Rio de Janeiro

Beatriz Milhazes

Paço Imperial

This exhibition of prints presented a lesser-known side of Rio de Janeiro-based painter Beatriz Milhazes. Since 1996, the artist has made several visits to Durham Press, in Pennsylvania, in order to produce screenprints. (It was at the invitation of Jean-Paul Russell, one of Andy Warhol’s printers, that Milhazes first began to experiment with serigraphy.) The result of those efforts, large-format works made between 1996 and 1998, were on show at Paço Imperial.

One of the principal exponents of Brazil’s so-called ’80s Generation, Milhazes began, in the middle of that decade, working to develop a new method of painting. When she begins a work on canvas, Milhazes does not paint on it directly. She first paints motifs, drawings, and prototypes on plastic surfaces, peels them off, and then little by little applies them to the canvas, superimposing images and colors and trying out new combinations.

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