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

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  • Catalogue Essay

    In my art, I use many things that have historically been found perjorative for a serious work of art---things that are folk art in general such as manifestations of folk in Brazialian culture and also in American culture. I should not forget the costumes. I am interested in decorative design, all aspects of design in general, particularly fashion and furniture design. I also use that in my work. On the other hand I love structure in painting. Rather than using culture directly, I love the way it combines with my work. Also, I'm a woman. Many women work with decorative art. Most of the time, the results are awful. So I have drawn a very delicate border. (RES Art World/World Art, No. 2, May 2008, pp. 2-15)  

  • 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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Os cisnes (the Swans)

Screenprint in colors, on Waterford 638g paper, the full sheet,
S. 52 x 29 in. (132.1 x 73.7 cm)
signed, dated, titled and numbered 5/40 in pencil 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.

$9,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $31,250

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York