Presentación de la exposición 'Cita a ciegas con la Escuela Luján Pérez'

Cita a ciegas con la Escuela Luján Pérez

Exhibition title: Cita a ciegas con la Escuela Luján Pérez
Curator: María de los Reyes Hernández Socorro
Dates: 21.11.2019 to 26.01.2020
Place: CAAM – San Antonio Abad. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Spain
Produce: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM. Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Collaborate: Casa de Colón, Centro de Artes Plásticas, Biblioteca Insular de Gran Canaria, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Exhibition spaces: CAAM – San Antonio Abad, Casa de Colón, Centro de Artes Plásticas, Biblioteca Insular de Gran Canaria y Galería de Arte de la ULPGC.

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This hundred-year-old school (1918) is conditioned by the presence of its founders and of the people around them in the art market. But there is not just one Escuela Luján Pérez but rather many that have emerged over time. Artistic creation often has no relation to economic development. The life of the 1920s was poorer and less developed than that of today, but it generated a series of important artists. But there is no need to be reductionist. No direct relationship exists between art and economy. The value of art is not just measured in money. That society made it possible for a significant number of people to learn how to paint, even if not all of them became great artists. We believe that this school must be seen as a crossroads for artists under a common umbrella.

Blind Date, because it is impossible to know all the people who at a given moment were linked in some way to this “art laboratory”. Blind Date, because we don’t know what we are going to see. With this exhibit, we aim to remind every one of them, as well as to highlight the important role played by other people who were not considered de facto members of the school but were closely associated with it. In this sense, names like Manolo Millares and Néstor are essential references. We have before us an entity that espoused an open methodology and believed in the craft/art binomial, taking an interest in the necessary training of professional craftspeople at the same time as it promoted the individual development of artistic creativity. Domingo Doreste was responsible for the theoretical approach, accompanied by the artists and earliest teachers, Juan Carló, Nicolás Massieu Matos and Enrique Cañas. Over the course of a century, the venerable and well-loved school has inspired different emotions, gazes and interpretations of the calibre that only centenary institutions can aspire to.

María de los Reyes Hernández Socorro




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