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Adriana Varejão

February 24–March 2, 2021

Adriana Varejão uses the tactics of the Baroque—simulation, juxtaposition, and parody—to reflect on the mythic pluralism of Brazilian identity and the social, cultural, and aesthetic interactions that produced it. In various mediums, Varejão draws upon a potent visual legacy stemming from the histories of colonialism and transnational exchange to create a confluence of hybridized forms—paintings that are architectural or sculptural, theatrical painted sculptures, mesmerizing multichannel video—which expose the multivalent nature of memory and representation.

The Artist Spotlight series highlights the work of individual artists for one week each month. Launched in spring 2020 as a weekly platform, the series is now in its second season and is presented as a regular part of the gallery’s programming. Each Artist Spotlight features new online content, and artwork by the artist is made available with pricing information for forty-eight hours only.

Artist Spotlight: Adriana Varejão features a new painting by the artist. For more information, please contact the gallery at collecting@gagosian.com.

Photo: Vicente de Mello

Photo: Vicente de Mello

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Adriana Varejão: Interiors (New York: Gagosian, 2017)

Online Reading

Adriana Varejão
Interiors

Adriana Varejão: Interiors is available for online reading from February 24 through March 25 as part of Artist Spotlight: Adriana Varejão. Published on the occasion of the artist’s 2017 exhibition Interiors at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, and her 2016–17 exhibition Azulejão at Gagosian, Rome, this catalogue brings together images of the paintings and sculptures presented in these shows, as well as views of her multichannel video installation Transbarroco (2014), shown in both cities at the time of these consecutive exhibitions. The book features a preface by Gagosian director Louise Neri, an essay by scholar Luiz Camillo Osorio, and texts by Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo.

Adriana Varejão: Interiors (New York: Gagosian, 2017)

Adriana Varejão, Paraty, 2011 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

In Conversation

Adriana Varejão, Bernardo José de Souza, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 5–6pm
Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
www.wdw.nl

On the occasion of the group show An exhibition with works by . . . at Witte de With in Rotterdam, Adriana Varejão shared personal perspectives on her work in the show and discussed the exhibition’s themes of historical conquest and the transformation of cultural identity. She was joined by guest curator Bernardo José de Souza and Witte de With director Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy. The event was free to attend.

Adriana Varejão, Paraty, 2011 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

Adriana Varejão, Rome Meat Ruin, 2016 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

In Conversation

Adriana Varejão
Adriano Pedrosa

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12pm
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
museotamayo.org

On the occasion of the opening of her exhibition Otros cuerpos detrás at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Adriana Varejão spoke with the show’s curator, Adriano Pedrosa. The pair discussed the evolution of the artist’s practice and her emphasis on a historical revision of colonialism in Brazil.

Adriana Varejão, Rome Meat Ruin, 2016 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Vicente de Mello

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Museum Exhibitions

Adriana Varejão, Ruína Modernista II, 2018 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

On View

Adriana Varejão in
Casa Carioca

Through August 2021
Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro
museudeartedorio.org.br

This exhibition, initially presented online due to the global health crisis, brings together approximately eight hundred works around themes related to the home and life in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It was conceived as part of the cultural program for the 27th World Congress of the International Union of Architects, which will be held in Brazil for the first time in July 2021. Work by Adriana Varejão is included.

Adriana Varejão, Ruína Modernista II, 2018 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Adriana Varejão, Horto Jerked-Beef Ruin (diptych), 2001 © Adriana Varejão

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Time for Outrage!
Art in Times of Social Anger

October 29, 2020–January 10, 2021
Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany
www.kunstpalast.de

Based on a 2010 manifesto of the same title by former French resistance fighter Stéphane Hessel, the exhibition Time for Outrage! brought together more than forty international artists who visualize, reflect on, and comment on various facets of anger and rage in our society during this era of political turmoil and democratic crisis. Work by Taryn Simon and Adriana Varejão was included.

Adriana Varejão, Horto Jerked-Beef Ruin (diptych), 2001 © Adriana Varejão

Adriana Varejão, Map of Lopo Homem II, 1992–2004 © Adriana Varejão

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Adriana Varejão in
An Exhibition with Works By . . .

January 19–August 23, 2020
Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
www.wdw.nl

Focusing on works made in the medium of ceramic, this exhibition explored how national identities can be forged through aesthetics. Considering the immigration of forms, it fostered a dialogue about global trade and about the role played by colonial enterprises and cultural influence. Work by Adriana Varejão was included.

Adriana Varejão, Map of Lopo Homem II, 1992–2004 © Adriana Varejão

Adriana Varejão, Parede com Incisões à la Fontana—Horizontal (Wall with Incisions à la Fontana—Horizontal), 2009–11, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

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Adriana Varejão in
Home Is a Foreign Place

April 9, 2019–June 21, 2020
Met Breuer, New York
www.metmuseum.org

This exhibition featured a diverse group of paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos made between 1944 and 2016 that explored artistic engagements with language, architecture, space, politics, and media. The thematic installation asked viewers to reconsider what it means to make a home in the world, whether by chance, necessity, or choice. Work by Adriana Varejão was included.

Adriana Varejão, Parede com Incisões à la Fontana—Horizontal (Wall with Incisions à la Fontana—Horizontal), 2009–11, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

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