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Ana Maria Tavaresborn 1958, Brazil
Ana Maria Tavares

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

 

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.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2015: Ana Maria Tavares: Airshaft for Piranesi, Museu Lasar Segall, São Paulo, Brazil

2014: Atlântica Moderna: Purus e Negros, Museu Vale, Espírito Santo, Brazil

Ana Maria Tavares: Euryale Amazonica, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2013: Natural Natural: Paisagem e Artifício, Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Juazeiro do Norte, Brazil

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

Natural Natural: Paisagem e Artifício, Centro de Arte e Cultura Dragão do Mar, Fortaleza, Brazil

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

Ana Maria Tavares, Kröller-Müller Museum, 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

1998: Relax’o’visions, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura (MUBE), São Paulo, Brazil

1997: Porto Pampulha, Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

1994: Chicotes, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1982: Objetos e Interferências, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

 

Ana Maria Tavares’s work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including: Circuitos Cruzados: o Centre Pompidou encontra o MAM, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM SP), São Paulo, Brazil (2013); Tékhne, Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP), São Paulo, Brazil (2010); When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2009); Atenção: Estratégias Para Perceber a Arte, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM SP), São Paulo, Brazil (2009); When Lives Become Form: Creative Power from Brazil, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (2009); Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art, The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (2005); The Encounters in the 21st Century: Polyphony – Emerging Resonances, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2004); Arte Contemporânea Brasileira, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2001); 7° Bienal de la Habana: Una más acerca del otro, Havana, Cuba (2000); Panorama de Arte Brasileira, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM SP), São Paulo, Brazil (1999); Chicotes, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1995); Ultramodern: The Art of Contemporary Brazil, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (1993); 21ª Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Pavilhão Preto, Brazil (1991); 19ª Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, Pavilhão da Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (1987); and 1ª Bienal de la Habana, Centro Wilfredo Lam, Pabelón Cuba, Museo Nacional, Havana, Cuba (1984), among many others.

 

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

 

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