Juliao Sarmento Sean Kelly Gallery

Brunelleschi's Doubt, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite, water based enamel and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
77 1/2 x 86 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches
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Juliao Sarmento Sean Kelly Gallery

Pikkie's Dream, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
76 x 77 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches (193 x 197 x 6 cm)
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Juliao Sarmento Sean Kelly Gallery

Still Waters, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite, acrylic tempera and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
21 1/4 x 21 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (54 x 54 x 4 cm)
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Juliao Sarmento Sean Kelly Gallery

Plant, Book, Navy Blue and White, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 26 x 20 inches (66 x 51 cm)
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Press Release

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce an exhibition by Julião Sarmento featuring new paintings and works on paper, accompanied by an important early film piece. The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, September 17th from 6pm until 8pm. The artist will be present.

Sarmento's exhibition is comprised of a group of new mixed media paintings and drawings as well as his early film, Faces, from 1976. In Faces, Sarmento filmed a close-up of two women in an intimate embrace; their glowing red lips leave traces of lipstick on each other's skin, eliciting a powerful atmosphere of sensuality and voyeurism. In this early film, Sarmento established one of the principal icons of his entire oeuvre – the female figure. The film provides a context from which to chart the development of this evolving iconography over the past three decades.

In the new works, Sarmento combines his seminal portraits of the female form with images taken from popular culture (found and personal material) silk-screened directly onto the surface of the paintings, that read almost like fragmented film stills. The drawings incorporate collage, photographs, graphite and enamel, creating layered forms which evoke disconcerting, mysterious gestures and relationships. These new works expand upon reoccurring motifs such as the anonymous woman surrounded by allusive fragmented images, rendered in Sarmento's delicate pentimento of pencil and paint. Drawing from films, magazines, advertising, novels and daily life, Sarmento's imagery constitutes a reflection of his artistic and personal life. The artist says: "After all, to be human is to desire, to constantly imagine or create what we cannot see or experience."

Julião Sarmento was born in Lisbon in 1948 and has exhibited extensively worldwide since 1979. Sarmento has been included in two Documentas and three Venice Biennales. His work is represented in public and private collections worldwide such as: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; the Tate Modern, London and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, to name a few.

Sarmento's forthcoming exhibitions include Absence is the Highest Form of Presence at the Museum Dhondt – Dhaenens in Deurie, Belgium, which opens October 4 and runs through November 29, 2009. This unrealized last project of curator Michael Tarantino, who sadly passed away in 2003, includes the work of Julião Sarmento, Robert Gober and Luc Tuymans. Sarmento's retrospective, Grace Under Pressure, at the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paolo, Brazil, curated by Ivo Mesquita and Delfim Sardo, will open on November 28, 2009.

Checklist

JULIÃO SARMENTO

House of Games

September 18th – October 24th, 2009


Gallery 1

Faces, 1976
super 8 film transferred to DVD, color, 40' 07"
dimensions variable
edition of 3 with 1 AP
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Gallery 2 (from left to right):

Woman, Book, Black and Camomile, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 40 x 26 inches (101.8 x 66 cm)
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Woman, Plant, Black and Cream, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 22 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (57.2 x 41.9 cm)
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Plant, Book, Navy Blue and White, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 26 x 20 inches (66 x 51 cm)
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Woman, House, Black and White, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 30 x 22 1/4 inches (76 x 56.5 cm)
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Woman, Plant, Stone Grey and Cream, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 40 x 26 inches (101.8 x 66 cm)
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House, Record, Stone Grey and Camomile, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 26 x 20 inches (66 x 51 cm)
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Woman, Plant, Navy Blue and Cream, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 27 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches (70.5 x 50 cm)
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House, Book, Silver Grey and White, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 26 x 20 inches (66 x 51 cm)
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Book, Record, Stone Grey and White, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 40 x 26 inches (101.8 x 66 cm)
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Book, Record, Navy Blue and Cream, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 26 x 20 inches (66 x 51 cm)
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Woman, Record, Black and White, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 40 x 26 inches (101.8 x 66 cm)
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Woman, House, Bordeaux and White, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 27 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches (70.5 x 50 cm)
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Plant, Record, Black and Camomile, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 30 x 22 1/4 inches (76 x 56.5 cm)
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House, Plant, Silver Grey and Camomile, 2009
water based enamel, collage and graphite on paper
paper: 40 x 26 inches (101.8 x 66 cm)
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Main Gallery (clockwise from east wall):

Man Writer, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite,
acrylic tempera and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
59 x 59 x 2 3/8 inches (150 x 150 x 6 cm)
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Pikkie's Dream, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite
and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
76 x 77 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches (193 x 197 x 6 cm)
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Continuous With Flowers, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite,
acrylic tempera and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
49 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches (125 x 90 x 6 cm)
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An Equally Caustic Sonnet, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite,
acrylic tempera and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
49 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches (125 x 90 x 6 cm)
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No Strangers to Literary Pursuits, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite,
acrylic tempera and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
77 1/2 x 76 x 2 3/8 inches (197 x 193 x 6 cm)
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Brunelleschi's Doubt, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite,
water based enamel and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
77 1/2 x 86 5/8 x 2 3/8 inches (197 x 220 x 6 cm)
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Hopscotch and Vitamins, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite,
acrylic and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
76 x 77 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches (193 x 197 x 6 cm)
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One Two Many, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, graphite
and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
45 1/4 x 45 1/4 x 2 3/8 inches (115 x 115 x 6 cm)
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Heavy Load, 2009
Polyvinyl acetate, pigments, acrylic gesso, water-based enamel,
graphite and silkscreen print on cotton canvas
49 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 2 3/8 inches (125 x 90 x 6 cm)
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