On View: Beatriz Milhazes @ The McNay Art Museum

Canela (Cinnamon) | 2009, Woodblock and Screenprint, 31 1/2 x 63 inches, copyright Durham Press and Beatriz Milhazes

On view now at the McNay Art Museum is work by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes in a group show entitled Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting.  The exhibition will showcase two prints from Durham Press entitled Canela (Cinnamon) and Açúcar (Sugar).

The survey explores works by thirteen emerging and mid-career abstract painters whose artistic styles combine decorative, colorful patterns with layered ornamental motifs. The imagery, both surreal and psychedelic, derive from the Islamic arabesques of fantastic exoticism, touching on the sublime excesses of the baroque sensibility.

Beatriz Milhazes’s unique style and signature decalcomania, associated with the Brazilian tropicália movement, is rhythmic, folkloric and avante-garde.

Chief Curator Rene Barilleaux explains the theme of Beauty Reigns as a “sense of theatricality, of visual splendor, of visual pleasure, of eye candy.”  For more insight on the exhibition experience, listen to coverage from Texas Public Radio.

Artists on view:

Jose Alvarez D.O.P.A Ryan McGinness
Kamrooz Aram Beatriz Milhazes
Charles Burwell Jiha Moon
Annette Davidek Paul Henry Ramirez
Fausto Fernandez Rex Ray
Nancy Lorenz Rosalyn Schwartz
Susan Chrysler White


Beauty Reigns is accompanied by a beautiful illustrated book that includes two essays by Lilly Wei and Stephen Westfall contextualizing the approach to abstract painting and tracing its roots in twentieth-century art.

The second venue of the traveling exhibition will be at the Akron Art Museum from January 24 to May 3, 2015.

Installation View of works by Beatriz Milhazes at The McNay Art Museum exhibition Beauty Reigns


REMINDER: Opening this September 19, 2014 through January 18, 2015 is the first major US survey of work by artist Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.  Milhazes has collaborated with Durham Press for two decades and this retrospective at PAMM will include works produced over the past 25 years.