The Rubell Family Collection opens today—timed to Art Basel Miami Beach— the exhibition “New Shamans/Novos Xamãs: Brazilian Artists”. The show is a result of the Rubells’ extensive research trips to Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and features works which address universal environmental, social and political concerns by 12 up-and-coming artists: Lucas Arruda, Thiago Martins de Melo, Sonia Gomes, André Komatsu, Daniel Steegman Mangrané, Maria Nepomuceno, Solange Pessoa, Paulo Nimer Pjota, Marina Rheingantz, Eli Sudbrack, Erika Verzutti and PIPA Prize 2016 winner Paulo Nazareth.
In an interview to artnet News, Donald Rubell, who started the collection with his wife Mera as soon as they got married, in 1964, states that, while looking for new pieces to acquire, their biggest concern was to find artists whose work discussed the major issues of Brazil, race relations and women’s rights. “We tried to avoid the typical South American geometric abstraction or kind of strange conceptual art,” he says.
The show occupies the entire first floor of the museum, and its first room, named “Video Art in Latin America: Selections of Brazil”, is dedicated to video art. The videos being shown are all part of the “Video Art in Latin America” project, one of the greatest U.S. surveys on the matter. Conceived by Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative run by the Getty Research Institute, the project will display these works along many others at LAXART next fall.
Another exhibition also opens today, on the second floor of the museum. Featuring works by 32 artists, “High Anxiety” explores polarizing social and political concerns through a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practices.
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