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Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2020
The Approach is proud to present the first solo exhibition in the UK of one of the key figures of 20th-century Brazilian art and Afro-Atlantic histories: Rubem Valentim (1922 – 1991) was among the first generation of artists who took inspiration from Afro-Brazilian religions and adopted a syncretic approach within their respective practices. Along the likes of Agnaldo Manoel dos Santos, Carybé, and Mestre Didi, who shared this common vision, Valentim was instrumental in introducing the wider Brazilian population to the visual vocabulary of these religions and cultural significance of the Northeast Brazil. The show features the artist’s signographic paintings and votive sculptures conceived during the years 1972 to 1990.

Oct 1 - Nov 7, 2020
Private view Thu Oct 1 12pm - 8pm
The Approach is pleased to present Baby Grand, a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York-based artist Anna Glantz. Drawing on influences from both classical and modernist painting styles, Glantz skilfully translates these techniques into complex and ambiguous narratives. Her work operates somewhere between allegory and reality, as the characters and stories she constructs within her images simultaneously refer to true lived experience, whilst also evoking metaphorical or ‘fable-like’ qualities. Subject matter is inspired by popular culture, literature, mythologies and historical painting, often contextualised with household objects and interiors. For Glantz, the ‘reality’ of the painting is complicated and not fully known to her, but perhaps it is most apparent at the point where the reality of the physical surface of the painting intermingles with the reality of the image.
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