Fondation Beyeler Summer Night’s Gala: A Benefit Auction for Fondation Beyeler 2018
15 September, 2018
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Lucas Arruda
Untitled (from the Series Deserto-Modelo), 2018

Oil and beeswax on canvas

30 × 34 cm (11 4/5 × 13 2/5 in)

Signed and dated

Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM

Provenance: donated by the artist

Estimate: CHF 40’000  50’000

This item will be sold during the Live Auction at the Fondation Beyeler on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 21:00 CEST.

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lot description

The painting is part of an extensive group of works entitled Deserto-Modelo. The title refers to Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto, who engages the subject of the desert (deserto) as a timeless and irrational thought pattern. In a similar way, Arruda invokes the desert as a metaphysical realm. Hence, modelo in Portuguese signifies not just a model but analogously also a project, vision, or even utopia.

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artist biography

The small-format paintings by Brazilian artist Lucas Arruda (born 1983 in Rio de Janeiro) feature atmospheric landscapes. Yet they are often identifiable as such due solely to a suggested distant horizon. The artist is not concerned with the recognisability of an existing setting, explaining: ‘It’s the idea of a landscape rather than a real place.’ Arruda is interested in the rendering of light and in the materiality and physicality of colour generated by his thick application of paint. Thus, what initially seem to be classic landscape paintings become almost abstract light and colour studies.

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