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.

 

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.