Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, November 17, 2022, 6pm
Rizzoli Bookstore, New York
Adriana Varejão will be in conversation with Gagosian director Louise Neri to celebrate the publication of the artist’s first English-language monograph, published by Rizzoli Electa, in association with Gagosian. Edited by Neri, the fully illustrated volume explores Varejao’s diverse body of work in depth and organizes her oeuvre into several conceptual groupings: “Cartographies,” “Antropofagia,” “Mestizaje,” “Baroque,” “Sauna and Baths,” and “Azulejo.” After the talk, Varejão will sign copies of the book, which will be available to purchase at the event.
Adriana Varejão (New York: Rizzoli Electa, in association with Gagosian, 2022)
Adriana Varejão Selects
October 21–30, 2022
Metrograph, New York
Adriana Varejão has curated a selection of films as part of a series copresented by Gagosian and Metrograph in the theater and online. The program will feature cinema exploring themes of eroticism, excess, and science-fiction fatalism.
Varejão explains: “With these screenings, I’m taking a poetic approach, bringing together films that have opened doors in my art. . . . These aspects are present in my own art in the representations of flesh, in the imagined environments, in the historical parodies. The program also includes more recent remarkable Brazilian productions that resonate with my own thinking.”
Still from Bacurau (2019), directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho
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
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
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, Bernardo José de Souza, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 5–6pm
Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
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
Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12pm
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
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, Luisa Duarte, Ayrson Heráclito, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 4pm
Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil
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
Adriana Varejão, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, João Biehl
Friday, March 8, 2019, 12–1:30pm
Louis A. Simpson Building, Princeton University, New Jersey
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
October 19–21, 2017, 7–9pm
The Sowden House, Los Angeles
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