Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ArtTraveler digests recent happenings affecting Spanish artists

Not all rubbish is art and not all art is rubbish.

Take this week's opening of a mini-hotel in Madrid built from bobs and bits from among 12 tons of rubbish recovered from European beaches. It's temporary but for real and part of the Coronita Save the Beach campaign.

If it's anything like its predecessor in Rome, it's cozy and very colourful, a palette of hopefully santized refuse with a message.

The art as rubbish botique hotel is the brainchild and work of German artist HA Schult, who installed a similar venue for the UN World Environment Day in June.

For you few who trade in "trainers," as the Brits call them, or stylish "tennis shoes" as we Yanks often label them, Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro shows up again, sort of, in the latest display of Air Jordan 7. OK, it's a good PR hook. And perhaps a good investment.

At the de Young in San Francisco,  three Spanish-Hispanic exhibitions are on show: "Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico", from 19 Feb. to 8 May this year. On loan from 25 Mexican museums, the Mesoamerica collection of more than 100 objects, reputed to be the most ever been seen by North American audiences.

Also at de Young, 26 March - July 4: Balenciaga and Spain, which looks at Spanish influence on the haute couture master Cristobal Balenciaga. And finally, from 11 June - 25 September, de Young hosts more than 100 Picassos from the permanent collection from the Paris Musee  Picasso.

Spanish artist Santiago Sierra may have just escaped Brisbane floods. He exhibited an installation at GoMa Sierra he called "7 forms measuring 600 X 60 X 60 cm," large wooden beams supported on one end by a hefty wall mount and on the other, by two paid men shouldering half the burden. It ran from 20 -26 November 2010 in Brisbane.

I admit I stray a little. I head to Argentina only to introduce Matt Fox-Tucker, orginally from Iffley UK, now Buenos Aires.

He recently published "Textura Dos: Suenos Aires Street Art," a six-month joint venture with photographer Guilherme Zaulth. It's bilingual (Spanish/English, costs 25 quid on sale at Blackwell's in Oxford or by contacting:

Salvador Dali illustrations were recently shown in the National Gallery of Foreign Art in Sofia, Bulgaria, the beginning of the Divine Comedy's graphic collection.

Spanish artist Joan Fontcuberta continues with the photo exhibit at FOAM in Amsterdam, "Landscapes without Memory," running until 27 Feb.

According to the London Evening Standard (19.11.10), the Joan Miro painting, "The Farm" is headed to the Tate Modern along with about 150 paintings.

The story goes Ernest Hemmingway rolled the dice with its then owner Eyan Shipman, who had helped Miro stage a show in Paris, for the painting. Both loved it. Hemingway won, paid 5,000 francs for the picture and then donated it to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He lived with it for many years in Florida. This is the first time it is on show in the UK.

"Goya  and the Bullfight" - two series of Francisco Goya's prints on bullfighting remain on show at the Worcester Art Museum through 17 April in Needham, Mass. in the US.

Spanish flamenco and jazz and Maghreb guitarist Javier Ruibal recently took center stage in concerts in four Istanbul bars. Rubial in 2007 won the award, the Medal of Andalusia, for his contribution to Andalusian culture. You've got to check out his music!

The Toldedo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio has acquired a sculpture by Spanish artist Juan Martinez Mortanes.

Every little bit counts: Wilth an auspicious and modest $666 grant to the Vista Grande High School Spanish class, the class will dabble in paintings inspired by famous Spanish artists. The name of the project? "We Are Not Picasso."

Rock on and practice peace and love,

Stefan, the ArtTraveler(TM)  See ArtTraveler video collection. Also check in on Day 8 of Dutch walkers Via de la Plata, three-month pilgramage, the adventures of Joost and Rob.

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