Monthly Archives: April 2014

ESPASSO at Spring Masters NY 2014

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ESPASSO booth at Spring Masters NY 2014

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ESPASSO booth at Spring Masters NY 2014

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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.

Luciana Brito Galeria at ESPASSO

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Caio Reisewitz “Goiânia Golf Club II”, 2004, photograph with Lua side tables by Claudia Moreira Salles and vintage Amazonas armchair by Jean Gillon. Photo: Fran Parente

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Pablo Lobato “Front Light” (4) and “Front Light” (5), 2012. Pequi bench by Zanini de Zanine, B&P dining table by Branco & Preto and vintage dining chairs. Photo: Fran Parente

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Nicolau Vergueiro, Eclectic E Marble Pattern with Useful Landscape Logo Draping, 2013, with Livre desk by Lia Siqueira, Cantu dining chair by Sergio Rodrigues and Almofada stool by Zanini de Zanine. Photo: Fran Parente

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Caio Reisewitz “Igreja Nossa Senhora da Paciência” , 2012, with Veronica armchair by Jorge Zalszupin, vintage 1960's armchair and detail of Claudia Moreira Salles' Cubo Libre coffee table. Photo: Fran Parente

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Caio Reisewitz “Igreja Nossa Senhora da Paciência” , 2012, with Veronica armchair by Jorge Zalszupin. Photo: Fran Parente

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Ricardo Basbaum Diagrama (NBP series) vinyl decal installation, 1995, with Zumbi chaise by Arthur Casas and Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Photo: Fran Parente

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Luna Paiva, Aloe and Suculenta, 2013, bronze. Photo: Fran Parente

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Saint Claire Cemin, Orbis, bronze, with Oscar armchair and Sergio Augusto floor lamp by Sergio Rodrigues. Photo: Fran Parente

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Rochelle Costi, Residência - Reunião, Residência - Papel de Parede and Residência - Sra Coluna, 2010, with detail of Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta and IW dining table by Isay Weinfeld. Photo: Fran Parente

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Rochelle Costi, Residência - Reunião, Residência - Papel de Parede and Residência - Sra Coluna, 2010, with detail of Rio dining chair by Carlos Motta and IW dining table by Isay Weinfeld. Photo: Fran Parente

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Nicolau Vergueiro, History of the World - The Secret of Moving Parts, 2011, with São Conrado and Cosme Velho armchairs and Largo sofa by Claudia Moreira Salles, Cajú coffee table by Carlos Motta. Photo: Fran Parente

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Tiago Tebet “Corredor X; 4:20”, 2011, with Carlos Motta's Rio dining chair and B1 dining table by Claudia Moreira Salles. Photo: Fran Parente

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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.

 

Adriana Varejão at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, NY

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Adriana Varejão, Polvo Portraits III (Seascape Series) (detail), 2014, oil on canvas and paint set

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Adriana Varejão, Polvo Portraits I (Seascape Series), 2014, oil on canvas and paint set

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Adriana Varejão, Polvo Portraits I (Seascape Series), 2014, oil on canvas and paint set

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Adriana Varejão, Polvo Color Wheel I (Seascape Series), 2014, oil on canvas and paint set

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Adriana Varejão, Polvo Oil Colors, 2013, mixed media

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Adriana Varejão, Polvo Oil Colors, 2013, mixed media

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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 – Design Directory Spring Summer 2014: Carlos Junqueira of ESPASSO, NY

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Toto bar cart by Isay Weinfeld

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Radar armchair by Carlos Motta

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Mole armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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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.

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Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues at the lobby of the Relais & Châteaux Hotel in Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro.

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Ondas sideboard by Arthur Casas and Estrela armchair by Carlos Motta

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Mole armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Paulistano armchair by Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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Veronica armchair by Jorge Zalszupin

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Ondas sideboard by Arthur Casas

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Estrela armchair by Carlos Motta

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FDC1 armchair by Flávio de Carvalho

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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.

 

Carlos Motta outdoor Timbó Line equips an Amazonian Luxury Cruise Ship

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Outdoor deck of Aria cruise ship, featuring Carlos Motta's Timbó chaise and bench.

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Aria luxury cruise ship sailing the Amazonian rivers

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Aria luxury cruise ship sailing the Amazonian rivers

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Off-vessel expedition on the Amazonian river

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Outdoor deck of Aria cruise ship, featuring Carlos Motta's Timbó chaise and bench.

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Dining room of Aria luxury cruise ship

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Boutique of Aria luxury cruise ship

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Outdoor Jacuzzi at Aria luxury cruise ship

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Timbó bench by Carlos Motta

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Tmbó chaise by Carlos Motta

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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.

Modernist Encounter: The Furniture of José Zanine Caldas at Rino Levi’s Casa Olivo Gomes

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N armchair, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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H armchair, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, featuring detail of tile mural by Roberto Burle Marx.

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Vintage chaise and ottoman, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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Vintage armchair, c. 1960, by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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Vintage armchair, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas by José Zanine Caldas at the Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi.

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X stools, c. 1950's, by José Zanine Caldas Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, featuring tile mural by Roberto Burle Marx.

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, featuring tile mural by Roberto Burle Marx.

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H armchair, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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I dining chair, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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X stools, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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N armchair, c. 1950's, José Zanine Caldas.

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, featuring tile mural by Burle Marx

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Casa Olivo Gomes by Rino Levi, 1951, interior, original photo

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi

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Casa Olivo Gomes, 1951, by Rino Levi, original plan

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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.

Etel Interiores: The Constantine Mosque by Oscar Niemeyer

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Oscar Niemeyer, sketch for the Seddik Ben Yahia auditorium, also known as the 'open book' auditorium at Mentoui University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer, c. 1960's

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Mentoui University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy

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Seddik Ben Yahia auditorium, also known as the 'open book' auditorium at Mentoui University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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La Coupole stadium at the Citè Olympique in Algiers. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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University of Constantine, Algeria by Oscar Niemeyer

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Garden near the library offices at the Mentouri University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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Interior of the stadium of Mentouri University in Constantine, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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Courtyard at University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Bab-Ezzouar, Algiers, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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A walkway at the at University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Bab-Ezzouar, Algiers, Algeria. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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A Lecture Hall at the Mentouri University, in the city of Constantine. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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Entrance of a lecture hall at the Mentouri University, in the city of Constantine. Oscar Niemeyer. Photo by Jason Oddy.

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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: Living – Fine Mixture

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Vogue Brasil - The Home of Barbara Jalles. Detail of Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues.

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Vogue Brasil - The Home of Barbara Jalles. Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin; detail of Janete side table by Sergio Rodrigues and Almicar de Castro artwork.

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Vogue Brasil - The Home of Barbara Jalles. Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues, Petalas side table adn Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin.

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Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin, Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues and Petalas side table by Jorge Zalszupin

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Del Rey armchair by Jorge Zalszupin

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Diz armchair by Sergio Rodrigues

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Petalas side table by Jorge Zalszupin

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Janete side table by Sergio Rodrigues

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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 RodriguesDiz armchair and Janete side table along artworks by contemporary painter Renata Egreja and seminal neo-constructivist Almicar de Castro.

Vik Muniz at Sikkema Jenkins & Co, NY

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Vik Muniz, New Car, Album, 2014 Digital C-Print

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Vik Muniz, Wedding, Album, 2013 Digital C-Print

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Vik Muniz, Classroom, Album, 2013 Digital C-Print

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Jetliner (Postcards from Nowhere), 2014 Digital C-Print

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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.