well as the screening of his experimental film Grimace, made between 1962 and 1967. The technique of the collage, which is the basis of his language in formal territory, extends to the iconography he uses where the influences of Pop and the comic coexist with images extracted from the media and references to the history of painting. Explosive women, superheroes and Mickey Mouse coexist in works, grouped together in large series which, however, do not omit critical comments on the consumer society, or war. In the 1960s Erró formed part of the French Nouvelle Figuration movement, a figuration with narrative undertones that originated as a reaction to informalism, a position it would share with artists like Télémaque, Adami and the Spaniard Arroyo. The exhibition was curated by Victoria Combalía, visual arts consultant to the cultural agency of the Madrid regional government.
SPANISH ART OF THE 20TH CENTURY IN THE BBVA COLLECTION This third showing of the BBVA’s collections, together with the exhibitions Del Gótico a la Ilustración and Del Romanticismo a la Modernidad presented in previous seasons, give an idea of the extensive resources of this financial institution. The period from 1930 to 1995 is now presented by Francisco Calvo Serraller, curator of the show, with a selection of 59 works, basically painting but also sculpture and drawing. The generation of artists which coincide with the ANTONIO SAURA Dora Maar, 1983 Second Republic is the starting point of this route through Spanish art, with names like José Caballero, Pancho Cossio, Díaz Caneja and Benjamín Palencia; with them are figures who spent much of their life outside Spain, as was the case of Julio González, Miró, Oscar Domínguez and Esteban Vicente. The 1950s and the 1960s are represented by the El Paso group and the informalists, with important names such as Saura, Millares, Rivera, Feito, Canogar and Chirino. Also in this period we can find works by Palazuelo, Oteiza, Chillida, Alfaro, Guerrero and Sempere, likewise representatives of the realist trend like Antonio López. To them other names can be added from the 1960s such as Mompó, Equipo Crónica and Luis Gordillo. The conceptual trends, the painting of Madrid’s new figurative artists and a series of strong personalities that marked the development of the 1970s and played a leading part in the 1980s, also appear in the BBVA collection with works by Nacho Criado, Navarro Baldeweg, Alcolea, Pérez Villalta, Adolfo
Schlosser, Eva Lootz, Teixidor and Soledad Sevilla. Meanwhile, the end of the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s are represented by Barceló, Sicilia, Leiro, Urzay and Martín Begué among others. The exhibition will be open to the public from 20th April to 4th June, and will then go to Valencia, Corunna, and Seville.
JOHN MARTIN, RENOWNED ENGRAVER JOHN MARTIN AT CALCOGRAFÍA NACIONAL MUSEUM AND AT THE CONDE DUQUE CULTURAL CENTRE A key figure in painting and especially in European Romantic engraving, the Briton John Martin was undoubtedly one of the main protagonists of the movement and the aesthetics of the sublime. His prodigious Biblical scenes and prints converge with JOHN MARTIN The angel with the book, 1837. Lithograph those by Piranesi and with the visionary architects Boullé, Ledoux, and Lequeu. Martin produced illustrations for striking creations like Milton’s Paradise Lost and the Bible, as well as magnificent scenes of The Feast of Balthazar, Joshua Ordering the Sun to Stand Still over Gabaon, The Flood, The Fall of Nineveh, The Fall of Babyon, and the trilogy of The Last Judgement, all of them genuine masterpieces in the history of printmaking Madrid has the opportunity to get to know the vast oeuvre of this historical artist through an exhibition which can be seen at two venues, the Conde Duque Cultural Centre and the Calcografía showroom of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. The exhibition, organised jointly by Madrid’s City Council and the Bancaja Foundation, was curated by Michael J. Campbell (curator and owner of the collection) and Adam Lowe, who have entitled this collection of 189 works La oscuridad visible [Visible Darkness]. John Martin, 1789-1854. It is interesting to see that different examples of followers and imitators of the artist have been included in the show. The exhibition, part of which was shown in the Casal Solleric of Palma de Majorca in January of this year, will be on show in Madrid until 25 June, after which it will go to the Museo de Bellas Artes of Bilbao.
THE ALTADIS AWARDS IN THE MAX ESTRELLA GALLERY Following its exhibition in Paris at the Lelong Gallery, the Altadis Prize presented in Madrid’s Max Estrella Gallery the winning entries of its sixth edition. As on previous occasions, three French and three Spanish artists provide an idea of current production of both countries through this contest which seeks to forge a closer ARTECONTEXTO · 81
Dossier: COMIC WORLD / MUNDO CÓMIC 2006