ESPASSO is pleased to be part of Spring Masters NY 2014, taking place from April 30th to May 4th at the Park Avenue Armory. Exhibited at the ESPASSO booth are a selection of vintage mid-century designs and one-of-a-kind contemporary pieces. Highlights include an original Mole sofa by Sergio Rodrigues, a pair of 1960’s armchairs by Martin Eisler and a vintage Joaquim Tenreiro coffee table. Contemporary selections include the striking Foguete floor lamp by Carlos Motta and the Almofadas stools by Zanini de Zanine, shown alongside original photographs by seminal modernist Waldemar Cordeiro and a drawing by Nicolau Vergueiro. Formerly known as The Spring Show NYC, Spring Masters NY has been re-envisioned as an international art and design fair that reflects the breadth and scope of artistic creation from antiquity through the 20th Century, design by architect Rafael Viñoly who reimagined the visual impact, layout, and experience of the fair.
Monthly Archives: April 2014
From April 28th to May 11th, São Paulo’s Luciana Brito Galeria will exhibit highlights from the gallery’s collection at ESPASSO, NY, in a survey that includes photography, painting and sculpture from contemporary Brazilian artists. As photographers Rochelle Costi, Pablo Lobato and Caio Reisewitz – who will be opening a solo exhibition on May 16th at ICP, NY – display a diversified range of approaches in photography, Tiago Tebet’s impressive 14-foot oil painting is shown alongside mixed media works by Nicolau Vergueiro and Regina Silveira and bronze sculptures by Luna Paiva and Saint Clair Cemin. This marks the first initiative in the partnership between ESPASSO and Luciana Brito Galeria, as the presentation will remain on view concurrently during Frieze Art Fair, NY 2014 (May 9 – 12). Check out a list of artworks available at ESPASSO here.
Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão opens her fifth solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY, on April 24th, presenting new works that continue her interest and conflation of race/colonial politics, the baroque and the history and tradition of painting. Titled Polvo, the exhibition examines the skin palette of miscegeny in Brazil as starting point for the works: a series of painted self-portraits, each varying in skin coloration, in accordance to the color wheel Varejão created that diagrammatizes different skin tones. For the new body of work the artist also produced a set of oil paints, encased on a wooden box, wherein each tube contains a skin tone used to color her self-portraits. Named after thirty-three definitions of skin colors taken from a 1976 racially-charged Brazilian census survey, colors include: Enxofrada (Angry Sulphur), Café com Leite (Milky Coffee), Branquinha (Snow White), Burro-quando-foge (Faded Fawn), Cor Firme (Steady Colour), Morenão (Big Black Dude), Encerada (Buffed) and Queimada de Sol (Sun Kissed). On view through June 21st, check out more info here.
Monocle magazine’s current issue feature Design Directory Spring Summer 2014 interviewed Carlos Junqueira, principal at ESPASSO, inquiring upon his favorite ESPASSO’s pieces and the uniqueness of Brazilian design. Among his picks are Isay Weinfeld‘s playful Toto bar cart, Carlos Motta‘s Radar rotating armchair and Sergio Rodrigues‘ iconic Mole armchair.
The current issue of French design and lifestyle magazine The Good Life dedicated an article in their Good Design column, to the history and resurfacing of modern and contemporary Brazilian design. Starting with an overview of the founders of modern Brazilian design, and a highlight of an iconic piece of furniture from each of their oeuvre – such as Sergio Rodrigues’ Mole armchair, Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Paulistano armchair, the Bowl chair by Lina Bo Bardi, Oscar Niemeyer’s Rio rocking chaise and Jorge Zalszupin‘s Veronica armchair. The article also highlights some celebrated names in contemporary design and architecture: Claudia Moreira Salles, Carlos Motta, Arthur Casas, Hugo França, Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan, and a round-up of some of the contemporary editors and curators who presently reissue and craft Brazilian design, such as designer and entrepreneur Etel Carmona, whose esteemed São Paulo-based ateliers reissue classic pieces by Zalszupin and Niemeyer, among works by other influential Brazilian modernists, as well as producing the high-end furniture lines of Weinfeld, Salles, Casas and Motta.
For the past few years Acqua Expeditions has offered luxury river cruises on the Amazon, taking guests to explore one of the most spectacular regions in the world. In each of the 16-cabin luxury Aria cruise ship, guests can enjoy the forest over a panoramic window, as the craft also features a dining room and bar, boutique, and a stylish outdoor deck featuring pieces from Carlos Motta‘s Timbó outdoor line. Provided activities include piranha fishing, swimming with pink dolphins in daily off-vessel excursions, deep into Amazonia’s snaking tributaries. More info here.
Architecture and interior design Brazilian magazine Casa Claudia Luxo photographed the classic furniture of José Zanine Caldas, designed in the 1950’s, set against the Casa Olivo Gomes: a modernist house in São Paulo’s inland town of São José dos Campos designed in 1951 by seminal Brazilian architect Rino Levi. The house is a marker in Levi’s oeuvre, who was one of the main exponents of modernist architecture in São Paulo, redefining the city’s urban landscape. The Casa Olivo Gomes site also features tile murals designed by famed Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx, in his signature aesthetic that combines modernism and tropicality. The spread unites 3 distinct seminal names in Brazilian modernism and proves their work not only to be still relevant today but as innovative and refreshing as it was when they were originally created. Featured furniture includes José Zanine Caldas’ H and N armchairs, I dining chairs and the X stools, originally designed in the 1950’s. These and other of Zanine Caldas’ re-editions are available exclusively in the US at ESPASSO.
On view through April 23rd at the Etel Interiores showroom in São Paulo, is the exhibition Oscar Niemeyer: Mesquita de Constantina (Oscar Niemeyer: Mosque of Constantine). The exhibition displays Niemeyer sketches from the 1960’s of the architectural projects he projected in Algeria, such as the Constantine University campus, founded in 1969. Niemeyer fled Brazil in the early 1960’s, after the country’s military takeover, exiling in France, during which period he spent time in Algeria, leaving his handprint in several architectural projects in the country. Niemeyer recalls Algeria in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s: “I liked Algeria very much, the occurred metamorphosis, the conquered freedom. This I felt on the euphoria and smile of their people, until recently oppressed and humiliated. The pleasure of victory was found everywhere. In the busy cafés, in the streets and city squares…”
Vogue Brasil visited the home of architect, and ambassador of Missoni Home in Brazil, Barbara Jalles. In a mixture of pop and tradition, Jalle’s home reveals her keen ability to elegantly combine contemporary and modern furniture, family heirlooms and artworks. In the mix, Jorge Zalszupin‘s Del Rey armchairs and Petalas side table co-mingle with Sergio Rodrigues‘ Diz armchair and Janete side table along artworks by contemporary painter Renata Egreja and seminal neo-constructivist Almicar de Castro.
The exhibition Album of new works by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz opened this past Thursday, April 10th, at Sikkema Jenkins & CO, NY. Continuing his technique of constructing images out of the sum of (or pieces of) multiple objects – notably his famous sugar portraits, or his recomposition of art masterpieces with trash – here Muniz takes a nostalgic approach as the piecemeal of rearranged bits and pieces of old, yellowed photographs, documents, letters, postcards and other sentimental ephemera renders photo album staples as a portrait of a bride and groom and of children in a classroom. More info here.