Luisa Duarte

  • picks April 21, 2015

    Alexandre da Cunha

    Alexandre da Cunha’s latest exhibition, “Real,” further develops the artist’s focus on process. Even though many of the works on view here are primarily made with unaltered everyday objects, their look is carefully constructed. For example, the canvases in the wall-based series “Mandala” (all works 2015), which are at the heart of the show, are not just mere supports for brushstrokes. The decisive factor in these pieces are cleaning mops stretched with string to create circular compositions. The mops in these “paintings” take on a second skin—or a new life. A delicateness and subtle eroticism

  • picks July 01, 2014

    Neil Beloufa

    “Superlatives and Resolutions,” the latest solo exhibition (and first show in Brazil) by French-Algerian artist Neil Beloufa, speaks of a world full of promise yet lacking in solid achievements. It reminds the viewer how today we have access to limitless information that seems somehow to hem us in. We are addicted to being online, yet, despite the vast possibilities of the Internet, we feel like we live in bubbles that are as impermeable as they are invisible. The show offers various works in different media—painting, sculpture, video, and installation—all evoking the vicissitudes of contemporary

  • picks February 14, 2014

    “Secret Codes”

    By its very nature, art deconstructs conventional ways of translating the world and constructs a range of extraordinary alternatives, giving us the chance to see through a new lens. While this may be true of art in general, certain contemporary artists have specifically gravitated toward the question of language as they dismantle conventional notions of communication. This group exhibition, curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio, brings together works produced from 1960 to 2013 by more than thirty artists who create codes that challenge the viewer’s comprehension.

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  • picks February 01, 2014

    Maria Nepomuceno

    In her latest solo exhibition, artist Maria Nepomuceno displays her distinct vocabulary by incorporating artisanal elements, such as weavings, vases, beads, bricks, and ceramics, in the works on view. Figuration and abstraction are mixed into an aesthetic that brings to mind certain aspects of the work of another Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto; Nepomuceno’s use of color emerges organically as the body is engaged not only in the final work but also in the process of its making. When speaking of artisanal, one speaks of using one’s hands—an act in which artist and work complement one another, and