Lucas Dupin's "Tempo-Reverso", at Galeria Mario Schenberg, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Lucas Dupin, contemplated with Funarte 2015 Contemporary Art Prize, opens solo exhibition "Tempo-Revés", at Galeria Mario Schenberg, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The title of the show makes reference to the homonymous installation in which the artist investigates, through 31 cut paper calendars suspended in the space, the poetics of the time and its fugacity.

From March 26th to May 8th.
Denise Milan’s Mists of the Earth at BYU
The idea of paradise is about as slippery as the idea of landscape: no two are exactly alike. They look different to each of us, smell different, imbued with cultural constructs fashioned from our own experiences. No one will have the exact same version of paradise: it is either a fantasy we dream up or an idea of a place we visit which transcends the everyday.

As each version of paradise is different, so are the responses and actions to bring attention to our environmental degradation of the planet. Joni Mitchell’s disappointment in seeing the marred Hawaiian landscape was to write her song, “Big Yellow Taxi.” Visual artists have been producing environmentally oriented work to shine a light on ecological concerns since at least 1969, when Mitchell wrote her song. In the past few years, the number of artists doing so has increased exponentially as the concerns for the harm we have done to the environment has grown. These are global artists working in a variety of media and many geographic locations to impart their message.

Brazilian artist Denise Milan is one such messenger. She is an eco-activist, curator, and journalist whose work has been exhibited across most continents. Before coming to Utah, her current exhibition, Mists of the Earth, opened at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2012, then traveled to São Paulo’s Galeria Virgílio in 2014 and the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Milan is no stranger to Utah – her exhibition was shown at the University of Utah earlier this year (a collaboration among the Center for Latin American Studies, the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and the Marriott Library) before stopping at its current venue on the campus of Brigham Young University (BYU).

BYU has a strong Brazilian Studies program and an interest in the Brazil Institute of the Wilson Center; the two institutions collaborated on a show a few years ago and are now in partnership in presenting Milan’s work to new audiences. Through the mediums of photography and photo-collage, Milan highlights the cultural diversity of traditions from her native Brazil through a stunning visual narrative that depicts a journey through paradise, which is lost, then reinvented.

At first glance, the exhibition appears small, each image visually accessible upon entering the gallery space. This compact arrangement does not reflect the expansiveness of Milan’s message, or the sheer beauty of her visual method. With striking photographs of vibrant color depicting lush, dense foliage, she addresses issues of the environment through three segments: “Paradise,” “Paradise Lost,” and “Paradise Found.” Our desert environment looks nothing like Milan’s Paradise, but by considering ourselves within a global context, we come to understand that we ask the same questions regarding overdevelopment and the future: Brazil’s Atlantic Forest is closer to the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin than we think.

“Paradise.” The richness and exuberance of the earth draws us into an environment that is blooming and hot with color. Two of the work’s titles, “Vulva” and “The Cycle of Life,” conjure biological references of growth and abundance. This world is visually complex, a collage of landscape, environment, and possibility.

“Paradise Lost.” The shift is palpable as we move from abundance to a new reality of environment. In this series, Milan’s collages are torn, a metaphor for a torn earth. While “Paradise” conjures ideas of fertility, “Paradise Lost” now includes the human form, informing us of the utmost importance of people on the planet. Milan interviewed Brazilians from varied topographic regions, traveling to the coastal village of Paraty, known for its lushness, to the dry landscape of Bahia in the country’s Northeast region. The tears in these collages are lined with gold, creating both continuity among images and separation within each work. The hot colors of “Paradise” are lost, replaced by the natural coloration of the landscapes the artist has photographed.

“Paradise Found.” In this final series, a series of mostly black-and-white photographs depict geodes and crystals in a wonderfully organic way so that they appear almost like blossoming flowers. Christiane Ramsey, fine arts librarian at the Harold B. Lee Library, explains that Milan proffers her own interpretation of the power of crystals to heal, to bring hope to a torn planet, to bring us back to paradise, albeit one markedly different from the original state.

Ramsey recounts a story about Milan: the artist was in the gallery, and asked a visitor if they liked the exhibition, wanting to know how her work related to our Utah environment. Did her work make the connection between places? The answer from the visitor was yes. The issues we face today are global and similar as development continues to take over the original environment. Beauty is destroyed everywhere.

Milan has visited Utah twice this year, and may return again to work on another project. She appears to have found an affinity with our landscape, which is so different than her homeland. Until then, Mists of the Earth is on view at BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium Gallery until July 29th, when it moves to Georgetown.

To access this exhibition, accompanied by a PDF catalog visit www.denisemilanstudio.com.
Julio Bittencourt on KMopa
Em maio deste ano a série fotográfica Prestes Maia do artista Julio Bittencourt foi adquirida pelo museu KMopa - Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, e agora integra sua coleção permanente. O KMopa é um museu especialmente dedicado à fotografia e fica na cidade de Hokuto, situado na região de Kiyosato no Japão. Sua coleção contempla obras de importantes ícones da fotografia moderna e contemporânea, como Manuel Álvarez Bravo e Shisei Kuwabara.

A série Prestes Maia consiste da culminação de três anos de trabalho em uma ocupação no centro de São Paulo. Tratam-se de imagens de janelas que enquadram, com inegável originalidade, os “objetos” mais interessantes sob a face da terra: homens e mulheres. Sem nenhuma indiscrição, as pessoas-personagens no livro se postam com naturalidade para revelar esse momento único captado pelo fotógrafo, que as selecionou e, de algum modo, socialmente as iluminou.

Esta série pode ser entendida como um contundente documento sobre o modo de morar em São Paulo, mostrando ao observador alguns de seus absurdos. No entanto, também uma revelação de um comovente encontro entre o fotógrafo e um dos fragmentos habitacionais mais conhecidos e problemáticos da cidade de São Paulo.

Confira no site do museu a coleção completa: www.kmopa.com
Beautiful Surprises: A Memoir of SP-Arte Week in São Paulo
http://www.newcitybrazil.com/2016/04/18/beautiful-surprises-a-memoir-of-sp-arte-week-in-sao-paulo/
La nature dans les arts aujourd'hui: une contribution brésilienne
22.03.16 às 18h
Embassy of Brazil in France

"Ópera das pedras" projection of brazilian artist Denise Milan
"Une cosmogonie fantastique": conference by philoshopher Jean Galard
Art critic and curator Agnaldo Farias lecture on the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale
December 1st and 2nd at Ypsilone Escritorio de arte - Rua Gumercindo Saraiva 54
Guilherme Licurgo lança o livro "DESERT FLOWER" na Galeria Lume
O livro "DESERT FLOWER", do fotófrado Guilherme Licurgo, é lançado hoje na galeria Lume e conta com uma exposição de fotografias do autor.
Claudio Edinger inaugura individual no MuBE
Amanhã, dia 15 de Abril, o fotógrafo Claudio Edinger inaugura a exposição individual "O Paradoxo do Olhar" no MUBE. Patente até 3 de maio.
Primeira individual de Kilian Glasner na Galeria Lume
A Galeria Lume inaugura a 7 de Abril a primeira exposição individual de Kilian Glasner na galeria. Noite Clara, Dia Escuro apresenta obras de grande formato sobre papel que conduzem o olhar pela luz enquanto presença no espaço. Patente até 15 de maio.
Talita Hoffmann é representada pela Galeria Lume
A artista Talita Hoffmann (1988, Porto Alegre) é representada pela Galeria Lume. Talita expõe regularmente desde 2008. Participou de exposições na Austrália, Espanha, Estados Unidos, Finlândia e Inglaterra. Foi vencedora do concurso A Novíssima Geração (2009) organizado pelo Museu do Trabalho em Porto Alegre. A Lume exibe a sua obra na feira ARTLIMA 2015 (22 a 26 de Abril).
Roteiro pela 56ª Bienal de Veneza com Agnaldo Farias
A Galeria Lume, em parceria com a Ypsilone, apoia o roteiro à 56ª Bienal de Veneza guiado pelo professor e crítico de arte Agnaldo Farias. Informações: contato@galerialume.com
Visita guiada ao INHOTIM com o curador Agnaldo Farias
A Galeria Lume, em parceria com a Ypsilone, promove visita guiada de dois dias ao museu INHOTIM com o curador e crítico de arte Agnaldo Farias. Acontece dia 15 de Maio. Informações: contato@galerialume.com