`El Paso´ in Madrid and Barcelona: Canogar & Millares

 

 

 

Rafael Canogar exhibition in Madrid and Manolo Millares exhibition in Barcelona

 

 

Rafael Canogar was born in Toledo in 1935 and he approached painting when he was 14, with the support of the master Vázquez Díaz. He travelled to Paris and met the Informalism, a current that he wanted to developed because of the freedom it enabled. Years after, he got close to Luis Feito and Manolo Millares, among others, and set on El Paso group. Canogar pursues the greatest expressiveness with the minimum elements, giving them dynamism and power. Manolo Millares (Gran Canaria, 1926- Madrid, 1972) started to paint through self-study being inspired by surrealism and indigenous cultures from the Island. Later, he began to use burlap surfaces that he cut, broke and drilled. The same as Canogar does, he enhanced the matter as an expressive vehicle, using in his palette brown, black, red and white. 

 

 

Manolo Millares by Juan Dolcet, 1971

 

 

Manel Mayoral Gallery in Barcelona will host until the 25th of July the exhibition ´Millares: building bridges, not walls´, that put on eye on the canarian artist´s artwork and is curated by the theoric Alfonso de la Torre and the art historian Elena Sorokina. It shows MIllares´ most famous pieces, such as `Painting 32´ (1957-58), some of his anthropomorphic `homúnculos´, and two marvellous triptychs, one of them: ´Divertimentos para un políptico (1963)´, that is part of the permanent collection of the Antonio Pérez de Cuenca´s Foundation. It was in 1976 when  the last retrospective from this artist was made. As Alfonso de la Torre says:  “this exhibition presents Millares´obsessions”.

 

 

Rafael Canogar in his studio

 

 

Madrid highlights the figure of Rafael Canogar, an artist from Toledo. CEART (Tomás y Valiente Art Centre) in Fuenlabrada hosts the exhibition `Yesterday, today: Rafael Canogar´, that opens to the public until the 22nd of July. It is a retrospective of 60 paintings that proposes a tour through the artist's passionate life and artwork. This exhibition is organised in sections that comprise from the beginning of El Paso group to his most recent works, big pieces of saturated lights and drawn colours.

 

 

 

Homúnculo. Manolo Millares

 

These exhibitions provide the keys for understanding the avant-garde movement El paso. Luis Feito, Juana Francés, Manuel Rivera, Antonio Suárez, Antonio Saura y Pablo Serrano were some other participants of this collective. Thanks to Millares and Canogar we can experiment an approach to postwar painting in Spain and its revolutionary plastic features.

 

 

 Rafael Canogar. Atrio, óleo sobre lienzo, 2017

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.