Juliao Sarmento’s sculpture, paintings, and works on paper will be shown at the Parrish Museum of Art beginning on Sunday. The Portuguese artist will be joined by the writer James Salter and the performance artist and composer Laurie Anderson in special public programs this weekend in honor of the opening.
Terrie Sultan, the Parrish’s executive director, is the curator of the show, which will examine the artist’s themes of language, writing, and a sense of place. The title of the exhibit is “Juliao Sarmento: Artists and Writers/House and Home,” and it will include more than 40 of his works.
Mr. Salter has written a new fiction work specifically for the exhibit; it is published in the catalog. He will take part in a discussion with the artist and Ms. Sultan at the museum opening reception on Saturday evening at 6. On Sunday at 5 p.m., Ms. Anderson, who is known for singing experimental pieces and playing them on instruments of her own creation, will read Mr. Salter’s story “Raphael” in the gallery.
Mr. Sarmento’s work uses symbols, allusive and elusive imagery, and language in a way that communicates a contemporary sense of disconnection and tension. His black-and-white paintings have a cinematic aspect underscored by strips of repeated imagery.
In a press release, Ms. Sultan described Mr. Sarmento as “a master of the fragmented narrative, breaking apart and reassembling images to create the contemporary equivalent of ancient word-pictures. . . . The female form functions as both the compositional focal point and intellectual backdrop against which sensuality, passion, voyeurism, and transgression play out, forming the core of Sarmento’s reflections on the central themes of life: love, desire, and death.”
Mr. Sarmento’s previous solo exhibit in the United States took place in 1999 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. He was born in Lisbon in 1948 and studied painting and architecture at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes, where he earned a master’s degree in 1976. He has represented Portugal in the Venice Biennale twice and participated in two Documentas.
Mr. Salter, an acknowledged master of the short story, is the author of several novels, screenplays, and memoirs, including “A Sport and a Pastime,” which is referenced in this exhibit. His collection “Dusk and Other Stories” won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award. He lives in Colorado and Bridgehampton.
Ms. Anderson’s work incorporates music, visual art, poetry, film, and photography, with many major solo works and collaborations with producers and recording artists such as Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel. She lives in New York and East Hampton.
The exhibit will be on view through June 11.