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Dedication by Beatriz Milhazes (2013)

Dedication by Beatriz Milhazes (2013)

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In 2013, Rio de Janeiro painter Beatriz Milhazes autographs a booklet for the "Meu Bem" exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Dedication by Beatriz Milhazes to "Cláudio", in the catalog for the "Meu Bem" exhibition.
  • Three pages forming a booklet, front and back.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 18cm x 18cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, between August and October 2013.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

To Cláudio, with a hug, Beatrix

Beatriz Milhazes (born 1960) is a Brazilian artist born in Rio De Janeiro. Color is a fundamental element of his work, as well as geometric abstraction, flowers and arabesques. Music, dance or nature, recurrent in Brazilian culture, inspire Milhazes' works. From the 90s onwards, he stood out in international exhibitions in the United States and Europe and was part of the collections of museums such as MoMa, Guggenheim and Metropolitan, in New York.

In 2013, Beatriz Milhazes celebrated 30 years of her career with the panoramic exhibition Meu Bem in her hometown, where she had not exhibited for over a decade, despite living and maintaining her studio in Leblon, close to family and friends. According to the exhibition's curator, Frédéric Paul, "without intending to be a retrospective, the Paço Imperial exhibition brings together works from 1989 to 2013. The year 1989 was a landmark date in which the artist developed a specific decalcomania technique that would influence the entire his later work."

In an interview with journalist Michelle Licory, we learn more about Beatriz Milhazes:

I have had a very linear path over these 30 years. In the 80s, it was a very local development, Rio and São Paulo. In 1996, on the occasion of my first solo show in New York, I received a very positive review from Roberta Smith, from the New York Times. She finished by saying, 'I think there's something new coming up.' This opened the doors for me to the art world in the United States, then Europe and, further on, Asia. In 2003, my participation in the Venice Biennale and having my work in important museums such as Tate Modern and MoMA were fundamental.

And this “most expensive Brazilian” label?

Even though I'm in this situation, I wouldn't know how to explain it... It's the first time in contemporary Brazilian art that a group, even a very small one, has achieved this international position, at an international price. It's a great gain, a learning experience for all of us, a level I didn't expect. We have to know how to deal with this. With the galleries abroad it's easier. They are used to it. I have a life in English and a life in Portuguese. There is also another pride, because I am a woman. Painting is a very masculine universe.

Is there anything in common with Vik Muniz and Adriana Varejão, other contemporary names well valued outside the country?

This is curious. We are very different as artists and as people, despite being friends. But we do have one thing in common: the three of us, in some way, use Brazilian culture to create dialogues, we introduce our experience of life in the country into our work itself. Even Vik, who emigrated young and developed in the United States, kept in his concepts something intelligent, but a little rude from our Brazilian background. Adriana and I, in very different ways, are very clear about these issues in our thinking about the country's culture.

Highly sought after in international galleries and auctions, Beatriz Milhazes' works have reached record values ​​in recent years. The artist from Rio de Janeiro, who lives between Rio de Janeiro, Paris and New York, has become a renowned artist, who will be increasingly sought after by Brazilian and foreign collectors. Her autographs are uncommon, this piece stands out for its excellent condition and its biographical content that further enhances the artist's dynamic signature.

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