Last Thursday marked the opening of Adriana Varejao‘s new exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, Two Paintings and Ten Drawings, which will run through July 10. The works in the show appear more subdued than many of her previous works, but don’t be fooled. After more consideration, the viewer is confronted with an exhibition full of art historical references and cultural histories. The lines and forms are reductive and analytical, recalling aspects of both minimalism and cubism. Her dynamism is reflected by her skill in many disciplines, focusing for this exhibition on painting and drawing. The works range in size from small graphite on paper pieces to the largest work, O Iluminado (The Shining), which is oil on linen. The architectural drawings of an otherwise sterile sauna are imbued with an emotion through color and light.
Varejao is one of the most significant contemporary artists to come out of Brazil. Born and raised in Rio di Janeiro, her work continues to be influenced by her experience growing up in South America. Her accomplishments include pieces in collections at the Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim, NYC, Hara Museum, Tokyo, and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.