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Art Exhibitions around Colombia

Maripaz Jaramillo – “Abrazos” – Baobab gallery

Maripaz Jaramillo PreciosOne of Colombia´s most well known female artists is Maripaz Jaramillo and she presents her next exhibition, “Abrazos” (“Hugs”) at Baobab Gallery in Bogota.

It starts on the 23 March 2017 with a vernissage event at 7pm and runs through to 21 April 2017.

Maripaz Jaramillo: Life of Art

Originally from Manizales, she studied Fine Arts at the University of Los Andes and did further studies at Chelsea School of Art in England, Heyter Workshops in Paris and Camnizer in Italy.

She is part of the generation of artists that emerged in Colombia in the seventies. His work aligns itself with the tendency of pop art and has addressed expressions of Colombian social culture by applying critical and humorous assessment of its reality.

Artwork

The artistic production of Maripaz Jaramillo is characterized by the use of strong colours and a lack of fineness in the strokes. It distances itself from the formal elegance and expected academic requirements and its rough and colourful drawing has often been described as “deficient” by reviewers. Nevertheless the artist has not tried to amend her technique or identifiable style, since she does not seek with its work to replicate the reality but to interpret via exaggeration and visual abbreviation. Some commentators categorize her work as expressionism with critical overtones but the artist herself says that they interpret in her work a political background that she does not really seek to create.

Career

During her artistic career, MariPaz has participated in about 88 collective exhibitions in Latin America, Europe and the United States, and in more than 50 solo exhibitions in Colombia, Germany, the United States and the Middle East.

Some of her works are part of the public collections of museums such as The Modern Art of Bogota and Museum of Modern Art of New York among others.

CV ( in Spanish)

Gente Magna (Great People)

A portrait is a figure representing a person. Portrait can also mean the description of its figure or character, that is, of the physical or moral qualities of a person. It refers to the plastic expression of a person or imitation of it. The exhibition titled “Gente Magna” (Great People) is composed of three artists, the theme of which is portraiture. They are Yolanda Mesa, Nicholas Sperakis and Santiago Samper. These are portraits where the face and its expression predominate, that pretend to show the similarity, personality and even the mood of the person. For this reason, a portrait is not a mere reflection, but a composite image of the traits that identify it.

Portraits fulfill different functions. In portraits of leaders, in politics they are often used as a symbol of the state and are symptoms of a cult of personality. There is also the will to perpetuate the memory of a person and to create a permanent historical image.

Portraits of Worship
Yolanda Mesa (Medellín, 1953)

Mesa presents 57 works, in small and medium format. The sequence titled by the artist Portraits of Worship are realized by way of oil drawings on canvas. This is her latest creation, the result of a year of work and research. Says the artist who investigated  and researched why humans create myths about portraits and the tendency to create icons, which become identifiable, admired, worshiped and even idolized by the crowds. Some of these characters have stood out for their histrionic ability, like movie stars such as Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor. Others for their charismatic power and power of mass influence, such as Mao, Putin and even Trump himself and so many other characters that are stuck in the collective memory. “In doing this research, I was very careful that each of these characters were admired and worshiped by the public, sometimes more locally, as is the case of Shakira, Carlos Vives, Messi and other times were more universal characters such as the case of Marilyn Monroe, Che, Mao and many others. But at last they are all characters of adoration”, affirms the artist. As for his particular work Portraits of Worship, the format of the works is elongated, and the portraits are worked at the bottom of the format, as a way of indicating that these portraits are embedded in our mind, in memory.

Symbolic urban portraits
Nicholas Sperakis (New York, 1944)

The work includes 21 portraits, entitled Urban Portraits, made in ink on paper, in small format and four in medium format. This series consists of several imaginary portraits based on memory and observation. They are frontal portraits and profile, intimate; some reflect meditations and many of these correspond to the times of convalescence. They impose dramatic figures in strokes of a very personal expressionist language. The quality of Sperakis’ drawing includes black lines that mark the space of a work and of thick and thin lines that give a lot of force to his drawings.

 

 

 

 

Imaginary Portraits
Santiago Samper (Milan, Italy, 1954)

Samper exhibits 30 recent works in mixed media, in which he uses watercolors and inks, some of them homemade.
It is a singular work in terms of what it means in the plastic investigation of the artist. Portraits inspired by his travels around the world and his studies and periods of stay in Germany and the United States. His creativity is a stimulus to his own creative adventure. The world of dreams, of the events that inspire and recreate them, does not limit the creative possibilities of the artist.

María Cristina Pignalosa
Bogotá, February 20, 2017.

CERO GALERIA – EXHIBITION: GENTE MAGNA (Great People)
From: Thursday 23 February 2017

ARTISTS: YOLANDA MESA –  NICHOLAS SPERAKIS – SANTIAGO SAMPER
Curated by: María Cristina Pignalosa
Address : Calle 80 # 12 – 55
Phone : 3153610130 – 2177698

“The Fable of the Blind Artist” – Dario Ortíz

The Museum of Modern Art of the State of Mexico celebrates its 30 years of existence with the exhibition “Darío Ortiz: The Fable of the Blind Artist”, a selection of works by the Colombian artist based in Mexico.

The exhibition, made up of works belonging to Mexican collections made mostly in the last decade, intertwine forms of the Renaissance and Baroque with a contemporary look that questions historical dogmas, investigates in the collective memory and manages to visualize, through art, the tones of modern civilization.

Darío Ortiz (Ibagué, 1968), works on a figurative narrative that explores the human condition; To materialize the argument the painter makes use of a refined technique that flirts with the surrealism and theatricality of the classic antiquity, uniting the legendary practices of man with those of the present time, revealing a criticism of the paradoxical situation of contemporary man and his accelerated existence. The crossing of garments, actions and customs between centuries makes certainties uncertain and calls for a deep reflection on the strict laws of the earthly.

The public will be able to enjoy this exhibition from March 4 at 12:00 in the Museum of Modern Art, located in the Centro Cultural Mexiquense, until April 17, and understand the question that the author himself poses: Does slow and meditative painting make sense in this dizzying and fleeting world where the ephemeral has primacy?

Centro Cultural Mexiquense is a cultural center located on the western edge of the city of Toluca in central Mexico.
 Address: Jesús Reyes Heroles 302, Delegación San Buenaventura, 50110 Toluca de Lerdo, Méx., Mexico

Hours:  10AM–6PM
Phone: +52 722 274 1222

 

Original article in Spanish

Art Week Miami – December 2016

A number of art event at Art Week Miami present artworks of several well-known Colombian artists, some of which are noted below. For most fairs their last day of opening is tomorrow 4th December 2016.

Art Miami

Durban Segnini present artwork by artists Carlos Rojas and Ramirez Villamizar and the Mexican gallery Pablo Goebel has excellent works by Ana Mercedes Hoyos and the Adler and Konkright gallery present works by Nadin Ospina. Meanwhile the Jerome Zodo gallery presents several paintings and drawing by Fernando Botero. Also showing sculptures by Botero is Rosenbaum Contemporary Art Gallery.

Context

Casa Cuadrada showing two artists from Spain: Ismael Lagares and Rafa Macarron

LGM Gallery is showing the works of several artists including Sair Garcia.

Adelson Gallery has a very strong focus on Federico Uribe whose art has had a recent strong interest from a number of museums and which can be seen next year at the California Centre for the Art in Escondido (March – June) and at Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin (June – August).

Untitled

Untitled is a curated art fair for international galleries and nonprofit art spaces has been held in Miami Beach every December since 2012. In a short period of time, the fair has more than doubled the number of participating galleries and nonprofit art organizations. Omar Lopez-Chahoud is its independent curator and artistic director and he has included the following galleries from Colombia:

9-80 Nueveochenta Gallery presents the following artists:

Juan Fernando Herrán, Fernando Uhia, Juan Carlos Delgado

Instituto de Visión presents a solo booth with Otto Berchem, and WALDEN from Buenos Aires.

 

Scope

Proyecto Zeta presents works by street artists Pez, Crisp and DJ Lu.

Indianabond Project from Bogota presents work by Eduard Moreno

Eduard Moreno - Scope 2016

Oil and carbon paper files washed with turpentine on board

 

 

 

Art Basel Miami 2016

This year’s Art Basel Miami 2016 is an art fair that features 269 prominent galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, exhibiting works of more than 2,000 artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s reapplication rate of 98% shows the importance of this art fair to the galleries that participate which may be because it attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year.

Art Basel 2016 Miami is open to the public from 01 to 04 December 2016 at the facilities of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Colombian based galleries participating are: Casas Reigner,  Mor Charpentier and Instituto de Visión – all basedin Bogota.

Bernardo Ortiz - MOMA Collection

Bernardo Ortiz – MOMA Collection

Art Basel Sectors

Art Basel presents art through multiple sectors, each defined by its own independent selection process and committee of experts. These are presented below with the relevant Colombian connections

Galleries: More than 200 of the world’s leading Modern and contemporary art galleries displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, prints, photography, film, video, and digital art by over 4,000 artists.

         Casas Riegner: – Bernardo Ortíz

Nova: Designed for galleries to present one, two or three artists showing new works that have been created within the last three years, the Nova sector often features never-before-seen pieces fresh from the artist’s studio and strong juxtapositions.

         Instituto de Visión

         Mor Charpentier:  – Oscar Muñoz

Positions: Curators, critics, and collectors can discover new talents from all over the world when a single artist present one major project here.

Edition: Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples present their collaborations with renowned artists.

Kabinett: Curated exhibitions of certain galleries are presented in a separately delineated space within their booths.

Public: This sector includes outdoor sculptures, interventions, and performances, sited within an open and public exhibition space at Collins Park (2100 Collins AVE) near the beach.

Film: A presentation of films by and about artists. Screenings take place inside the Convention Center and in the outdoors at SoundScape Park.

Survey: Historical art projects are presented in this sector.

Magazines: Worldwide art publications display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth.

Oscar Muñoz - MOMA Collection

Oscar Muñoz – MOMA Collection

DATES

 

Vernissage ( invitation only)

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 11am to 3pm

Public days

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 3pm to 8pm

Friday, December 2, 2016, 12 noon to 8pm

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12 noon to 8pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12 noon to 6pm

ArtBo 2016

artbo

It’s art month in Bogotá, and for three days, from October 27 to 30, the capital hosts the 12th edition of the International Art Fair of Bogotá (ARTBO), one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Latin America.

The City Paper

This year 74 galleries from 28 different cities from across the world have been invited to present their works, with 500 artists in attendance, as well as buyers, curators, and publishers. After more than a decade of opening up the Colombian capital to art, this year’s fair brings back respected galleries as well as newcomers Peter Kilchmann (Switzerland), Galerie Jérome Poggi (France), Rafael Pérez Hernando (Spain), and Johannes Vogt Gallery (United States). In addition, Latin American galleries El Apartamento (Cuba), Walden Gallery (Argentina), and AFA Gallery (Chile) will showcase their artists for the first time at ARTBO.

The ‘Projects’ segment of the fair will be curated by writer and exhibition-maker Jens Hofmann, deputy director of New York’s Jewish Museum and artistic director of the Cleveland-based FRONT International.The focus of “Projects” for this 12th edition is to explore the role of the figurative in the works of two leading women of Colombian art – Débora Arango and Beatriz González.

Mexican Pablo León de la Barra, curator of Guggenheim Latin America, has been commissioned for the ‘Referentes’ section where artists exhibit on a specific theme. And the up-and-coming talent salon “Artecámara,” in the hands of Colombian curators Maria Belen Saénz and Fernando Escobar, will present the works of 24 promising young Colombian artists, including award winners José Alejandro Restrepo and Sandra Rengifo.

This year’s fair also includes a new space titled “Talks with collectors” led by Abaseh Mirvali, an Iranian-American curator of contemporary art.

“With this edition we reach 12 years of supporting our artists and gallery owners, offering support for improving their competitiveness and supporting the circulation of the arts,” said Monica de Greiff, president of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

Last year’s fair attracted more than 35,000 visitors and consolidated ARTBO as the most important showcase for the art market in the country. The fair covers 13,000 square meters of the Corferias exhibition grounds and with each edition welcomes more visitors, proving that Bogotá is a vital arts capital in the Americas. The fair launched back in 2005 with 29 galleries from seven countries.

Among the high-profile Bogotá galleries at ARTBO 2016 are El Museo, La Cometa, Nueveochenta, Doce Cero Cero, and Beatriz Esguerra Arte. Two Manhattan galleries that specialize in Latin American art, Leon Tovar Gallery and Y Gallery, return this year, as well as the Los Angeles-based Steve Turner and Mama.

With a recently launched new website www.artbo.co and hashtag #ARTBO2016 to follow the art happenings on your mobile, the fair expects to receive 45,000 visitors, marking a new record in attendance for a fair that continues to position itself as an essential meeting place for artists, collectors and curators, but also a window on the Colombian capital.

Corferias  – Ave La Esperanza with Cra 39

Doors open noon until 8:00 pm.

Tickets: $32,000 (adults), $15,000 (students). Children under age 10 free admission.

Written by Richard Emblin, The City Paper

‘Symmetry of Memory’ – Germán Bernal

Symmetry of Memory - German Bernal

Symmetry of Memory

An artistic dialogue between the geometry of nature and materials like wood and rice paper is that which is being presented in Cero Gallery by the Bogota artist Germán Bernal (1959), in his exhibition ‘Symmetry’ of Memory.

After living for 25 years in Europe, Bernal decided to return to Colombia a few years ago, specifically to a reservation near Icononzo (Tolima), where he created a space for artist residences for those  artists interested in working with nature.

“In my work I am evoking, somehow, the memory of nature and materials. And I use geometry as a language of knowledge, “says the artist, who trained as a photographer in Workshop 5 and then continued working in Europe with video techniques and jewelry.

The exhibition presents works of medium format in which geometric figures are worked in mixed media using recycled Japanese books of poetry, history and geometry papers and paper currency, in a clear allusion to the ancient wisdom of the East.

“I’ve always been inspired by Japanese aesthetics. I think we have much to learn from them. So I started working this series with Japanese writing paper, because I think that the handwriting has great mystery and magic” notes the artist.

In his wood sculptures, made from walnut, Bernal also returns to the experience gained of being a craft jeweler during many years in Hamburg.

Not surprisingly, he defines some of his works as ‘light clocks’, inspired by the careful assembly of a jewel in large format. It is curious how they change according to the perception of the viewer. “Somehow they deal with kinetic art, this being my updated proposal in wood” he says.

In his sculpture, Bernal reflect particular concern about their movement. “They are inspired by geometry, but here is a more organic form that evokes water waves and sound,” he concludes.

Symmetry of Memory - German Bernal

Symmetry of Memory

The exhibition runs until the first of December.

Cero gallery, Calle 80 n. ° 12-55, Bogotá

Inf .: (1) 217-7698 www.cerogaleria.com

Translated from an original article in ElTiempo.com written on 22nd November 2015

Beatriz González: The World Goes Pop – Tate Modern, London

While in London visiting the Frieze exhibition I heard that the renowned Colombian artist Beatriz González had work included at “The World Goes Pop” exhibition at the Tate Modern…so I decided to go along.

The Tate Modern is generally free to enter if you want to view its collection but as this was a special show there was a £14.50 (or £16 with a donation) charge for the general public. The museum itself is located quite centrally in Southwark along the South Bank of the river Thames and is reasonably easy to reach.

The exhibition was themed around pop art and it was divided into different sections The collection was curated by Flavia Frigeri and Jessica Morgan and and I think they have done good job after spending several years looking for pop art that was not defined by its commerciality.

“It’s pop art definitely that does have a twist and very often it has a political twist to it which is something you don’t always see with your more traditional pop artists,” commented Flavia Frigeri in relation to the whole show.

Beatriz González’ work was placed into a section called folk art and although to me the works of the other artists present in that section did seem more like folk art it doesn’t seem to me to be the best fit especially given the nature of her work as actually described in the curatorial process as being of a strongly political nature.

Much of Beatriz Gonzalez’ artistic formation was born with the period known as “La Violencia” (“The Violence”) which started in 1948 when she was just 10 – an age when most of us start to become more aware of what goes on around us – and which continued through to around 1958.

What was a surprise to me, though perhaps it shouldn’t have been given the standard of the museum was that the pieces chosen to be shown are arguably her most famous/promoted works which date back to the mid 60s and early 70s and perhaps her most representative of that period….but she has done much more work since then none of which was included perhaps due to the time period over which the curators wanted to consider the creation of “pop art”.

Beatriz Gonzalez - Tate Modern

“Los suicidas de Sisga” (1965) – The Sisga Suicides

Los suicidas de Sisga earned Beatriz Gonzalez a prize in the National Art Salon of 1965.

“The Sisga Suicides” painting number 1, 2 and 3 resides in three different collections:
– the first is from the Diana and Bruce Halle private art collection
– the second from the “La Tertulia” museum
– the third from the Colombian National Museum in Bogota

The Sisga bridge crosses a gorge and is located about an hour and a half north east of Bogota. It is situated beside a reservoir that provides Bogota with part of its water needs. It was there that the desperate couple decided to end their lives.

Beatriz Gonzalez and others were of course highly impacted by this desperate event and as such she chronicled it through her art using the pictures of the lovers that appeared in the local press at the time. Her criticism was of the presses macabre interest in the event, often called “amarillismo” or “yellow journalism” which basically refers to its crude and striking nature that many sensationalist “newspapers” used as their angle, befitting to the gutter press rather than serious news establishments. It was also perhaps made as a commentary on the continued interest in violent events at a time when the first guerrilla were starting to form looking to combat the wealthy “owners” of the political establishment.

To the art critic Eduardo Serrano, the “Sisga Suicides” is a work “that marks a interest in social problems which focuses the problems of people of few resources, and which until that moment was not a theme of priority in Colombian art.”*

It is the style of the work in itself that lends to its classification as pop art:
simple line definitions and simple colours reminiscent of Warhols work. Were it not so, this style would perhaps be simply classed as naif, despite the fact that Gonzalez studied fine arts and art history at the University of the Andes and in 1966 studied graphics in Rotterdam.

Colombian Art

“La Última Mesa” (1970) – “The Last Table”

“The Last Table” depicts her rendition of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” by imposing it upon the actual table surface. The object measures 760 x 2053 x 1052 mm and is dinner table size. Whether it was her intention or not, it was still not unusual for dead bodies to be laid out on the dinner table. An unconscious reflection of the society, its violence, its’s religion and culture?

As an artist instead of using traditional and fine linen, Beatriz González decided to use metal, furniture, tires, shower curtains, pots. Her characters have been the political, social and religious aspects of life in Colombia and “La Última Mesa” is a prime example of that.

“Looking at others through the eyes of others” is how Beatriz González describes her art and the complete works of Beatriz Gonzalez is a critical and acute journey through the history of Colombia.

Exhibition Dates & Details

The exhibition continues through to 24th January 2016 and I think it a very enjoyable couple of hours could be had here that would allow you to get to see pop art presented in a different way and see some new artists that are perhaps eclipsed by the ever-present giants such as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Indiana.

An audio guide is available for £4 and a softcover book for £25. I think they would get more book sales if they gave a £4 discount on its purchase to those who bought the audio guide….but I´ll leave the marketing up to the Tate 😉

Beatriz González: The World Goes Pop
The EY Exhibition: Eyal Ofer Galleries, Tate Modern, London
15 Sept – 24 January 2016

* Sourced and translated from Semana

** If you would like to know more about Beatriz Gonzalez’ work I highly recommend this interesting blog by Alex Kittle and this excellent interview published in Spanish with Beatriz González reviewing her life and art in Colombia  by María Paulina Ortíz.

The patchwork quilt, trunk of memories

Art Exhibition: The patchwork quilt, trunk of memories

neebex-caucho retazos

Neebex is a space dedicated to emerging art in Colombia, located in Candelaria in the centre of Bogota. Since 2012 the gallery has worked with a focus on young artists to support their projects. The gallery space is also available for students visits, the distribution of fanzines and independent publications.

Opening Thursday November 11, 2015
Until November 27.

Monday-Friday 10 am-6pm.

Free entrance.

Kra 3 # 12-42 | Tel. 2849490
Bogota, Colombia

Santiago Montoya exhibits in London

Art by Santiago MontoyaHalcyon Gallery will  present an exhibition of new works by Colombian artist Santiago Montoya. The solo exhibition titled “Unfinished Business” is Montoya’s third at the gallery in London. It runs from the 21st October – 10th November 2015.

Unfinished Business sees Montoya continue to develop his dialogue spotlighting society’s contemporaneous relationships with money and the economy at large. Using uncirculated bank notes, he creates canvases which boldly illuminate tensions; questioning preconceptions and offering new pertinence to complex social constructs. The clichéd titles of Montoya’s work add an element of humour to his work enticing viewers into the debate.

Montoya views bank-notes as ready-made painted surfaces, as snapshots of time, theatres in which political propaganda and historic events play out. Yet these paintings come with their own pre-assigned commercial value which forms the basis of all international trade, relations and infrastructure. The result is artwork saturated with layers of meaning.

“For so many years, we fought nature to survive, and I wonder if, for some of us, the economy has taken its place. We´ve anchored our expectations for wellbeing, success and happiness on the economy. The economy has become a new god, which we all cease to understand. An incomprehensible mystery of which many prophets write about, at times becoming holy, and at others, an evil in disguise. For better or worse (interdependently inseparable), as inconclusive as things are in the sacred fields of religion – and economy, it seems that we have quite a distance to go before we conclude… all I pray is that in my time, it remains forever Unfinished Business.” – Santiago Montoya

Interview with Santiago Montoya in Spanish about the consumer culture and his art.