Art Madrid'24 – THE LONDON SCHOOL IN MALAGA

Lucian Freud. Leight Bowery, 1991

 

 

Tate London, in collaboration with the Picasso Museum of Malaga and with the sponsorship of Caixabank have created this exhibition to commemorate these ten artists. By the 1950s these ten lives, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Michel Andrews, Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, William Coldstream, Ronald B.Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego and Euan Uglow, crossed into a city, London. Each one with its characteristics contributed to create the famous School of London (term that neither the historians nor they themselves gave by official).

 

 

View of the exhibition

 

 

Their restlessness and admiration, united them to look for another approach of the materialization and representation of the human body, like setting the beautiful English city that so much inspired them. After II World War, London, was the true moral force of Europe and for that reason all the creative minds were concentrated there. The moods did not play in their favor and the emigration grew, giving shelter to all of them. Figuration took power, faced with a widespread abstraction, the trend had changed.

 

 

 A spectator in front of the work "The Dance", 1988 of Paula Rego

 

 

The protagonists of his works are born of disparate places, photographs, portraits, anonymous people in the street ... this current "dedicated" to the body, soon obtained the recognition of the critic, arriving at its maximum splendor already in the American continent, more concretely in U.S. But they not only represented the body, their eyes also deviated to landscapes or familiar as their studies or newly discovered on travel.

 

 

View of the exhibition

 

 

Its curator, Elena Crippa, considers that over the years the work of these artists has been revalued and has reached the present day as a fully consolidated current. You can visit the exhibition until September 17, at the Picasso Museum in Malaga, also has a large parallel offer such as workshops and talks.
 

 

 

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.