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“Considering Brazil’s Racial Heritage” by Laura C. Mallonee | Hyperallergic
Laura C. Malonnee speaks with Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão, who lives and works in Rio De Janeiro, about the “two contrasting subjects that have preoccupied [her] for the past 20 years: the oft-forgotten history of Brazil’s mestizo identity, and the dramatic baroque art of the colonial period.” Varejão’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition is currently on view at ICA Boston featuring among other works, “Polvo Portraits” (shown above), an oil on canvas series referencing Brazil’s 1976 census, in which citizens were given 136 options for describing their race in terms of color.

“Passages: Rosemary Mayer (1943–2014)” by Adrian Piper | Artforum
Berlin-based conceptual artist and philosopher Adrian Piper remembers fellow artist Rosemary Mayer, who died Oct. 18 at the age of 71. The two artists met in a 1967 drawing class at the School of Visual Arts in New York when Piper spotted Mayer reading Goethe’s “Elective Affinities.” Piper says she learned how to be both an artist and an intellectual from Mayer.

“I learned a great deal about contemporary art and art theory from talking to [Rosemary Mayer]. — Adrian Piper, Artforum

“Review: Bradford Young, New York, at Bethel Tabernacle AME Church” by Miriam Atkin | Art in America
Miriam Atkin takes a look back at “Bynum Cutler,” Bradford Young’s three-channel film on view at the Bethel Tabernacle AME Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn during “Black Radical Brooklyn: Funkgodjazzmedicine,” the community-based exhibition co-organized by Creative Time and the Weeksville Heritage Center. She says, “The gothic ambience of the crumbling paint and weathered pews in the dimly lit building added a private solemnity to Young’s installation, which was strikingly different from the interactive bustle of the other works [in Black Radical Brooklyn].” CT

TOP IMAGE: ADRIANA VAREJAO, “Polvo Portraits I (China Series),” 2014 (oil on canvas). | Courtesy ICA Boston.