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Dallas Contemporary Presents Solo Exhibitions by
Bruce Weber, Laercio Redondo and Pedro Reyes

LAERCIO REDONDO. Past Projects for the Future

BRUCE WEBER. Far From Home

PEDRO REYES. For Future Reference

The museum will present a trio of solo exhibitions for artists who have had major recognition in other countries and cultural fields but yet to receive dedi cated institutional attention in the United States:
Laercio Redondo, Pedro Reyes and Bruce Weber . Dallas Contemporary is committed to pr esenting exhibitions that bring top contemporary art from around the globe to Dallas, often through pioneering exhibitio ns, as the fall season exemplifies.



Dallas Contemporary is pleased to present “Far From Home,” a new exhibition by the American photographer Bruce Weber. Over the past four decades, Weber has traveled the globe to produce groundbreaking and occasionally controversial imagery for the fashion industry’s leading publications and brands. From Vietnam to South Africa, Morocco to Brazil and beyond, Weber has consistently imagined his fashion sittings as the starting point for a broader exploration of each location's vibrant culture and unique characters. In addition to over 250 photographs — a majority of which have never been exhibited — “Far From Home” will feature a selection of Weber’s travel

related short film works. This Dallas Contemporary exhibi tion will be the largest presentation of Weber’s work since his 1999 survey at the National Portrait Gallery in London. A new catalog will accompany the opening of the exhibition.

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber first rose to international prominen ce in the early eighties on the success of images that combined classical styling with more visceral underpinnings of desire, mood, and sexuality. His ability to construct a seamless sense of romance and drama created the central public images for fashion houses like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Versace, Abercrombie and Fitch and Louis Vuitton, as well as earning him an enduring presence as a contributor to magazines at the very highest levels in the industry. Throughout his career, Weber continues to work i n various forms – he has directed seven short and feature length films, published 39 books, and has held more than 60 exhibitions world

wide – extending his lifelong exploration of the nature of human relationships.

The exhibition is curated by Peter Dorosh enko, Executive Director of Dallas Contemporary.



One of the foremost contemporary artists in Brazil, Laercio Redondo uses his work to unearth hidden memories. Redondo has exhibited widely in Sout h America and Europe, and Dallas Contemp orary is pleased to present his first United States exhibition. Redondo creates installations and multimedia works that emerge from his deep research into cultural dynamics, Brazilian architecture and its practitioners. In this exhibition he examines such important Bra zilian figures as Athos Bulcão, Lina Bo Bardi and Lota de Macedo Soares .

Central to the exhibition is a new film installation, Detour , that traverses the distance between Flamengo Park designed by de Macedo Soares, where the main art museum in Rio de Janiero is located, and Casa Samambaia, de Macedo Soares’ private home outside the city , in the hills of Petrópolis. The soundtrack of the film br ings attention to the architect ’s conspicuous absence from Brazilian collective memory. The piece exemplifies Redondo’s ability to illuminate the implications of collective forgetting – which he positions as both specific to Brazil and universal. Other important historical figure s evoked in the exhibition are artist Athos Bulcão , and architect Lina Bo Bardi . Bulcão is highlighted in the video Retoque . In this work a tile mural by Bulcão is translated into a musical score. In a video work titled The Glass House we see documentation of Bo Bardi’s iconic home on two occasions, one in 1999 and the other in 2008. It brings attention to the lived

in nature of the home, in contrast to being seen as an architectural remnant.

Laercio Redondo was born in 1967 in Brazil and is currently based between Rio de Janeiro and Stockholm, Sweden. He recei ved his MFA at Konstfack, University of Art, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. He has had solo exhibitions internationally in Spain, Germany, and Cuba in addition to Brazil.

The exhibition is curated by Justine Ludwig, Director of Exhibitions and Se nior Curator of Dallas Contemporary.



Ped ro Reyes’ show at Dallas Contemporary explores the legacy of Greek statuary and Greek philosophy, creating a bridge between sculpture and systems of thought. This exhibition comprises recent works by the artist made in stone in combination with some previo us works where he has dealt with the use of space and volumes to organize ideas such as the case of Philosophical Casino , a set of dices that feature quotes from philosophers and are meant to be used as an oracle in a participatory event. A recent sculptur e, Plato’s Cave , uses the famous allegory of the philosopher and translates it into an architectural space. Reyes pays homage to other key figures in Philosophy such as Epicurus and Socrates in stone

carved busts where he finds a middle

way between abstrac tion and figuration, modern and ancient languages, primitive totemism and modern art. In Colloquium , speech bubbles made in marble interlock in the style of a house of cards; an allegory of polyphony representing voices, opinions, languages and emotions. A s a further study of sculpture, in

the series Flat Statues , the artist has re

worked photographs of statuary from different geographies and historical periods, which he has printed on cloth, cut, and reassembled on a canvas.

Pedro Reyes was born in Mexico City in 1972, where he lives and works. He studied architecture at the Ibero

American University in Mexico City. Solo exhibitions include Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); ICA, Miami (2014); The Power Plant, Toronto (2014); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2 013); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); CCA Kitakyushu, Japan (2009); Bass Museum, Miami (2008) and San Francisco Art Institute (2008). Group exhibitions include Beijing Biennale, Beijing (2014), documenta 13, Kasse l, Germany (2013), Liverpool Biennial, UK (2012), Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2012), Lyon Biennale, France (2009) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).

The exhibition is curated by Justine Ludwig, Director of Exhibitions and Senior Curator of Dallas Co ntemporary.