Summa 2014 contemporary art fair in Matadero Madrid

The second edition of SUMMA contemporary art fair to be held from 18 to 21 October bet both internationalization and Spanish art. 75 galleries outside and within our borders will meet for four days in space MATADERO Madrid. The participating galleries will present works of young artists and a selection of works by established artists. 
 
SUMMA 2014 will feature a comprehensive program that integrates two curated programs in Nave 16, where also will be an architectural intervention by the architects Nieto & Sobejano; UP section for galleries with less than five years of experience and MadridFoto section dedicated exclusively to the photographic medium. 
 

Nelo Vinuesa. Relax. Galeria Espai Tactel.

 

Of the 75 exhibitors from SUMMA, 38 are Spanish: adhoc gallery (Vigo), Area72 (Valencia), Aural (Alicante), Minimum Space (Madrid), etHALL (Barcelona), Fernando Pradilla (Madrid), Freijo Gallery (Madrid), Astarte Gallery (Madrid), Galería Elba Benítez (Madrid), Javier Lopez Gallery (Madrid), Juana Aizpuru Gallery (Madrid), Galería Marta Cervera (Madrid), Oliva Arauna Gallery (Madrid), SENDA Gallery (Barcelona), Guillermina Caicoya (Oviedo), Javier Silva (Valladolid), Max Estrella (Madrid), My Name's Lolita Art (Madrid), POINT (Valencia), ADDAYA Centre of Contemporary Art (Alaro, Mallorca), angel Barcelona (Barcelona), ATM Contemporary- altamira gallery (Gijón), Endless House (Madrid), CHLOROPHYLL DIGITAL (Madrid), Espai Tactel (Valencia), F2 Gallery (Madrid), Adora Calvo Gallery (Salamanca), Galeria Joan Prats (Barcelona), Luis Adelantado Gallery (Valencia ), Odalys Gallery (Madrid-Venezuela), Rafael Ortiz Gallery (Sevilla), Gallery Yusto / Giner (Marbella), Gema Art Gallery Llamazares (Gijón), ICON / El País, ITGallery (Canarias), Paula Alonso (Madrid), Sicart (Penedes, Barcelona) and T20 (Murcia). 

 

Javier Vazquez. Galería Casa Cuadrada.

 

The international presence in SUMMA is wide; Portugal Carlos Carvalho Art galleries Contemporânea (Lisbon) involved, 
Galeria Filomena Soares (Lisbon), Module-diffuser Arts Centre (Lisbon), Kubikgallery (Oporto) and Graca Brandao gallery (Lisbon). Other European countries we will see in SUMMA are Galerie Dukan (Paris and Leipzig), Galerie Karima Celestin (Marseille, France), sobering (Paris), Galerie Esther Donatz (Munich, Germany), Galerie Wolkonsky (Munich, Germany) Dan Gunn (Berlin, Germany), Galerie Bianconi (Milan, Italy) and Bernard Chauveau Editeur / Le Neant Editeur (Paris, France). We also find in other continents fair galleries: Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica, USA), Document Art Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), The Museum (Bogotá, Colombia), Finale Art File (Makati, Philippines), Square House Gallery (Bogotá, Colombia) and Enrique Guerrero Gallery (Mexico City). 
 
SUMMA has a Selection Committee composed by professionals of repute, along with the artistic directors of the fair have carried out the selection of the participating galleries in the General Program and the photography section MadridFoto. 
 

Alberto Salvan, Sutter Street and Crestline Road Fort Worth Texas.

 

The Trasversal Section of SUMMA, with two different routes, has been curated by Gloria Moure (independent curator and current associate editor at Editions Polígrafa) and Marina Fokidis (curator, art critic and founding director of the Kunsthalle Athena). The selection of the participating galleries in the UP section has been conducted by Carolina Grau (independent curator, graduate in art history and management of museums and galleries). The meetings, round tables and presentations on new production formats and other issues, will be led by the curator and critic Octavio Zaya (commissioner Spanish Pavilion Venice 2013). 
 
Juan Nieves, the artistic director of the show, has curated several exhibitions, and for four years was part of the team of Gloria Moure in the Galician Center for Contemporary Art and for six years he was responsible for exhibitions in the Espai d'Art Contemporary Castelló (EACC). As he has commented in an interview "SUMMA 2014 will be a success if the galleries sell, make new contacts, no crowd, interest from the media and if generated interesting discussions at the meetings". And we hope they reach it.
 
Alicia Paz. The super Ego the Id and their ladies in Waiting. Galerie Dukan.

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Master Cheese Tuner, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.