Beatriz Milhazes - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    ...I have always felt like an abstract painter. Abstraction has always been my reference. European and, later on, Brazilian modernism might both be references for my work. Especially one painter, Tarsila de Amaral, was very influential. She started in Brazil and mixed all knowledge she acquired in Europe with her culture in Brazil. It was also what she did: first the real link was color. It is as if it is color what makes everything happen. I could not be geometric in the way of using cubes, squares, rectangles or triangles, my work cannot think only in terms of geometry and geometric shapes. I needed elements that I could develop and use like the shape of a flower representing some motif. But the shape of this flower is less important than its color; even if I had a good, beautiful shape of a flower, it would never work unless I had chosen the perfect color. (RES Art World/World Art, No. 2, May 2008, pg 4)

  • Artist Biography

    Beatriz Milhazes

    Brazilian • 1960

    Beatriz Milhazes is best known for her vibrantly colored yet calculated compositions. The artist has cited Baroque architecture, lace work, Carnival decoration and the flora of the Jardim Botanico in Rio de Janiero chief among her inspirations. Milhazes' artistic practice is akin to monotype or collage in that the artist first paints motifs directly onto transparent plastic sheets and later applies them to the canvas, leaving the plastic to dry. The superimposed image allows for overlapping and layering, resulting in a textured canvas and a distorted central focal point. While seemingly chaotic, Milhazes' compositions are perfectly balanced due to the artist's technically sophisticated use of geometric forms and chromatic color palate.

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Havai (Hawaii)

Screenprint in colors, on Waterford 638g paper, the full sheet,
S. 52 x 46 in. (132.1 x 116.8 cm)
signed, dated, titled, and numbered 5/40 in black ink on the reverse (there were also 8 artist's proofs), published by Durham Press, Pennsylvania (with their blindstamp and copyright stamp), in excellent condition, framed.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $40,000

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York