Kirill Chelushkin at ART&SPACE, Herrnstrasse 13, Munich, Germany, through November 10
This Russian-born artist’s eclectic background — he’s been a children’s book illustrator and an architect — has lead to an equally eclectic career. Chelushkin has been carving a sculpture in the gallery space; the finished product will be part of a multimedia array that marks this brand new venue’s debut show in Munich.
Richard Deacon’s "Twist and Shout" at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 Rue Debelleyme, Paris, France, through October 16, ropac.net
The sculptor presents large-scale works in a variety of mediums, including brilliantly blue-glazed ceramic, wood, and steel. His "Alphabet" pieces hug the wall like enlarged jewelry charms, while the free-standing wood sculptures resemble undefined totems (or structures caught in the moment before collapse).
Raymundo Colares at Museu de Arte Moderna, Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil, through December 19, mam.org.br
Directly adjacent to the 29th Bienal venue, this concisely edited show looks at the colorful, hard-edged abstract work of this late Brazilian artist. Angular paintings in red and black exude a forceful energy; books of cut paper, which arrange and rearrange patterns as you flip through them, show Colares’s playful side.
"Paralela 2010 : A Contemplação do Mundo" at Liceu de Artes e Ofícios de São Paulo, So Paulo, Brazil, through November 28th, paralela10.wordpress.com
If you’re in town for the Bienal, don’t miss the latest rendition of this satellite event, which features only homegrown art showcased in a beautifully vast airplane hangar of a venue. Of special note are Raul Mouraos kinetic sculptures in steel; Marcelo Moschetas human-removing alterations of works (on graph paper) by Courbet, Rembrandt, and Goya, that leave only landscapes; and Felippe Segalls stomach-churning photographs, which look like pierced flesh (but are actually dirty bits of the foam used to make those space-age, NASA-approved pillows).
Eduardo Berliner at Casa Triangulo, Rua Paes de Araulo 77, So Paulo, Brazil, through October 16, casatriangulo.com
These realistic paintings capture ordinary objects (a CPR dummy, a knocked over cart) and incidental, seemingly unimportant moments in a quietly unnerving way. What’s going on here, exactly? The exterior of a condo building is paired with a human skeleton, a dog unwinds in the sun, a white pipe juts out of placid water...
"Os 70’s" at Progetti, Travessa do Comercio 22, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, through October 23, progettirio.com
The 1970s witnessed a genuine creative explosion in the Brazilian arts scene, and this three-floor show, curated by Paulo Reis, collects some of the highlights: Alberto Dias, Cildo Meireles, Tunga, Anna Maria Maiolino, and more than a dozen others.