THE BEST ART GALLERIES FROM CATALONIA IN ART MADRID\'17

They all come from Barcelona and portray an interesting range of possibilities within contemporary art, from pieces with the unmistakable imprint of the Spanish avant-garde of the XXth century, to icons of urban art and emerging artists of enormous projection.

 

 

 José Benítez, Pavilion of Prayers, 2016. Mixed technique

 

 

3Punts gallery works in the promotion of contemporary art in its different expressions, paying special attention to the work of new creators in contrast to others of consolidated trajectory, and collaborating with other national and international galleries. The proposal they bring to Art Madrid'17 includes artists Gerard Mas, Mr. Brainwash, Ramon Surinyac, Samuel Salcedo, Alejandro Monge, José Benítez.

 

Among the artists who will exhibit at 3 Punts gallery booth, the work of the Malaga artist José Benítez stands out. His sublime landscapes of monsters, ruins and labyrinths allow the viewer to enter the personal and utopian universe of the painter.

 

 

Joan Miró, Tête, 1975. Chinese ink and waxes on Japanese paper 

 

 

Marc Calzada Gallery, founded in 1996 and located in the center of Barcelona, is specialized in national and international 20th century authors, with great attention to the classical avant-gardes. We will have the pleasure of showing some impressive pieces by Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Saura and Joan Miró, in the fantastic dialogue between masters that the gallery has proposed.

 

The Marc Calzada Gallery proposes an exhibit in which it establishes a link between the three artists, both artistic and personal. 

 

 

Ivan Franco, Untitled, 2016. Pencil on paper

 

 

Galería Miquel Alzueta combines contemporary art with 20th century architecture and design within an old 500m² factory in the heart of Barcelona. In constant renewal, international artists with Spanish artists of different generations live together. Their list of artists, in continuous expansion, aims to be a reflection of the art of the XXI century. In Art Madrid'17 the will show some the artists Bruno Ollé, Manolo Ballesteros, Ivan Franco, Lídia Masllorens and Maria Yelletisch.

 

The artists that will exhibit in the stand of Miquel Alzueta, although with very different techniques and themes in their works, are a great sample of the quality of the artistic proposals of the young values ??of our country.

 

 

 

Rosa Solano, And to show a button, 2017. Assembly on iron

 

 

Alonso Vidal, founded in 2004, has always focused on the promotion and dissemination of contemporary art in all its techniques, with national and international artists whom it supports from the beginning of its career. 


From his gallery comes the Catalan artist Rosa Solano, winner of the XII Visual Arts Prize José Mª Vidal of the Arena Foundation in painting mode, that will exhibit at Art Madrid their iron assemblies of the series "Y para muestra un botón". In addition, Xavi Carbonell (Alcoy, 1971) will present his works inspired by children's art and naif style, not only from a formal point of view, but also in the issues he paints.

 

 

Eduardo Marco, Colorfield 21, 2015. Photography

 

 

The Zielinsky Gallery is one of the youngest participants in Art Madrid’17. It was born in 2015 and represents contemporary artists, mainly from Europe and Latin America. It promotes artistic and cultural exchange between the two continents and wants to break away from hermetic projects and unilateral ideas, creating links between collectors and neophytes in the art world, bringing them closer to different cultures. In our fai we will see pieces by his artists Yamandú Canosa, Daniel Orson Ybarra, Eduardo Marco and Luca Benites.

 

Memory is a key in the work of the Uruguayan artists Yamandú Canosa and Daniel Orson Ybarra; Brazilian artist Eduardo Marco will surprise us with his photographs that uncover "what is hidden from the common gaze", and the architect and artist Luca Benites will share with the public a work defined by a look to and from the city.

 

 

 

“Everything that reduces art to a subjective, subconscious and spiritual discourse is a total adulation that discredits the art world”

Lino Lago looking forward inspiration in daily life to create a painting with a great conceptual load. In his most recent series entitled Fake Abstract, which he will exhibit at Art Madrid with the Moret Art Gallery, he plays with the characteristic elements of abstract painting: line and colour, where under a painting of flat colours they are guessed, through lines, famous classic portraits.

 

His work has been exhibited in renowned national and international spaces such as the Flint Institute of Michigan and the outstanding George Adams Gallery in New York and has participated in important fairs such as Arco, Art Miami or Art Fair “SH Contemporary 09″ from Shanghai.

 

Moret Art brings your production back to the Fair. How do you feel your work fits in Art Madrid?

Works of art today reflect the individualism of their authors; works of art are mobile, they travel and fit anywhere. Needless to say that this individualism is a generalized feature. There is another more academic art which is institutionalized art, less free. Art in Institutions and Government museums is the only one that has reliable regulated guidelines when it comes to “fit” in such places. In this case I normally refer to propaganda art. Art Fairs are generally perfect places to find free art (if that were possible, or made sense to some extent, or if we understand art as a social phenomenon based on liberty.)

 

In your work we can perceive the questioning of the glance as an abstract concept. How do you think contemporary art is viewed today?

There is a social stream that views art with some criticism and skepticism. I think this is healthy and it has a foundation that we do not want to analyze in depth. If we compared it to some other areas we would understand why. For example, in sports we can clearly see a more normal “justice.” He who is objectively faster or stronger wins. Talent in the sports world is something evident and because of that sports are disdained by the world of art. I believe anyone can reach their own conclusions. By all means Art is (in theory) an intellectual phenomenon, which does not mean that art turns intelligent anyone who approaches it, just as anyone who touches a soccer ball is not a Maradona. As an intellectual phenomenon it is impossible for art not to have lots of misguided argumentations, false judgments, sophistry, and hot air.

Your work has been recognized internationally on many occasions… Do you believe that artistic recognition is a dynamic facet?

More than dynamic. The results an artist needs are the sequel of the relationship between the artist and his work and society. This is something that is not learnt in any university.

 

As an artist, what do you feel committed to?

With liberty. This word has almost been shunned from the paraphernalia of today’s art. I am very critical with official art which is nothing but academe. In my work I introduce 19th-century academe as an ironic way of pointing out this problem: I believe that postmodern education and philosophy have been, and still are, a hoax that has diminished the intellectual capability of the humanities.

 

Criticism through irony over a great technical mastery is your hallmark. Although you have a diverse production… do you feel a unity in your work as a whole? Is that generated consciously or is it a natural artistic trait?

In my case I am aware of it. Besides, it is the process of hard work. To speak of naturalness, and above all to speak of unconsciousness is an aberration. Whatever reduces art to a subjective subconscious or spiritual discourse is an all-out sham that discredits the world of art.

 

Do you believe that artistic originality is getting to be difficult to find? Is it there where the value of your work rests?

I believe so. Although the difficulty here is to decide what to be original means. In times where the cultural predominance is in the hands of the passing anecdote, the emptiness, and the all goes… perhaps originality might be something else, right?

 

The gallery Moret Art will present the recent art works of the artists: Daniel Sueiras, Xurxo Gómez-Chao, Miguel Piñeiro, Pilar Diez