Pure Art

REFLECTIONS AROUND THE

55 REINA SOFIA AWARD FOR PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

OF THE SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS

 

By Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

Secretary of the Jury of the 55 Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture

PURE ART

Two words that define the 55 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD.

A selection of works in which only that is seen, pure art.

The jury’s judgment has not been distorted by absurd and pompous direct and explicit requests that raised the banner of “socially and politically correct”.

The jury’s judgment has not paid attention to beautiful landscapes, folk themes or aesthetics of decorative paintings.

The jury’s judgment has not been carried away by streams of enthusiastic supporters who shout and chant grandiose sentences.

The jury’s judgment has not been influenced by the aesthetic and stylistic correctness of the moment nor by the attractiveness of the avant-garde and new techniques and resources.

The jury’s judgment has not been altered by weighing the immense work of some works and the great effort in their execution.

The jury’s judgment has not been distorted by a complete and unique artistic career of an author, who define a set.

Do not.

The jury’s judgment has been focused on the impulse and the sensations that a single work has managed to transmit to all or to the vast majority of its members.

Among the more than 300 works presented, a single work has been able to move, excite, and move them.

A unique work that has managed to awaken in them feelings of satisfaction, beauty and full art.

Capitalized art.

Pure art.

Prestige and honor.

The triumph of full art in a figure that gave warmth and reached the soul of the jury.

In a jury meeting in which there are so many people with such disparate criteria and such different tastes, in which there is an artistic sensibility so heterogeneous and at the same time similar, the criterion achieved, fully and consciously, that each and every one has exercised of them, the common denominator was the immense satisfaction of selecting a single piece that for them is the one that best represents pure art among all those presented at the contest.

Along with the winner, the finalists, great artists and creators who are there among the best, whose works have been exceptional, standing out from the rest, identifiable by themselves, and who are worthy of mention, being listed there as finalists.

And also, those selected, whose works have also deserved, in the opinion of the jury, to be present and make up the splendid exhibition gathered at the Casa de Vacas in Madrid’s Parque del Buen Retiro.

But in reality, each and every one of those who have participated, has been selected and hangs their work today in the Casa de Vacas, all, I repeat, all and without exception, are worthy of praise. Even those who have been left out, and who have not been excluded because they were not great artists, but because the work with which they have attended has not raised the passion necessary to be there compared to the rest of the other works.

The only thing to keep in mind is that just that work that they have presented to the contest has not made the members of the jury feel the expectation or the feeling that it was the best of each and every one of them.

That is what this contest consists of that a work moves and is through the AEPE. This is how it is proclaimed in the very bowels of the award: «We want to reward creativity, passion for beauty and work at the service of human beings. We want a work to be admired throughout the world and to produce a deep emotion in those who see it. And that all this should be done by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors ».

Many artists may not have been successful with their work, but it is also the result of the moment, of the task, of knowing how to choose, of waiting, all of which are conditions that must take into account

when it comes to presenting their work in a contest as prestigious as ours.

We are convinced that each and every one of the artists who have participated in this contest are wonderful artists, great creators and generators of art, necessary for the society in which we live, necessary in our lives, such as painting. and the culture itself.

To those who have participated and have been excluded, those who with their complaints have moved us more than with their works, those who have asked for angry explanations, those who have demanded to know the reason and also all those who have kept silent and then applauded the works selected, all those who with their criticism and also with their praise have managed to make this event something necessary in their lives, something necessary to see, to analyze, to be up to date in order to become aware of what art is today Spain…

To all of them, thank you, because it is they who make it possible for institutions such as the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors to continue working against all odds to make art…. Not for nothing we have 110 years of passion for art.


Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

Perpetual Secretary of the AEPE

Secretary of the Jury of the 55 Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture

Member of AECA

an impeccable organization

In the delivery of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

There are many congratulatory messages that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors are receiving these days concerning the impeccable organization of the act of the jury’s decision and delivery of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD.

The artists arrived from all corners of the national geography, felt at all times centers of attention of an act focused on them, in whom they had passed the difficult test of reaching the final selection of their works and being present at the exhibition of the works selected in the contest.

A gala held at the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park whose only condition was the limited capacity of its auditorium. This was the main reason that only those selected had access, waiting while the companions in the adjoining Exhibition Hall.

Once the prize has been awarded, from S.M. Queen Doña Sofía, Honorary President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, began the visit to the exhibition that lasted until past nine o’clock at night.

YE. Queen Doña Sofía stopped with each and every one of the artists present at the event, chatted with them, asked them what most caught their attention of each work, including anecdotes, memories and recognitions to whom she has been fighting for the world so much of art and culture.

Not surprisingly, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has been working on this event for a year, which shone among all the events scheduled in the capital in a month also focused on art thanks to the countless Fairs that have populated the spaces of Madrid.

An act well prepared by the AEPE, which its President, José Gabriel Astudillo López, wanted to highlight in his speech when he thanked the work of its Board of Directors in full:

Vice President: Mr. Juan Manuel López Reina Coso

Secretary: Ms. Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

Member: Ms. Alicia Sánchez Carmona

Member: Mr. Antonio Téllez de Peralta

Member: Mrs. Paloma Casado López

Member: Mrs. Carmen Bonilla Carrasco

Librarian: D. Fernando de Marta

Treasurer: Ms. Ana Martínez Córdoba

Adviser to the President: Ms. Itziar Zabalza Murillo

For them he had affectionate words in which he recognized his work. And for the General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, whom she distinguished for her foresight and tireless work and thanked her unstoppable effort.

From the guests invited to the event, important for the centennial entity for what represents their support and encouragement in the daily work of the AEPE, the Jury, to the selected artists, who felt really protagonists in moments in which art and art culture seems to be unimportant, everything was planned to the smallest detail, which the Perpetual Secretary did not overlook.

But despite everything, it is the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, with the President of the same and the Board of Directors in front, with all their partners and friends, who sincerely appreciate the success of this 55th edition of the REINA SOFIA DE AWARD PAINTING AND SCULPTURE.

To all, thank you very much

 

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On Friday, March 6, the exhibition of the 55 REINA SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD is inaugurated

OPENING ACT OF THE EXHIBITION OF SELECTED AND AWARDED WORKS OF THE

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD

Invitation open to the public

 

On March 6, 2020, at 7 p.m. The opening ceremony of the exhibition of selected and awarded works of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD will take place at the Casa de Vacas of the Retiro Park in Madrid.

One day after S.M. Queen Doña Sofía presents the prize that bears her name, the official opening ceremony will be held and will be open to the public and can be visited until March 22.

The event will be attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, the Vice President of the entity, Juan Manuel López-Reina, the General Secretary of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, the other members of the Board Directive, as well as different personalities from the world of culture and authorities

The exhibition brings together a total of 72 works (30 sculptures and 42 paintings) by 69 different authors mainly from Spain, but also includes those selected in countries such as China, Italy, Colombia, …

55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD:
Inauguration: Friday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Exhibition: March 6-22, 2020
Cows House of Retiro Park
Paseo de Colombia, s / n
28009 Madrid
Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Metro: Retreat (line 2)
Bus: 2, 20, 28
BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

On March 5, the 55th QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD:

JURY FAIL OF

55 QUEEN SOFÍA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD

The event can only be accessed by personalized invitation

PRESIDED BY S.M. QUEEN DOÑA SOFIA,

PRESIDENT OF HONOR OF THE

SPANISH ASSOCIATION OF PAINTS AND SCULPTORS

Queen Sofia will chair next Thursday, March 5, 2020

the act of the Jury’s decision and delivery of the Prize that it organizes

the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors,

and that has the collaboration of Google

 

Queen Doña Sófía will preside on Thursday, March 5 in the Assembly Hall of the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Parque del Retiro, the act in which the jury’s decision will be announced and the 55th Queen Prize will be awarded Painting and Sculpture Sofia organized by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, in collaboration with Google.

The event will be attended by the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo López, the Director of Policies and Public Affairs of Google Spain, Antonio Vargas, the members of the Jury as well as different personalities from the world of culture and authorities.

The 55 QUEEN SOFÍA DE PAINTURA AND ESCULTURA AWARD is endowed with 10,000 euros for a single work, having already become a benchmark prize and one of the best gifted in Spain, which has the collaboration of the technology giant GOOGLE, after five editions in the new format, for this edition has expanded its borders with a turn towards internationalization, extending to creators around the world, reflecting the commitment of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors with art and culture.

The Prize is thus endorsed by an exceptional jury, authentic art professionals with diverse and very different perspectives on creation, ranging from theory to art practice, and including curating, conservation, journalism … but always with a link Very special and exclusive with the field of art they represent.

In this edition, the Jury has been chaired by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, acting as its Secretary, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and who has counted with the Members Ana Abade Gil, representing Google, Eduardo Naranjo, Painter, sculptor, engraver and Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters of Extremadura, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Multidisciplinary artist, curator, gallery owner and image author visual of the award, Javier Sierra, Journalist and writer, Tomás Paredes, Art Critic and member of the AICA Awards Committee, Paula Varona, Painter, Rafael Canogar, Painter, sculptor, engraver, Academic and representing the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Arts of San Fernando, Ricardo Sanz, Painter and Evaristo Guerra, Painter.

The exhibition of selected works has 42 paintings and 30 sculptures and among all of them, next March 5 will be announced to the winner, in addition to the 5 finalists chosen in this edition.

The 69 artists selected for the exhibition have been: Ana Alcaraz Montesinos. Javier Aldarias Montiel. Teruhiro Ando. Juan Asensio de Cárdenas. Miguel Barbero. Lorna Benavides Romero. Carmen Bonilla. Rosa Patricia Bravo Díaz (Patricia Bravo). Kevin Bustamante Vergara. Lin Calle Corral. Francisco Carrillo Rodríguez. Lola Catalá Sanz. Gloria Cediel Lafuente. Jorge Cerdá Gironés. Teddy Cobeña. Michael de Coca Leicher. José María Cháfer. Manuel Díaz Meré. Dong Yang. Francisco Escalera González. Manuchehr Eftekar. Magdalena España. Teresa Esteban. Gonzalo Fernández Atance. José Manuel Galán Martín (Manuel Galán). Juan Carlos García Moreno (Morris). Rafael Juan Gómez Mena (Mena). Javier González Casanueva (Javier Casanueva). Eva González Morán. Agustín González Salvador. Ana Gutiérrez Mengual. Manuel Higueras García. Gen Isoe. Susana Jiménez Barrero (Susana Ximénez). Bartolomé Junquero García. André Lambert. Pepe Linares Molina. Francisco Javier López del Espino. Juan Manuel López-Reina Coso. Daniel Lorenzo Goñi. Antonio Lucas García. Joel Llopis García. Antonio Marina Rodríguez. Juan Ramón Martín. José Luis Martín de Vidales. José Manuel Martínez Pérez. Javier de Mendoza Soler. José Molares Fernández. Salvadora Morales Fernández. Juan Naranjo Torres. Antonio Navarro Menchón. Cristóbal Olmedo Aranda.  Javier Ortas González. Pedro José Pavón Pérez. Juan Francisco Pérez-Rosas Hidalgo. Diego Peribáñez Villalba. José María Pinto Rey. Agustín Pontesa. Gonzalo Prieto Cordero. José Pablo Puente Jerez. Enrique Rodríguez García (Guzpeña). Rodrigo Romero Pérez.  Pilar Sagarra Moor. Bárbara Saínz Vizcaya. José Ramón Sala. Lidia Sancho Heras. Antonio Téllez de Peralta. Trinidad Toscano Martín. Leovigildo J. Cristóbal Valverde.

As José Gabriel Astudillo comments, “in this edition we have had an excellent jury for its diversity and qualification, exceptional for its unconditional support to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, with different opinions in a versatile, dynamic and enriching exercise that He has managed to combine the artistic genius of the best contemporary artists who have attended the call. A competent and prestigious jury that has taken deliberation work very seriously, with exciting discussions and helpful sentences that contemplate very different styles and very different techniques, whose energy and dedication have been exemplary and demonstrate that the QUEEN SOFIA DE PAINT AWARD AND SCULPTURE has been granted in an honest and coherent way. ”

Judgment of the Jury of the 55 REINA SOFIA PAINT AND SCULPTURE AWARD:

March 5, 2020. 7 p.m.

Exhibition: March 6-22, 2020

Cows House of Retiro Park

Paseo de Colombia, s / n

28009 Madrid

Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Metro: Retreat (line 2)

Bus: 2, 20, 28

BICIMAD: Station 102 (Calle Alcalá, 95), Station 60 (Plaza Independencia, 6)

José Gabriel Astudillo, President of the Jury to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

José Gabriel Astudillo López

President of the Jury

President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

Painter and sculptor

 


It is a great pride and great personal satisfaction for me, to verify that the best professionals

and more great artists of the moment come as members of the Jury whenever I call them,

to support the work we are doing in the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors,

and of which I feel fully satisfied.

Also have your talent and your criteria, but above all with your availability and love for this entity

which honors me to preside, is more than a luxury, it is a spectacle of originality and critical capacity

We attended extremely pleased by everything we share.

Knowing that artists are benefiting from that meeting and all this serves to launch a career

and the discovery of new promises of art, is already something extraordinary.

Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Jury Secretary to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors with the collaboration of GOOGLE.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez

Jury Secretary

General Secretary of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors

AECA member


The greatness of the Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is that it is artists who judge other artists,

creators who recognize in each one of the works the successes and the errors, the originality, the novelty,

the improvisation, work and effort of each brush stroke and chisel stroke.

The discussions and debates that are generated defending the selection or not of a work, are interesting

and extremely enriching, small master art lessons from the hands of great

Professionals, incredible artists, who naturally appreciate the works of their peers.

A privilege to which I attend as Secretary of the Jury and to which I appreciate the occasion that

It gives me the ability to keep such a wonderful experience in my heart.

An award that has a clear objective for me: to serve as an opportunity for takeoff

or the reaffirmation of the artists’ career, and seen what happened in past editions,

an international projection award that does nothing but serve

of presentation of the artist wherever he goes and who exhibits it with pride.

Ana Abade, Jury member to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and with the collaboration of GOOGLE.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

Ana Abade

Jury member

GOOGLE Analyst of Public Policies of Spain and Portugal

 

The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is an excellent opportunity for those

is beginning and I believe that an honor that your work, which is still unknown, can be seen

by a jury of such a high level and that is exposed in the center of Madrid

and that a large number of visitors can see it. It is one of the biggest opportunities

and a great privilege that an artist can have today.

It is my second edition as a member of the jury and I think it is an already established prize

and in which the works presented are not simply amateurs,

but the personality of the painter or sculptor is already seen.

As Vocal of the Jury I look at the strength of the work.

They are all very different, there is no specific thing to judge in each of them,

but I value what you are trying to convey and try to put myself in the place of the author

to know what I was thinking at the time he did the work and how he is trying to communicate with me.

Eduardo Naranjo, Jury member of the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and with the collaboration of GOOGLE.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

Eduardo Naranjo

Jury member

Painter, sculptor, engraver and Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts and Letters of Extremadura

 

The Reina Sofía Award is very good, very good! Also, in these moments of crisis,

especially art, it’s really good that this event is called,

since it serves as support for the artists.

It is an award that has already become truly prestigious.

In this edition I see good works … the level and quality have risen, so it has not been easy

find that painting or sculpture that truly deserves the Reina Sofía Award …

As Vocal of the Jury, I am primarily looking for a work that is emotional,

that there is an intent to express what the author feels about that subject

that he represents in his work. Let it be a heartfelt and sincere work.

Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Jury member to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and with the collaboration of GOOGLE.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

Alejandro Aguilar Soria

Jury member

Multidisciplinary artist, curator and gallery owner

Author of the visual image of the Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture

 

The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is one of the references in this country, because

unites several aspects: first tradition, modernity, contemporary; and, finally, work and effort.

In addition, it is a springboard to stabilize within the art world, to ensure

new values ​​and to settle people who already have a speech made.

What do you think about the edition of the 55th Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture?

In this edition I am happy, because the level of participation has increased

and there is a significant amount of works. In addition, this year the election is being more difficult,

because they stand out less, but not because of lack of quality, but because there are more numbers

of work of the same level, then they match. By matching works of the same level, there is more competition.

What is your criteria when assessing a work of art as a member of the jury? What do you notice?

As a member of a Jury I believe that the work, as in human relationships,

it has to pinch you in some sense: aesthetically, sentimentally, by what it says, etc.

Then, when in doubt, you look at other aspects, such as technicians,

if it corresponds to contemporary styles … But, above all,

In the first place, you have to establish a dialogue with the viewer.

Javier Sierra, Jury member to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD

It was an important meeting on February 11, 2020. An intense evening of more than six hours, in which there were anecdotes, criteria, arguments and debates of all kinds, which revolved around each and every one of the works that had been presented to the 55 QUEEN SOFIA PAINTING AND SCULPTURE AWARD convened by the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and with the collaboration of GOOGLE.

And between a break and respite, there was also time to communicate and formalize the impressions of each of the members of the Jury regarding the work they were doing.

We highlight the statements of:

 

Javier Sierra

Jury member

Journalist and writer

 

The Reina Sofía Prize for Painting and Sculpture is, above all, an opportunity for artists

consolidated are consolidated even more and his work reaches more people.

But it is also an opportunity because the new ones put them on an equal footing,

with those who can measure themselves with those great teachers, and can grow by their side.

In that sense, it is a very virtuous prize.

This year’s edition I have seen a little uneven. I think the painting

has dropped compared to what was presented in the last edition,

and in the sculpture there are a couple of pieces that I really like

What is your criteria when assessing a work of art as a member of the jury? What do you notice?

As a member of the Jury I seek balance. For me the word is balance,

style and school do not matter so much, as it is a balanced work.

I have learned that in the course of the various juries,

because one learns a lot, I am also here a student and I listen to the teachers

I have next to me, and I ponder what I think is important.