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Beatriz Milhazes at ArtTalks

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) will feature celebrated Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes at its upcoming ArtTalks event on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 6:30 p.m.ARTIST BEATRIZ MILHAZES TO SPEAK AT ARTTALKS ARTTALKS—AFA'S LECTURE SERIES ON NOVEMBER 5, 2008, 6:30 P.M.

New York, NY (October 1, 2008) — The American Federation of Arts (AFA), an organization approaching its 100th year anniversary, will feature celebrated Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes at its upcoming ArtTalks event on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. This lecture, the first of the fall 2008 ArtTalks series, will be held at the AFA, located on the 10th floor of 305 East 47th Street, between First and Second avenues. Following the lecture, audience members are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session and then to join Milhazes for a reception. Admission is $15; $10 for AFA members and students with valid identification. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, please call 212.988.7700 ext. 210.

Beatriz Milhazes Beatriz Milhazes, who lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is best known for her vividly colored abstract paintings, collages, and prints. Working within the Pattern and Decoration movement that arose in the 1970s, Milhazes creates richly textured works that are generally built by the layering of repetitive motifs, first painted on large plastic sheets and then transferred onto canvases. Paintings that are beautiful but not without tension are the end result of this process; Milhazes's aesthetic has the capacity to unsettle, challenge, or almost overwhelm the viewer.

For all its abstraction, Milhazes's art is not without reference. Drawing from both "high" and "low" culture, Milhazes cites a wide range of influences, from European modernists Henri Matisse and Piet Mondrian to Brazilian modernists Helio Oticica and Tarsila do Amaral, from the bold colors of the Brazilian carnival to ornate Baroque motifs—and even the garden outside her studio. Milhazes's work has been featured in numerous prestigious exhibitions around the world. In 2003, she represented Brazil at the 50th Venice Biennale. Other international exhibition credits include the Shanghai Biennale (2006); XXVI Bienal de São Paolo (2006 and 1998); the 11th Biennale of Sydney (1998); and the Carnegie International (1995). This year, Milhazes is the subject of a major survey exhibition at the Pincoteca do Estado in São Paolo, which opened on September 6, 2008, as well as a solo exhibition planned to open in March 2009 at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. A selection of her new work will also be on view from October 11 until November 15 at the James Cohan Gallery in New York—her third solo exhibition at this venue.

American Federation of Arts Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2009, the AFA is a nonprofit institution that organizes art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishes exhibition catalogues, and develops education programs. The AFA's mission is to enrich the public's experience of art and understanding of culture by organizing and touring a diverse offering of exhibitions embracing all aspects of art history. Over the years, millions of visitors in more than 100 museums around the world have viewed more than 1,000 AFA exhibitions. For more information about the AFA's exhibitions, publications, artist talks, and online resources, including family guides and podcasts, see www.afaweb.org

Contacts: Amy Mazzariello at 212.988.7700 ext. 249 or amazzariello@afaweb.org; Michaelyn Mitchell at 212.988.7700 ext. 228 or mmitchell@afaweb.org