previews

  • Luiza Baldan, Pinturinhas (Tiny Paintings), 2009–12, ink jet on paper, 33 1/2 x 43". From “Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil.”

    Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil”

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
    February 1 - April 20

    Curated by Bill Horrigan, Jennifer Lange, and Paulo Venancio Filho

    With the Neo-concrete generation of the 1960s and ’70s now canonized, international attention has turned to Brazilian artists born during that heyday, for whom this past is now tradition and whose production takes up neo-Conceptualism’s many guises. “Cruzamentos” (“crossings” in Portuguese) will offer a broad sampling of works made in the past decade by thirty-four midcareer artists and several collectives. The late Alair Gomes’s photographs from the ’70s are the exception that serves as a bridge between past and present—locating abstract forms in everyday beach scenes, they evidence antecedents such as Caio Reisewitz and the Cia de Foto group. Established figures such as Jac Leirner and Adriana Varejão will be showcased alongside emerging stars like Jonathas de Andrade, Fernanda Gomes, and many others rarely shown in the US. The exhibition’s sprawling array of genres is given context in the accompanying bilingual catalogue.