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Adriana Varejão

Talavera

May 3–June 26, 2021
West 21st Street, New York

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Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

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Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Adriana Varejão, Three Diamonds, 2019 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

Adriana Varejão, Three Diamonds, 2019

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

Adriana Varejão, Red Square, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Red Square, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Jaguar, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Jaguar, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Circulo Blanco y Amarillo (Circle on Yellow), 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Circulo Blanco y Amarillo (Circle on Yellow), 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Talavera Meat Ruin I, 2021 Oil on aluminum and polyurethane, 145 ¾ × 15 ¾ × 15 ¾ inches (370 × 40 × 40 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adriana Varejão, Talavera Meat Ruin I, 2021

Oil on aluminum and polyurethane, 145 ¾ × 15 ¾ × 15 ¾ inches (370 × 40 × 40 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adriana Varejão, Corner Flower, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Corner Flower, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Cuadrado Blanco (White Square), 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Cuadrado Blanco (White Square), 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Brown Sphere, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Brown Sphere, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Moorish Arabesque, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Moorish Arabesque, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Talavera Meat Ruin II, 2021 Oil on aluminum and polyurethane, 142 ½ × 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (362 × 180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adriana Varejão, Talavera Meat Ruin II, 2021

Oil on aluminum and polyurethane, 142 ½ × 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (362 × 180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adriana Varejão, Talavera Flower, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Talavera Flower, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Blue and White Talavera Tile, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Blue and White Talavera Tile, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Green Disks, 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Green Disks, 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Ruína Brasilis (Brasilis Ruin), 2021 Oil on canvas and polyurethane with aluminum support, 89 × 15 ¾ × 15 ¾ inches (226 × 40 × 40 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adriana Varejão, Ruína Brasilis (Brasilis Ruin), 2021

Oil on canvas and polyurethane with aluminum support, 89 × 15 ¾ × 15 ¾ inches (226 × 40 × 40 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Rob McKeever

Adriana Varejão, Golondrina (Swallow), 2021 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Golondrina (Swallow), 2021

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Espiral (Spiral), 2020 Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Espiral (Spiral), 2020

Oil and plaster on canvas, 70 ⅞ × 70 ⅞ inches (180 × 180 cm)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

About

My work is always in the territory of hybridity. My content forms in terms of decolonizing subjectivities because it deals with countless cultural references—not only from official history, but also from many other hidden or obscured histories that lie at the margins.
—Adriana Varejão

Gagosian is pleased to present new paintings and sculptures by Adriana Varejão. This is her first exhibition with the gallery in New York, following presentations in Rome in 2016, and Los Angeles in 2017.

Varejão’s rich and diverse artistic oeuvre embodies the mythic pluralism of Brazilian identity and the fraught social, cultural, and aesthetic interactions that engendered it. Living and working in Rio de Janeiro, she draws upon the potent visual legacy of colonial histories and transnational exchange, creating confluent forms that expose the multivalent nature of memory and representation.

In the late 1980s, Varejão began researching azulejos, the glazed terra-cotta tiles of Arab origin that have been the most widely used form of decoration in Portuguese art since the Middle Ages and that were brought to Brazil through colonization and trade. From this, she developed her unique and ever-evolving series of “tile” paintings, made by covering a square canvas with a thick layer of plaster and allowing it to gradually dry to produce a surface with deep fissures resembling ancient crackled porcelain—or geological time itself.

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Left: Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello. Right: Luisa Duarte

In Conversation

Adriana Varejão
Luisa Duarte

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 1pm edt

Join Gagosian for a dialogue between Adriana Varejão and Brazilian critic and curator Luisa Duarte on the occasion of Varejão’s exhibition Talavera, on view at Gagosian, New York, through June 26. The pair will discuss Varejão’s unique approach to painting in the context of Latin American history, culture, and politics. Duarte’s new essay on Varejão’s oeuvre, “For a Poetics of Difference,” appears in the Summer issue of the Gagosian Quarterly, and she curated the 2019 survey exhibition Adriana Varejão: Por uma retórica canibal, presented in both Salvador and Recife, Brazil. Organized in partnership with Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, the conversation will be conducted in Portuguese and streamed online with English subtitles. This is the first of two events presented in conjunction with the exhibition, hosted over the course of two consecutive days.

Left: Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello. Right: Luisa Duarte

Left: Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello. Right: Pedro Alonzo. Photo: René Castelán Foglia

In Conversation

Adriana Varejão
Pedro Alonzo

Friday, June 18, 2021, 1pm edt

Join Gagosian for a walkthrough of the exhibition Adriana Varejão: Talavera at Gagosian, New York, led by the artist together with Mexican curator Pedro Alonzo. In 2017, Varejão and Alonzo made a research trip to Mexico to study Talavera poblana, the richly diverse ceramic tradition that inspired the current exhibition. While guiding viewers through the exhibition, the pair will recount their experiences and the many references—from Indigenous and pre-Hispanic to colonial and modernist—for this body of work, revealing some of the potent narratives inherent in material culture, global trade, art history, and the corresponding power dynamics in Mexico and Brazil. This is the second of two events presented in conjunction with the exhibition, hosted over the course of two consecutive days.

Left: Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello. Right: Pedro Alonzo. Photo: René Castelán Foglia