Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to present, Works on paper: Women, and Houses, and Plants… an exhibition of new drawings by Julião Sarmento. Sarmento has exhibited extensively since his first show in 1969 and is known as one of Portugal’s most important artists. Throughout his career, Sarmento’s work has revealed his pre-occupation with desire, psychological interactions, sensuality, and voyeurism. His work implements a symbolic representation of his own unconscious. Sarmento’s new body of work investigates latent memory related to desire and experience based within the confines of an architectural premise. As stated by Chrissie Iles, in Louise Neri’s book Julião Sarmento, “Sarmento undermines the objective analytical study that the early photographic works suggest with his blatantly subjective erotic content, just as nineteenth-century taxonomic studies of the hysterical, criminal and insane body by scientists and photographers from Muybridge to Dalton and Charcot belied a prurient interest in the suppressed drives implied by their subject matter.”
Julião Sarmento lives and works in Estoril, Portugal. He studied painting and architecture at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts. He has shown in numerous group shows around the world including Documenta VII (1982) and VIII (1987), the Venice Biennales of 1980 and 2001, and in 1997, he represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale. His work is included in public collections worldwide, including The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA, New York; the Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
In 2009, Julião Sarmento will have a solo exhibition at The Estação Pinacoteca in São Paolo, Brazil, curated by Ivo Mesquita and Delfim Sardo. In 2010, He will have a solo exhibition at The Parish Museum, in the Hamptons in New York, curated by Terrie Sultan, which will travel to the Blaffer Gallery at The Art Museum of the University of Houston.