Art Madrid'23 – Exhibition Josef Albers in Fundación Juan March Madrid

The first retrospective dedicated to Josef Albers (1888-1976) in Spain it is here thanks to Juan March Foundation. However, it does not pretend to be a common retrospective, with a chronological ordered exhibition of the artist´s works, no, this exhibition has the vocation to let the pieces speak themselves, to make transcend the intrinsic coherence of an irrefutable artistic trajectory, whose main pillars are simplicity, minimalism and, up to a certain point, the craftsmanship in the execution. 

Albers is known as an abstract painter. His inclination for this tendency was shown in his academic beginnings and it can be recognized the influence of artists as Matisse or Mondrian. Nevertheless, in its work's abstraction we can appreciate a clear sense of search the equilibrium, the compositive correction and precision in the facture. It seems that, as Juan Ramón Jiménez did,  who searched for pure poetry into the own potentiality of each absolute word, Albers explores the total capability of colors, the bare form, but expressive, the flat geometry that creates volumes, the unreal deepness projected by the cleanliness of lines and the superposition of structures.

It is advisable to underline the teaching trajectory of Albers. He started its academic career in Germany, in Bauhaus design school, and then he went to Dessau as professor. With the nazi uprising in 1933, he continued this labour in EE.UU., where he joined the Black Mountain College (North Carolina) till 1949, moment when he started to manage the Design Department of Yale University till 1958. These trips left a mark into his work, a clear example of transition art between artistic European tradition and the North-American one, and he had a great influence over North-American artists of 50's decade, as Richard Serra or Eva Hesse, through "Hard Edge" movement, expression coined by the curator and art critical Jules Langsner in 1959 to identify the painting movement followed by Californian artists whose main characteristic is the abstraction based on geometric outlines and defined color areas.

We recommend you to visit this exhibition that shows a hundred works never seen before in our country, and knowing Josef Albers, who was, in addition, a writer and art critical of recognized prestige.
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
From 28th March to 6th July, 2014.
Fundación Juan March (Castelló, 77. Madrid)
Opening times: M-S from 11 to 20 h. | Sunday and fair days: from 11 to 14 h.

 

In the year 2020 in the heart of Barcelona a wandering gallery was born, the same one that in February 2021 would debut at Art Madrid with an exhibition proposal focused on contemporary portraits; with this subject matter it would manage to create a powerful dialogue between artwork and audience and make the seal Inéditad remain in the history of the event that contained it.

Jean Carlos Puerto. Protección. Oil and copper leaf on wood. 60 x 48. 2021. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Since that first time and until today, the wandering gallery has managed to build projects on otherness, has repositioned in the spotlight the discourses on the LGTBIQ+ collective, has consolidated a group of artists who share its principles of resilience and empathy and the best thing is that it continues to bet from the professionalism and commitment to give voice to the difference.

Claudio Petit-Laurent.. El Joven de la Perla. Oil on wood. 30 x 30 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Inéditad Gallery, thanks to its founder Luis López, its collaborators and the infinite possibilities manifested in the works of the artists it represents, is a gallery that has demonstrated its capacity and courage to stimulate the sensibility of the public through art and seduce a generation that moves between the glass window and the analogical story. Inéditad is a nomadic gallery that has gathered around it a community of artists and has moved the context with exhibition projects that think about LGTBIQ+ art without prejudices.

Pepa Salas Vilar. Las marcas del arcoiris. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm. 2022. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Pride and Prejudice was inaugurated. An exhibition that brings together the works of sixteen artists: Abel Carrillo, Alex Domènech, Carlos Enfedaque, Silvia Flechoso, Jamalajama, Daniel Jaén, Claudio Petit-Laurent, Jean Carlos Puerto, Fernando Romero, Pablo Rodríguez, Pepa Salas Vilar, Jack Smith, Pablo Sola, Bran Sólo, Elia Tomás and Utürüo. Painting, illustration, photography and digital art are the manifestations that bring into dialogue around fifty neatly threaded pieces, in a discursive line that discusses such a latent phenomenon as discrimination. To achieve this, the artists invited to the exhibition question themselves whether: Does discrimination exist within the LGTBIQ+ collective?

Pride and Prejudice Official Poster. Image courtesy of the gallery.

With approaches on and from the body, the proposal invites to celebrate diversity, proposes to question and self-question the prejudices and attitudes of society against the collective. Pride and Prejudice is a space for dialogue about the constructs imposed on us by society. It is also an oasis in which to deconstruct with tolerance and respect the subjectivities that sometimes prevent us from approaching the production of the participating artists, simply because "the beautiful" does not fit in an androgynous body. The subjugation of stereotypes are pressed with determination to find the beauty of diversity in other palpable facets of reality.

Pablo Sola. All men are dogs. Photography. 2014. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Throughout these three years Inéditad has stimulated the vindictive projection towards bad practices, has questioned estates around the LGTBIQ+ body and the most admirable thing, is that these capacities have resurfaced around the dialogue and the visual narrative of the stories that are told from the visual: Artworks that are people, art that is, per se, humanity. Overcome impositions and accept what is different in order to continue fighting against homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia or transphobia and defend the equal rights that all the acronyms of the collective deserve in our community.

That's Pride and Prejudice: One creature, the happiest in the world. And maybe other projects and other people have said it - or felt it - before, but none so fairly.

Silvia Flechoso. Hola, soy maricón. Oil on canvas. 73 x 54 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

From June 8th until June 22nd you can visit Pride and Prejudice. Carrer de Palau núm. 4. Canal Gallery space. Barcelona.