Wyeth great retrospective at Thyssen Museum Madrid

 

 

The exhibition "Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the study" offers up to 19 June the first retrospective in Europe of Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) and his son Jamie (1946), The most prominent names of twentieth century American realism.

 

 

Friends, furniture, pets ... every object and human or animal being that surrounded the Wyeth family was likely to Become a beautiful work of art. The creative capacity of father and son did fed back, and they served each other as incentive and challenge, seeking to Provide to every art piece of a unique aura, a special light, a Certain sensitive shaking. The exhibition, curated by Timothy J. Standring (from the Gates Foundation at the Denver Art Museum) shows 60 works of all periods of Their careers, enabling us to enjoy some of His Most Important works.

 

 

After the death of Patriarch Wyeth, Jamie got the Responsibility of perpetuating the realistic American painting, a painting embodied lifestyles, architecture, landscapes of Pennsylvania, friends and neighbors in His hometown of Chadds Ford. Among These neighbors, the history of art wanted to highlight one, Christina Olson, the neighbour WHO contemplates the landscape sitting in the window in a game of overwhelming chiaroscuro, the same young man Who in another painting, "Christina's World", hanging at MOMA, is incorporated in the countryside looking mysteriously to the horizon with an almost magical quality.

 

 

Thanks to generous donations from the private collections of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth we can now approach to universe of Middle America and to the unique touch of a family. In parallel to the sample, Thyssen musuem displays a photo exhibition, "The Secret Sits. (Wyeth Wonderland)," by the photographer Joséphine Douet, Who has toured the stages and scenarios of life of Wyeth to Understand and share Their sources of inspiration.

 


 

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.