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Beatriz Milhazes’ is well known for her vibrantly colorful, kaleidoscopic collages, prints, paintings and installations which draw on both Latin American and European traditions. Milhazes’ rigorously structured compositions are punctuated by a recurring set of arabesque motifs inspired by Brazilian culture, ceramics, lacework, carnival decoration, music, and Colonial baroque architecture. As Milhazes explains, “I am seeking geometrical structures, but with freedom of form and imagery taken from different worlds.” The artist has also cited opera, classical and Brazilian popular music as having informed the upbeat energy of her stripes, lines, circular forms, and rays. The careful balance of harmony and dissonance in her work, combined with her Technicolor palette, are evident of the strong influence by such 20th century masters as Tarsila do Amaral, Oswald de Andrade, Matisse, Kandinksy and Delaunay. Milhazes has stated “I need to have all these elements and put them together. They are in some sort of a conflict that will never really end up anywhere. There are not peaceful surfaces. There should be some struggle on the surface and then create some activities for your eyes” (Interview with Beatriz Milhazes, RES Art World/World Art, No. 2 May 2008). As the Fondation Cartier further explains, Milhazes’ “use of intensely vibrant colors, such as fuchsia, gold or orange, endows her canvases with an explosive energy that many have compared to the breathtaking rhythm of fireworks.”

 

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“At the end of the day, technique is very important in the context of my work. Because of it I can have a lot of super‐position” (Interview with Beatriz Milhazes, RES Art World/World Art, No. 2 May 2008). To create the elaborate interplay of shapes, circles, and circles‐within‐circles in her works, Milhazes uses a process closely aligned to monotype and collage. The artist first paints her motifs on a translucent plastic sheet that she applies to the canvas and leaves to dry. When she peels the plastic away, the resulting image is superimposed onto the canvas; however portions of paint are sometimes lost during the process. As the Fondation Cartier writes, “The slow and laborious process leads to rich palimpsests of overlaid images, some fully present, some masked, some only ghostly silhouettes.”

 

Beatriz Milhazes (born 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) represented Brazil at the 2003 Biennale di Venezia.  Selected solo exhibitions include: 2014, Jardim Botanico, Perez Museum of Art, Miami, FL curated by Tobias Ostrender; 2013, Meu Bem, Paco Imperiale, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil travelled to Curitiba, Brazil curated by Frederic Paul; 2012 Panamericano, MALBA-Fundacion Costantini, Buenos Aires, Argentina curated by Frederic Paul;  2011, Beatriz Milhazes, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland travelled to Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; 2009, Beatriz Milhazes, Foundation Cartier, Paris, France; 2008, Retrospective at the Pinacoteca do Estacao, Sao Paolo.  Beatriz Milhazes lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Milhazes’ work is included in prestigious International collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid, Spain; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA to name a few.

Exhibitions
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Gallery Exhibition
Beatriz Milhazes
Marola
Oct 22 - Nov 28, 2015 | 533 W26 St NYC
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Beatriz Milhazes
Gold Rose Series
April 01 - May 01, 2010
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Beatriz Milhazes
October 11 - November 15, 2008
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Beatriz Milhazes
New Prints
March 09 - 31, 2007
New York
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Gallery Exhibition
Beatriz Milhazes
Summertime
October 22 - December 04, 2004
New York
Press / Media
Articles / Reviews
Artinfo
"Brazilian Flowers Blossom at the Jewish Museum," by Kat Herriman
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Wallpaper
"In bloom: Beatriz Milhazes' floral mobiles pitch up at the Jewish Museum, NY," by Michael Slenske
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Wall Street Journal
"Landscape Artist Robert Burle Marx's Lasting Influence," by Carol Kino
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ArtNexus
“Beatriz Milhazes Review” by Graciela Kartofel
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Art in America
"Beatriz Milhazes at James Cohan"
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Whitewall
"Beatriz Milhazes Debuts Sculptural Work in 'Marola'," by Kelsey Miranda
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Artsy
"Brazilian Artist Beatriz Milhazes Makes Her First Foray into Sculpture in New York," by Kat Herriman
Articles / Reviews
Artnet News
"Beatriz Milhazes Debuts Wild New Sculptures at James Cohan," by Sarah Cascone
Articles / Reviews
Quartz
"The key to creative productivity; Embrace anxiety,'" by Jenni Avins
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Art News
“Boom Time for Brazil,” by Barbara Pollack
Articles / Reviews
Art in America
"Conceptual Carnavalesca," by David Ebony
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Artforum
“Beatriz Milhazes,” by Frank Expósito
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The Art Newspaper
“Beatriz Milhazes makes it all add up at Pamm,” by Julia Halperin
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The Miami Herald
"Pérez Art Museum Miami mounts colorful solo show from Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes," by Anne Tschida
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Miami New Times
"Beatriz Milhazes' "Jardim Botânico": PAMM Features One of the World's Most Successful Female Artists," by Ciara LaVelle
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Vogue
“Carnival of Color,” by Dodie Kazanjian
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The Wall Street Journal
"Brazilian Artist Beatriz Milhazes Takes Center Stage in the U.S.," by Kelly Crow
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On View
"Jardim Botanico"
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Architectural Digest
"Beatriz Milhazes Brings Bursting Color to her First U.S. Retrospective," by Samuel Cochran
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Beyond, The St. Regis Magazine
“Carnival of Color” by Rachel Spence
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Frieze
"Beatriz Milhazes," by Silas Martí
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Time
"Brazil Top Modern Artist gets Rio Homecoming," by AP/ Jenny Barchfield
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The Washington Post
"Brazil’s top modern artist, geometric abstractionist Beatriz Milhazes, gets Rio homecoming,” by Jenny Barchfield
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Art and Auction
Artist Dossier "Beatriz Milhazes" by Eileen Kinsella
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Ars Magazine
"The Year of Beatriz Milhazes," by Juan Manuel Bonet
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New York Times
"Modern Motifs, with Echoes of Brazil," by Carol Kino
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RES
"Interview with Beatriz Milhazes"
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Domaine de Kerguéhennec
"Christian Lacroix in Conversation with Beatriz Milhazes"
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Elle Decor
"Beatriz Milhazes," by David Colman
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BOMB
"Beatriz Milhazes," by Adriano Pedrosa
News
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Commission
Moon Love Dreaming
Inaugurated October 8
New Canaan, Connecticut
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Museum Exhibition
Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes
May 6 - September 18, 2016
New York, New York
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News / Events
Book Launch and Signing
Thursday, December 4th, 10:00am to 12:00pm
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL
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Museum Exhibition
Major US Survey Exhibition
Sept. 19, 2014 – Jan. 11, 2015
Perez Art Museum Miami, FL
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Traveling Exhibition
August--October, 2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Painting Exhibition
September--December, 2012
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Exhibition
January--May, 2011
Basel, Switzerland
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Museum Exhibition
Solo Survey Exhibition
April-June, 2009
Paris, France
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News / Events
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News / Events
New Prints and Contemporary Dance
Books
image Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico
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Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico
image Beatriz Milhazes: Meu Bem
Publication
Beatriz Milhazes: Meu Bem
image Beatriz Milhazes: Snow in the Tropics
Publication
Beatriz Milhazes: Snow in the Tropics
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Panamericano
Beatriz Milhazes
image Beatriz Milhazes: Screenprints 1996-2011
Publication
Beatriz Milhazes: Screenprints 1996-2011
image Beatriz Milhazes
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Beatriz Milhazes
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Beatriz Milhazes
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Beatriz Milhazes
image Beatriz Milhazes: Mares do Sul
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Beatriz Milhazes: Mares do Sul
Editions
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Beatriz Milhazes: Love and Peace