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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
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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

Adriana Varejão, Azulejão (Neo-concrete), 2016 © Adriana Varejão

In Conversation

Adriana Varejão, Luisa Duarte, Ayrson Heráclito, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4pm
Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
www.ipac.ba.gov.br

On the occasion of the opening of Adriana Varejão–Por uma retórica cannibal at the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Adriana Varejão will speak with curator Luisa Duarte, artist Ayrson Heráclito, and anthropologist Lilia Moritz Schwarcz about Afro-Brazilian history and culture. The event is free and open to the public.

Adriana Varejão, Azulejão (Neo-concrete), 2016 © Adriana Varejão

Photo: Matteo D’Eletto

In Conversation

Adriana Varejão, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, João Biehl

Friday, March 8, 2019, 12–1:30pm
Louis A. Simpson Building, Princeton University, New Jersey
brazillab.princeton.edu

Adriana Varejão has been invited to be  the first artist-in-residence at Brazil LAB at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. The multidisciplinary research and teaching hub explores Brazil’s history, politics, and culture. To mark the start of the residency, Varejão will speak with anthropologists Lilia Moritz Schwarcz and João Biehl in a discussion titled “Decolonizing Art.” The event is free and open to the public.

Photo: Matteo D’Eletto

Adriana Varejão, Transbarroco, 2014 (detail)© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Mauro Pinheiro

Installation

Adriana Varejão
Transbarroco

October 19–21, 2017, 7–9pm
The Sowden House, Los Angeles
www.sowdenhouse.com

Adriana Varejão’s four-channel video installation Transbarroco (2014) will play across the facade and in the central courtyard of this extraordinary heritage building. This US premiere coincides with her first-ever West Coast exhibition, Interiors, at Gagosian Beverly Hills. To attend the free event, reserve tickets at www.gagosian.com. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Adriana Varejão, Transbarroco, 2014 (detail)
© Adriana Varejão. Photo: Mauro Pinheiro

Announcements

Adriana Varejão, Cores Polvo, 2019 © Adriana Varejão

Commission

Adriana Varejão
Cores Polvo

Adriana Varejão was commissioned by the community center SESC Guarulhos in Brazil to create a mural for the center’s entrance area. In the seven giant abstract color wheels that comprise Cores Polvo (2019), Varejão uses the abundant nuances of skin tone to address the complex issues of race and identity. The skin-tone shades featured in the motifs were inspired by a 1976 Brazilian government survey in which ordinary citizens were invited to describe their own skin tones in terms meant to replace the existing five previously established characterizations.

Adriana Varejão, Cores Polvo, 2019 © Adriana Varejão

Photo: Christian Gaul

Award

Adriana Varejão
Prêmio Mario Pedrosa

Adriana Varejão has been awarded the 2012 Prêmio Mario Pedrosa, bestowed by the Associação Brasileira de Críticos de Arte (ABCA) in May 2013 for her contribution to cultural developments in Brazil. ABCA’s mission is to promote exchange between its members and researchers working in the areas of art history, theory, and criticism, encouraging interdisciplinary studies and contributing to the sphere of visual arts and to the fields of education, science, and culture.

Photo: Christian Gaul

Adriana Varejão at Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Cachoeira, Brazil, 2007. Artwork © Adriana Varejão

Award

Adriana Varejão
Cultural Merit Order

Adriana Varejão has been awarded the 2011 Cultural Merit Order Award in recognition of her contributions to arts and culture in Brazil on both national and international levels. Varejão will formally receive the award from the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, at a ceremony on November 9, 2011, at the Teatro de Santa Isabel in Recife.

Adriana Varejão at Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Cachoeira, Brazil, 2007. Artwork © Adriana Varejão

Adriana Varejão, Celacanto Provoca Maremoto, 2004–08, installation view, Galeria Adriana Varejão, Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brazil © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels

Honor

Adriana Varejão
Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Adriana Varejão was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2008, on the occasion of the completion of the Galeria Adriana Varejão at Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea in Brumadinho, Brazil. Established in 1957, this order is intended to honor those who have distinguished themselves through their significant contributions to the arts and literature in France and around the world.

Adriana Varejão, Celacanto Provoca Maremoto, 2004–08, installation view, Galeria Adriana Varejão, Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brazil © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels

Galeria Adriana Varejão, Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brazil. Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels

Permanent Installation

Galeria Adriana Varejão
Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brazil

Built into a hillside to reflect the site’s original topography, the Galeria Adriana Varejão pavilion at Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea in Brumadinho, Brazil, was completed in March 2008 and houses six major works by Adriana Varejão, four created specifically for the structure. The centerpiece, Celacanto Provoca Maremoto (2004–08), is a mural covering four walls, made up of 184 painted canvas panels—white-and-blue squares that re-create original tiles the artist photographed, depicting angels, wings, and other decorative motifs, as well as the texture of cracked tiles. Founded by Bernardo Paz, the open-air museum is made up of multiple permanent pavilions placed throughout a 35-hectare (86.5-acre) park.

Galeria Adriana Varejão, Inhotim Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Brumadinho, Brazil. Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Eckenfels

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
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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
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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

Adriana Varejão, Ruína de Charque - Nova Capela (Nova Capela Jerked-Beef Ruin), 2003 (detail) © Adriana Varejão

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Adriana Varejão in
Innenleben / Interiorities

November 29, 2019–March 29, 2020
Haus der Kunst, Munich
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Based on the art historical genre of interior painting, this exhibition united four artists who explore the relationship between interior and exterior space—Adriana Varejão, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Leonor Antunes, and Henrike Nauman. Their works reveal the potential of the interior, whether as an imaginary or a real setting, as metaphor or as concrete site for intimate social actions, to reflect and alter the social and political zeitgeist.

Adriana Varejão, Ruína de Charque - Nova Capela (Nova Capela Jerked-Beef Ruin), 2003 (detail) © Adriana Varejão

Adriana Varejão, Cadernos de viagem: Yãkoana, 2003 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Patrick Grie

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Nous les arbres

July 12, 2019–January 5, 2020
Fondation Cartier, Paris
www.fondationcartier.com

Organized around several large ensembles of works, this exhibition, whose title translates to We, the Trees, gives voice to numerous figures who have developed a strong, intimate link with trees, thereby revealing the beauty and biological wealth of these great protagonists of the living world, threatened today with large-scale deforestation. Work by Giuseppe Penone and Adriana Varejão is included.

Adriana Varejão, Cadernos de viagem: Yãkoana, 2003 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Patrick Grie

Adriana Varejão, Testemunhas oculares X, Y e Z, 1997 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

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Adriana Varejão
Otros cuerpos detrás

August 24, 2019–January 5, 2020
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
www.museotamayo.org

This show, whose title translates to Other Bodies Behind, explores the lines of research that Adriana Varejão has developed in her artistic practice since the 1990s, bringing together work created over the past thirty years. The exhibition is structured around three different bodies of work—early figurative canvases, a selection from the series Ruínas de Charque (Jerked-Beef Ruins), and recent Polvo paintings.

Adriana Varejão, Testemunhas oculares X, Y e Z, 1997 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Adriana Varejão, Ruína de Charque–Vigário Geral (Vigário Geral Jerked–Beef Ruin), 2002 (detail), Dallas Museum of Art © Adriana Varejão

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Adriana Varejão in
America Will Be!: Surveying the Contemporary Landscape

April 6–September 15, 2019
Dallas Museum of Art
www.dma.org

Drawing on works from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition investigates the ways in which contemporary artists engage with landscapes, broadly defined, exploring how our natural and built environments intersect with our representations of ourselves and our communities. The show aims to delve into how contemporary “landscapes” might better reflect the full diversity of the people who inhabit North and South America. Work by Adriana Varejão is included.

Adriana Varejão, Ruína de Charque–Vigário Geral (Vigário Geral Jerked–Beef Ruin), 2002 (detail), Dallas Museum of Art © Adriana Varejão

Adriana Varejão, Quadro Ferido (Wounded Painting), 1992 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

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Adriana Varejão
Por uma retórica canibal

June 28–September 8, 2019
Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, Recife, Brazil
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The exhibition seeks to emphasize that Adriana Varejão was already developing research on a historical revision of colonialism long before postcolonial studies were at the center of the contemporary art debate. The show features some twenty works, made between 1992 and 2016, that refer to Salvador, Bahia, the city with the largest African heritage in Brazil and the municipality that inspired much of Varejão’s poetics. This exhibition has traveled from the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil.

Adriana Varejão, Quadro Ferido (Wounded Painting), 1992 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Adriana Varejão, Big Polvo Color Wheel V, 2018 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

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Adriana Varejão in
Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension

March 14–June 16, 2019
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
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Hinge Pictures: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension takes its name from the writings of Marcel Duchamp in his La boite verte (1934). The artists in the exhibition use formal constraint—a commitment to abstraction—to demonstrate social liberation and to confront the patrimony of European modernism. Work by Adriana Varejão is included.

Adriana Varejão, Big Polvo Color Wheel V, 2018 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Jaime Acioli

Adriana Varejão, Proposal for a Catechesis—Part I Diptych: Death and Dismemberment, 1993 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

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Adriana Varejão
Por uma retórica canibal

April 16–June 15, 2019
Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
www.ipac.ba.gov.br

The exhibition seeks to emphasize that Adriana Varejão was already developing research on a historical revision of colonialism long before postcolonial studies were at the center of the contemporary art debate. The show features some twenty works, made between 1992 and 2016, that refer to Salvador, Bahia, the city with the largest African heritage in Brazil and the municipality that inspired much of Varejão’s poetics.

Adriana Varejão, Proposal for a Catechesis—Part I Diptych: Death and Dismemberment, 1993 © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Eduardo Ortega

Installation view, Adriana Varejão: Kindred Spirits, Dallas Contemporary, September 20–December 20, 2015. Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Kevin Todora

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Adriana Varejão
Kindred Spirits

September 20–December 20, 2015
Dallas Contemporary
www.dallascontemporary.org

Adriana Varejão’s exhibition Kindred Spirits features twenty-nine portraits of the artist donning the face painting and body ornamentation of various Native American tribes intermixed with markings derived from artworks by Minimalist and contemporary American artists. Looking to art history—both Native American as well as within the Western canon—for inspiration, Varejão’s tableau weaves together distinct artistic traditions to emphasize the constant evolution and exchange of influences that shape culture and identity.

Installation view, Adriana Varejão: Kindred Spirits, Dallas Contemporary, September 20–December 20, 2015. Artwork © Adriana Varejão. Photo: Kevin Todora

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