Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Julião Sarmento. Throughout his career Julião Sarmento has developed a multi-media visual language incorporating cultural narratives from literature, philosophy, architecture, music and cinema. For this, his third exhibition with the gallery, Sarmento first pays tribute to the city of Los Angeles by titling the exhibition after the inaugural show at Ferus Gallery. His long-standing engagement with LA, and by extension the city’s own stars – be they artists, actors, architects or luminous points in the night sky - is represented in a series of new paintings consisting of elegant lines based on fractal geometry and colors that reference the constellations. The sparseness of the work echoes a recurring formal quality found in his paintings, and the fragmentation of the images and their subsequent combinations formed on the canvases – one of which includes a rendering, in the nude, of Degas’ Little Dancer – disarms the viewer’s expectations.
Julião Sarmento (b. 1948 Lisbon, Portugal) lives and works in Estoril, Portugal. He has exhibited extensively since his first show in 1969. In 2012 he was the subject of a major retrospective, Julião Sarmento: White Nights, at Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal. He has been included in numerous group shows around the world including Documenta VII (1982) and VIII (1987); he represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and was also included in the Venice Biennales of 1980 and 2001. His work is included in public collections worldwide, including Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands; and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan.