Miami

Miami

“PAULO NAZARETH: MELEE”

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)
61 NE 41 Street
May 16–October 6, 2019

Curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Gean Moreno

Paulo Nazareth came to the attention of many thanks to his 2011 performance-installation Banana Market/Art Market, for which the itinerant Brazilian artist hocked bananas from a dilapidated green minibus at that year’s Art Basel Miami Beach. Nazareth now returns to the Magic City with “Melee,” his first solo museum show in the United States. Encompassing photographs, paintings, videos, and several new bodies of work, the exhibition foregrounds his fresh efforts to reframe the fraught race relations that structure society in the Americas. Among the show’s highlights will be The Red Inside, 2016–18, first staged at the most recent Prospect New Orleans, which features concrete watermelons cast by the artist as he traveled from Louisiana to Canada along the route of the Underground Railroad. In an age of rising extremism, Nazareth’s provocative body of work has never seemed more timely and robust.