This is the first time the Whitechapel Gallery has embarked on a partnership of this kind, and provides a new US platform for the Gallery. Beatriz Milhazes is an internationally renowned Brazilian artist, whose exuberantly coloured, rhythmically constructed artworks have been exhibited worldwide. Beatriz Milhazes: Screenprints 1996 – 2011 is the first comprehensive display of the artist’s bold and abstract works on paper. Central to the exhibition will be a series of screen and wood block prints Milhazes made with Durham Press in Pennsylvania during the past 15 years. These screen prints and wood block editions offer a subtle and fascinating evolution of form, colour and optical rhythm. Bringing all of these prints together promises to offer a coherent, revelatory and visually dazzling journey encompassing European modernism and Brazilian Tropicalia. Milhazes draws inspiration from the street, religion, nature and fashion. Alongside more than 20 screen and woodblock prints, will be two rarely seen limited edition artists’ books. Coisa Linda (2002), published by MoMA, New York, contains lyrics from Brazilian songs presented alongside Milhazes' collaged and cut-out prints. Meu Bem (2008), published by Riding House, describes Rio through images inspired by the Copacabana sidewalk, Samba dancing and wildly shaped plants. Each year the exhibition opening will create a ‘salon’ like ambience for the Whitechapel Gallery at Windsor, where leading figures from the art world can meet to discuss and debate ideas. At the centre of this is the Windsor International Art Committee, a new circle of ambassadors for the project drawn from collectors, gallerists, curators and Windsor members.
For each exhibition a practitioner, such as a writer, poet or musician will create a unique performance inspired by the art on display. This year musician and composer Arto Lindsay, whose music is greatly influenced by his time spent in Brazil, will perform in the exhibition. Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, will also be in conversation with Milhazes for the opening weekend.
Founded in 2002, The Gallery at Windsor is an independent art space. The Gallery, which is home to important works from the George Weston Collection, invites curators to respond to the space with museum quality shows of contemporary paintings, works on paper and photography. The Gallery has exhibited works by leading contemporary artists including Peter Doig, Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Ed Ruscha, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Alex Katz and most recently Tony Scherman.
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