Threesome at the head of São Paulo's expanding Mendes Wood DM gallery
Mendes Wood DM’s modus operandi has been to take relatively young artists – initially many who were fairly unknown outside of Brazil – and tirelessly promote them internationally. The fruits of this slog can now be found in the presence of artists such as Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Paulo Nazareth, Lucas Arruda and Paulo Nimer Pjota in various institutional and biennial exhibitions over the past 12 months. The gallery however is also expanding the remit: the burgeoning careers of Michael Dean and Neïl Beloufa have also been keeping them busy. September saw the opening of a New York viewing space for the gallery, in partnership with Michael Werner, and the trio are set to open an exhibition space in a Brussels townhouse in April 2017. Oh, and true to their work-hard, play-hard spirit, they now also co-own a bar in São Paulo.