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"El Cielo y la Tierra" propone un diálogo entre dos aspectos de la obra de Álvaro Barrios: Por un lado, el sentido onírico o surrealista de algunos de sus trabajos, en los que a menudo se permite licencias de carácter poético o filosófico. Mientras que, en el segundo segmento de esta muestra, expresa con particular sentido del humor, una dimensión crítica respecto al sistema de intereses con los que el mundo contemporáneo vulnera la esencia del arte mismo.
Guiado por sus inclinaciones esotéricas y su pasión por la Historia del Arte, el artista representa aquí diversos mundos y situaciones que tienen como antecedente su emblemática obra "Sueños con Marcel Duchamp". Es así como estas pinturas tienen por nombre "Sueños Ilustrados", haciendo convivir en ellas mundos y episodios fantásticos. Hitos del arte universal desarrollan entonces diálogos misteriosamente profundos, en una nueva interlocución literaria, estética y conceptual.
Dos piezas incluidas en esta sección, "La Anunciación" y "La Asunción", aluden a historia sagradas cuyos recursos estéticos nos remiten a la imaginería de los años cincuenta, o al Pre-rafaelismo y a la obra del artista de principios de siglo XX, Maxfield Parrish.
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A V A I L A B L E C A T A L O G U E S
Álvaro Barrios is a multidisciplinary artist whose works are known for their sense of humour, their irony, and the influence of collage and comic strips. His themes are often paradoxical and full of cultural references, centrally influenced by Duchamp, surrealism, conceptual art and pop culture.
Drawn to comic strips as a youth, Barrios began his career by incorporating these narratives into artistic compositions, along with certain characters and superheroes that had marked him in a particular way.
His compositions are relaxed and fresh, but hidden within is a profound knowledge of Art History reviewed with intelligent irony, as well as a study of modern collecting with sense of humour and sarcasm.
His myths, references and characters overlap and mix in a natural way, creating an intriguing illusion. They encourage the spectator to come closer and discover how the artist’s revision is simple and without make up, in an honest and direct way. They allow his works to be empathetic, with very clear human references.
Barrios was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1945. In 1966 he moved to Italy, where he studied at the Universitá di Perugia and in la Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia. He has held many important exhibitions throughout the world, and his work is in numerous private and public collections such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba; the Museum of Modern Art of Latin America, Washington, D.C. In 2005, the Museum of Modern Art acquired 76 pieces of his series “grabados populares” for its Latin American art collection. Barrios currently lives and works in Colombia.
"Heaven and Earth" proposes a dialogue between two aspects of Álvaro Barrios' work: On one hand, the dreamlike or surreal sense of some of his works, in which poetic or philosophical licenses are often allowed. While, in the second segment of this exhibition, he expresses with a particular sense of humor, a critical dimension regarding the system of interests with which the contemporary world infringes the essence of art itself.
Guided by his esoteric inclinations and his passion for the History of Art, the artist here represents here various worlds and situations that are preceded by his emblematic work "Dreams of Marcel Duchamp". This is how these paintings have the name "Illustrated Dreams", bringing together fantastic worlds and episodes. Milestones of universal art then develop mysteriously deep dialogues, in a new literary, aesthetic and conceptual dialogue.
Two works included in this section, "The Annunciation" and "The Assumption", refer to sacred history whose aesthetic resources refer us to the imagery of the fifties, or to Pre-Raphaelism and the work of Maxfield Parrish, the early twentieth century artist.
In this group of paintings from the series titled "The Circus of the Duchamp Museum of Bad Art", Álvaro Barrios questions the speculation that circulates in the intellectual ecosystem, illustrating in them imaginary circumstances around the game of artistic trade, the promotion of artists and their work. With this, he allows us to get closer to the place of enunciation of an artist and his career, regarding how he sees these dynamics that are expressed in the plane of the "earthly", the place where art enters a territory of dispute that constantly distances it of its initial purity.
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En este conjunto de pinturas de la serie titulada "El Circo del Museo Duchamp del Arte Malo", Álvaro Barrios cuestiona la especulación que circula en el ecosistema intelectual, ilustrando en ellas circunstancias imaginarias alrededor del juego del comercio artístico, la promoción de los artistas y sus obras. Con ello nos permite aproximarnos al lugar de enunciación de un artista de su trayectoria, respecto a cómo ve él estas dinámicas que se expresan en el plano de lo "terrenal", el lugar donde el arte entra en un territorio de disputa que lo aleja constantemente de su pureza inicial.
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A L V A R I O B A R R I O S
Heaven and Earth
UNTITLED (SONE QUE UNA REINA HABIA ADQUIRIDO LA OBRA “FUENTE”....), 2018
UNTITLED (IT SOUNDS LIKE A QUEEN HAD ACQUIRED THE WORK “SOURCE” ...), 2018
T H E E X H I B I T I O N
DREAMS ABOUT MARCEL DUCHAMP
This fully illustrated softcover exhibition catalogue details Alvaro Barrios' exhibition at Nohra Haime Gallery, Dreams About Marcel Duchamp, from November 18 - December 24, 2008.
Details: Paperback, 40 pages, 10.75 x 9.5", full color images of artwork, introduction by Ana Sokoloff, artist biography