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José Guerrero Exhibition at MIAC

Friday July 1, 2011

José Guerrero Exhibition at MIAC

A leading Spanish painter from the Abstract Expressionist school, José Guerrero, is the subject of a new exhibition opening next week at the MIAC (Museum of International and Contemporary Art) at the Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife.

José Guerrero, a native of Granada in southern Spain, was an acclaimed abstract painter, producing works that can bear comparison to those of Mark Rothko, especially as many of his works featured intense blocks of colour. Born in 1914, Guerrero was a contemporary of Miro and Picasso, both of whom he admired and was influenced by.

As a young man, Guerrero studied at the Fine Arts School of San Fernando in Madrid after the civil war had ended. He then went on to continue his studies in Paris, having won a fellowship to attend the Fine Arts School there. And although unenrolled, he also took classes at the Spanish Academy in Rome.

But it was only after his marriage to an American, Roxane Whittier Pollock, that the artist was able to fully develop his talents as an abstract painter, leaving Europe for New York in 1949. As his reputation grew, Guerrero became involved in numerous projects, such as the plan to remodel Chicago, which saw architects and artists such as Mies van der Rohe and Eduardo Chillida exploring ideas for urban redevelopment.

Some of his best known paintings are those that refer to his birthplace, such as the canvas he created in honour of fellow Granada born artist, Garcia Lorca whose death in 1966 inspired perhaps his most famous work 'La brecha de Viznar'. The literal translation of the title is 'The Wound of Viznar' which is reflected in the sombre nature of the work, where the black planes of paint are offset by the red splash of the 'wound'.

Other works were also inspired by his native home in Spain, with titles such as Generalife (1963) referring to the Alhambra, Granada's outstanding Moorish palace. Several of the works on display at this exhibition have been loaned by the Centro José Guerrero in Granada.

The exhibition starts next Friday 8th July at 20.30 and runs until 2nd October. The MIAC is housed in the Castillo de San José in Puerto Naos, Arrecife. Entrance costs €2.50 for adults and €1.25 for children and it is open from 10.00 until 21.00 every day.

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