FEMALE GALLERISTS, WOMEN OF ART IN ART MADRID’18

Nuria Formentí, “A veces ando por las nubes”, mixed technique.

 

 

 

Although the statistics continue to speak of a minimum visibility of women artists and a spurious role in the capital sectors of the art world (and we did not save any of the fairs or of the main institutions and museums ...), the women of art are coming out of this inherited trend and do what they have been doing for centuries: be true to their principles. In Art Madrid'18 we are lucky to work for years with great female professionals who have struggled to gain a foothold in the sector of their respective cities, women gallerists who bet on quality, for long and close relationships with their artists and for the intuition.


The Marita Segovia Gallery, in Madrid, opened its doors in 2004 and, uninterruptedly, has participated in national and international fairs, consolidating itself as a dynamic, eclectic space with an interesting curatorial work. The gallery works with national and foreign artists of short and long career and with work of all disciplines, from painting to photography, video-creation etc ... Marita Segovia presents a mixed proposal in Art Madrid’18 (2 male artists and 2 women) composed of Joaquim Chancho, Angela Glajcar, Hernández Pijuan and Dominica Sánchez.

 

 

Angela Glajcar, “Terforation 007”, 200gr paper, metal support and plastic, 2017

 

 

 

Angela Glajcar is a German sculptor who works with plastic and paper and creates works that play with the space between solid and vacuum. She perforates sets of sheets of paper creating a strong sculptural presence that floats freely in space or rests on the plane. During the last years, she has received numerous recognitions, such as ZONTA Art Prize, Phoenix Art Prize and Regionale 2010 Wilhelm-Hack-Museum.


Dominica Sánchez, on the other hand, uses painting to arrive at a more intimate observation of the natural world, to establish a dialogue between the fragile and ephemeral and the volume's musculature. Sánchez has long perfected this pictorial language, whose simplicity does not clash with the depth of the emotions that the drawings entail, they are not just sketches for his sculptures, but rather independent works.


From Valencia, comes the gallery Alba Cabrera, directed by Graciela Devincenzi D'Amico that is dedicated from its origins to promote young values and renowned artists to whom it dedicates fantastic monographic exhibitions and shows their work in fairs around the world. It also proposes an egalitarian tandem at the February fair with works by Cristina Alabau, Nanda Botella, Calo Carratalá and José Juan Gimeno.

 

 

 

Cristina Alabau, “Espacio interior”, watercolor and collage, 2017.

 

 

 

Cristina Alabau moves between natural figurative and abstraction with light as the main protagonist of her canvases, which brings poetics, emotion, intimacy and that almost meditative tone reminiscent of oriental philosophies, contemplation and retirement. Her work can be seen in the Museum of Villafamés, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Palau de Valencia or the Polytechnic University of Valencia.


Nanda Botella is undoubtedly more material, in her paintings and collages she combines the sign and the doodle, the writing and the color stain, the textual and what is sewn. Her pieces are vertebrate, reticular, whose aesthetics can be understood as a collage of memories and dreams in which fragments of cloth are mixed, written messages and that evolve from paintings to installations, more luminous and experimental.


In Oviedo, Arancha Osoro runs an art space in the heart of the city that has become a reference for collectors and local art lovers. Focused exclusively on contemporary and emerging art, they opt for an authentic and personal art that has nothing to do with the mercantilist trends that move the artistic sector and they approach their clients with a fresh, innovative, future offer, working closely with each artist, helping them in their career to consolidate their own style. The artists participating in Art Madrid’18 of this gallery are Nuria Formenti, Jezebel, Kiko Miyares, Luis Parades and Roberto Rodríguez.

 

 

 

Jezabel Rodríguez, untitled, acrylic on canvas, 2017.

 

 

 

The artist Nuria Formentí was born in Gijón but has lived in different countries such as Panama, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, although it was Colombia, specifically Cartagena de Indias, the city that left her a deep impression and in which, in 1999, she started to paint. Her work, essentially on paper, in watercolor, graphite and ink, has often been described as magical realism because her drawings and spots have something of narration and dream. Pictorial art and word are mixed in her papers, which recalls the first vocation as a writer of this artist.


Jezabel Rodríguez paints memories. In her paintings, the matter is a fugitive, transparent matter, almost a phantom of the object, of still life, a shadow of presence ... Educated in diverse disciplines such as sculpture, painting and ceramics, her paintings, of a pure white have fragile volumes like pieces freshly taken out of the oven. In 2016, she participated in the exhibition in the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias "Contemporary Art in the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias, last generations", she won the third prize in the Contest of Casimiro Baragaña and the second prize in the XXI Painting Contest Nicanor Pinole.

 

 

Juan Genovés, “Abaco”, Gliclee-papel Hahnemuhle Photo, 2016.

 

 

 

Also from Asturias, from Gijón this time, comes one of the faithful gallerists to Art Madrid, Aurora Vigil-Escalera, which directs new space as continuity to her thirty years of profession, initiated in 1984, as a member of the Van Dyck Gallery by the hand from his parents Alberto Vigil-Escalera and Ángeles Pérez. Consecrated art, artists of a long and medium career that are updated according to the concerns of the director, her discoveries and her own changes in the art sector, in definitive, experience and quality are the hallmarks of this gallery, an essential visit for many collectors. The artists with whom she participates in Art Madrid'18 are Pablo Armesto, Gorka García, Juan Genovés, Pablo Genovés, Rafa Macarrón, Chema Madoz, Ismael Lagares, David Rodríguez Caballero and Santiago Picatoste. An impressive portfolio.


And more news, because the new project of the Galician Art Gallery Luisa Pita was born as a continuity of the activity that the Bus Station Space Gallery, founded and directed by herself, had been developing in Santiago de Compostela since 2012. Focused now as a more ambitious cultural project, with its own and more personal meaning, this new exhibition space aims to be a meeting point for art between renowned and emerging artists. She works with, among other artists, Yolanda Dorda (a real discovery in the last edition of Art Madrid), Rebeca Plana and Maria José Gallardo (another of the favorites last year at the fair). For Art Madrid'18 she has selected works by Arturo Álvarez, Pierre Louis Geldenhuys and Christian Villamide.

 

 

 

Lino Lago, “Rojo”, oil on linen canvas, 2017.

 

 

 

We finish with another Galician gallery, the Moret Art gallery in A Coruña, directed by Nuria Blanco and with a team of professionals specialized in the contemporary art market committed to emerging art. Moret Art uses many resources that have been incorporated into the sector in recent years, documentary supports, didactic activities, artistic meetings, technological resources designed around the exhibition project ... Everything to bring art, in all its forms, to one audience at a time more extensive and varied. Moret Art also carries out consulting projects related to the valuation and cataloging of works of art and antiques. With a taste for photography and for the new realism, they come to Art Madrid'18 with works by Xurxo Gómez-Chao, Miquel Piñeiro, Iván Prieto and Lino Lago, whose hyperrealist paintings are abruptly interrupted by the stain, or left barely imagining behind of relentless curtains of pure color, always playing with the expressive possibilities of painting with an almost irreverent attitude and pop in the hands of a master with a very refined pictorial technique.


To this group of women of art they join, for the first time in Art Madrid, the gallerists Mercedes Roldán and Soraya Cartategui, both based in Madrid, the Valencian gallery Shiras, with Sara Joudi in charge, and Nebo Art Gallery, directed in Ukraine by Valeriia Ivanova. In addition, Sofía Hernández, director of the Léucade de Murcia gallery participates for the second year in a row at the fair, as well as Arte Periférica, co-directed by Anabela Antunes, and the Zielinsky Gallery, with Carla Zerbes. In the One Project program we will have the presence of Bea Villamarín, director of the homonymous gallery in Asturias and the Brazilian Rv Cultura e Arte, directed by Larissa Martina, as well as Laura Clemente, co-director of Pantocrator Gallery. We can not forget some unconditional galleries like the Gallery BAT, where Mariam Alcaraz is in charge, Art Lounge, by Sofía Tenreiro da Cruz, and the Kreisler Gallery, co-directed by Gabriela Correa. Of all of whom we will talk to you later.

 

 

Buying the first work of art always instils respect. A difficult feeling to define that mixes vertigo with adrenaline. But over uncertainty and caution, a pleasurable sense of connection, understanding, and desire prevails. That work that, once seen, stays in the mind, reappears in the memory several times a day and seems to tell you that it is willing to be part of your home, is the perfect candidate to make the decision.

In the first steps, many collectors do point out that one does not start from an established plan, but rather that one acquires pieces based on taste and the connection one feels with them until, after time, they realise that the volume of works that accumulates can be labelled as a "collection". For example, this is how Alicia Aza explains it:

“I was not aware that I was collecting until many years later when a third party named me as a collector and talked about my collection. In 2005, I became aware of what collecting means and decided to articulate a collection with an identity of criteria and formats”.

Marcos Martín Blanco, co-founder, with his wife Elena Rueda, of the MER Collection, shares this same opinion:

“Collecting has been a passion, driven by a visceral state that encourages you to do so. The collection, in terms of acquisitions, has not been particularly complicated because, let's face it: it is easy to buy because they are all beautiful things and you have some clear idea of where you want to go, but at first those preferences were not so clear. It is with the time that a criterion is being formed”.

It is not always this way, of course, but for the buyer who starts out on this path, the personal connection that entails the first piece is essential. There it is the germ of a lasting relationship that is not limited to a simple aesthetic question but is an open window to knowledge, to exploration, to a world that is often unknown to us and awakens our fascination. The seed of that connection is purely sentimental, and it is precisely this impulse that determines the first acquisitions. The first piece is never forgotten.

Art Madrid'20, photo by Ana Maqueda

Exceeding the usual recommendations made by advisers and agents, rare is the occasion when the art lover decides to buy by pure investment. These paths usually open later, when the volume of pieces is large enough. In addition, there are those who are a bit against this classic concept of the traditional collector, approached from an eccentric, elitist and little accessible vision. On the contrary, art buyers are, above all, art lovers, sentient beings and permeable to creative stimulus who, at a given moment, decide to deepen the relationship they already have with art to take a piece home.

It is not that hard to overcome that small psychological barrier that turns the visitor into a buyer if one approaches the matter from a more personal and intimate perspective than from social consideration. Small-format works, graphic work or serial photography are of great help for this, whose price range, generally more affordable, allows a closer comparison to the daily basis expenses. In this way, the purchase of art falls within the range of feasible activities and becomes something close and possible.

Art Madrid'20, photo by Marc Cisneros

At that moment, a different relationship with art begins, based on pure experience and coexistence with the acquired piece. Perhaps it can be seen as an act of daring, but on many occasions, it is more a matter of necessity and transformation. Collectors also agree that the acquisition of an artwork is an exercise on personal analysis and opening up to a new field of knowledge that was previously alien to us. Alicia Aza explains that the reason she acquired her first piece of video art, by Sergio Prego, is because she did not understand it and because she saw it as a challenge and an opportunity to self-improve. This open window to knowledge creates new connections and bonds with creators, as one of the most fascinating parts of the process. Candela Álvarez Soldevilla explains that

"I think the most interesting thing in the art world is talking to artists. They are people with a special sensitivity to listen and understand.”

And Alicia Aza also says:

"I can share the satisfaction of being able to count on many artists in my circle of close friends today, and that is a long way to go."

Thus, with works that seem acceptable within the horizon of expenses that each one considers affordable, it is easy to find a piece that catches us. Since then, our home also evolves into a space in which art has a permanent place and presence, and there is no doubt that this transforms us inside.

Art Madrid'20, photo by Henar Herguera

Jaime Sordo, owner of Los Bragales collection and founder of the 9915 Contemporary Art Collectors Association, has always defined his relationship with art as a true passion and a vital necessity. For buyers who start on this path, he has the following recommendation:

“It is an essential condition that they feel the need to live with their passion to enjoy the works. Another very important aspect is that before making decisions for purchases, they are informed, so it is necessary to read specialised newspapers and books, visit exhibitions and museums and a lot of contact with galleries, which is an important and very specific source of information of the artists they represent. Finally, the presence in national and international art fairs. All this generates information and training.”

Indeed, fairs have become a good place for discovery because they condense a wide offer and allow diverse and global contact in a concentrated way. For this reason, many new generation buyers start in the context of an event such as Art Madrid, whose closeness and quality constitute a unique opportunity to meet, soak up and feed the passion for art.

(*) quotes taken from various interviews published in public media between 2013 and 2019.