Aurora Vigil-Escalera Art Gallery is pleased to present, from June 18th to August 2nd, the new edition of one of its most celebrated projects: the traditional exhibition "Great Masters" with an exceptional sample of works by some of the creators who shaped Spanish Contemporary Art in the 20th century.
This exhibition will feature emblematic graphic works of very diverse techniques, which are joined by a careful selection of contemporary sculpture in a small format. Aurora Vigil-Escalera continues to support an ambitious program both in its Asturian headquarters and in its satellite space in Madrid, and is proud to be able to develop innovative projects featuring painting, installation, video art, photography... by young artists,- as well as maintaining the cult of the Great Masters and the classical avant- gardes. This unavoidable appointment on Caupa Street in Gijón offers a fantastic immersion into our Art and our History.
Joan Miró (Barcelona, 1893- Palma de Mallorca, 1983), introduced graphic work to his production at the end of the 1940s and devoted himself almost entirely to it for a period in the 1950s. Much like his sculptures, canvases and large murals, his engravings and lithographs featured his characteristic celestial motifs, minimalist colors and deceptively simple lines that are resolved in rounded shapes that suggest human and animal figures, always in a tension between abstraction and figuration that leads him to surrealism solutions.
His iconographies heavily influenced a whole generation of artists, including a young Antoni Tàpies (Barcelona 1923 - 2012). However, Tàpies immediately shows a marked personality and an style of his own that brings these influences to a world populated by geometric shapes -especially the characteristic crosses and circles-, dark tones -red, black, gray, brown- and material elements that he even incorporates into his editioned works. His explorations into textures, the physical nature of objects and the expressive possibilities of materials lead him to incorporate sand, soil, torn fabrics, and other elements that express an anguish for having lived through a war and yet also shows a desire to find beauty in everyday life.
The great Eduardo Chillida (San Sebastián, 1924 - 2002), one of the main sculptors in Spain who achieved great international success in the 1950s and was irretrievably linked to Gijón in 1990, translates his recognizable abstract and exploration of concepts such as space, emptiness, lights and shadows, in black and white engravings whose angular shapes make them instantly recognizable.
The last period of Juan Genovés (Valencia, 1930 - Madrid 2020), a frequent guest on Capua Street, is captured in colorful abstract landscapes populated by his iconic bird's eye view crowds in limited editions of only 10 copies, each carrying a different hand- made intervention with a multitude of elements, halfway between the graphic work and the original. Among these works, the G + G series stands out for being a collaboration with famed photographer Pablo Genovés, the only time father and son worked together on a project like this. And a small serial version of the sculpture
Transbase that he donated to the city of Avilés during his family exhibition at the Niemeyer Centre in 2019, his other great link with Asturias.
Manolo Valdés (Valencia, 1942) is known especially for his inspiration on the art of the past, which he renews through his paintings, sculptures and graphic works such as the intervened engraving Menina, a large portrait with surrealist overtones and reminiscences to Velázquez. These nods to the great artistic figures, together with a use of the artistic language and visual resources of the masses close to Pop, and his work with engraving, more accessible to the public than other artistic forms, positioned him as an indispensable figure for Spanish culture between the 60s and 80s. His great success accompanies him to New York, where he currently continues to create and experiment with new aesthetic avenues.
Lastly, we end on the colorful images of Takashi Murakami (Tokyo, 1962), today an incredibly recognizable icon. The representative of the international artistic scene but unavoidable for his contributions to graphic art. He incorporates popular culture references along with elements from traditional Japanese Culture in powerful compositions that broke into the Japanese art scene during the economic crisis of the late 80s and manage to expand all over the world.