Not only did I thoroughly enjoy my first visit to the city of Madrid, I loved visiting the 2012 ARCO fair. Sure, I was not so excited about the IKEA VIP lounge, but I was certainly introduced to some new galleries and more importantly, some artists I did not know about but whose work I quite liked. Here are some highlights:
At Madrid gallery, Travesia Cuarto’s booth-a very cool installation.
At Espacio Minimo’s booth, an interactive Olaf piece filled the space in which the viewer sits in a chair, dons headphones and peeps through a keyhole at video of a man’s intimate interaction with a child on one side and a woman’s on the other.
Spanish gallery Formatacomodo had my favorite works in the fair–abstract and hard to define with candy colors. I fell in love with their cartoon-like qualities.
At Galerie Krinzinger bright colors of de la Cruz’s work drew viewers into the booth.
Max Estrella’s booth was filled with amazing works and this painting in particular grabbed my attention.
Prado highlights, Galeria Espacio Minimo and the Reina Sofia:
At the Prado, I had the pleasure of what seemed like walking through an art history book. Goya’s “Third of May 1808″ and “Saturn Devouring his Son,” Velasquez’s “Las Meninas” and Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” are all found under the roof of the Prado and that’s just the beginning. But there was so much more to see in Madrid.
There was a group show at Galeria Espacio Minimo with work by Susan Collis and Liliana Porter.
The show also included two Spanish artists whose work I had never seen. In Nono Bandera’s installation, the artist sources old drawings and photographs from flea markets and then paints over them, creating his own world. Small wonders of found objects are strategically placed on a desk and with drawers open, the viewer feels like a voyeur, peeking into someone else’s world.
Juan Luis Moraza’s sculptures use skin like textures on household objects and functional items. The works combine wood and metals and beg the viewer to walk fully around them to see every angle. And of course, Liliana Porter’s works play with scale and have elements of humor as well as societal commentary.
The Reina Sofia:
A beautiful Calder is found in the courtyard in the center of the Museum.
Miro and Tapies works can be found in almost every gallery. A treasure trove if you like their works. And it was capped off by a gorgeous sunset from the window of the Reina Sofia.
There was also a Hans Haacke special exhibition. I found this piece one of the most visually interesting in the show.