Beatriz Milhazes et al.
Color & Complexity: 30 Years at Durham Press (group show)
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown
19 January – 20 September 2020
"Color & Complexity" is the first exhibition to celebrate Durham Press’s thirty years of innovative and experimental printmaking. Founded in 1988 by master printer Jean-Paul Russell and co-owned with partner and wife Ann Marshall, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, workshop and publisher is internationally recognized. In collaborating with artists, Durham Press develops unique methods to suit each project, whether that involves creating hundreds of intricately carved and shaped woodblocks or marking a metal plate with a bulldozer.
This exhibition will not only feature Durham Press’s monoprints, portfolios, and the large-scale masterpieces of printmaking for which they are best known, but will also reveal aspects of the process through the display of blocks and matrixes. "Color & Complexity" highlights an impressive body of work from across Durham Press’s history, including prints by some of today’s most groundbreaking artists, such as Hurvin Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Chitra Ganesh, John Giorno, Jacob Hashimoto, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas, Beatriz Milhazes, and Mickalene Thomas. Many of these artists have been returning to Durham Press for years and even decades, noting that the supportiveness and experimental nature of their experience often influences the development of their artwork in other media. This exhibition will feature an accompanying catalogue.
Allentown Art Museum
Collaboration with Louis Vuitton
Beatriz Milhazes is one of the six leading contemporary artists invited by Louis Vuitton to reinterpret the iconic Capucines bag.
The artist created a bag that takes after her vibrant and hypnotic paintings inspired by the popular art of her native country. Translating the refined geometric composition of an original artwork onto the bag relied on expert and innovative marquetry techniques. A kaleidoscope of textures and colors come together with eighteen different types of leather, further enhanced by gold leaf detailing, and the playful touch of a gel peace sign.
Yellow Flower Dream (public artwork)
Inaugurated 1 November 2018. Official opening: 26 April 2019
New artwork unveiled at Inujima "Art House Project"
Yellow Flower Dream, a work by Beatriz Milhazes has opened in Japan on November 1st, 2018, at Inujima Island for the "Art House Project - A-Art House”, and also will be joining Setouchi Triennale 2019 starting from April 26th, 2019.
Based on the artist's perception of the architecture of A-Art House as a "sculpture uniting the surrounding community and nature", this work represents, through the use of colors overflowing with energy, a virtual landscape depicting the vitality of the geometry and daily life unfolding in Inujima's nature.
Inujima Art House Project was launched with the objective of inspiring the local community of Inujima, allowing them to experience the beautiful landscapes of everyday life and the familiar natural environments that extend beyond the artworks. This project was developed by artistic director Yuko Hasegawa and architect Kazuyo Sejima for the village on Inujima.
The Inujima “Art House Project” is a part of art-related activities, Benesse Art Site Naoshima, conducted by Benesse Holdings, Inc. and Fukutake Foundation on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima to create significant spaces in resonance with the pristine nature of the Seto Inland Sea region.
Benesse Art Site Naoshima