Paintings and Sculptures
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç
The Ruins of the Imaginary Museum
Conversation with Manolo Valdés
A leading figure of Spanish Pop Art, Manolo Valdés: Paintings and Sculp-tures exhibition was comprised of a selection of the artist’s paintings and sculptures. Renowned particularly for the diversity of his media, his large-scale works, and quests in form, Valdés is hailed as one of the great masters of contemporary Spanish art. Following the dissolu-tion of Equipo Crónica, the pioneer-ing group of Pop art in Spain, which he cofounded, Valdés continued his career solo as of 1982. His works derive their strength from the masterpieces of the past, bear historic clues, colors, and textures, and make strong references to art history, carrying traces that extend from Velázquez to Zurbarán, and from Matisse to Picasso and Lichten-stein. Stripping a painting from its original context and reinterpreting it through pop art, the artist primarily focuses on figures, objects, and series.
Publication year: 2013
Page number: 161