That show, a departure from her earlier, less colorful style, was the first in which Simão experimented seriously with the compositional patterns that allow viewers to recognize the sky, the horizon, and the Earth’s crust in her paintings. However, they were still imbued with a certain Kafkaesque sense of ambiguity that makes you question everything you’re seeing, and that Simão has always incorporated into her work.
Around the same time, Glimcher and his wife, Fairfax Dorn, spotted one of Simão’s paintings in Mendes Wood DM’s booth at an art fair. Admiring the deft use of light in her work, they bought a few paintings for their personal collection, igniting the spark that would eventually lead to the collaborative show with Gomes in East Hampton in September. There, Pace’s clients—or at least the ones with summer homes on Gin Lane—immediately took to the artist’s vibrant, boundless style. Rumored to have been priced between $6,000 and $35,000 depending on the size of the work in question, all nine paintings sold within days, a feat for an artist with little name recognition in the U.S. All of a sudden, interest began to pour in from Pace clients who hadn’t even seen the show in person.