes
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Hardback, 24 x 33 cm, 96 pages, 50 color reproductions
Bilingual version French / English
Distribution outside of France: Thames & Hudson
ISBN (Thames UK): 978-2-86925-085-7
ISBN (Thames US): 978-0-500-97690-6
Price: 35.50 euros
Publication date: May 2009