I like to photograph museums and art exhibitions for the multiple options that they offer. The pieces, together with their disposition in space and human presence, give us a wide variety of possibilities to play with the camera and to present a personal vision of what is happening in that place, at that moment.

Frequently, as we have seen again in this edition of International Contemporary Art Fair, ARCOMadrid 2015, the photographs used to illustrate some articles about the event generally lack of quality, this said without intention to offend anyone. This fact, of course, affects the idea that people get of an event of this complexity, especially those who don´t have the chance to visit and look at the art pieces in person.

Alfredo Jaar, Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness, 1995. Galerie Thomas Schulte.

A View on ARCOmadrid 2015

Pinturas del colombiano Edgar A. Jimenez

Once expressed this reflection, with the idea of promoting the importance of good photography, we share a brief selection of images of the pieces that drew our attention during the days we visited ARCO. In honour of truth, most of the exhibited work didn´t manage to capture our interest, but I guess this is quite normal when taste enters the game and what we are appreciating is something as subjective as art, mainly when you do it in a huge place that packs thousands of works, of all kinds and conditions – this is meritorious by itself – and you have limited time for completing the task. 

Once in the first pavilion, our attention was immediately attracted by paintings executed by two artists of different origin. On one hand, the talented Belgian artist living in Antwerp, Rinus Van Elde. On the other, Edgar A. Jiménez, from Colombia, with scenes taken from popular action movies. 

Matt Mullican, Untitled, 2014

Matt Mullican, Untitled, 2014

Miquel Barceló, Olivas Negras, 1988

We continued our tour with an interesting talk with owner of Beta Pictoris, from Alabama, where we could enjoy some works by afroamerican Willie Cole, who creates witty sculptures with ordinary elements such as women shoes or irons.   

Giving some colour to the place, works by Jorge Magyaroff, with his falling paint stopped in time, literary covers by Sara & André or Quiji, a mixed of serigraphy and collage on canvas, by Jean-Michel Basquiat, including some of the symbols that are characteristic in the work of the famous New Yorker.

Serigrafía de Antonio Saura, 1984

Serigrafía de Antonio Saura, 1984

Besides Basquiat, we had the chance to enjoy pieces by other essential names of contemporary art, such as Andy Warhol, PicassoMiquel Barceló, Antonio Saura or photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, thanks for the contributions by important galleries like Elvira González and Marlborough, among others. Also interesting, to mention a couple more, were the “aerial” creations of Spanish Juan Genovés and the trees “ripped off” from the land by Jorge Mayet.

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