YOUNG ARTISTS IN ART MADRID’20

Art Madrid ’20 will feature almost 200 artists from around the world in this 15th edition. Within this wide-world international artistic panorama, the fair maintains its commitment to the professional development of the youngest. Artists whose career is their initial or intermediate state and that, despite their youth, already have a recognised place in the art market.

There is nothing more avant-garde than what we can observe in a fair. The need to give testimony of the historical evolution of art demands to originate an intergenerational representation. Artists who do not exceed 35 years and who are an essential part of the paradigm of contemporary art bringing an indispensable artistic reality in the eyes of who looks.

Cristina Gamón

60 Marina, 2016

Mixed media on methacrylate

81 x 130cm

Cristina Gamón

Colores Fronterizos, 2016

Acrílico sobre metacrilato

100 x 70cm

Art Madrid condenses, year after year, the whole work of the galleries, which strive to bring and show their best artists and their latest projects, and, among them, we cannot miss these artists who are in full creative and identity development. In this edition of Art Madrid ’20, the painting by Cristina Gamón (Valencia, 1987) stands out. She was granted the Gold Medal of the BMW National Painting Prize at her 24s. Shiras Gallery brings the work of this painter who is already present in public and private collections such as AEPE Foundation, Casa de Velázquez, Valencia City Council, Pierre Cardin, BMW Collection or Bilaketa Foundation.

Mária Švarbová

Origins, Trio 8, 2017

Digital print on paper

60 x 90cm

Mária Švarbová

The Tribune, Chill, 2016

Digital print on paper

50 x 50cm

It is worth to highlight this year, not only the youth of these artists but the representation they make of the multidisciplinarity present in the fair, as it happens with the photography of Mária Švarbová (Slovakia 1988). With a clean and direct style, she captures the subject's sense of psychology through experimentation with space, colour and atmosphere, moving away from the traditional portrait. Švarbová has worked for high-impact magazines such as Vogue, Forbes or The Guardian. In addition, she has won important awards, among which the Hasselblad Master 2018 stands out and has participated in exhibitions and fairs worldwide.

Misterpiro

Meanwhile, 2019

Esmalte acrílico y spray sobre panel de madera

120 x 120cm

Misterpiro

Meanwhile, 2019

Esmalte acrílico y spray sobre panel de madera

120 x 120cm

The fair defines itself as a dynamic space in which clearly, the work of these young artists reinforces also the approach of contemporary art to the younger audience. The urban style of Misterpiro (Madrid, 1994) is appreciated by this young audience. He was recognised by Forbes España magazine in 2017 as one of the 30 young Spaniards under 30 with the greatest influence in various activities. His work leads us to travel from complete abstraction to the figurative in all types of media.

We can also observe that social consciousness materialises strongly in younger artists with artistic impulses linked to the current historical moment. Nina Franco (Rio de Janeiro, 1988) leads us to deepen into contemporary socio-political conflicts through her work with a great visual impact.

Nina Franco, “Clandestinas”, installation, 2019

Within the curated program One Project, we cannot miss the youngest artists such as Julio Anaya (Málaga, 1987), with a marked artistic identity. He recreates iconic works of art and hides them in abandoned places, giving way to impressive contrasts. The ephemeral nature of his work makes photography fundamental because it gives meaning to artistic action by allowing the documentation of the work. The story closes with this gesture: the painting of a painting, which no longer exists.

Julio Anaya

Francisco de Goya - Vuelo de Brujas, 2019

Acrílico sobre cartón

100 x 75cm

Julio Anaya

Bocklin Zoom, 2019

C-print

80 x 100cm

Artists of medium-career artists are also present in the program of activities ART MADRID-PROYECTOR'20, framed in the action art and video art. The work of Maia Navas (Argentina, 1986) stands out. With her 33 years, besides teaching classes such as University professor, this artist and curator, directs the PLAY -Videoarte- Festival at the Cultural Center of the University Extension (Universidad Nacional del Nordeste). She has exhibited in various festivals of Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Italy, Portugal and China and won the award for the best Latin American Video Art at the VideoBabel Festival (Lima, Peru).

Maia Navas, “Restos de amor” (photogram), 2017.

And we must mention the other young talents that will be present at the fair: Adlane Samet (El Harrach, Argelia, 1989), Alejandro Monge (Zaragoza, 1988), Onay Rosquet (La Habana, 1987), Gerardo Liranza (San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, 1987), Roldan Lauzán (La Habana, 1987), Joaquín Lalanne (Buenos Aires, 1989), Leonardo Moyano (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1991), Chen Yun (Taiwan, 1988), Guim Tió Zarraluki (Barcelona, 1987), Lai Wei-Yu (Taipei, 1989). These are just some of the on-their-thirties artists who are part of the Art Madrid '20 exhibition.

We invite you to know and observe their work in this edition of the fair, where a great artistic diversity is presented from the different angles and characteristics that make up the contemporary art sphere in this 2020.

 

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.