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José Bechara: Dancing in my room

March 11-May 3, 2023

Dancing in my room is the title of a song by the Canadian musician @347aidan, which I have borrowed for a new series of paintings. The paintings suggest color as the protagonist of a pictorial practice.

In the last years, I have dealt with the color as an element in service of ordering certain spaces in the painting. In this new series the intention is to propose the color as the subject

As an autonomous agent, the color is the work. It emerges solidly and intensely, constituted within the paintings. It doesn’t hesitate. It wants to claim itself publicly.

The dimensions are purposely small. These works in smaller shapes exist as pieces of something. Chunks of colors in small territories.

They are willing to overflow beyond the physical limits of the metric to which they are limited. They are works with a level of liberty heading to a non-familiar territory – which is usually darker and closer to the soil and to minerals.

Therefore, Dancing in My Room is a drill composed of both risk and freedom. This series that arose from recent effort does not require justification. It only exists in order to be observed.

About José Bechara

José Bechara was born in 1957 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where he lives and works. There he studied at the EAV Parque Lage – Visual Arts School. Bechara has taken part in major art shows, among them the 25th Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, the 29th Panorama da Arte Brasileira, the 5th Bienal Internacional do MERCOSUL, and the 2011 Trienal de Arquitetura de Lisboa – including the exhibitions Caminhos do Contemporâneo and Os 90 at Brazil’s Paço Imperial in Rio de Janeiro. Bechara has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions at renowned institutions, among them Brazil’s Fundação Eva Klabin, Portugal’s Culturgest, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Museu do Chiado, Spain’s MEIAC-Badajós, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderna-Valencia, the Museo Patio Herreriano-Valadollid (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español) and MARCO de Vigo. He has also exhibited at Germany’s Haus der Kilturen der Welt, the Ludwig Forum Fur Intl Kunst, the Kunst Museum, at Belgium’s Musee Bozar, and at the ASU Art Museum in the USA. Bechara’s work has been shown in many significant venues inside Brazil, among them the MAM-Rio de Janeiro, MAC-Paraná, MAM-Bahia, MAC-Niterói, the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Fundação Iberê Camargo, the Museu Vale, Centro Cultural São Paulo and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo to name a few.

Bechara’s works are present in private and public collections such as MAM Rio de Janeiro, the Gilberto Chateaubriand Collection-BR, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo-BR, Centre Pompidou-FR, Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz-BR, MAC Niterói – coleção João Sattamini-BR, Instituto Itaú Cultural-BR, MAM Bahia-BR, MAC Paraná-B, Universidade Cândido Mendes-BR, Fundo BGA-BR, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern Contemporani de Palma-ES, MARCO de Vigo-ES, Brasilea Stiftung-CH, Culturgest-PT, the ASU Art Museum-US, MoLLA-US and Ella Fontanal Cisneros-US, among others.

About Diana Lowenstein Gallery

Since 1989, Diana Lowenstein has been part of the international art scene through her role as an active gallery owner and director, first under the name Der Brücke and now as the eponymous Diana Lowenstein Gallery.

Mrs. Lowenstein began her career as a gallerist in Argentina, fomenting young local artists as well as organizing exhibitions of world-renowned foreign artists.

Participating in high-caliber art fairs like FIAC in Paris, ARCO in Madrid, Art Basel, Art Chicago and Art Miami has been a staple in the gallery’s operation. Furthermore, Diana Lowenstein has been part of numerous organizing committees of these fairs, being able to influence their orientation to include a quality Latin American mix of talent.

In September of 2000, the gallery headquarters were moved to Miami. It is now based in Magic City District, the gallery has thirty-two years of specialized experience presenting contemporary art in the United States and across the globe. The Diana Lowenstein Gallery runs a year-long exhibition program in Miami and participates in the world’s most exclusive art fairs, presenting the works of its stable of international artists. She has made it possible for many of her exclusive artists to exhibit works in major world museums and biennales.

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