Art Madrid Maestros Modern Art Fair

Why a Modern Art exhibition?

In relation to the international market, the recently held TEFAF'14 in Maastricht has given pieces of great value to collectors and public. A Calder “mobile” of Odermatt-Vedovi gallery was bought by an European collector for 2.6 million euros. The gallery Ulrich Fiedler sold a Bugatti chair to a German museum for 350,000 euros and Gerhard Richter´s masterpiece "Abstraktes Bild" of the Van der Weghe Fine Art American Gallery, returned to a private collection for a price about 3 million euros, as Tendencias el Arte magazine says.

                                        

 

Fairs as Frieze (London), Armory Show (New York) and FIAC (Paris) offer a Contemporary section and also a "Masters" section in order to put in value works of authors who have been authentic standards of aesthetic trends and ideas that are a reference for actual artists.

In Spain there are homologous fairs that partly cover the spectrum of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth. The dean art fair in Spain, Feriarte, celebrates this year its 38th anniversary with a wide variety of pieces, from archeology, religious sculpture, furniture, fur and modern art that have kept the fair as an important event in the secondary market. Meanwhile, Almoneda that starts this week in IFEMA (Madrid), has the same identity but digging deeper in collectibles and antiquities, with a notable presence of Catalan Modernism and historical avant-garde authors.

With the celebration of Art Madrid MAESTROS from 15 to 19 October, 2014, the organization will strengthen the market in these decisive dates of the year, happening at the same time of the prestigious fairs Frieze Masters London or FIAC Paris. Madrid MAESTROS will compete not only in content, also with the venue, and will be held in the CentroCentro Cibeles Galería de Cristal.

 

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Our exhibition´s thematic segment (late nineteenth and twentieth century until 1980) will highlight the major national and international artists, offering collectors and public a unique opportunity to discover original and inedited works rarely seen in art shows. Art Madrid Maestros Modern Art Fair highlights key works what have built the emerging market of twentieth century.

Art Madrid Maestros will be surrounded by the influences that the site offers: Thyssen Art Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Mapfre Foundation, Museo del Prado without forgetting CentroCentro exhibitions,a new benchmark for art lovers.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.