Top 10 | ARCO Lisboa 2018

Nicholas Woods | Galería Pelaires

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Nicholas Woods, LN30, 2017, Galería Pelaires

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1971, Woods spent his childhood in New York City and Madrid, Spain. He has lived for extensive periods in both Spain and the U.S. He attended Tyler School of Art’s program in Rome and graduated from Middlebury College in 1993.

From 1999 until 2004 Woods formed a collaborative partnership with the Spanish artist Mónica Fuster, the focus of which was mainly site-specific projects, and their work was shown in numerous group and individual exhibitions in Europe. In 2004 a selection of their drawings on plexiglass was included in a contemporary drawing show at the CAC Málaga Museum, and in 2003 their installation Lair formed part of an important 25 year survey exhibition of art in Spain at the MUVIM, Valencia. In 2002 they were selected by the Palais de Tokio (Paris) curators Nicolas Bourriaud & Jerôme Sans to receive the Fundación Altadís Public Art Prize, for their project Helium.

Woods’ paintings have been exhibited in Europe and the United States: at Galería Pelaires – Palma de Mallorca, at Slowtrack – Madrid, Tim Sheward Projects – London, The Royal Standard – Liverpool, CAC Málaga – Málaga, Rena Bransten Gallery – San Francisco, Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art – Mallorca, Galería T20 – Murcia, Galería Maior – Mallorca and Vacío 9 – Madrid, among others. He is represented in important public collections, particularly in Spain, including the CAC Málaga Museum; Fundación La Caixa; Colección Caja Madrid; Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Mallorca; Fundación Pilar i Joan Miró, Mallorca; and The Benetton Collection, Milan, among others.

Galería Pelaires

 

Stephan Balkenhol | Galeria Senda

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Stephan Balkenhol, Man with green shirt , 2017, Galeria Senda

Stephan Balkenhol was born in 1957 in Fritzlar, Germany. He now lives and works in Meisenthal, France. Attending the Hamburg School of Fine Arts from 1976 – 82, Balkenhol was exposed to the Minimalist and Conceptual trends popular at that time, with tutors including Nam June Paik and Sigmar Polke. His experience here profoundly affected his subsequent artistic practice.

Sensing an absence in these two schools of thought, Balkenhol sought out the human figure and began a considered campaign to reintroduce it into contemporary art, declaring: “I must reinvent the figure to resume an interrupted tradition”. As a renowned sculptor, Balkenhol is recognised not only for the technical prowess with which he hand carves each of his wooden sculptures, but for his continual devotion to exploring the role of the figure within contemporary art. The artist’s unique sculptures combine anonymous human figures with tall pedestals, all hand carved from singular blocks, often of poplar or wawa wood. The figures emanate timelessness: simple, plain-coloured clothing and the confident yet unassuming poses of the everyday man.

Balkenhol has developed a significant repertoire of public commissions spanning his twenty-year career, with installations in front of the Blackfriars Bridge in London, at the entrance of the Hamburg Zoo; at the Städelsches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt; and in Kassel and Leipzig, Germany.

Galeria Senda

 

Adrian Balseca | Madragoa

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Adrian Balseca, El Cóndor pasa, 2015, Madragoa

Balseca’s work aims to activate strategies of representation, narration, and/or interaction in order to highlight cultural specificities of a particular place. It explores the relationship and tensions between industrial and craft practices, revealing a fascination with the historic processes, and the configuration of materials involved in the production of manufactured goods. His work often involves transforming the composition of daily objects or certain civil laws into other material forms, or legal experiences.

These projects, from small interventions to large-scale ‘site specific’ actions or video documentations, elaborate on ideas of emerging economies, nature, power, and social memory. He has participated in major solo and group exhibitions. At present he win the annual Grants & Commissions Program 2015, at the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO).

In 2013, Balseca won the inaugural Premio Brasil-Emerging Art Price, at Contemporary Art Center of Quito (CAC) and in 2014, he won the Premio Paris at the 12th International Cuenca Biennial: Leaving to return. He was a founding member of the group La Selecta-Cooperativa Cultural, and formed part of the community art collective Tranvía Cero, both based in Quito.

Madragoa

 

Ella Littwitz | Copperfield

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Ella Littwitz, From ‘A Moon in Ramallah is a Star in Hebron’ (M5), 2017, Copperfield

Ella Littwitz (b.1982, Israel) lives and works in Israel. Her comprehensive artistic research explores archeology, history, botany, culture and politics through an archival approach. She is a Laureate of the HISK (Ghent, Belgium) in 2015 and received her BFA from Bezalel (Jerusalem, Israel) in 2009.

Littwitz exhibited in Israel, Europe and the US including the 6th Moscow Biennial Special Program, the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Salzburger Kunstverein (Austria) and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (Israel).

In 2017, her work featured in exhibitions at the Center for Contemporary Art (Tel Aviv) and the Petach Tikva Museum, and at the Tallinn Kunsthall in 2018. Littwitz received the Igal Ahouvi The Most Promising Artist Prize (2013, Israel) the Botin Foundation Prize (2012-2013, Santander, Spain), Arbeitsstipendium Stiftung Kunstfonds (2012, Bonn, Germany), Mitchell Presser Excellence Award granted by Bezalel Academy in 2009 and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship in 2008-2010. Littwitz was also invited for a 3 month residency in the Guggenheim Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland.

Copperfield

 

James Welling | Marta Cervera

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James Welling, 3690, 2016, Galerìa Marta Cervera

James Welling has been questioning the norms of representation since the 1970s. His work centers on an exploration of photography, shuffling the elemental components of the medium to produce a distinctly uncompromising body of work. Welling is also intensely interested in cultural and personal ideas of memory in his work. In opening up the medium of photography for experimentation, Welling’s practice has influenced an entire generation of artists and photographers.

Welling was born in 1951 in Hartford, Connecticut. He studied at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Since 2005, his work has been represented by David Zwirner. James Welling: Seascape marked his seventh solo presentation at the gallery in 2017.

In 2017, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in Ghent and the Kunstforum Wien in Vienna co-organized James Welling: Metamorphosis, a traveling solo show encompassing the artist’s work from over three decades.

Galerìa Marta Cervera

 

Pedro Cabrita | Giorgio Persano

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Pedro Cabrita Reis, The unnamed word #4, 2008, Giorgio Persano

Pedro Cabrita Reis (born 1956) is a Portuguese artist. Reis has exhibited widely and participated in numerous international exhibitions, including documenta IX in 1992; in 2003 he represented Portugal at the Venice Biennale. Currently, he is participating in the 10th Lyons Biennale with two large works.

In 2009 Hamburger Kunsthalle presented a major retrospective of his work featuring around sixty sculptures, including several large-scale pieces, paintings, drawings and photographs from 1985 to 2009, covering the entire basement floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart.

Giorgio Persano

 

Wolfgang Tillmans | Galería Juana de Aizpuru

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Ushuaia Lupine (a), 2010, Galería Juana de Aizpuru

Born in 1968 in Remscheid, Germany, Wolfgang Tillmans studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design in Bournemouth, England from 1990 to 1992. In 2000, Tillmans was the first photographer and first non-British artist to receive the Turner Prize, an award given annually by Tate in London. In 2009, he received the Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie and was selected to serve as an Artist Trustee on the Board of Tate.

He has been a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin since 2012, and was appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2013. Tillmans was the recipient of the 2015 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography and in January 2018, he was the recipient of the Kaiserring (or “Emperor’s Ring”) prize from the city of Goslar in Germany. In 2014, the artist joined David Zwirner.

In 2015, PCR marked the artist’s inaugural exhibition with the gallery at its West 19th Street location in New York. Opening in March 2018, David Zwirner will present the artist’s first exhibition in Hong Kong at its newly opened gallery in H Queen, Central.

Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Wolfgang Tillmans. Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies.
Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.Few artists have shaped the scope of contemporary art and influenced a younger generation more than Wolfgang Tillmans.
Since the early 1990s, his works have epitomized a new kind of subjectivity in photography, pairing intimacy and playfulness with social critique and the persistent questioning of existing values and hierarchies. Through his seamless integration of genres, subjects, techniques, and exhibition strategies, he has expanded conventional ways of approaching the medium and his practice continues to address the fundamental question of what it means to create pictures in an increasingly image-saturated world.

Daniel Canogar | Max Estrella

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Daniel Canogar, Draft, 2018, Max Estrella

Born in Madrid (1964) to a Spanish and an American mother, Daniel Canogar´s life and career have bridged between Spain and the U.S. Photography was his earliest medium of choice, but he soon became interested in the possibilities of the projected image and installation art. His fascination with the technological history of optical devices, such as magic lanterns, panoramas and zoetropes, inspired him to create his own projection devices. Fox example, in the late 90s he created a multi-projection system with fiber optic cables. The resulting artworks were mobile-like hanging sculptures that projected images onto surrounding walls. With the advent of digital technology, the artist continued re-conceptualizing visual media as sculpture.

By projecting video animations onto salvaged obsolete electronics, he was able to metaphorically reveal the collective dreames trapped within DVDs, old calculators, video-game consoles or found computer hard drives. Also notable are Canogar´s public artworks using flexible LED screens. Like with his earlier fiber optic cable installations, he once again reinvents an existing technology to suit his artistic explorations; by using flexible LED tiles, he is able to create twisting ribbon-like screens for atriums and public spaces. He has created numerous public art pieces, including Tendril, a permanent sculptural LED screen for Tampa International Airport; Travesías, a sculptural LED screen commissioned for the atrium of the European Union Council in Brussels; Constelaciones, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe created for two pedestrian bridges over the Manzanares River, Madrid; and Asalto, a video-projection presented on various emblematic monuments including the Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, Union Station in Toronto, Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid and ths church of San Pietro in Montorio in Rome.

His recent work includes “Fluctuations” at Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid; Storming Times Square, screened on 47 of the LED billboards in Times Square, New York; “Echo”, a solo exhibition at bitforms, New York, and Max Estrella Gallery in Madrid; “Vórtices”, an exhibition exploring issues of water and sustainability at the Fundación Canal Isabel II in Madrid and Synaptic Passage, an installation commissioned for the exhibition “Brain: The Inside Story” at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Daniel Canogar received an M.A. from NYU ant the International Center for photography in 1990. He presently lives and works in Madrid and New York City.

Galerìa Max Estrella

 

Manuela Marques | Caroline Pagès Gallery

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Manuela Marques, Lac 1, 2007, Caroline Pagès Gallery

Through taking photographs, Manuela Marques has taken hold of an imaginative, highly subjective, poetic and intimate world. She tackles and mingles diverse genres (portraits, still life, landscape), varied themes (trees, stones, bodies, objects, architectonic details), revealing new ways of perceiving. Out of context, with no background, the images become mysterious and incite new interpretations.

The photographs, then, invite the viewer to wonder about the reality she perceives, even to doubt her own perception. Galerie Anne Barrault in Paris, Gallery Caroline Pagès in Lisbon, and Gallery Vermelho in Sao Paulo represent Manuela Marques.

Lately, she has had monographic exhibitions at Château d’Eau in Toulouse (2016), at Circulo de Artes Plasticas in Coimbra (2015), at the Centre Régional de la Photographie in Nord-Pas-de-Calais (2015), and at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris (2014). Several art critics and journalists have written about her work, among them: Michel Poivert, Sergio Mah, Claire Guillot, Lisette Lagnado, Jacinto Lageira, Christianne Vollaire, Natacha Wolinski, and Joao Silverio.

Caroline Pagès Gallery

 

Sandra Rocha | Fonseca Macedo

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Sandra Rocha, Corpo e Enxofre, 2015, Fonseca Macedo

Sandra Rocha questions the fragility and strength of the human being and the relationship with nature. Her videos, photographs and collages evoke a symbiosis to the landscape and those who pass through it, she creates stories in a poetic dimension.

She tries to catch a glimpse of the lyric that is played between man and nature without losing the sense of reality. The realistic dimension of her work lies in this approach. Women are mostly adolescents or young adults; children or young pre-adolescents: the subjects represented are (already or almost) without age and (already or almost) without sex. The real models on which Sandra works are frozen in time, they exist in a very special time and they are at the border of adulthood, or just reaching it. Time seems infinite and immutable, suspended, a feeling of eternal youth.

Sandra Rocha was born in the Azores in 1974 and lives in Paris.

Galeria Fonseca Macedo