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Lucas Arruda: Deserto-Modelo

About The Book

The first comprehensive monograph on the work of Brazilian painter Lucas Arruda elucidates the artist’s intricate, meditative compositions.

Lucas Arruda has gained critical acclaim for atmospheric paintings that fluctuate between abstraction and figuration, imagination and reality. This monograph presents three groups of works loosely characterized as seascapes, jungles, and monochromes. Collectively titled Deserto-Modelo and mostly painted at the break of day, they have an ephemeral, transient quality.

Arruda’s intimately sized paintings of seascapes and junglescapes are characterized by their subtle rendition of light. Painted from memory, they are devoid of specific reference points, achieving instead their variety through the depiction of atmospheric conditions. Verging on abstraction, the compositions are grounded by an ever-present, if sometimes faint, horizon line that offers a perception of distance. They appear at once familiar and imaginary. Through his often evocative and textured brushstrokes, Arruda foregrounds the materiality and physicality of paint, while also recalling his genres’ historical associations with the notion of the romantic sublime.

Alongside meticulous color plates and powerful details, author Will Chancellor offers a close reading of the work, raising questions about artifice, thresholds, and perception. Critic Barry Schwabsky unpacks the challenges posed by Arruda’s mysterious painted surfaces. As a whole, this book offers a detailed introduction to the work of a uniquely thoughtful and inventive artist.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: David Zwirner Books (October 13, 2020)
  • Length: 136 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781644230411

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Raves and Reviews

“His landscapes of tangled jungles or seascapes are plucked from his mind’s eye.”

– Osman Can Yerebakan, Observer

“Recalling the Romantic notion of the sublime, the striking landscapes and seascapes, often marked only by a faint horizon line, seem to radiate an intense, transcendent light from within.”

– Lucy Rees, Galerie

“For Arruda, his landscape paintings are like portals that crack open white walls to uncharted territories that defy familiarity.”

– Osman Can Yerebakan, Observer

Untitled (from the Deserto-Modelo series), 2018, from the David Zwirner New York show listed as one of "the most beautiful artworks of 2019."

– Beaux Arts

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