NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Adriana Varejão "White Mimbres II" 2015, oil and plaster on canvas, 150 x 150 x 6 cm, LM21976

Adriana Varejão “White Mimbres II” 2015, oil and plaster on canvas, 150 x 150 x 6 cm, LM21976

Lehmann Maupin on Chrystie Street, NY presents “Kindred Spirits“, renowned Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão’s solo exhibition with the gallery from April 21st. Regarded as one of Brazil’s most accomplished contemporary artists, Varejão often references cultural and historic research through an intense investigation into anthropology, colonial trade, demography, and racial identity.

For this exhibition, she will include works from her two most recent series: “Kindred Spirits”, 29 portraits of the artist donning the face painting and body ornamentation of Native American tribes intermixed with markings derived from artworks by Minimalist and contemporary American artists, and the “Mimbres” paintings, which reference the visual culture of the Mimbres people who inhabited the American Southwest in the 11th century. Together these bodies of work elaborate on Varejão’s longstanding interest in colonialism’s effect on the aesthetics of identity. 

Following her exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, Varejão’s work will be prominently featured during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the form of a large-scale commission for the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.

Adriana Varejão “Kindred Spirits”
Date: April 21st – June 19th, 2016
Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Opening reception: April 21st, 2016, 18:00 – 20:00
Place: Lehmann Maupin
Address: 201 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
Tel: +1 212 254 0054

Text: Aya Shomura

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