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.

 

 

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.