Biography

ANA MARIA TAVARES   (b. 1958, Brazil)

Looking to the legacies of modernist architecture in Brazil, Ana Maria Tavares creates futuristic non-places, and meditations on institutions, systems, and information. Her intricate installations are fantastically urban in their visual vocabulary, suggesting parallels with not only Oscar Niemeyer, but also with Giovanni Piranesi--the 18th-century Italian artist who created fictitious architectural landscapes--and with the labrynthine world of M. C. Escher.

Writing about her work, curator Dan Cameron notes, “Tavares has not set out to critique the situation in which she finds herself, so much as to suggest that within each collectively understood interpretation of a public space, there is always another possibility, often contradictory and sometimes filled with wonder, waiting to be explored. Sometimes, the only thing required to draw out this hidden reality is the simple act of treating all public spaces like empty sets, waiting to be filled with actors whose parts have not yet been written.”
 

Tavares earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1982 from the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation in São Paulo. She completed her MFA in 1986 from the Art Institute of Chicago, and PhD in Art from the University of São Paulo in 2000. She was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. She is currently Professor of Art at the University of São Paulo. In 2005, she was artist-lecturer at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and she was the Ida Ely Rubin Artist-in-Residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006-2007. In 2014, she was the Lynette Autrey Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Center at Rice University.

Quote

“We have left, but we have not yet arrived.”

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 

No Lugar Mesmo: Uma Antologia de Ana Maria Tavares – Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil

 

Ana Maria Tavares - Forgotten Mantras - Silvia Cintra + Box4, Rio de Janeiro, RJ

2015

Ana Maria Tavares: Airshaft for Piranesi, Museu Lasar Segall, São Paulo, Brazil

2014

Atlântica Moderna: Purus e Negros, Museu Vale, Espírito Santo, Brazil

 

Euryale Amazonica, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2013

Natural Natural: Paisagem e Artifício, Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Fortaleza, Brazil; Centro de Arte e Cultura Dragão do Mar, Fortaleza, Brazil

 

Ana Maria Tavares: Deviating Utopias, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, USA

 

Tautorama, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil

2011

Desviantes, Galeria Silvia Cintra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil

2010

Paisagens Perdidas (Para Lina Bo Bardi), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil

2008

Ana Maria Tavares, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia

 

Fortuna e Recusa ou Ukiyo-e (a imagem de um mundo flutuante), Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Ana Maria Tavares, Kröller-Müller Musuem, Arnhem, Holland

2005

Paisagem para Exit II, Culturgest, Porto, Portugal

2004

Enigmas de uma Noite com Midnight Daydreams, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Noturnos (da série Caça-Palavras), Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), São Paulo, Brazil

2002

Entrückte Körper_GRU/TXL, Galerie Vostell, Berlin, Germany

 

Numinosum, Galeria Brito Cimino, São Paulo, Brazil

2001

Middelburg Airport Lounge with Parede Niemeyer, De Vleeshall, Middelburg, Holland

 

Numinoso, De Kabineeten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland

2000

Projeto Zona Instável, Pavilhão das Cavalariças, Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Estação II, Centro Universitário Mariantonia, São Paulo, Brazil

1998

Relax’o’visions, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MuBE), São Paulo, Brazil

1997

Porto Pampulha, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

1996

Rotatórias, Galeria Millan, São Paulo, Brazil

1994

Chicotes, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1993

Chicotes, Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil

1990

Ana Maria Tavares, Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil

1986

Ana Maria Tavares, Superior Street Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA

1982

Objetos e Interferências, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Selected Public Collections

Casa da Cultura de Ribeirão Preto, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil

FRAC Haute Normandie, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, France

Fundação ARCO, Madrid, Spain

Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal

Kröller-Müller Museum KMM, Arnhem, Holland

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Niterói, Brazil

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de São Paulo (MAC), São Paulo, Brazil

Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Museu de Arte de Brasília (MAB), Brasília, Brazil

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM), São Paulo, Brazil

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA), Belgium

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Stichting Sonsbeek Internationaal, Arnhem, Holland

Universidade de Uberlândia (UFU), Uberlândia, Brazil