This catalogue coincided with the first major museum exhibition of early and recent paintings by Brazillian artist Beatriz Milhazes. The artist’s work is ostensibly abstract, but then clearly so much about the culture from which it springs. The layers of concentric patterns, circles in circles, spirals and arabesques, floral emblems and rosettes assert the baroque tradition of Brazil, as evident in contemporary popular imagery as it is in seventeenth century architecture and fine art. Combined with sophisticated, yet refreshingly unacademic references to regional and international modernisms, the artist’s work encourages us to take decorativeness seriously. This catalogue features essays by David Moos and Paulo Herkenhoff.