KATIE, 10 April 2013

Go See: Julião Sarmento

“The Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, from the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, presents Julião Sarmento. Una forma extrema de privacidad (An extreme form of privacy)—the Portuguese artist with the foremost international significance nowadays. Since his first show in 1976, he has been subject of more than 130 solo exhibitions, among which his participation in the Portuguese Pavilion at the XLVII Venice Biennale (1997) stands out. In 2012 a retrospective of the artist was inaugurated in the prestigious Fundação de Serralves in Oporto, containing more than 180 works made between 1972 and 2012.

Julião Sarmento. Una forma extrema de privacidad is his first exhibition in Mexico. It gathers very representative pieces of his work of the last 17 years, from 1995 to 2012. Sarmento’s practice takes shape in paintings, engravings, installations, videos and performances of an enormous sensibility and lucidity, reflexive axis of which are the human figure and the architecture. These themes originate in the immanence of the gesture and work as visual catalysts for concepts, such as memory, sexuality, and the subconscious. These matters take on a poetic force loaded with suggestions that activate a very special and intimate relation between the spectators and the pieces of this momentous artist.”

Showing at The Carrillo Gil Museum of Art, Mexico till 9th Sept