Madrid Realists’ Exhibition Review

Lopez Garcia at the Madrid Realist Exhibition: How did these artists produce such outstanding work while the art world was declaring that painting was dead?

Published in The Jackdaw June 2016
Painting by Antonio Lopez Garcia View of Madrid
‘View of Madrid from the Vallecas Fire Station’ Antonio Lopez-Garcia.

A crowd is gathered in front of a picture, there’s shuffling and whispering, angling for a better view. Several people are up close, peering at the surface plane as if cross-examining it. The buzz of conversation is rising as viewers shift their weight and linger in front of this picture. The timed entry to the exhibition means the crowd behind is building, waiting. Finally the noise, now approaching cocktail party level, is too much for the guard. She issues a loud, insistent shhhhhhhhhhh!

It’s not the Mona Lisa, and it’s neither porn nor politics

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Watercolour painting of Plaza de Cibeles by Alexandra Sasse
‘Plaza de Cibeles, Madrid’ Alexandra Sasse. Watercolour 2016

What would make you drop everything? Last month I booked a ticket on Saturday and got on a  23 hour flight on Tuesday in a rush to see the MADRID REALIST exhibition in Spain. How uncommon to see contemporary paintings that are unafraid of either beauty or realism.

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