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Panel discussion: Spanish Women Artists in the UK, Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London, 11/09/2018, 7–9 pm

Spanish Women Artists in the UK

Four Spanish women artists based in the UK discuss their experiences and achievements in the Performing and Visual Arts:  Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet;  Angela de la Cruz, visual artist;  Paula Paz, associate director of the Cervantes Theatre; and Isabel del Rio, poet and writer.  The discussion will focus on how their Spanish background informs their work, on the unique artistic perspectives of biculturalism and bilingualism, and on their contribution to British Art and London’s cultural scene.
Event hosted by Idil Sukan, artist and photographer.
Tamara Rojo was appointed Artistic Director of English National Ballet in 2012.  She combines this role with her dancing career, performing as Lead Principal with the Company.  In January 2016 Tamara Rojo became D.A. Magna Cum Laude, presenting her thesis ‘Psychological Profile of the Elite Dancer – Vocational Characteristics of the Professional Dancer’ at Rey Juan Carlos University, and was awarded a CBE for her services to ballet in the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s Honours.
Angela de la Cruz studied Philosophy at the University of Santiago de Compostela.  In the late 80s she moved to London where she studied at Chelsea College of Art and later at Goldsmiths College and Slade School of Art.  She has exhibited in galleries all over the world, including the show entitled “After”, her first solo exhibition in the UK at Camden Arts Centre in April 2010.  In May 2010 she was nominated for the Turner Prize.
Paula Paz is co-founder and Associate Director of the Cervantes Theatre and the Spanish Theatre Company.  She is a theatre director and former professional ballet dancer and holds an MA with distinction in theatre directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.  She has directed The Little Pony, The Swallow, Darwin’s Tortoise, Knives in Hens, Eigengrau, History of a Staircase and Hay que deshacer la Casa.
Organized by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) at King’s College London, The Spanish Women Network and the British Spanish Society.
For more information, click here. Free admission, RSVP.
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News: 200 works of contemporary Latin American art donated to six museums

Cildo Meireles (Brazilian, born 1948). Meshes of Freedom. 1976/77. Iron and glass. 47 1/4 x 48 1/4 x 1 1/2″ (120 x 122.6 x 3.8 cm). Promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund.

Cildo Meireles, Meshes of Freedom (1976/77), promised gift of Patricia Phelps de Cisneros through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund. Courtesy of MoMA

The Art Newspaper reports that the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) has donated 200 works of contemporary Latin American art to American and European museums including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires (MAMBA) and the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI).
Featuring artworks by 91 artists from 22 countries, the donation is intended to complement the strengths or interests of each museum, celebrating their commitment to studying and exhibiting contemporary Latin American 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.

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.