INTRODUCING THE PARTICIPATING GALLERIES OF ART MADRID\'18

Okuda, "Skull", 2017.

 

 

 

The Selection Committee of Art Madrid, made up of gallery professionals, experts in the art market, critics and independent curators, has positively assessed both the artistic quality of the proposals and their commitment to new talent.

 

In the General Program AM18, 9 galleries participate for the first time, 5 Spanish - Fucking Art (Madrid), Soraya Cartategui (Madrid-New York), Mercedes Roldán Art Gallery (Madrid), Shiras Gallery (Valencia), MH Art Gallery (Bilbao) - and 4 foreigners - Galerie Robert Drees (Hannover, Germany), Paulo Nunes Contemporary Art (Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal), Nebo Art Gallery (Kyiv, Ukraine), Carbo / Alterna (Cancun, Mexico-Havana, Cuba) - what confirms the trust of professionals in Art Madrid. In total, there are 34 galleries that make up the General Program of the fair, a program that always takes care of the participation of galleries and national artists, the main value of this fair of reference in the Week of Art in Madrid.
 

 

 

 

Yoxi Velazquez, "Rezos", digital printing on paper, 2016. Gallery Carbo/Alterna.

 

 

 

Among the Spanish galleries (24), Art Madrid'18 will have a broad representation from Madrid (8) formed by BAT Alberto Cornejo, Kreisler, Marita Segovia, Galería Hispánica Contemporánea (Madrid-Mexico), Jorge Alcolea, to which they join this year Soraya Cartategui (Madrid-New York), the Fucking Art gallery and Mercedes Roldán Art Gallery. From Barcelona come the gallery Zielinsky and some of the senior galleries of the fair such as 3 Punts Galeria, Marc Calzada and the Miquel Alzueta Gallery. Benlliure Gallery, Alba Cabrera Gallery and the newly incorporated Shiras Gallery bring their proposals for the 13th edition from Valencia. From Asturias they repeat Aurora Vigil-Escalera (Gijón) and Arancha Osoro (Oviedo) and, from Galicia, they visit us again Montenegro Gallery (Vigo, Pontevedra), Moret Art (A Coruña) and Luisa Pita Gallery (Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña) . The General Program also includes the Espiral Gallery (Noja, Cantabria), Rodrigo Juarranz (Aranda de Duero, Burgos), the Léucade Gallery (Murcia) and MH Art Gallery (Bilbao) which participates in Art Madrid for the first time.

 

Among the foreign galleries (10 galleries) it stands out the rich Portuguese representation with Art Lounge (Lisbon), Arte Periférica (Lisbon) and the recently incorporated Paulo Nunes Arte Contemporânea (Vila Franca de Xira). The Schmalfuss gallery (Berlin) and Galerie Robert Drees (Hannover) are the proposals that come from Germany, which are joined by Norty (Carrières-sur-Seine, France), Collage Havana (Havana, Cuba), Yiri Arts (Taipei, Taiwan) and the new incorporations of Nebo Art Gallery (Kyiv, Ukraine) and Carbo / Alterna (Cancun, Mexico-Havana, Cuba).
 

 

 

 

Alfonso Zubiaga, "Proyeccion 1", photography, 2017. Gallery Fucking Art.

 

 

 

Besides, our Guest Artist AM18, Okuda San Miguel has introduced one of whose most representative motifs, the iconic "Skull", serves as the image of the 13th edition of Art Madrid. A skull that condenses the nature of the artist through a pulsating range of colors, magically arranged on the geometric surface of the skull designed by Okuda. An omnipresent figure in the artist's imagination that poses an ironic look to the future from the prism of new contemporary art and a bet on an open-to-all art, a fresh art in contact with pop, surrealism and new generations of creators and of the public.

 

ONE PROJECT AM18, SOLO SHOW AND SITE SPECIFIC PROJECTS

Curator and art critic Carlos Delgado Mayordomo coordinates, one more edition, the ONE PROJECT Program of Art Madrid, a prominent area within the fair that gathers the work of eight young and mid-career artists, national and international creators, who make specific proposals for the fair.

 

For the 13th edition of Art Madrid, ONE PROJECT AM18 will feature the solo-show of Alejandro Monge (Zaragoza, 1988) with 3 Punts Galeria (Barcelona); Candela Muniozguren (Madrid, 1986) with Bea Villamarín (Gijón); Antonyo Marest (Alicante, 1987) with Diwap Gallery (Seville); Carlos Nicanor (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1974) with Galería Artizar (La Laguna, Tenerife); Bernardo Medina (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1965) with Nuno Sacramento (Ílhavo, Portugal); Jugo Kurihara (Japan, 1977) with Pantocrator Gallery (Suzhou, China); Aina Albo Puigserver (Palma de Mallorca, 1982) with Pep Llabrés Art Contemporani (Palma de Mallorca) and Vânia Medeiros (Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, 1984) with RV Cultura e Arte (Salvador de Bahía, Brazil).
 

 

 

 

Guim Tió Zarraluki, "EI bany", oil on linnen canvas, 2017. Gallery Yiri Arts.

 

 

 

#ART&EDUCACIÓN AM18: ART AS A TOOL FOR LIFE

In the parallel program #ART&EDUCATION, thanks to the collaboration of independent, public and private professionals, artists and cultural mediators, we will try to clarify concepts such as artistic activism and pedagogy, art as a space of convergence of experiences, non-regulated education and critical citizenship, exhibition formats and the education of the gaze... We will count on, among other agents, Pedagogías Invisibles, a collective that "makes visible the learning that happens in an invisible way"; with the organization Plena Inclusión; with the VEGA school, the program of quarterly courses offered by ESPOSITIVO to bring the less traditional disciplines closer to any type of audience, and with RED ITINER, local program to promote alternative cultural spaces of the Madrid's community.

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.