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Luiz Zerbini, Serra do luar (Moonlight Mountains), 2014, acrylic on canvas, 94 1/2 × 94 1/2".

Luiz Zerbini

Galeria Fortes Vilaça

Luiz Zerbini, Serra do luar (Moonlight Mountains), 2014, acrylic on canvas, 94 1/2 × 94 1/2".

Times are tough in Brazil: With almost daily political scandals and a fierce drought in the nation’s largest city—brought on in part by poor resource management—Brazilians seem desperate to rekindle their faith in their country. Luiz Zerbini’s vibrant and elevating exhibition at Galeria Fortes Vilaça’s warehouse may have offered them something to believe in. In eight medium- and large-scale paintings, the artist’s juxtaposition of figuration and geometry, natural and man-made forms created a rhythmic visual dialogue culminating in the extensive mixed-media sculpture that lent its name to the show, Natureza espiritual da realidade (Spiritual Nature of Reality), 2012–15. This work consists of eight split-level wood- and-glass tables, abutted to create one large horizontal surface that serves as a sort of cabinet of curiosities, holding dozens of items collected by the

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