Brazilian art

Brazilian art

'It’s expected that a Black artist do Black figuration—it’s become our prison': Brazilian artist Maxwell Alexandre on the politics of painting bodies

The artist’s exhibition at The Shed in New York presents three suites of work that explore the political dimensions of race in his home country

The must-see exhibitions celebrating Brazilian art on the country's bicentennial

Shows on view in museums and galleries across New York, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and London, from the Brazilian art biennial at the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo to Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca at the New Museum

Brazilian Modernism has been defined by—and, sometimes, against—the country's national identity

As Brazil celebrates its bicentennial this week, we survey the movements that have defined the country's art scene over the past 200 years

Historic museum celebrating Brazilian independence reopens for country's bicentennial

The Ipiranga Museum in São Paulo, built at the site where independence from Portugal was declared in 1822, has been closed for nearly a decade

Brazilian arts sector condemns federal culture management amid fears of military dictatorship revival

As the October presidential election looms, the Bolsonaro administration is being scrutinised for its poor support of the cultural sector, while opponent Lula promises reform

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo museums offer new approaches to showcasing Indigenous culture in Brazil

A long-closed historic institution and a new museum have contracted committees of Indigenous advisors who will contextualise the ancient and present cultures of their tribes

The ‘cosmic accident’ of how Candido Portinari’s doves landed on a Parisian wall

The author, the daughter of Portinari’s one-time assistant, on researching a little-known mural the Brazilian artist made in Paris in the 1950s

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SP-Arte launches art fair focused on regional artists

The first edition of Rotas Brasileiras features artists working outside of traditional art centres like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

Hélio Oiticica’s unrealised Tropicália environment erected in New York

The Brazilian artist developed the installation and several other iterations of architectural environments on a Guggenheim grant in the 1970s but never secured funding to build the work

Police find haul of stolen paintings, including masterworks by Tarsila do Amaral, under a bed in Rio de Janeiro

The works, including pieces by Do Amaral, Di Cavalcanti and others, were seized from the home of a man involved a bizarre scheme to swindle the widow of a famed dealer

Brazilian art collector Gilberto Chateaubriand has died, aged 97

Chateaubriand, son of the MASP founder Assis Chateaubriand, held one of the most important collections of Brazilian Modern and contemporary art

'Joy as a form of resistance': artists Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca capture the rituals of five Brazilian communities at the New Museum

“We make portraits of a given group in a given time and place,” the duo says about their videos of communities that connect through a form of performance on the peripheries of Brazilian life

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Brazilian kinetic and optical art pioneer Abraham Palatnik surveyed in visually remarkable book

The monographic publication Enchantment/Experimentation coincided with an extensive exhibition organised by Galeria Nara Roesler in New York this year

Inhotim founder Bernardo Paz, acquitted of money laundering, donates more than 300 works from his collection to the institute

Paz had been accused of transferring nearly $100m made as donations to the sprawling art centre to his mining and steel companies

Bittersweet triumph at Venice Biennale of late Indigenous artist Jaider Esbell

The Brazilian painter, sculptor, activist and writer killed himself last year

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Jennie C. Jones at the Guggenheim to Vincent Smith at Alexandre Gallery

Brazil’s Black Art Museum takes up residence at Inhotim sculpture park

Founded by artist Abdias Nascimento, the institution will stage a series of four exhibitions at Inhotim over the next two years

São Paulo Bienal echoes the political polarisation in Brazil

The 34th edition of the second longest-running international exhibition reflects on past and present political and social tensions

'Restless, experimental and enigmatic': Brazilian artist Carlito Carvalhosa has died, aged 59

He was the first living Brazilian artist to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

Amateur hour turns to golden hour for forgotten Brazilian photo club with New York show

The Museum of Modern Art will present rarely-seen work by the mid-century collective Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante

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Brazilian government suspends federal cultural funding in areas with Covid restrictions

As the country's coronavirus cases spike, a new ordinance temporarily stops support for projects in places that have not yet lifted lockdown measures

Longwood Gardens begins a $6.5m reconstruction of cascade garden by Roberto Burle Marx

The work of the Modernist artist and landscape architect takes new precedence as Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro faces international criticism over the devastation of the Amazon