Beatriz Milhazes; Kelly Taxter


A Conversation

With Beatriz Milhazes & Kelly Taxter

Thursday, May 7

This week, our conversation series brings together Pace artist Beatriz Milhazes with Kelly Taxter, the Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art at the Jewish Museum.

Join Beatriz Milhazes and Kelly Taxter for a unique co-presentation between artist and commissioner, on making art now, living in the moment and their 2016 collaboration, commission, and hanging installation “Gamboa II” (2016), composed of candy-colored materials, and produced with the help of Rio de Janeiro’s famed samba schools.


A Conversation with Beatriz Milhazes & Kelly Taxter
Thursday, May 7

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This event is presented in collaboration with The Jewish Museum.

Beatriz Milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes’s work bursts with a chromatic and freeing vitality. Renowned for her visual language rooted in painting, collage, and printmaking, she draws on her native Rio de Janeiro. Her use of color and geometry is mined from place—the botanical gardens and the Tijuca forest near her studio, the surrounding city, its ocean front, and the cultural motifs of Brazil—and from memory. “My challenge has always been the same. I’m interested in life and my surroundings, but to make it work as a painting, I do need to think as a geometric and conceptual artist in my studio practice.” This process culminates in the artist’s patented form of abstraction, which she has termed “chromatic free geometry.” In the 1980s, she headed a new generation of artists—Geração 80 or 80s Generation—that embraced painting over the conceptual practices of the 1970s. Marked by the seminal exhibition Como vai você geração 80? (How Are You 80s Generation?) in 1984, this return to painting saw a freedom in process, in the studio as a space for action, and in a rich and amalgamated form of Brazilian art making influenced by European Modernism, the Baroque, and the Antropofagia of the late-1920s.

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Kelly Taxter

Kelly Taxter is the Barnett and Annalee Newman Curator of Contemporary Art at The Jewish Museum. She has organized the career surveys of Rachel Feinstein, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, and Isaac Mizrahi, the contemporary group exhibitions Unorthodox and Take Me (I’m Yours), and focused projects with Beatriz Milhazes, Laurie Simmons, Eva LeWitt, Vivian Suter, Alex Israel, Valeska Soares, and Chantal Joffe. Taxter received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.

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