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FEAST FOR THE EYES: THE ART OF RIVANE NEUENSCHWANDER

I recall staying in a skyscraper with a small jungle on the roof and then traveling by taxi through a hailstorm to attend the sumptuous opening of a vast biennial organized around the (to me) surprising idea of cannibalism. This was my first visit to Brazil, and it was the bewildering context in which I encountered Belo Horizonte–based artist Rivane Neuenschwander’s work—delicate and often ephemeral in nature, yet so precise that you always immediately recognize its unmistakable atmosphere, its distinct tone. Or should I say scent? Or flavor?

Eye, nose, mouth: Whether in large murals made by affixing pepper to adhesive tape (Attachment, 2000) or in paintings with luridly colored stripes made of substances like orange powder and Indian curry (Eatable Alphabet, 2001), Neuenschwander’s “visual” art involves more senses than one. Olfactory qualities play a central role, and in a number of pieces

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