Montenegro gallery in Art Madrid\'15

The Montenegro gallery, run by Victor M. Rodeiro, was founded in 1987 under the direction of Victor Rodeiro Montenegro. In the beginning was oriented towards 20th century Galician artist, with an aim to contribute to the dissemination of Galician art, hence its close collaboration retrospectives of artists such as José Frau, Arturo Souto, Sotomayor, Luis Seoane, Anton Lamazares Manuel Pesqueira, Manuel Antonio Fernández Colmeiro and without forgetting the modern and contemporary art, with a special interest in the historical avant-garde.
 
 

Obra de Adolfo Scholsser.

Montenegro's bet is a mixing of avant-garde with young contemporary artists and proposes art works by Bosco Sodi, Joan Miró, Wilfredo Lam, Adolfo Schlosser, AR Penk and young galician photographer Carla Andrade.
 
 

Fotografía de Carla Andrade.

 

Wilfredo Lam is a  cuban painter, one of the most original exponents of Surrealism in Latin America and creator of a new pictorial language that fuses Afro-Cuban heritage with the latest European avant-garde. He began his art studies at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, and in 1924 traveled to Spain to study at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), he moved to Paris (France) where he met the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, who exerted a strong influence on his early works. In Paris he joins the group with French Surrealist poet André Breton and German artist Max Ernst. In 1941 he returned to Cuba where he began to develop a style of painting that although in close contact with surrealism, adopted elements of Afro-Cuban culture that shape dreamlike biomorphic images of exuberant imagination. His work matured into a more schematic style in almost monochrome tones, constantly searching for his own language of their land.

Obra de Wilfredo Lam.

 

Bosco Sodi Mexican painter who moves between Barcelona, New York and Mexico. Sodi's work achieves a rich pictorial material textures, inspired perhaps in the informality of Tàpies but including excellent color illustrations following the track of the experiences of a strong conceptual character of Kandinsky and Malevich, without losing color planes we refer to the works of Rothko.
Jaume Vidal in the catalog of his exhibition in Barcelona Art gallery Shatevín commented in relation to his work: "... Bosco Sodi continues reflection of those artists of Informel and Abstract Expressionism, deep artists, visionaries, artists that illuminate the underground life of things. "
Obra de Bosco Sodi.

 

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.