THE MADRID GALLERIES OF ART MADRID 17

 

One more year the Madrid galleries are betting on fresh and innovative proposals and do it with the help of powerful artists and with character. Some of them, are premiered in this edition, as 6mas1 and gallery Jorge Alcolea, while the others consolidate as veterans.

 

 

Julio Falagán. Untitled - Assemblage of skies of popular landscapes and landmarks - 125 x 230 cm - 2016

 

 

The gallery 6mas1, is a young and dynamic space that bets on the emerging art both national and international. In 2010 they moved to a new venue with sufficient capacity to hold exhibitions that would improve the conditions of their most contemporary proposals. The result was the expected one, since it has become a space that invites to the reflection of free autonomy for artists, being the visitor the first link of the participatory chain. It is defined as a window to a creative laboratory, which pretends to be the place of emotional exchange between artists, spectators and themselves.

 

His proposal for the 12th edition is Julio Falagán, Mar Cuervo, Joel Blanco, Pachi Giustinian and Louis Lambert. The latter, an urban artist who has wanted to blur the boundaries between art and craftsmanship using rough materials (such as cement) and popular themes that change the frame to which they are usually adjusted.

 

 

Joseba Eskubi. S.T -Oil on canvas - 55 x 46 cm - 2016

 

 

The Estampa gallery was founded in 1978, its main objective is to give visibility to contemporary artists both national and foreign. The new figuration is its main feature, but its functions do not stop there, they have also specialized in publishing books of limited edition artists. A resource that increases the exhibition value of the gallery.

 

The artists selected to exhibit at the fair are Juan Ángel González de la Calle, Joseba Eskubi, Norberto Gil and Luis Mayo. Eskubi, offers us a proposal based on a gestural painting, that combines techniques and processes that emphasize the material qualities of the image. The pictorial gesture creates a credible figure, but it is at the same time deconstructed as something strictly physical. His work produces an obsessive effect, as something absurd and indomitable where a serial and repetitive structure expands the body of the painting.

 

 

José Ramón Lozano. Cara Delevingne - Acrylic on canvas - 150 x 150 cm - 2016

 

 

The BAT gallery Alberto Cornejo, has more than three decades dedicated to the contemporary art sector. After having been growing throughout this time, not only on a personal level but with the expansion of space. The current one, offers a great home to house the work of a great number of artists. The charisma and the more youthful art are protected under the umbrella of this gallery. They have attended a great number of national and international fairs.

 

In the field of graphic and original work their fame go before them, thus maintaining the most nourished funds of the art market. One of BAT's winning bets is the confidence it offers its young artists who follow an expressive and very contemporary line. The artists selected for the fair are Gustavo Diaz Sosa, Pablo Lambertos, Leticia Felgueroso, Carlos Albert, Rubén Martin de Lucas, José Ramón Lozano and Marc Quintana.

 

 

Aurora Cañero. Canon II - Bronze - 170 x 33 x 33 cm - 2007

 

 

The Kreisler Gallery was born in the mid 60's in Madrid. It has continued to expand, opening other spaces in cities such as New York, Barcelona and Miami. Throughout the year, this gallery renews its individual exhibitions every month offering a varied and collaborative program, since many of them are presented together with cultural institutions, inside and outside Spain. They also publish original graphic works and participate regularly in national and international fairs.


One of the skills that characterizes them, is the commitment to urban art with projects such as "Past, present and future. 6 proposals / 6 artists, "a selection of artists from different generations and styles from abstraction to figuration and among whom is Okuda San Miguel, author of Kaos Temple, or reinterpretation of the church of Llanera, Asturias. The other five participants are Carlos Evangelista, Carmen Otero, Aurora Cañero, Jesús Velayos and Juvenal Ravelo.

 

 

Abraham Calero Grifo - Photo-reconstruction on 8 digital photographs - 120 x 110 cm - 2015

 

 

The Jorge Alcolea gallery has been established in Madrid since 1989. Its director, Jorge Alcolea, began in Barcelona to bet on contemporary art, at the moment in which he moved to Madrid those projects were transported with him. Those artists who in the beginning were a discovery, are currently the cornerstone of his gallery, counting among its ranks with internationally outstanding artists.

 

The careful dedication with which Jorge chooses his artists frames him in a current discourse and very thought that makes the identity of his gallery stand out by itself. The artists chosen to show their work are Eloy Morales, Abraham Calero, Carlos (Ceesepe) Sánchez Pérez, Isabel Ramoneda, Juan Escauriaza and Mario Pavez. Calero in particular bets on the subtle and minimalist photography, highlighting the identity of everyday objects that surround us, a solid proposal with a lot of presence inside the stand.

 

 

Rafael Barrios. Vertical Dislocated in two times - lacquered stainless steel - 192 x 53 cm - 2016

 

 

The Hispanic Contemporary Gallery, has its origins in Madrid but at the moment has an expansion in Mexico City. The direct relationship between the two spaces makes possible a fluid communication between the two streams, alternating national and international artists and emerging and consecrated. The mixture, makes possible a great success in the elaboration of his transoceanic speech.

 

Its annual programming offers a wide range of artistic modalities, such as Photography, Original Artwork, Painting, Sculpture or installations and its artists are Manolo Valdés, Hugo Fontela, Mel Bochner, Xavier Mascaró and Rafael Barrios. Barrios bets on a geometric and risky sculpture that will not leave indifferent to any lover of said discipline. The vibrant and colorful colors accentuate the personal brand of this.

 

 

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.