An exhibition of work by one of Brazil’s most prominent contemporary artists, Iran do Espírito Santo, comprises some 28 works ranging from 1999 to 2006, and includes sculpture, drawing and installation, as well as one painting – a seductive but disturbing black version of the flag of Brazil. Espírito Santo’s work deals with structure, design, place, surface, space, light and material, and is based on a subtle subversion of Minimalism through abstracted everyday items.
Among the artists favourite materials are glass, stainless steel, granite, marble and sandstone, which help to give a timeless feel to simple forms of recognisable objects such as lamps, bricks, boxes, keyholes and tins. His work is a stylish reflection on daily objects and their representation as an ideal, the functional nature of these objects disappears and they become aesthetic objects. His palette is reduced, almost exclusively to white, grey and black.
Iran do Espírito Santo has exhibited widely in museums and galleries worldwide, his works are included in the collections of many prominent international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His works have been included in the Venice Biennale, the Bienal de São Paulo, and the Istanbul Biennal. Recent exhibitions have included Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil, and the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
The exhibition is curated by Enrique Juncosa, Director, IMMA, in collaboration with Paolo Colombo, Curator, MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome. This is a touring exhibition organised by IMMA and MAXXI. It was first shown at MAXXI and after been shown at IMMA will travel to the Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo.
A publication, with texts by Enrique Juncosa, Paolo Colombo and Lilian Tone, Curator, Musuem of Modern Art, New York, accompanies the exhibition (price Euro35.00). To buy the catalogue click here
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