Art Madrid'24 – 45 edition of Art Basel

The Swiss city of Basel, a daily quiet community of less than 200,000 people, becomes each year the hub of international contemporary art. Basel is probably the most important art fair in the world and we must be there.
 
From 18 to 21 June, Basel celebrates the 45th anniversary of Art Basel and makes of its streets and squares the place of recreation for thousands of collectors, artists, photographers, journalists, art critics, museum directors, etc ... that roam the fairs (Basel and the various satellite fairs: LIST - dedicated since 1996 to young galleries - VOLTA - founded in 2005 and dedicated to emerging art - Scope and The Solo Project) hungry for unique pieces. This year, Art Basel involves about 300 galleries with works by 4,000 artists from long experience and prestige in the twentieth century and also the names of young artists of the XXI century, including installation, performance, film,...
Art Basel was born in 1970 as an alliance between several galleries and today is a brand in itself, with branches as Art Basel Miami Beach and Art Basel Hong Kong, and a reference for artists and curators from around the world that should display their best proposals to impress the exclusive selection committee of Art Basel. "It's like being in the Olympics," assures these days the New York gallery owner Fergus McCaffrey, "or as the European Champions League, in which every gallery and artist want desperately to compete."
 
With different sections: Galleries (the General Programme with 222 galleries), Feature (30 curated galleries), Statemets (16 galleries with emerging art), Unlimited (section on large specific formats, sculpture, installations, performances, ...), Film (curated, video art, film, documentary,...). Art Basel is the thermometer with which is measured the international art market temperature.

Imagen sección Unlimited: Jeppe Hein, 360º Illusion.

Obra de Ai Wei Wei, Stacked 2012.

 

For this edition of 2015, the Spanish presence in Basel is seen in virtually all the fairs, and in Art Basel will be Parra & Romero (which makes for the first time) and other veterans such as Helga de Alvear, Juana de Aizpuru, Polígrafa Graphic Work, Elvira González and ProjecteSD.

Vista del stand de OBRA GRÁFICA ORIGINAL en Basel.
 
 
 
In LISTE (79 galleries from 31 countries), where Latin American presence is very significant with the participation of 80M2 (Lima); Document-Art (Buenos Aires); Vision Institute (Bogotá); Labor and Gaga (Mexico DF); Jacqueline Martins (Sao Paulo) and Project Ultraviolet (Guatemala), Spain is represented with only two galleries: Maisterravalbuena and NoguerasBlanchard.
 
VOLTA (69 exhibitors from 19 countries), however, provides the proposed 7 Spanish galleries: DNA Gallery (Barcelona); Alarcon Criado (Sevilla); Rosa Santos (Valencia); Arte Nueve (Murcia); Angeles Baños (Badajoz); Espacio Valverde, Ponce + Robles (Madrid). Among the artists in Volta and represented by these galleries are Carlos Aires, Eugenio Merino, Avelino Sala, Sergio Porlán, Julia Calvo, Andres Pachon, Susanne SD Themlitz, Elena Alonso, Luis Vassallo, Alejandro Botubol, Françoise Vanneraud, Manuel Caeiro, Leslie Smith, Irene Grau and Raul Diaz. To all, very lucky.
Obra de Andrés Pachón, con Angeles Baños Galería en VOLTA.

 

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.