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b. 1957, Brazil

Karin Lambrecht Biography

Working within the expanded field of painting and sculpture, Karin Lambrecht’s work embodies the gestural abstraction of her 1980s generation while referencing Arte Povera and Joseph Beuys. Using vibrant pigments, produced by the artist herself, she applies broad, gestural brushstrokes to hand-stitched frameless, torn, and burned canvases, sometimes incorporating organic materials such as animal blood, charcoal, rainwater, and earth. Her recurring motifs include crosses, the human body, and handwritten or stamped enigmatic words that emerge from layers of paint evoking illness, death, and cure.

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In 2001, Lambrecht produced Eu e você, an 'action painting' performed in Bagé, a small village in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Sliting the neck of a lamb, Lambrecht allowed the animal’s blood to flow onto the white surfaces of her dress and canvas, as paint for her surfaces. The painting was considered finalised, the moment the lamb finally succumbed to death.

Karin Lambrecht was born in 1957 in Porto Alegre, where she lives and works. She featured in the 18th, 19th, and 25th editions of the São Paulo Biennial (1985, 1987, and 2002) and in the 5th Mercosul Biennial (2005), all in Brazil. Group shows in the last few years include: As tramas do tempo na arte contemporânea: estética ou poética? (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 2013); O colecionador de sonhos (Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, 2011); Lugares desdobrados (Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2008); Arte no Brasil 1981–2006 (Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007); and Manobras radicais (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil, 2006).

Solo shows include: Eclipse (Pinacoteca da Feevale, Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, 2013); Cores, palavras e cruzes (Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012); Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2002); and Projeto eventos especiais (Funarte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1996). Her works are included in the collections of the Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil; the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; and the Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil, among others.

Text courtesy Galeria Nara Roesler.

Karin Lambrecht Featured Artworks

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Untitled by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork painting
Karin LambrechtUntitled, 2004Pigments and soil on canvas
69 x 75 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Noite by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork painting
Karin LambrechtNoite, 2020Pigments in acrylic medium and charcoal on canvas
49 x 31 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Amar by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork painting
Karin LambrechtAmar, 2017Pigments in acrylic medium and dry pastel on canvas
78.7 x 106.3 x 1.6 inches
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Future, past by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Karin LambrechtFuture, past, 1990Pigments in acrylic medium, ashes and charcoal on canvas
151 x 150.6 x 4 cm
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Diagram of a landscape and other landscape by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork mixed media
Karin LambrechtDiagram of a landscape and other landscape, 2010Copper, folds and cuts on paper
48 x 48 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Untitled by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork works on paper
Karin LambrechtUntitled, 2009Mixed media on paper
65 x 50 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
O filho do homem by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork mixed media
Karin LambrechtO filho do homem, 2015watercolor, gold and silver leef and collage on silk paper and felt, wood
250 x 120 x 40 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery
Nascimento do vento by Karin Lambrecht contemporary artwork mixed media
Karin LambrechtNascimento do vento, 2015Satin, dry pastel, felt, copper, collage and pins on paper
105 x 75 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler Contact Gallery

Karin Lambrecht Recent Exhibitions

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Karin Lambrecht Represented By

Galeria Nara Roesler contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Galeria Nara Roesler New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo
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