The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, June 22, 2018

Valencian Institute of Modern Art Features Exhibition of Works by Alberto Bañuelos
The main focus is on works of stone, marble, granite or alabaster made in the last few decades.

VALENCIA.- This exhibition, sponsored by the Council of Castile and León's Culture Council, is the first retrospective that a museum has devoted to the work of Alberto Bañuelos. The main focus is on works of stone, marble, granite or alabaster made in the last few decades.

The show features over thirty works belonging to the various series into which his sculptures are divided, especially pieces from the series Quillas (Keels), with its highly stylized, sensual works in search of metaphysical essence, Del espacio (Of Space), a sculptural approach to the melodic development of form, Abrir - Cerrar (Open – Close), vertically placed stones that totemically connect the heavens and the earth, Paisajes (Landscapes), epidermal treatments of sea and earth, and various Torsos which represent the transition between different series.

The artist has made the installation Homenaje a Robert Smithson (Homage to Robert Smithson), consisting of 22 cut alabaster rocks, especially for this exhibition at the IVAM.

The exhibition catalogue includes essays by Carlos Marzal, Francisco J. R. Chaparro and Rafael Sierra, the curator of the exhibition. It also includes an interview between the artist and Arturo Arnalte and a biography prepared by Emma Rodríguez.

Alberto Bañuelos (Burgos, 1949) studied in the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology at Madrid's Complutense University. He combined his lectures with five hours of drawing in private schools, where he learnt classical techniques. In 1978 he set up his own studio, where he devoted himself to painting, advancing from figurative work to the most absolute abstraction. During this period he superimposed the landscape of La Alpujarra on that of Madrid and he spent a year portraying people in the area. In 1982 he made his first sculpture and definitively gave up painting. In his early sculptures he explored human torsos, which appear in all stages of his career, and sculpture tables, finally opting for abstraction, as he had already done in painting. As he himself has said, "Really, as happened with Julio González, I need to set out from the figurative to evolve gradually towards the abstract."

Between 1983 and 1985 he made repeated journeys to Carrara, where he learnt to work with marble. During this period he also travelled to Brazil, to Washington – where he discovered Lucian Freud – and to New York, where he met Noguchi shortly before he died. Among his influences he also mentions Richard Serra and Medardo Rosso.

In 1984 he presented his first exhibition, at the now defunct Galería 24 in Madrid, with paintings of La Alpujarra, gouaches and his first figurative sculptures. His Paisajes (Landscapes) made of stone and wood appeared in 1988, together with another of his best-known and most original series, Quillas (Keels). They were followed, in the 1990s, by his series of Maternidades (Motherhoods), Máscaras (Masks) and Lunas (Moons). After experimenting with iron, he returned to stone, of which he says, "There is a desire for eternity in it and at the same time there is a primitivism that fascinates me."

His career underwent a decisive change in 2003 when he started on the series Deconstrucciones (Deconstructions), producing a new language that resulted from making cuts in stones. He uses naturally weathered stones and splits them, tilts them, shifts them about and puts them together again. The stones are cut, and underneath there are other forms and other colors.

Alberto Bañuelos's work has been exhibited in Spanish galleries such as Raquel Ponce (Madrid) and in institutions such as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo in Yucatan and the Spanish Embassy in Mexico.

IVAM | Carlos Marzal | Francisco J. R. Chaparro | Rafael Sierra | Council of Castile | León's Culture Council | Quillas | Homage to Robert Smithson |

Today's News

October 2, 2009

Innovation Illuminates Meyerhoff Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art

Kunsthaus Zürich Presents Work by One of the Fathers of Modern Art, Georges Seurat

Disney Museum Opens Honoring Man Behind the Mouse

After More than 20 Years Rothko's 'Seagram Murals' Return to Tate Liverpool

The Freer Gallery of Art Acquires Renowned Object of Japanese Tea Culture

Tate Modern Temporarily Shuts Richard Prince Exhibition

Fashion Museum in Antwerp Celebrates Belgian Luxury Goods House Delvaux

Exhibition of Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television Opens

Federal Authorities Recover Counterfeit Copy of Wyeth Watercolor

Important German Cabinet Leads Christie's Sale of Furniture, Sculpture and Works of Art

Jimmy Carter Museum Opens in Atlanta After Overhaul

Diana: A Celebration Exhibition Hosted by the National Constitution Center

Smithsonian to Show Paintings by Norman Rockwell from Lucas and Spielberg Collections

Before Lucy Came Ardi, New Earliest Hominid Found

Bowers Museum Presents Major Retrospective by Latin American Artist Fernando Botero

Fall Exhibitions Focus on the City at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Valencian Institute of Modern Art Features Exhibition of Works by Alberto Bañuelos

Martin Gropius Bau Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Futurism with Exhibition

Group Show in a Large, Pop-Up Gallery Space to Open in London

Brazil Architect Niemeyer Undergoes Tumor Removal

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

The IVAM reviews the iconography of the American dream in the exhibition 'America, America'

Valencian Institute for Modern Art exhibition opens with the work of José Manuel Ciria: The Last Decade

IVAM Announces Two Exhibitions of Masterpieces of 20th and 21st Century Art from Its Collection

Exhibition of Outstanding Works on Paper from IVAM's Collection Opens in Valencia

Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection on View in Valencia

IVAM Commemorates the Centenary of the Birth of Architect Felix Candela with an Exhibition of His Work

Pop Art from the Collection of Valencia's IVAM Travels to Cuba

The Red Line: A Selection of Spanish Abstract Art in the IVAM's Collection

IVAM Opens Exhibition which "Tells a Story in Five Rooms"

IVAM Offers Revealing View of the Social Changes in Cuba

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful