THE PORTUGUESE GALLERIES OF ART MADRID FAIR

While Art Lounge repeats in Art MAdrid, Nuno Sacramento and Arte Periférica are premiered in this edition with new artists and others of recognized trajectory. An opportunity to get closer to the Portuguese art market.

 

 

Papartus. Untitled - Mixed media on canvas - 200 x 200 cm - 2014

 


The gallery Nuno Sacramento was founded in the city of Aveiro (Portugal) in 2003. In 2009 the gallery changes its headquarters to Ílhavo, where it has a space specially designed to be a contemporary art gallery. Nuno Sacramento performs six individual and collective exhibitions per year, and publishes catalogs about its artists. In addition, he actively participates in museums and cultural centers in many Portuguese cities and around the world, highlighting those made in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Havana and those of the CEART Museum in Madrid.

 

Nuno Sacramento comes to Art Madrid’17 with a monograph by the artist Papartus, who returns to the cultural scene in Madrid with recent works of large format. Some of the artist's pieces are in public collections such as the Huarte Museum in Navarra, the Malaga Architects Association and the Pamplona City Hall, among others.

 

 

Joâo Noutel. Untitled - Mixed technique on MDF - 130 x 68 cm - 2016

 


Art Lounge Gallery, one of the veteran foreign galleries in Art Madrid, selects artists from many different origins, defending the importance of cultural exchange and promoting the work of artists little known in Portugal. Its intention is to enhance the internationalization of the contemporary plastic arts.

 

The gallery will exhibit in its stand the work of artists with very different lines, like Fabio Camarotta, Ana Michaelis, Joâo Noutel, the Spanish Carmen Calvo, Angela Bassano and Felix Farfán.

 

The work of Farfán (Brazil, 1960), for example, has enjoyed great recognition in South America, especially in his native Brazil, in the 80's of last century. His work has participated in numerous collective and individual exhibitions in Brazil, Brasilia, Recife, Olinda and Sao Paulo. In his art works, with a style very similar to Carmen Calvo's, the artist mixes drawing with the assemblage and collage, traditional symbols and popular culture in colorful mixed techniques on which embroiery, rips and colors to create their particular universe.

 

 

Camilo Alves. Zé Povinho according to Vetrúvio. Oil on canvas. 100x100 cm. 2014

 

Arte Periférica Gallery was founded in 1991 by Anabela Antunes and Pedro Reigadas and, since 1994, occupies a special place in the popular Cultural Center of Belem, on the outskirts of Lisbon, where it also has a shop of Fine Arts products. During 25 years of activity it has been outstanding for promoting the work of young artists from inside and outside Portugal, with special dedication to Spanish and Asian artists. Arte Periférica has imposed an ambitious agenda with 12 annual exhibitions.

 

His proposal for Art Madrid includes the work of Angela Sanchez, Eva Navarro, Eva Armisén, Camilo Alves and Isabel Sabino.

 

Isabel Sabino (Lisbon, 1955) has exhibited individually in Lisbon on numerous occasions, with Arte Periférica Gallery but also with the Galería Novo Século and at the Casa Museo Jorge Vieira. He has participated in collective exhibitions such as the Biennial of Lagos or the Biennial of Vila Nova de Cerveira. Her work, eminently on paper, is expressed in mixed techniques, watercolors and drawing to talk about an almost surrealist figuration in which the scenes - ilusions , allegories and dreams- appear fulled of color spots, geometric structures and apparently delocalized elements in a Painting full of energy.

 

 

 

Among the specialised professional profiles that we find in the cultural sector, and more specifically, in the field of visual arts, one of the most recent occupations is that of the curator. The ‘80s put attention on the role of the artist, with its innovative character and the enhancement of its figure as an essential articulator of creative proposals, while the end of the century moved the interest towards the exhibition centres themselves and their work as custodians of current production and as spaces to accommodate all proposals. The change of millennium strongly introduced in this panorama the role of the curator. Perhaps together with a social identity crisis, perhaps with the complexity that contemporary projects are currently acquiring, the need for building, articulating and delving into artistic discourses became evident.

Although the functions entrusted to this profession are not entirely new, since previously they belonged to conservatives, critics or experts according to the themes, the role has gained solidity because it combines all these purposes while allowing the specialisation of other professionals in their fields of competence. Now, as some curators themselves point out, the genuine spirit of this figure, who was born to facilitate the understanding of the discourse, create narratives within a sometimes chaotic and scattered context, mediate between the works and the spectator and create bridges between contemporary art and society.

The art of our day raises a multitude of unknowns for the visitor who must face proposals many times away from the aesthetic standards, which gives way to uncertainty and confusion; but, in turn, these works employ a closer language, materials and even compositions detached from the sophistication and the technical display of yesteryear, something that, far from favouring proximity to the message, generates some distancing. What we have just described is part of the very essence of current art. The questioning of the formalist guidelines and the recourse to tangible elements that are more utilitarian than embellishing are the new criteria of creation, where, above all, the message to be conveyed stands out.

Likewise, another inherent characteristic of the work of our time is the artists' concern for more immediate themes, for social, political and economic issues that seek to create a narrative and conceptual revulsion, leaving behind the aesthetic priority or, rather, making of the message its own aesthetic. In this context, strange as it may seem, contemporary creation encounters a linguistic barrier hindering the viewer's understanding. And to this circumstance, the abundant current production is added, covering a wide range of themes that are nothing more than a transcript of our diverse and globalised society.

The curator helps to facilitate this understanding by articulating a coherent discourse that allows the grouping of related ideas to set up the message. This requires to have an in-depth knowledge of the current state of the art, the lines of work of the creators, the most recent aesthetic proposals and the real demands of society to bridge the dialogue and allow the approach to art. If art deals with the same issues that concern us all, how can we not share its postulates? Cultural mediation requires the work of the curators to open a small window for reflection and to enable a space for exchange and idea generation. We share the thought that José Guirao expressed in a recent interview: "The curator is someone who reveals something new, and it would be a mistake for curators to become managers."

Understood this way curator’s role, many institutions have joined the trend of creating specific calls for new professionals to give light to their proposals. Let us remember, as an example, the call "Unpublished" of La Casa Encendida, or "Curator wanted", of the Community of Madrid or the call of Curating of La Caixa.