Artur Ramon gallery, from Barleona in Art Madrid\'15

Artur Ramón Art is a gallery heir of a large familiar tradition of four generations of gallerists and antiques dealers. This space, settled in Barcelona's Parra street, opened its doors in 2001 after a meditated decision in which the family opted to dedicate separated places to the different specialities of the sector, that until that moment had shared a common trajectory. Like the own Artur Ramón says, who has assumed the management of the space dedicated to contemporary art, "the fact of get specialised, although it seems the opposite, will allow a bigger interest from collectors to scopes that are not specifically theirs (...). We can organize exhibitions about the same subject, but with a distinguished treatment".

 
 

Pablo Palazuelo.

The gallery is opened to the participation of all artists and formats, although it bets for the inversion for first level creators, both national as internacional ones. For this appointment in the capital, the gallery has presented a proposal based on painting works of following artists: Miquel Barceló, Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Saura, Josep Guinovart, Julio Le Parc, Pablo Palazuelo, Josep and Pere Santilari Perarnau and Sean Scully.

 
 

Vanitas VI. Pere Santilari.

Vanitas.Josep Santilari.

 

We must highlight the work of brothers Pere and Josep Santilari Perarnau. Both of them have started their path in art world by the hand, sharing from the beginning a same passion and ambition until develop a refined painting technique into Hyper-realism. They share together the atelier and even the elements of their works, as we can appreciate in some of the pieces with which they are represented in Art Madrid'15 (see Vanitas G, by Josep, and Vanitas IV, by Pere).

Sean Scully deserves an special attention, for the first time represented in Art Madrid. The work of this artist is located a mid-way between the geometrical abstraction and the use of color with symbolic value. Recognised since more than two decades ago and currently settled in New York, his works integrate some of the main collections in art world, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Reina Sofía Museum.

 

 

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.