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  • Rafael Carneiro, Balthus-chiclete (Balthus–Bubble Gum), 2020, oil on canvas, 59 × 78 3⁄4".

    Rafael Carneiro, Balthus-chiclete (Balthus–Bubble Gum), 2020, oil on canvas, 59 × 78 3⁄4".

    Rafael Carneiro

    Luciana Brito Galeria

    Luciana Brito Galeria occupies a modernist home designed in 1958 by Rino Levi, with elegant landscaping by Roberto Burle Marx. So it’s particularly apropos that Rafael Carneiro’s recent show there, “Casa Família Deleite” (Home Family Fulfillment), took “family values” as its satirical theme.

    In the past, Carneiro often based his paintings on photographic images—for instance, a group of oils from 2013 depict wet-glazed desserts, tantalizing temptations to gluttony. Poised between hyperrealism and surreal excess, these works invite viewers to relish the somewhat icky boundary where mundane pleasures

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