The Whitechapel Gallery has announced the first exhibition of its curatorial partnership with the Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, Florida.
Artworks by internationally renowned Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes will go on display from 3 December 2011 until 28 February 2012, the first of three annual exhibitions curated by the Whitechapel Gallery to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach.
Milhazes’ exuberantly coloured, rhythmically constructed artworks have been exhibited worldwide. This exhibition will explore the process Milhazes uses to create her bold and abstract artworks by displaying archival materials, original drawings, acetates, wood blocks, loose leaf books and screen prints. Central to the exhibition will be a series of screen and wood block prints she has made with Durham Press in Pennsylvania during the past 15 years.
Milhazes’ screen prints and wood block editions offer a subtle and fascinating evolution of form, colour and optical rhythm. Bringing all of these prints together offers a coherent, revelatory and visually dazzling journey through her work.
Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director, Whitechapel Gallery, London said:
‘The Whitechapel Gallery has always pioneered world-class artists and we are delighted to realise a new exhibition in the Gallery at Windsor. I see Beatriz’s work as orchestral, with circular elements interweaving to form a symphony of colour and shape. The titles of her work are in themselves a form of poetry. To show these alongside archival materials and the beautiful artist’s books gives the show a further dimension. Art historical echoes are both European and Brazilian – we can see Milhazes as the inheritor both of artists such as Matisse and Sonia Delaunay, as well as the Brazilian Tropicalia movement. The different forms of her work will be enhanced by the fantastic light of the gallery and the beautiful landscape surrounding it.’
‘We have long admired the Whitechapel Gallery and its ground-breaking programme of exhibitions and events, and are delighted to be forming a partnership with them’, says The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, philanthropist wife of international retail magnate W. Galen Weston, who are supporting the displays. ‘Having an artist from Latin America is the perfect recognition of Miami and Florida’s unique geographical position between the North and South American continents. Windsor has a fantastic history of showing world-class contemporary artists, including Ed Ruscha, Peter Doig and Alex Katz, and Beatriz is a brilliant addition.’
Mr and Mrs Weston established the Windsor community, a family oriented residential community located in Vero Beach, Florida. It spans 416 acres on a barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean.
Once a year, to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, the Whitechapel Gallery is curating a solo show of an important artist at the Gallery in Windsor. This three-year partnership will feature artists at different stages in their careers. One show will be of a rising star; one of a modern master; and one of a canonical figure who is influential today.
Each year the Whitechapel and Windsor Galleries will create a ‘salon’ like ambience to the space, where leading figures from the art world can meet to discuss and debate ideas. For each exhibition, a practitioner such as a writer, poet or musician will create a unique performance inspired by the art on display. Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, will also be in conversation with Milhazes for the opening weekend.
A limited edition publication will be produced and feature an essay by Iwona Blazwick. This will be available from both the Windsor Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery.
The Gallery at Windsor is a not-for-profit art space which sits in the heart of the Windsor development, close to the ocean and in landscaped gardens. Leading art consultancy Nine AM Limited will be working closely with the Whitechapel Gallery to realise the series of exhibitions.
The exhibition runs from 3 December 2011 – 28 February 2012 and will be open daily from 9am. Closing times vary, visitors should call: 001 772 388 4071 to arrange their visit. Windsor Gallery, 3125 Windsor Boulevard, Vero Beach, Florida, 32963.
The Gallery at Windsor has been the site of exhibitions by leading contemporary artists since 2002. Previous artists who have exhibited include Christo, Peter Doig, Alex Katz and Ed Ruscha.
For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Walid Raad. With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, art courses, dining room and bookshop there is always something free to see. The Gallery is a touchstone for modern and contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.
Windsor is a family oriented residential community and club located in Vero Beach, Florida. It spans 416 acres on a lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. It was established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto and designed by renowned town planners Andrès Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Visit www.windsorflorida.com for more information.