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Iran Do Espirito Santo
[English & Italian Texts]

Edited by Paolo Colombo
April 2006
Edizioni Electa
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
218 Pages, Illustrated. 9 3/4 x 12"
$52.50 Paper

An exhibition of work by one of Brazil’s most prominent contemporary artists, Iran do Espirito Santo, comprises some 28 works ranging from 1999 to 2006, and includes sculpture, drawing and installation, as well as one painting – a seductive but disturbing black version of the flag of Brazil. Espirito Santo’s work deals with structure, design, place, surface, space, light and material, and is based on a subtle subversion on Minimalism through abstracted everyday items.

Among the artists favourite materials are glass, stainless steel, granite, marble and sandstone, which help to give a timeless feel to simple forms of recognisable objects such as lamps, bricks, boxes, keyholes and tins. His world is a stylish reflection on daily objects and their representation as an ideal, the functional nature of these objects disappears and they become aesthetic objects. His palette is reduced, almost exclusively to white, grey and black.

Exhibition Catalogue
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 9th November 2006 - 21st Jan 2007. Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paolo (Spring 2007).


• Foreword by Enrique Juncosa Director, Irish museum of modern art.

• Iran do Espirito Santo has exhibited worldwide, including the Museum
of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His work has also
been included in the Venice Biennale, the Bienal de Sao Paulo and the
Istanbul Biennal.

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