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Christian Rosa, Damien or Natas, 2015, oil and charcoal on canvas, 70 7/8 × 102 3/8".

Christian Rosa

White Cube | São Paulo

Christian Rosa, Damien or Natas, 2015, oil and charcoal on canvas, 70 7/8 × 102 3/8".

The sensation of continuous space and an underlying feeling of déjà vu resonated from the whimsical paintings of Brazilian-born Christian Rosa at White Cube São Paulo—the gallery’s final show in the warehouse it has used since 2012. “Mais que nada” (More Than Nothing), a solo outing by an artist little known in the country of his birth—he was raised in Austria, where he now lives—was a timely choice to end the gallery’s local exhibition calendar. The eye-catching quality of the seemingly unassuming squiggles, swirls, scribbles, and patches of color on the nine large, sparsely painted, unprimed canvases on display might have had more to do with a sense of familiarity than with a sense of awe. Commentators have seen in Rosa’s work a formal dialogue with Joan Miró and Cy Twombly; I would add Alexander Calder. One thinks too of Surrealist automatism and the formal

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