Beatriz Milhazes is an internationally renowned Brazilian artist, whose exuberantly colored, rhythmically constructed artworks have been exhibited worldwide. Screenprints 1996 – 2011 is the first comprehensive display of the artist’s bold and abstract works on paper.
Curated by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, the show represents the first exhibition in the curatorial partnership between the Whitechapel Gallery and The Gallery at Windsor. Every year for the next three years, the Whitechapel Gallery will curate a new exhibition, creating a “salon” like ambience in which leading figures from the art world can meet to discuss and debate ideas.
Central to the exhibition was a series of screen and woodblock prints Milhazes made with Durham Press in Pennsylvania during the past 15 years. These screenprints and wood block editions offer a subtle and fascinating evolution of form, color and optical rhythm. Bringing all of these prints together presented 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, rarely seen limited-edition artists’ books were on display. 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.