Born in 1948 in Lisbon, Julião Sarmento lives and works in Estoril, Portugal. The artist explores the terrain of desire and representation in an approach combining painting, video and sound and visual installations. The artist exploits a huge variety of combinations to create a series of works with recurring motifs: an archetypal woman, modernist architectural images, plant-like lines, references to literature and the cinema. A large part of his work addresses issues of fragmentation, the gap between real and fictional, and latent eroticism.
Without - solo show
The work of Julião Sarmento is shaped from the borderline. Many of his works contain images of images which, while inter-related, also function independently, embracing the ambiguity of their meaning. They are microstories that take on the multiple potential of cinema, somewhere between the explicit and secret; between what is personal and what is alien. They also share a kind of suspended duration. Julião Sarmento’s entire body of work projects this cinematographic sensation because when we look at his works we always get the feeling that there is something else there that is absent, something kept offstage.
The exhibition at the CGAC is a panoramic view including works that reflect this feeling that cuts across his whole trajectory: cinematographic expression. It is not so much a question of highlighting a literal relationship—which is evident in many cases—but rather we seek to project how Sarmento has always explored this intermediate space between suspension and desire, in an interstitial space where the spectator becomes immersed, treading disturbing terrain like an foreigner, like a spectator.
Curators: Santiago Olmo, David Barro
CENTRO GALEGO DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA, CORUNA, SPAIN
From 09/11/2018 to 02/02/2019
Leopard in a cage - solo show
This exhibition is dedicated solely to bringing together unique works by Julião Sarmento – never before seen or never before produced pieces – which cover the career of one of the most prominent Portuguese artists, with these works related to certain periods and various areas which we paradoxically have little record of. The exhibition curators have collaborated with the artist to bring this exercise of reconstitution to fruition.
Curated by Nuno Faria and Filipa Oliveira
CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DAS ARTES JOSE DE GUIMARAES, GUIMARAES, PORTUGAL
From 29/06/2018 to 07/10/2018
« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » - group show
« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists. The exhibition discusses the artist's quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement. Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre's work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».
The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.
« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .
From 21/10/17 to 15/04/18
The Galleria Nazionale invites ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art to establish a “conversation”, presenting a select group of works under the roof of its classical architecture. This exhibition brings together a dozen works by artists with different poetic voices. The interaction between the works follows a pattern, that established by the basso continuo of the minimalist aesthetic and by the triple relation between architecture, sculpture and the human figure.
Artists : Fernanda Fragateiro, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Juan Muñoz, Joan, Hernández Pijuan, Doris Salcedo, Julião Sarmento, Thomas Schütte, Richard Serra, Jana Sterbak, Antoni Tàpies, Ignacio Uriarte, Rachel Whiteread
GALERIA NAZIONALE D'ARTE MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA, ROMA, ITALY
From 18/05/17 to 17/09/17