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Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking

Opening 6-8 pm: March 20, 2014
On view: March 20 - May 24, 2014



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Curated by Eduardo Besen, Rodrigo Naves, Priscila Sacchettin

International Print Center New York presents Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking, an exhibition of fine art print projects by over fifteen artists working in Brazil today. It will be on view at 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, from March 20 - May 24, 2014. 

Artists are: Nara Amélia, Mônica Barki, Ernesto Bonato, Ulysses Bôscolo, Marco Buti, Cleiri Cardoso, Helena Freddi, Sheila Goloborotko, Nina Kreis, Kika Levy, Fabricio Lopez, Alberto Martins, Claudio Mubarac, Laerte Ramos, Augusto Sampaio, Alexandre Sequeira, and Lambe-Lambes by Maura de Andrade, Sergio Kal, Mauricio Parra, Regina Pinto, Yili Rojas, and Carlos Henrique Soares. 

The artists have been selected by a trio of Brazilian curators, art historians and print specialists - Eduardo Besen, Priscila Sacchettin and Rodrigo Naves - working together to identify important trends and achievements in the field of printmaking in Brazil. For the majority of the artists, this exhibition is the first showing of their work in North America. As such, it offers a long-anticipated opportunity for New York audiences to connect first-hand with Brazilian art today. 

Using a wide range of mediums, techniques and styles, the artists featured in the exhibition represent many different aspects of contemporary Brazilian printmaking. Resisting convention and embracing technical experimentation, the artists take, in the words of one of the curators, “an intuitive and fresh approach to the genre.” Their techniques range from aquatint, drypoint, mezzotint, and woodcut to contemporary photo etching, digital printing, and photo engraving. Several works are printed on materials such as wood, metal or cloth.

Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking is the eighth presentation of our International Exhibitions Pro­gram. Launched in 2003 with Traces and Traditions: Vietnamese Woodblock Prints, the series has included the following exhibitions: ¡Impresionante! Innovative Prints by Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists; Moscow Grafika: Artists’ Prints 1961-2005; New Editions Scotland; Graphic Reality: Mexican Printmaking Today; Seeing God in Prints: Indian Lithographs from the Collection of Mark Baron and Elise Boisante and, most recently, Silent Watch: Contemporary Prints from Finland.

In most cases, IPCNY’s exhibitions are available for tour. Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking will be available beginning in July 2014. For additional information, please contact Kirsten Flaherty, kirsten@ipcny.org, or call 212-989-5090.

Curators
Eduardo Besen is co-founder of São Paulo’s Gravura Brasileira Gallery, which contains a collection of more than 3,000 works of modern and contemporary printmaking. He has a history of organizing national and international exhibitions for emerging and renowned artists and publishing art books and print portfolios. A recognized authority on Brazilian printmaking, Besen has lectured widely both in Brazil and abroad on the subject.

Priscila Sacchettin is Assistant Curator at São Paolo’s prestigious Instituto Moreira Salles, a cultural organization promoting the development of projects in photography, literature, Brazilian music, and the visual arts. With a master’s degree from the University of São Paulo, Sacchettin writes about contemporary artists as a member of the Young Critics Group of Centro Universitário Maria Antonia.

Rodrigo Naves, an art critic, art historian and professor, has been published in numerous Brazilian magazines and newspapers and was editor of the culture supplement Folhetim (in the newspaper Folha de São Paulo). Naves holds a Ph.D in Aesthetics from the University of São Paulo.

International Print Center New York is a non- profit institution dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of fine art prints. IPCNY nurtures the growth of new audiences for the visual arts, while serving the print community through exhibitions, publications, educational programs and member services. To contribute, or for membership information, please contact stephanie@ipcny.org.

Support for Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking has been provided by the Consulate General of Brazil in New York. IPCNY is grateful to the PECO Foundation for its generous ongoing support of our Exhibitions Program. We acknowledge with gratitude the following funders this season: the Areté Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, the Jockey Hollow Foundation, Porter Family Charitable Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, together with other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.