Tag Archives: Contemporary art

Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism

juandowneyThinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism,’ Birkbeck, University of London,

Malet St, Bloomsbury, WC1E 7HX, 23/11/2017, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Ticio Escobar in conversation with John Kraniauskas

Under the dominance of European and then Creole elites, the people of Latin America have historically looked to Europe and North America as referents for cultural modernity. Until recently, everything related to indigenous people and culture was associated with the idea of underdevelopment. However, with globalisation, contemporary cultural discourses have begun incorporating notions of diversity, difference, inclusion and cultural rights; this allows for the articulation of new critical visions such as that of Paraguayan Ticio Escobar.

A lawyer, curator, teacher, art critic and cultural promoter, Ticio Escobar was Minister of Culture of Paraguay (2008-2012). Prior to that, he was Director of Culture of the Municipality of Asuncion (1991-1996) and founder of the Museum of Indigenous Art. He is the author of the National Law of Culture of Paraguay and President of the Paraguayan Section of the International Association of Art Critics. He has published numerous books on Paraguayan and Latin American art. He currently directs the Centro de Artes Visuales/Museo del Barro in Asunción.

John Kraniauskas is Professor of Latin American Studies at Birkbeck (UL). Expert in literature and cultural studies, he is the author of numerous essays and translations. His latest book is Capitalism and its Discontents: Power and Accumulation in Latin American Culture (University of Wales Press, 2017). He met Ticio Escobar on a trip to Paraguay during the days of Stroessner, as a member of the Parliamentary Group on Human Rights.

The Thinking Ibero-America cycle is a cooperation between the Instituto Cervantes and Canning House, with the collaboration of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), Birkbeck, University of London, and Birkbeck Institute of the Humanities (BIH).

The event will be held in the Clore Lecture Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London (access through Torrington Square).

In Spanish and English.

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Art from Latin America Today (London)

2016-08-SouthLondonGalleryLogoUnder the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today

South London Gallery, Camberwell, London
10 June – 4 September 2016

Touring exhibition from the Guggenheim MAP Initiative, showing works by some 20 contemporary artists born after 1968 and curated by the Guggenheim’s MAP curator of Latin American art, Pablo León de la Barra. The exhibition of installations, paintings, performance work, photography, sculpture, and video includes work by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who has also created (with the help of staff from Kew Gardens) a permanent garden for the South London Gallery.

This is the final venue on the exhibition’s international tour, following display at the Guggenheim Museum, New York in June 2014 and the Museo Jumex, Mexico City in November 2015.

 

Exhibition: Madrid Realists

Antonio López Sink and Mirror, 1967 (detail)

Antonio López
Sink and Mirror, 1967 (detail)

Madrid Realists

Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid,
9 February – 22 May 2016 — EXTENDED TO 29 MAY 2016

Shows the work of a group of modern and contemporary realist painters and sculptors, who have worked in Madrid since the 1950s. The display has a thematic structure and includes 89 works, oil paintings, sculptures, reliefs and drawings, all depicting domestic interiors, courtyards and street-views of the city of Madrid. Exhibition catalogue: texts by Guillermo Solana, Jürgen Schilling and Francisco Calvo Serraller.

Joana Vasconcelos: Waddesdon Manor

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Joana Vasconcelos at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

The Portuguese sculptor has unveiled the latest of her installations: a monumental pair of 7-metre-tall candlesticks created from glass wine bottles, on display at the North entrance of the 19th-century country house of the Rothschild family at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. They have been bought for the Manor’s contemporary art collection and the bottles used in Vasconcelos’ fibre-optic lit sculpture came from the Chateau Lafite Rothschild vineyard in Bordeaux.

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Itinerarios XXI, Fundación Botín, Santander, 28 March – 31 May 2015
Exhibition of works by nine Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American contemporary artists who are the recipients of the 21st Fundación Botín Visual Arts Grants for 2013-2014. Carles Congost (Gerona, 1970), Albert Corbí (Valencia, 1976), Patricia Esquivias (Caracas, 1979), Jon Mikel Euba (Vizcaya, 1967), Rodrigo Oliveira (Portugal, 1978), Wilfredo Prieto (Cuba, 1978); Julia Spínola (Madrid, 1979), Justin Randolph Thompson (Peekskill, NY, 1979) and Jorge Yeregui (Santander, 1975).
A downloadable leaflet –at http://www.fundacionbotin.org/89dguuytdfr276ed_uploads/2015_03_26_06_31_03.pdf –illustrates examples of the artists’ works including sculptures, photographs and artist’s books.

Helena Almeida and Lourdes Castro, London, 27 March – 22 May 2015

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Helena Almeida, Inhabited Drawings/Desenhos habitados, showing at Richard Saltoun Gallery, Great Titfield Street, London W1W 6RV, 27 March – 22 May, along with work by her Madeira-born contemporary Lourdes Castro (b.1930).

This is the first London show for Portuguese artist Helena Almeida, a student of the University of Fine Art, Lisbon, who has developed a body of work that marries unconventional materials with photography, drawings, and performance. She has had recent solo shows at Centro de Arte Moderna, Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2006), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, (2009), and the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2010). Her work is included in the collections of the Tate, the Museu d’art modern i contemporani de Palma, and she represented Portugal in 2005 at the Venice Biennale.

Jaume Plensa, Chicago

2014-06-Jaume PlensaJaume Plensa: Private Dreams, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, 12 June – 27 September.
An exhibition of recent sculpture by the Catalan artist Plensa, featuring eight new works in a range of media, including bronze, glass and volcanic basalt. Coinciding with a new public art installation of four of his works in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which will remain on loan until autumn 2015. Both projects focus on the human figure, specifically the head as a sanctuary for dreams and hope. Plensa will also give a free public lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 16 at 6pm.
An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by Clare Lilley, Director of Programmes, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK.