A DASH OF BLUE

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Best known for her Azule­jão or “big tile” paint­ings cre­ated from her fas­ci­na­tion with Brazil, Adriana Vare­jão is clos­ing the gap be­tween paint­ings and sculp­tures. Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Brazil’s bru­tal colo­nial his­tory, Baroque art, and ar­chi­tec­tural ru­ins, Vare­jão cap­i­talises on aes­thet­ics that deal with con­trasts, and of­ten pours her heart out into an azulejo, a ter­ra­cotta tile brought to Brazil by Por­tugese colonists. After be­ing com­mis­sioned by the Rio 2016 Olympics to pro­duce a tem­po­rary mu­ral based on an older piece, Cela­canto Provoca Mare­moto, 2004-2008, Vare­jão’s project with the Gagosian Gallery, ‘Azule­jão’, fea­tures her largest sin­gle tile paint­ings to date. Of course, her works are never what it seems. Take a close look in per­son to dis­cover el­e­ments of his­tory, cul­ture, and land­scape—all in­vo­cated within her azulejo art pieces. Un­til De­cem­ber 10 at Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy. www.gagosian.com

Vare­jão ap­ply­ing the fi­nal touches

Azule­jão (Hand and Curves), 2016, Adriana Vare­jão

Tea and Tiles II, 1997, Adriana Vare­jão

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