Sunday, November 20, 2016

Roberto Burle Marx at the Jewish Museum

Back in September, in New York, John and I went to the Jewish Museum.
We entered beneath Beatrix Milhazes' chandelier-like Gamboa II (2013-16) to see the Roberto Burle Marx show.
Do you know Burle Marx -- the Brazilian landscape and textile designer?
I remember the buzz about him in the 1960's and loved being able to have a good look at his very recognizable work. Mr Burle Marx was a star of Mid-Century Modernism. 
 The ground floor gallery was filled with his drawings and maquettes.
 I particularly liked the huge Tapestry for Santo Andre Civic Centre (wool, 1969, right side).
It filled one whole wall (left side).
Burle Marx's Painted Ceramic Azulejo Tiles made in the late 1940s 
 and an organic drawing for the Juan Araujo Interior, 2015.
We loved this wooden maquette for an unexecuted Sculptural Fountain too (for São Paulo, Brazil, 1983). 
and of course his Avenida Atlântica -- Rio di Janeiro's Copacabana beach boulevard, 1970.
It was interesting to see some of Burle Marx' portrait paintings.
We'll leave you with this charcoal, Self-portrait, Berlin (1929).

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