Adriana Varejão - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips

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    "The craquelure, which was at first considered an ‘accident’ in the production of ceramics, came to be purposefully incorporated into [my] work. The craquelure occurs according to nature’s innate intelligence. The forms suggest rays, lighting roots, branches, veins on leaves, veins in our body. All part of the same natural and organic intelligence. The canvas cracks to find this balance. Thus, the craquelure."
    —Adriana Varejão


    • Provenance

      Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Hong Kong, Lehmann Maupin, Adriana Varejão, October 10–November 21, 2015

    • Artist Biography

      Adriana Varejão

      Brazilian • 1964

      The diverse work of Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão examines such themes as anthropology and miscegenation in contemporary Brazilian society. Born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Varejão possesses an oeuvre spanning painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation and photography.

      A common motif in Varejão's oeuvre is that of the Azulejo, a traditional Portuguese ceramic tile. In her most famous series, Jerked-beef ruin (2000-'04), Varejão ruptures the ceramic tiles violently exposing a flesh-like interior. The stark contrast between the aesthetically pleasing blue geometric tiles and the visceral interior provides commentary on modern forms of colonization in contemporary Brazilian society.

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Monocromo Celadon Redondo

signed, titled and dated "Monocromo Celadon Redondo 2015 A. Varejão." on the reverse
oil and plaster on canvas
diameter 39 3/8 in. (100 cm)
Executed in 2015.

Full Cataloguing

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $327,600

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session, New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021