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Dedication by Beatriz Milhazes (2013)

Dedication by Beatriz Milhazes (2013)

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

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

To Claudio, 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 the works of Milhazes. From the 1990s onwards, he stands out in international exhibitions in the United States and Europe and is 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 her family and friends. According to the exhibition's curator, Frédéric Paul, "without intending to be a retrospective, the exhibition at Paço Imperial brings together works from 1989 to 2013. his later work."

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

I 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 of the New York Times. She ended by saying, 'I think there's something new coming up.' This opened the doors for me to the world of art in the United States, then Europe and, later on, Asia. It was fundamental, in 2003, my participation in the Venice Biennale, and having my work in important museums such as Tate Modern and MoMA.

And that “most expensive Brazilian” label?

Despite being in this situation, I wouldn't know how to explain it... It is the first time in contemporary Brazilian art that a group, even a very small one, has achieved this international position, with 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 it. With the galleries outside it's easier. They're used to it. I have a life in English and a life in Portuguese. He also has 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 that are highly valued abroad?

That's curious. We are very different as artists and as people, despite being friends. But we do have one point 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 the work itself. Even Vik, who emigrated young and developed in the United States, kept in his concepts something intelligent, but a little rough about our Brazilian background. Adriana and I, in very different ways, are very clear about these issues of our thinking about the country's culture.

Why is this document rare?

Much disputed in galleries and international auctions, the works of Beatriz Milhazes 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 unusual, this piece stands out for its excellent condition and its biographical content that further enhance the dynamic signature of the artist.

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