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08/05/2012 | Great Impressions

Brazilian artists have record sales abroad and have also caught the eye of curators of international fairs and museums. Anna Garcia: In February, one of the main art curators in the world travelled for ten days through the interior of Brazil seeking out work for the forthcoming exhibition in Paris. This was not the first incursion by the General Director of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in the country, but rather the last of a series which started in November. Responsible for the first individual exhibition of carioca Beatriz Milhazes in the French capital – in 2009, at the head office of the institute on Boulevard Raspail, Hervé Chandès sought something unprecedented for foreign eyes. In the Brazilian states of Espírito Santo and Sergipe, and in the Jequitinhonha Valley of Minas Gerais, he found what he was looking for. With the general title of Histoires de Voir, Show and Tell ( "something like stories of seeing, showing and telling"), the exhibition which opens this month shall have oil paintings by Izabel Mendes da Cunha and wooden units by Véio, which is the nickname of Cícero. These are naïf artists, that produce what are often called primitive parts, whose lack of perspective or excess simplicity are often unable to seduce the national eyes.” The dialogue between contemporary and popular art in the country is something unique”, says Mr Chandès. The curator has just included, in the more than 1,000 works in the collection, the painting O Paraíso (Paradise), making Beatriz Milhazes the new name among the over 300 artists to “live” in the Parisian institution. [...] Please read more in Veja Magazine – Special Luxury Edition, on sale at all newsagents.




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