Alex Katz This Is Now in Guggenheim Bilbao

 

Portraits of women and landscapes, are the favorite genres of the artist Alex Katz (Brooklyn, 1927), who visited Bilbao last time in 2012 with the exhibition "Smiles". Now, entitled "Alex Katz: This is Now", a solo exhibition shows the way to understand the landscape of one of the most outstanding contemporary artists in American art.

 

 

This Is Now are 35 large works with which Katz wants to represent things, spaces, as they are, as he sees them and feels them. "Rather than representing images of a faithful manner, Katz interested capture the instant of perception. It's like an explosive flash before the picture is focused, it is what he calls 'the present time', "explained from the museum.

 

 

The exhibition shows the different stages (covering the last 25 years of the painter) in which the artist has cultivated the genre of landscape, from the eighties creations to his late paintings of monumental landscapes made today. Paintings with powerful mass of color, full of poetry, works that invite us to reflect on the perception and awareness "about the relationship between art and nature, and the notion of the sublime in our time," he explained at the Guggenheim.

 

 

 

Katz recent landscapes are the pinnacle of his refined style, with descriptive and clean lines, in which the potential of contemporary art is to capture the grandeur embodied in the present. Her landscapes speak of the condition of being in an environment of constant movement and confluence of images, also about the inability to focus attention on the life and circumstances and seek to define a pictorial space that forces us to perceive detail, the relationship between art and nature.

Organized by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, you can enjoy "Alex Katz: This is Now" until February 7, 2016.

 

In Art Madrid, we love art in all its aspects. Therefore, on the occasion of our 15th anniversary and thanks to Cooltourspain.com , visitors at Art Madrid’20 will have the possibility to enjoy a free guided tour of urban art to discover the street art hidden by Lavapiés, one of the most multicultural and colourful neighbourhoods of Madrid.

With the code ARTMADRID2020

and your ticket to the Art Madrid’20 fair, you can enjoy "Street art Tour Lavapiés" for free, on days 26th, 27th and 28th of February at 11:00 a.m. The capacity is limited, so do not doubt, book your place at Cooltourspain.com Once the confirmation is received, you just have to go with your open eyes to enjoy this magnificent experience.

Street art is the expression of art in public spaces either in the form of murals in restored buildings; graffiti; street painting or curated artistic actions. What are the backstories of each artist? What are the social issues affecting our city? This social, cultural and educational project was born in 2016 to answer these questions and show the message hidden by the works of art of so many national and international artists who have painted the Embajadores neighbourhood. It became the first daily street art tour in Madrid.

Cooltourspain will show you the Spanish capital in an alternative way and its guides will share their knowledge about the best street art in the Lavapiés and Malasaña areas. In the same way, its Foundation collaborates with non-profit projects and local associations so that people at risk of social exclusion can learn the techniques used by Madrid graffiti artists. The tour lasts two hours and begins at the Valle Inclán Theater Entrance.