Codirectors of São Paulo’s expanding Mendes Wood DM gallery
After opening a project-space-cum-viewing-room on New York’s Upper East Side in 2016, São Paulo-based Mendes Wood DM launched its New York outpost as a gallery proper this year, with a pairing of Brazilian painter Lucas Arruda and the late conceptualist On Kawara. The main event came in April however, when the gallery opened in Brussels, taking curator Carolyn Drake onboard as a partner. No modest outpost, this is a two-storey townhouse opposite the Église Notre-Dame du Sablon. Inaugurated with a group exhibition of gallery artists and others, curated by Pivô artistic director Fernanda Brenner (complete with Lawrence Weiner mural on the wall of the gallery’s manicured garden), the trio followed up with solo shows for Brazilians Luiz Roque and Paulo Nimer Pjota, for British artist Prem Sahib and for Japanese sculptor Kishio Suga.