ART MADRID WITH THE ARTISTS OF TOMORROW

Within the last edition of the fair, Art Madrid carried out a collaborative action, on Tuesday 25th of February, with the arts & crafts public school Artediez, also joined by Liquitex, a benchmark brand in the manufacture of products for fine arts.

This project rmatches one of the fair's essential goals: to support young talent and encourage artistic creation from its inception. The profile of students at the school is varied since it provides training in photography, audiovisuals, illustration, industrial, fashion and graphic design, but all of them share the same concerns about artistic expression as well as the vital choice to make of it their profession. Artediez, moreover, makes efforts to support the work of its students with various exhibition proposals, contests or conducting travelling exhibitions, a work of visibility that undoubtedly pays off.

On this occasion, and within the framework of the fair and the activities program that we carry out every year, the collaboration with the school was divided into two actions, one of training and the other one of artistic creation, and in both, we had the contribution of Liquitex. The brand supported the proposal with materials and the organisation of a practical workshop, for students and the general public, on the use of acrylics and conservation of works of art taught by one of its artist ambassadors: Miguel Torrús. The objective was, on the one hand, to promote the creativity of young people by carrying out an exclusive artwork that was exhibited in the school itself and, on the other hand, to expand their knowledge and skills with this workshop, which Miguel conceived as practical training on technique and methodology to get the most out of the materials used while taking into account the conservation of the works and their long-term durability.

Liquitex is a brand of high-quality acrylics part of the Winsor & Newton group, manufacturer of fine art products since 1820. Liquitex characterises by the production of high-quality pigment paints, something that guarantees its durability, colour preservation and brightness and luminosity over time. Several artists specialised in this technique have joined forces with the brand to serve as ambassadors. This is the case of Miguel Torrús, a creator with more than 30 years of experience that has wide international recognition and works particularly with acrylics and watercolours. His work moves between expressionist figurative art and pure abstraction, and is part of important collections inside and outside Spain, in addition to having obtained countless awards and mentions. His collaboration with Liquitex is also based on his deep knowledge of each technique and his ability to fully exploit the capabilities of the materials. As he himself explains:

“my main function is to be able to teach both the professional artist, the student and the amateur painter the possibilities of the material, make them know all the possibilities of colour, of a medium, force them to leave their 'comfort zone' and that they know new pigments, new materials, new possibilities.”

The result was a very busy training session in which both students and the general public participated. During the workshop, everything learned was put into practice and tests were made with the materials, the different pigments and their characteristics on different supports.

But in addition to this training workshop, Artediez invited one of his students, the artist María Elvira Bárbara (@elvirambarbara), to carry out an intervention on the school premises using the materials provided by Liquitex. The chosen space was the glass pane of the main entrance, which allows the work to be seen in front and behind, as well as playing with the dimensions and the fixed elements of the structure onto the piece. Elvira Bárbara chose for the occasion bird motifs with which she invaded the glass surface with feathers and wings outlined in white, grey and black. A whole day of painting that resulted in a spectacular artwork to welcome students and visitors to the school.

Ana García Angulo, Head of the Artediez Promotion and Development Department, has been in charge of this collaboration with Art Madrid and has managed the actions from the school, showing enormous enthusiasm for the project from the beginning. Given the interest of the centre to expand the range of options of its teaching programs, in addition to enabling new experiences for its students, this proposal has been widely appreciated by all and enjoyed not only by students but by all teachers and visitors to the school.

From Art Madrid, we will continue working to support the education sector and foster creativity and young talent from the beginning, because those will be the artists of tomorrow.

 

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.