Curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas
“Cross-cuts,” the leading Brazilian gallery Nara Roesler’s inaugural exhibition at its new and expanded Miguel Pinto Guimarães-designed space in Chelsea, showcases nine artists. It puts its new space—nearly four times larger than its previous location on the Upper East Side—to good use. In five installations that will last five days each, the exhibition spans fifty years, from Antonio Dias’s The Illustration of Art / Art & Society/ Model (1975), a series of rectilinear cut out red shapes, to work made within the last five years, such as Artur Lescher’s Rio Léthê # 08 (2018), felt stretched taut in vertical strips undulating around round wood pegs. Nara Roesler syncs New York with Brazil: Maria Klabin, who presents the intimate figurative painting The Nap (2018, in which the male figure’s hands drape over a book atop his chest, is simultaneously showing a garden painting for a show in the gallery’s São Paolo location.
Antonio Dias, The Illustration of Art / Uncovering the Cover-Up, 1973. Silk screen, acrylic on canvas, 35.8 x 53.5 inches. Photo © Everton Ballardin.