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Nara Roesler
511 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
212 794 5038
Galeria Nara Roesler is a leading Brazilian contemporary art gallery, representing seminal Brazilian and international artists who emerged in the 1950s as well as preeminent mid-career and emerging artists who dialogue with the currents put forth by these historical figures. Founded by Nara Roesler in 1989, the gallery has consistently fomented curatorial practice while upholding the utmost quality in art production. This has actively been put into practice through a select and rigorous exhibitions program created in close collaboration with its artists; the implementation and fostering of the Roesler Hotel program, a platform for curatorial projects; and continued support to artists beyond the gallery space, working with institutions and curators in offsite shows. In 2012, the gallery doubled its São Paulo exhibition space, in 2014 it expanded to Rio, and in 2015 it opened in New York City, continuing its mission to provide the best platform for its artists to show their work.
Artists Represented:
Abraham Palatnik
Alberto Barayaa
Alexandre Arrechea
Alice Miceli
Amelia Toledo
André Griffo
Angelo Venosa
Antonio Dias
Artur Lescher
Berna Reale
Brígida Baltar
Bruno Dunley
Cao Guimarães
Carlito Carvalhosa
Cássio Vasconcellos
Cristina Canale
Dan Graham
Daniel Buren
Daniel Senise
Eduardo Navarro
Elian Almeida
Fabio Miguez
Heinz Mack
Isaac Julien
José Patrício
Julio Le Parc
Karin Lambrecht
Laura Vinci
León Ferrari
Lucia Koch
Manoela Medeiros
Marcelo Silveira
Marco A. Castillo
Marco Maggi
Marcos Chaves
Maria Klabin
Milton Machado
Not Vital
O Grivo
Paul Ramirez Jonas
Paulo Bruscky
Philippe Decrauzat
Raul Mourão
Rodolpho Parigi
Sérgio Sister
Tomie Ohtake
Vik Muniz
Virginia de Medeiros
Xavier Veilhan

Past Exhibitions

Cristina Canale

The Encounter

September 9, 2021 - October 23, 2021
Nara Roesler New York is proud to announce a solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Cristina Canale (b. 1961, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas. The exhibition opens on September 8, 2021, marking the artist's first solo presentation in the US, and will showcase a selection of Canale's most recent production. The artist first rose to prominence in the 1980s as part of the iconic group from Rio de Janeiro known as Geração 80, which brought together young artists seeking to break away from inherited artistic practices. Since then, Canale has produced a robust oeuvre characterized by a ceaseless interrogation of painting’s potentialities, through elaborate compositions that blur the boundaries between the figurative and abstract. The exhibition delves into Canale's most recent production, presenting a selection of works that reflect upon the intertwinement of portraiture and landscape, suggesting a new symbolist frontier in her production. In the words of curator Luis Perez-Oramas, ‘The deliberate absence of vultus - that is, of facial expressivity - in Cristina Canale's portraits is compensated by the painting's complex chromatic apparatus, as if the architecture of form and color that gives them presence on the painting's surface could supplement their lack of expression. Prodigiously expressive in spite of their faceless faces these portraits remain an enigma that inquires us through the frontality of painting. It is painting that looks at us. Among Canale's most recent works, there are some portraits of particular significance in that they feature a surprising - and novel - lateral dynamism. Faces depicted in profile emerge and mark the laterality of the pictorial field through their action, through their effect: it could be a cloud of breath, the smoke of a cigarette, a gaze that does not meet ours, but that nonetheless summons it. The fact that the portrait's visages do not apprehend us frontally [...] define another dimension for the encounter, particularly activating the edges, their lateral resonance, their potential capability to determine space beyond its material limits.' Cristina Canale's works posit a dialogue with the tradition of painting by creating pieces that juxtapose and faint contradictions, and perhaps most importantly, propose a new form of unity. As with other artists represented by Nara Roesler, Canale has accomplished utmost success and institutional recognition in Brazil. The exhibition will offer the US audience an unprecedented opportunity to delve into the practice and universe of an important Brazilian painter whose work has continuously proposed new forms of challenging the pillars of her medium and is yet to be fully revealed in America.

Alan Adi, Gabi Bresola, Gustavo Caboco, Leila Danziger, Randolpho Lamonier and Victor Galvão, André Griffo, Andréa Hygino, Filipe Lippe ,Adriano Machado, No Martins, Virginia de Medeiros, Marta Neves, Amador e JR. Segurança Patrimonial

On the shoulders of Giants

June 24, 2021 - August 20, 2021
Nara Roesler New York is proud to announce On the shoulders of giants, a group exhibition curated by Raphael Fonseca, one of Brazil’s most acclaimed emerging contemporary art curators, opening on June 24 2021. On the shoulders of giants will showcase Brazilian artists from different generations, whose practices investigate the relations and tensions between ideas of time and memory. The plurality of the works presented will offer an opportunity to delve into an ample array of propositions on these themes, presenting different aesthetic and conceptual interpretations. The exhibition foregrounds contemporary engagements with popular and ancestral narratives, exploring how they coexist and intertwine with modern day contexts, in order to develop collective memory. Image caption: On the shoulders of giants, exhibition view, Nara Roesler New York, 2021. Photo: Charles Roussel.