Beatriz Milhazes – at PAMM

I was lucky enough to make another trip to Miami at the end of last year. Can you become addicted to a place?  Because I think I am to Miami.

I love there there are always new places to visit and one for this year was the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). It opened last year and I was very excited to visit. And I have to say it didn’t disappoint. It is in a beautiful location looking over the water and the landscaping is amazing.

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It is surrounded by beautiful tropical plants and palm trees.  So beautiful.

They have an interesting collection of contemporary art but the joy of our visit was discovering the artist Beatriz Milhazes.  She is a Brazilian artist and well the PAMM website tells you all you need to know

“The first major U.S. retrospective on Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes (b. 1960), the exhibition will feature the artist’s large-scale abstract paintings inspired by Brazilian and European Modernism, Baroque forms, popular culture, and the decorations of Carnival.  During the early 1990s, the artist developed an unusual painting technique, in which she adhered separate images executed in acrylic paint—such as flowers, arabesques, lace patterns or peace-signs—onto canvases in a style that references collage, graffiti and plastic decals. This practice results in richly textured surfaces that appear prematurely aged. The exhibition will include works produced over the last 25 years of the artist’s career and examine their evolution from softer, more decorative forms to harder-edged abstraction.”

I prefered here earlier work to her recent paintings. I love the complexity of the layering, the colours and the beautiful floral and lace imagery. They feel so joyous and full of energy. Paintings to get lost in.

Here are selection of my favourites.
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