Arte Santander celebrates its 24th edition

 

 

It seems that the "solo project" format has curdled in the latest editions of ArteSantander and has managed to consolidate and differentiate a fair with great participation. ArteSantander turns 24 and demonstrates that, in a delicate situation, the involvement of the institutions is essential to perpetuate the projects.

 

 

 

In the edition of 2015, the selection committee made up of professionals like Alicia Ventura, Benjamin Weil, Moises Perez de Albeniz and Juan Gonzalez Riancho, have had to decide which of the 90 submitted projects are the best for the 42 stands of ArteSantander. Finally, 39 spanish galleries and 3 from Germany will display their proposals but have received proposals also from Portugal, France and Italy.

 

 

Along with veteran galleries in Santander as Canem, Angeles Baños, Blanca Soto and Rafael Ortiz, they land for the first time young as Galería Alegría, Espacio Valverde, Javier Lopez or La Gran, from Valladolid, and other, as The Twin Gallery, comes for second time. Six spaces are reserved for Cantabrian galleries.

 

 

 

 
 

ArteSantander runs parallel to the art collectors forum organized by the Menendez Pelayo University, Asoc. Of Collectors 9915 and IAC / Institute of Contemporary Art, with the help of the Banco Santander Foundation, which ensures that the visits be rich and specialized.

New this year, led by The Latamuda, is the program Curator's Talk!, a meeting and discussion event with curators about "different conceptions, models and strategies for the artistic practices" and that will serve as a platform of reflection and exchange between the guests and the audience. In an interview format, the participants are: Gema Llamazares with the project "necessary and possible" by the artist Irma Alvarez-Laviada, curated by Nicolas Combarro/ Guillermina Caicoya gallery with 'sun_moon: the logic of perception' of Nicholas Word, curated by Alfredo Aracil / L21 Gallery with 'Brikoexposición' Alvaro Gil, curated by Francesco Gisveri / and Jose de la Fuente with 'mortis causa' by Antonio Diaz Grande. We can listen to all of them on July 28 at 18 at the Palace of Exhibitions and Congresses of Santander where the fair takes place.

 

 

 

Galerías y proyectos ArteSantander 2015:


A del Arte (Zaragoza) Roberto Coromina “Tiza sobre pintura”
Adora Calvo (Salamanca) Fernando Renes
Alegría (Madrid) José Ramón Ais y Raúl Domínguez “Fuera de campo”
Ángeles Baños (Badajoz) Javier Arbizu
Artizar (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) Amparo Sard “Sombras”
Astarté (Madrid) Olalla Gómez “Por.venir”
ATM (Asturias) Kepa Garraza
Blanca Soto (Madrid) Ruth Quirce y Manuel Saro
Cànem (Castellón) Antonio Alcaraz “Espacios industriales. Carbó i acer poética d´una memoria”
Carolina Rojo (Zaragoza) Iñaki Bergera “Twentysix (Abandoned) Gasolined stations”
Cavecanem (Sevilla) Atin Aya “Memoria inmediata”
Collectiva (Alemania) Edith Kollath
Espacio Marzana (Vizcaya) Edu López, “Input”
Espacio Valverde (Madrid) Alfredo Rodríguez “Limbo”
Espai Tactel (Valencia) Ana Barriga y Javier Palacios “Visual storytelling”
Espai Visor (Valencia) Bleda y Rosa, “Campos de batalla. España”, “Campos de batalla. Europa” y “Origen”
Ethall. Dibujo Contemporáneo (Barcelona) Aleksandra Kopff vs Ignacio Sáez Palacios
Gema Llamazares (Asturias) Irma Álvarez-Laviada “Lo necesario y lo posible”
Greusslich Contemporary (Alemania) José Noguero + Vanesa Farfán
Guillermina Caicoya (Asturias) Nicholas Wood “Sun_Moon: la lógica de la percepción”. Comisario: Alfredo Aracil
Javier López (Madrid) Todd James
JM (Málaga) Carlos Miranda y Tete Álvarez
Kir Royal (Madrid) Keke Vilabelba, “Landshapes”
L21 Gallery (Madrid) Álvaro Gil “Brikoexplosión”
La Gran (Valladolid) Marina Nuñez
La New Gallery (Madrid) Simon Arrebola “Itinerancias espirituales”
Mäss (Alemania) Lucía Simón
Moisés Pérez de Albéniz (Madrid) Miren Doiz “See attached file”
My name’s Lolita Art (Madrid) Paco Pomet “Un entrenamiento para futuros cuadros”
Paz y Comedias (Valencia) Manuel Blázquez “Albarim”
Rafael Ortiz (Sevilla) Nico Munuera
Rafael Pérez Hernando (Madrid) Joan Hernández Pijuán
Set Espaid’art (Valencia) Juan Olivares “La sostenida fuga de Olivares hacia el espacio”
Sicart (Barcelona) Eulália Valldosera
Twin Gallery (Madrid) Marla Jacarilla, “Anotaciones para una eiségesis”
Yusto-Giner (Málaga) José Luis Puche “Presente de lo ausente”
Espacio Alexandra (Santander) Sonia Higuera
Espiral (Santander) Juan Carlos López Davis
Estela Docal (Santander) Juan Manuel Fernández-Pinedo
Josedelafuente (Santander) Antonio Díaz Grande
Juan Silió (Santander) Cristina del Campo
Siboney (Santander) Fernando Martín Godoy

“Everything that reduces art to a subjective, subconscious and spiritual discourse is a total adulation that discredits the art world”

Lino Lago looking forward inspiration in daily life to create a painting with a great conceptual load. In his most recent series entitled Fake Abstract, which he will exhibit at Art Madrid with the Moret Art Gallery, he plays with the characteristic elements of abstract painting: line and colour, where under a painting of flat colours they are guessed, through lines, famous classic portraits.

 

His work has been exhibited in renowned national and international spaces such as the Flint Institute of Michigan and the outstanding George Adams Gallery in New York and has participated in important fairs such as Arco, Art Miami or Art Fair “SH Contemporary 09″ from Shanghai.

 

Moret Art brings your production back to the Fair. How do you feel your work fits in Art Madrid?

Works of art today reflect the individualism of their authors; works of art are mobile, they travel and fit anywhere. Needless to say that this individualism is a generalized feature. There is another more academic art which is institutionalized art, less free. Art in Institutions and Government museums is the only one that has reliable regulated guidelines when it comes to “fit” in such places. In this case I normally refer to propaganda art. Art Fairs are generally perfect places to find free art (if that were possible, or made sense to some extent, or if we understand art as a social phenomenon based on liberty.)

 

In your work we can perceive the questioning of the glance as an abstract concept. How do you think contemporary art is viewed today?

There is a social stream that views art with some criticism and skepticism. I think this is healthy and it has a foundation that we do not want to analyze in depth. If we compared it to some other areas we would understand why. For example, in sports we can clearly see a more normal “justice.” He who is objectively faster or stronger wins. Talent in the sports world is something evident and because of that sports are disdained by the world of art. I believe anyone can reach their own conclusions. By all means Art is (in theory) an intellectual phenomenon, which does not mean that art turns intelligent anyone who approaches it, just as anyone who touches a soccer ball is not a Maradona. As an intellectual phenomenon it is impossible for art not to have lots of misguided argumentations, false judgments, sophistry, and hot air.

Your work has been recognized internationally on many occasions… Do you believe that artistic recognition is a dynamic facet?

More than dynamic. The results an artist needs are the sequel of the relationship between the artist and his work and society. This is something that is not learnt in any university.

 

As an artist, what do you feel committed to?

With liberty. This word has almost been shunned from the paraphernalia of today’s art. I am very critical with official art which is nothing but academe. In my work I introduce 19th-century academe as an ironic way of pointing out this problem: I believe that postmodern education and philosophy have been, and still are, a hoax that has diminished the intellectual capability of the humanities.

 

Criticism through irony over a great technical mastery is your hallmark. Although you have a diverse production… do you feel a unity in your work as a whole? Is that generated consciously or is it a natural artistic trait?

In my case I am aware of it. Besides, it is the process of hard work. To speak of naturalness, and above all to speak of unconsciousness is an aberration. Whatever reduces art to a subjective subconscious or spiritual discourse is an all-out sham that discredits the world of art.

 

Do you believe that artistic originality is getting to be difficult to find? Is it there where the value of your work rests?

I believe so. Although the difficulty here is to decide what to be original means. In times where the cultural predominance is in the hands of the passing anecdote, the emptiness, and the all goes… perhaps originality might be something else, right?

 

The gallery Moret Art will present the recent art works of the artists: Daniel Sueiras, Xurxo Gómez-Chao, Miguel Piñeiro, Pilar Diez