Marc Calzada gallery in Art Madrid\'15

Sin título. Miquel Barceló.

 

Marc Calzada gallery has 9 years in Barcelona offering a perfect blend of modern and contemporary art. In these nearly two decades he has participated in numerous national art fairs in order to support the collecting with works by artists with extensive experience and an equally undeniable projection. The gallery focuses mainly on the vanguards of the first half of the twentieth century and contemporary art.
 
 

L' Ange Vase. Niki de Saint Phalle.

 

In Art Madrid'15 we will enjoy art works of Pierre Alechinsky, Niki de Saint Phalle, AR Penck, Miquel Barceló, Antoni Tàpies and Joan Miró.

Terril. Pierre Alechinsky

 

Pierre Alechinsky was born in Brussels in 1927. Painter and engraver whose style is gestural, vigorous, close to abstract expressionism, but with elements what approach it to surrealism. He was one of the leading members of the Cobra group, founded in 1948 by Asger Jorn, Karl Appel, Christian Dotremont, Constant and Corneille, among other artists. After the dissolution of Cobra, in 1951, he traveled to Paris where he studied etching techniques. In 1955 a trip to Japan makes a change in his career and begins to surround his paintings with margin notes, filling their works with parallel narratives. Some of his recurring themes are oriental traits, children's drawings and cave paintings. His work is included in collections such as the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid.

 

Selbts Autorretrato. A.R. PENK.

 

Behind ARPenk it is Ralf Winkler (Dresden, 1939) a representative name of the German Neo-Expressionism, that moved to Germany in 1980. Since then his work, which includes paintings, sculptures and objects, was present at the Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel and the most important museums and galleries around the world. It combines the simplifying abstraction and analytical thinking and in an attempt to reflect the intricate structures of today's world, creates social and psychological frameworks of great complexity with a mixture of expressionism and primitive art. Ralf Winkler adopted his pseudonym A.R. Penck as a tribute to a famous geologist and specialist in the glacial period.

 

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.