GREY SKULL, AN ART WORK OF OKUDA ​​FOR ART MADRID'18

Art Madrid gives its visitors the opportunity to acquire an exclusive art work of Okuda San Miguel, Grey Skull, signed and numbered. An icon of urban art that you can take home.

As every year, Art Madrid chooses an artist whose work represents innovation, experimentation and the search for new plastic languages to be the Guest Artist of the fair. In past editions, the fair had exceptional names such as Ouka Leele, Riera i Aragó or the essential Carmen Calvo and for the 13th edition, a magic figure without a doubt, the fair wanted to have an universal symbol signed by the hand of one of the more international urban artists, Okuda San Miguel.

Okuda San Miguel

Grey Skull, 2018

17-ink hand-printed by Inkvisible Prints on 220 g pink fabriano paper

70 x 50cm

Representative of the so-called "new contemporary art" for Okuda San Miguel the skull is an artistic element that has been repeating throughout his career. Even before entering into his characteristic geometric world, the skull was already there, so Okuda's own style has been developed in parallel to how this historical icon has changed in his works. This skull is also a metaphor of capitalism and its tools of indoctrination from the earliest childhood, and so the image is associated with the image of Mickey Mouse. A piece that encompasses an entire philosophy of life and a declaration of intentions.

DATA SHEET

Title: "Grey Skull" Screen printing 50 x 70 cm on paper BASIK 370gr Limited series of 100 units Signed and numbered by the artist

Price: € 340

At Art Madrid you will also have the opportunity to meet Okuda San Miguel in person at the two days of signatures he will have at the fair (Friday 23 and Saturday 24, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.). Yes, or yes, this year you will get an OKUDA!

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.