Tamar Guimarães

  • Tamar Guimarães, Canoas, 2010, 16 mm transferred to HD video, color, sound, 13 minutes 24 seconds.

    Tamar Guimarães

    CANOAS WAS A FILM I shot for the São Paulo Bienal in 2010. I was thinking of biennials as a series of collective exercises in the projection of national identity, and I became interested in the ways in which the Casa das Canoas, the house that architect Oscar Niemeyer built for himself in Rio in the early 1950s, had achieved iconic status in Brazilian cultural lore. I had read that after it was built, particularly during Juscelino Kubitschek’s presidency (1956–61), the house had not only provided a location for important cultural gatherings but, through its tropical sensuousness, had helped

  • Still from the animated invitation to Flame’s 2013 show at Real Fine Arts, New York.

    The Best Exhibitions of 2013

    To take stock of the past year, Artforum asked an international group of artists to select the single image, exhibition, or event that most memorably captured their eye in 2013.


    Two thousand thirteen was a good year for art. Whoever says the opposite is an ignoramus. I like the artist Flame.


    Alighiero Boetti (Museum of Modern Art, New York) I don’t see all that many shows, but I’d bet on MoMA’s recent “Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan” as one of the recent best. Boetti’s work and name are equally memorable, and to think that he was operating like this well before “