American Impresionism, first exhibition in Thyssen Museum (Madrid)

The transience effect, the bold and loosed brushwork, the brightness and colors of French Impressionism... The American artists were fascinated for all these facts at the late nineteenth century. Now, the Thyssen Museum in Madrid organize the first exhibition about the expansion of th Impressionism in North America, with works by Singer Sargent, Theodore Robinson, Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassan among other great masters. 

Curated by Catherine Bourguignon, American Impressionism comes to Madrid after passing through the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny and the National Gallery of Scotland. There are about 80 paintings that recall the discovery of the palette and the Impressionist movement in the USA, between 1880 and 1890 and how those same artists adapted the style to your own concerns and experiences from 1900. 
 
John Singer Sargent, Theodore Robinson, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassan, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, John Henry Twachtman... probably discovered Monet and Renoir in the exhibition on French Impressionism organized in New York in 1886 by Paul Durand-Ruel , one of the most important art dealers of the time. It was such an "impression" that many of the americans decided to travel to Paris to "live" Impressionism in person. 
 
In American Impressionism, the Thyssen Museum and its curator have decided that the works of American Impressionists coexist with those of the French masters as a visual dialogue between the two movements and to show their similarities and disagreements.
 
American Impressionism will be at the Thyssen Museum in Madrid since November 4, 2014 until February 1, 2015.

 

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.