On view: March 20 – May 24, 2014
Curated by: Eduardo Besen, Priscila Sacchettin, Rodrigo Naves
Artists: 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.