James Cohan Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of Gamboa, a dazzling new sculptural installation by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. Originally created for Prospect.1 New Orleans Biennial, Gamboa (2008) is chandelier-like mobile with suspended glittering ornaments. Recurring motifs from Milhazes’s well-known paintings populate the sculpture, reflecting the artist’s desire to celebrate the shared cultural traditions of Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans. As she explained in The New York Times, “New Orleans was always about the vitality, the dancing and the music. So I link it — the carnival in New Orleans with the Carnival in Rio. It will make this kind of dialogue between two cities.”
Milhazes has exhibited widely in museums around the world and represented Brazil at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. She has participated in several other international biennial exhibitions, including the Shanghai Biennale, 2006; Bienal de São Paolo, 2006 and 1998; the 11th Biennale of Sydney, 1998 and the Carnegie International, 1995. Milhazes was born in 1960 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, where she lives and works today.
A major solo exhibition of Milhazes’s work will open at the Cartier Foundation in Paris on April 4th, 2009 and will remain open until June 21. www.fondationcartier.com
To access articles and reviews for Beatriz Milhazes and bio and bibliographic information, please consult her artist page at www.jamescohan.com/artists/beatriz-milhazes