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Polvo

  • Adriana Varejão
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    Adriana Varejão, Polvo Oil Colors, 2013
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    Adriana Varejão, Polvo Portraits I (Seascape Series), 2014
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    Adriana Varejão, Polvo Portraits I (Seascape Series) (detail), 2014
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    Adriana Varejão, Polvo Color Wheel II (Seascape Series), 2014
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    Adriana Varejão, Polvo Portraits III (Seascape Series), 2014
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    Adriana Varejão, Polvo Portraits III (Seascape Series) (detail), 2014
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    Adriana Varejão, Polvo Color Wheel I (Seascape Series), 2014
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Press for Polvo

"Stunning Self-Portraits Make You Think Twice About Interracial Identity In South America"

Current Exhibitions at Lehmann Maupin


Yes Biological

  • Erwin Wurm,
  • Opens: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 22, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Interlude: Perdu

  • Lee Bul,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 18, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TIME LIFE

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 04, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Play the Wind

  • Alex Prager,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mirrors of Emotion

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 26, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

cart, horse, cart

  • Zachary Armstrong,
  • Jennifer Bartlett,
  • McArthur Binion,
  • Cecily Brown,
  • Sarah Cain,
  • Sarah Crowner,
  • Beverly Fishman,
  • Joanne Greenbaum,
  • Tomashi Jackson,
  • Donald Moffett,
  • Angel Otero,
  • Lari Pittman,
  • Matthew Ronay,
  • Terry Winters,
  • Molly Zuckerman-Hartung,
  • Opens: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2019
  • Reception: Jun. 20, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Workshop

  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Focus: Helen Pashgian

  • Helen Pashgian,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: May. 25, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Site of Memory

  • Heidi Bucher,
  • Opens: Apr. 25, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Milagros

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Impeach

  • Jennifer Steinkamp,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 28, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hand:Work

  • McArthur Binion,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bluebird

  • Margherita Manzelli,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 23, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

MUTATIONS IN BLUE, WHITE AND RED

  • Mandy El-Sayegh,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Modernist

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Classification and Nomenclature of Clouds

  • Liza Lou,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La India Contaminada

  • Cecilia Vicuña,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 06, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

American Landscape

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Catherine Opie,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Geometry of Colour

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THE BEARD PICTURES

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polvo

  • Adriana Varejão
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Films and Video Sculptures, 1972-1981

  • Gilbert & George,
  • Opens: Jul. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings

  • Do Ho Suh,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tête de Femme

  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 08, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Show your injuries

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anya Gallaccio

  • Anya Gallaccio,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Borne Frieze

  • Robin Rhode,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 13, 2015
  • Reception: Apr. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

  • Patrick Van Caeckenbergh,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 21, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (LES)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Future Seasons Past (Chelsea)

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Feb. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 12, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nari Ward

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Nov. 01, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sunset in My Heart

  • Mr.,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Repossession

  • Kader Attia,
  • Tim Rollins,
  • K.O.S.,
  • Mickalene Thomas,
  • Opens: Jun. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 12, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

La Grande Sortie

  • Alex Prager,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

flowers, nudes and birch trees

  • Billy Childish,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

700 Nimes Road

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Portraits and Landscapes

  • Catherine Opie,
  • Opens: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kindred Spirits

  • Adriana Varejão
  • Opens: Apr. 21, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Teresita Fernández

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 02, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 05, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Angel Otero,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mary Corse

  • Mary Corse,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bright Young Things

  • Hernan Bas,
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nicholas Hlobo

  • Nicholas Hlobo,
  • Opens: Feb. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Kim Guiline

  • Kim Guiline,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fire (America)

  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order

  • Erwin Wurm,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: May. 26, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Liu Wei (Chelsea)

  • Liu Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lui Wei (Chrystie St.)

  • Lui Wei,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 17, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

From a whisper to a scream

  • Jeffrey Gibson,
  • Shirazeh Houshiary,
  • Teresita Fernández,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Till, Lit

  • Nari Ward,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lee Bul

  • Lee Bul,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reason’s Oxymorons

  • Kader Attia,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Apr 24 - Jun 21, 2014

  • Reception: Apr 24, 6 - 8pm

Where

Lehmann Maupin

  • 201 Chrystie Street, New York, NY, United States Map

About

Varejão’s newest body of work, Polvo, expands her exploration of miscegenation—the mixture of races—with a series of self-portraits that highlights the spectrum of interracial identity in Brazil, where historically race has assumed a social and cultural function. Varejão often uses the term mestizaje, as it embodies the concept of miscegenation, though indiscriminate of the combination of ethnicities.

Varejão’s influences include the baroque, history and ceramics, as well as art history; she weaves these together to show the impact of the Euro-centric worldview on the New World. Colonial Spanish casta paintings, a 17th and 18th century genre characteristic of New Spain and particularly prevalent in colonial Mexico that sought to document the varieties of interracial mixing in an attempt to classify and frame racial diversity and hybridity throughout a complex caste system, and a 1976 racial census issued by the Brazilian government, served as inspiration for this series. The government survey asked Brazilian citizens to describe their own skin color, resulting in 136 different metaphorical descriptions. From these Varejão selected the most linguistically poetic descriptions, varying from Sapecada (Flirting with Freckles), Café com Leite (Milky Coffee), Burro quando Foge (Faded Fawn) and Queimada de Sol (Sun Kissed), and depicts herself as she envisions with each of these skin tones. The artist groups these works together as triptychs, so that comparisons can be made between the various self-assessments of race.

Varejão also created her own set of oil paints as part of the series, which will be displayed alongside the portraits. Branded by the artist under the name Polvo (meaning “octopus” in Portuguese), each color of flesh-toned paint in the set corresponds with the descriptions from the survey. The logo of the octopus was chosen as its dark-colored ink consists primarily of melanin, the same natural pigmentation found in human hair and skin. The sets will be accompanied by two color wheel paintings depicting the various shades of Polvo oil paints.

Varejão’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston in November 2014. The exhibition will feature a survey of her work from 1988 to 2014, including paintings from the Polvo series.


Press
"Stunning Self-Portraits Make You Think Twice About Interracial Identity In South America"

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