In 1966, Samuel Shore, head of Shorewood Publishers in New York, commissioned Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel in 1948. Such a commission was not uncommon for the artist. In fact, from approximately 1965 to 1979, the artist’s output was largely comprised of painted works on paper, completed on commission and made expressly for production as limited-edition prints.
The Shore commission was for a series of twenty-five paintings depicting the renewal of the Jewish people. Dalí completed his mixed media paintings in gouache, watercolour, and Indian ink on paper; the paintings were then reproduced as lithographs and published in a limited edition of 250 sets of twenty-five lithographs each. Dalí took inspiration from both the Hebrew Bible as well as contemporary history to address a variety of subject matter related to Jewish history and diaspora, spanning the course of over 2,000 years. Titled Aliyah, a Hebrew word that literally means ‘migration to the land of Israel’, the series was completed in 1968 in time for the celebration of Israeli Independence Day on April 3. Following their exhibition in 1968 the paintings and prints were offered for sale and dispersed; there are only a handful of complete sets known today. This rare complete set is shown for the first time since its acquisition by the Meadows Museum in 2017.
The set was generously given to the Museum by Linda P. and William A. Custard in celebration of Meadows Museum advisory council member Janet Pollman Kafka, and her twentieth year as Honorary Consul of Spain in Dallas.
The painter’s study. Estudio del pintor. Private collection, Madrid. Photo: María Bisbal.
Hernán Cortés Moreno (Cádiz, 1953) has succeeded in renewing the genre of Spanish portraiture by introducing to it elements of abstraction, pop art and cinematography. This exhibition of some 130 portraits of key individuals important to the history, politics and culture of Spain over recent decades and includes a portrait of Sir John Elliott, the historian of Spain and the Americas and Emeritus President of ARTES. Other sitters include the former Socialist prime minister, Felipe González, the historian, physician and philosopher Gregorio Marañón and the British-born architect Norman Foster as well as friends and family members from the 1980s onwards.
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The latest version of InformARTES, our annual newsletter, is now available online. It records the events we organised and the scholarships we awarded in 2018, and contains a detailed listings of forthcoming exhibitions and new books in the field of Spanish and Latin American art and visual culture.
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This exhibition marking the 110th anniversary of Bilbao’s Museo de Bellas Artes aims to provide a path through the museum’s collections via a display of 110 works selected by the writer Kirmen Uribe (born1970), using alphabetically ordered words composed in four languages, Basque, Spanish, English and French, to contextualise the works. In this way Uribe wishes to fuse art and literature. The show brings together paintings by Cranach the Elder, Martin de Vos, Orazio Gentileschi, Gauguin, Mary Cassatt, and Francis Bacon, with masterpieces by Ribera, Murillo, Francisco de Zurbarán, Goya, Sorolla, Ignacio Zuloaga, Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza, and Antoni Tàpies. Works on paper by artists such as Hockney are shown with sports posers by Arteta. The show inaugurates the newly remodelled rooms 1-31 in the old building.
The Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica and the Center for Spain in America (CSA) encourage studies on Spanish history, art and literature by establishing doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships at European and American universities, as well as at research centres whose holdings are particularly relevant to the knowledge of Spanish culture. They likewise establish assistantships for curatorial work at museums with significant holdings of Spanish painting.
The following doctoral scholarships are currently open for applications:
The exhibition Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia celebrates the wealth of color and diversity of styles in the geometric art of Latin America, bringing together 250 artworks made by over 70 artists from the Pre-Columbian period to present. Including modernist abstract art, sculpture and architecture as well as ceramics, weaving, and body painting, the exhibition explores the wide range of approaches to geometric abstraction in Latin America, whether influenced by Pre-Columbian art, the European avant-garde or Amerindian cultures. Southern Geometries weaves visual relationships among diverse cultures and regions across time, inviting visitors to discover the vibrant patterns and designs of Latin American art.
The V&A’s Cast Courts have been recently renovated (a project lasting nearly ten years in total), and re-opened to the public on 1 December.
ARTES members are invited to meet on 17 December at 10.30 am in room 46a at the Victoria and Albert Museum for a talk on the Spanish casts in the galleries.
The tour will be given by Holly Trusted, ARTES Hon Vice-President and Lead Curator of the Cast Courts. We will look at a number of these important and fascinating plaster copies, including the Portico de la Gloria from Santiago de Compostela and the Romanesque sculptures from Oviedo and Santo Domingo de Silos.
This event is free for members. Please email email@example.com to book a place.
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