Morandi's daily objects: protagonists of the new exhibition in MAPFRE Foundation

Mapfre Foundation has submitted two new exhibitions in Madrid, Morandi. Infinite resonance and Judith Joy Ross, which will be visited from September 24 to Jan

Morandi's daily objects: protagonists of the new exhibition in MAPFRE Foundation

Mapfre Foundation has submitted two new exhibitions in Madrid, Morandi. Infinite resonance and Judith Joy Ross, which will be visited from September 24 to January 9 and that show the work of two 'obsessed' artists with the daily basis.

Giorgio Morandi (Bologna, 1890-1964), is one of the most significant and uncomprising artists in the history of 20th century art. He barely traveled out of Italy and remained almost all of him at his home-workshop of Via Fondazza in Bologna. There he approached a job in which everyday objects, flowers and landscape became protagonists.

"In their canvases, try to capture reality in the most faithful way possible through their poetic, silent and suspended personnel, which builds through light, color and volumetric values. On this path work in works in which There seems to be nothing more than what the painting shows: basic and pure forms, which confers a strong sense of unreality to its compositions, "the foundation said.

The exhibition proposes a tour of the Morandian production through seven sections in which all the topics dear by the artist, mainly dead natures, landscapes and vases with flowers are approached.

At the beginning of the discourse that shows the sample, self-portrait (1925) and bathers (1915), two of the scarce examples of the representation of the human figure in their production. Throughout the years, Morandi has been internationally recognized as one of the key figures in the development of contemporary art.

For this reason, a selection of works by contemporary artists who, from different media (photography, painting, sculpture and ceramics mainly) have been included in the itinerary of the exhibition. These include Tony Cragg, Tacita Dean, Joel Meyerowitz, Luigi Ontani, Rachel Whiteread, Edmund de Waal, Alfredo Alcaín, Dis Berlin or Gerardo Rueda, for quoting only some. Meanwhile, the sample of Judith Joy Ross explores the photographic archive that the artist has developed during the last forty years focused exclusively on the portrait.

In 1966 Judith Joy Ross began photographing people in his city as a way of understanding the emotional world of those who surrounded it. As of 1976, after different trips to Europe, Ross acquires an 8x10-inch camera in order to portray 'current people' in public places.

"Influenced by Lewis Hine, August Sander and Diane Arbus, it has become one of the most influential artists in the portrait genre and has shown that it is capable of capturing the present, the past and the future of the topical individuals with His camera, "have pointed out from the MAPFRE Foundation.

Ross works based on a certain personal impulse towards the people he knows, feeling that is reflected in his works, because for the most part emanate a transparency that has to do with the relationship that has previously been established between artist and model.

His portraits usually framed in the context of a previously chosen theme: Eurana Park, visitors to the Vietnam War monument, members of Congress during the Iran-Again (Irangate) scandal, the children of the schools of Hazleton and concrete places As Easton, in Pennsylvania, where he was born, he ranged and where he still lives today.

The tour, composed of 200 photographs and different documentary material, is developed through nine sections that, in a chronological sense, show a wide panorama of the main projects of the artist. It also includes a considerable number of images so far unknown and performed without any concrete project in mind. All works come from Judith Joy Ross itself, which has lent them altruistly for this occasion.

Updated Date: 23 September 2021, 04:15

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