Galeria Fortes Vilaça is pleased to announce the group show Summer Bazaar. The idea of the exhibition is to informally bring together quality works, at a more accessible price, for a broad public of art lovers. The exhibition brings together drawings, paintings, engravings, sculptures, videos, and photographs from artists on the gallery's team, young emerging artists in Brazil's contemporary art scene and established names from the international circuit.
This is an open exhibition, where new works can be included and the arrangement transformed, as in a bazaar. Among the highpoints are brand-new works by Sara Ramo and Erika Verzutti. The collages from Ramo's series Nova Atlântida (New Atlantis) are fictional landscapes constructed out of clippings from tourist magazines. Verzutti's Rosa de Hiroshima (Rose of Hiroshima) is a painting, on cut-out MDF, of a dress of unexpected and explosive forms, with a pattern rich in details and stories and full of freshness. Reta (Straight Line), also by Verzutti, is a skirt painted on paper, a fun mixture of figuration and geometric abstraction.
Other works are also related to the world of fashion, such as the tricot underwear by the German John Bock, at the same time clothing and sculpture, and Sandália (Sandal), by the Cuban duo Los Carpinteros: a limited edition of flip-flop type sandals, larger than life, with the map of Havana in high relief upon their soles. Efraim Almeida's Objetos Pessoais (Personal Objects) are also part of this group. They are sculptures made of cloth that reproduce objects linked to Almeida: a cap, a pair of jeans, and a knapsack. These works suggest an absent body, a theme recurrent in this artist's work. Angus Fairhurst's four collages also deal with this theme. They are made from magazine pages from which all body images and texts have been removed.
In her photograph Dadivosa (Bountiful), Adriana Varejão creates a Venus with four breasts, starting with an image of her own body. Of a different nature, but also linked to the world of fantasy, is her work Panacea Phantastica (Phantastic Panacea.) The artist brought together drawings of fifty species of hallucinogenic plants in the Amazon, then printed them on plain white tiles. On one of the tiles, a text suggests an analogy between the plants' hallucinogenic effects and the changes in perception that art too can provoke. This work consists of boxes with 101 tiles each. The edition is of 1000 boxes. The collector should choose a wall and then purchase the number of boxes necessary to completely cover it.
Other high points are untitled (film tube) by Iran do Espírito Santo, a sculpture in black marble that reproduces a little 35mm film tube; a new ceiling sculpture by Ernesto Neto; the sculpture Natureza-morta (Still-life) by José Damasceno and Sugar Blue, by Valeska Soares, a limited edition of identical cake boxes with a photograph inside. Other drawings by Soares are also in the exhibition, and in these pieces the collector who purchases the work is invited to draw on his or her own wall.
The Summer Bazaar also includes a portfolio of 8 silk-screens by Vik Muniz, in addition to engravings by the celebrated Japanese artists Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami and by the American Sarah Morris. Paintings and drawings by the Spaniard Alejandra Icaza and the Dutch artist Gerben Mülder are also in the exhibition, as well as works by Janaina Tschäpe, Mauro Piva, Luiz Zerbini and Tiago Carneiro da Cunha. Additional surprises should also arrive in the gallery in the course of the summer.
ADRIANA VAREJÃO | ALEJANDRA ICAZA | ANGUS FAIRHURST | BEATRIZ MILHAZES | CERITH WYN EVANS | CHELPA FERRO | EFRAIN ALMEIDA | ERIKA VERZUTTI | ERNESTO NETO | FABIAN MARCACCIO | GERBEN MÜLDER | IRAN DO ESPÍRITO SANTO | JANAINA TSCHÄPE | JOHN BOCK | JOSÉ DAMASCENO | LEDA CATUNDA | LOS CARPINTEROS | LUIZ ZERBINI | MAURO PIVA | NUNO RAMOS | RIVANE NEUENSCHWANDER | SARA RAMO | SARAH MORRIS | TAKASHI MURAKAMI | TIAGO CARNEIRO DA CUNHA | VALESKA SOARES | VIK MUNIZ | YOSHITOMO NARA