On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, the meeting of the Selection and Qualification Jury of the 86th Autumn Salon that the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors held, with the collaboration of the Maxam Foundation, and which is recognized as the Oldest and most prestigious artistic contest of those convened in Spain.
On this occasion, the jury was formed by José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the AEPE, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, General Secretary of the AEPE, acting as President and Secretary of the same and both with voice but without vote, and having as Members José Vicente Moreno Huart, Patron of the MAXAM Foundation, the prestigious artists Eduardo Naranjo, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Paula Varona and Ricardo Sanz, Mª Dolores Chamero Moyano, Director of the Casa de Vacas Cultural Center and Tomás Paredes, the dean of the Art critics in Spain.
The meeting was marked by the magic that reigned at all times and that was achieved by reviewing each and every one of the works presented to the contest, works that contained life essences in each stroke, in each subject and that managed to move a jury very committed to the objectives of promoting, recognizing and disseminating creativity in the art of painting and sculpture, also serving to discover, revalue and show the public the excellent technical level of Spanish artists.
The organization insists on commenting on what if all the participating artists and the public attending the exhibition of the selected and awarded works can be sure, which will be held at the Casa del Vacas del Parque del Retiro from October 31 to 24 November 2019, is that each and every one of them have been reviewed by a magnificent jury, which has had a specific technical and objective assessment for each work.
With very varied themes, since the prizes were free content, the exhibition will be formed by a meeting of very current concerns, desires and desires, of artists who live in the 21st century and reflect the social and cultural concerns that surround them and with those who live daily.
In this edition almost three hundred artists from very different places throughout the national territory have participated, with a high quality, which has made the jury fully satisfied with some works that, as they have assured, “they have been shocked and moved by same”.
In total, twenty awards have been granted that contemplate the disciplines of painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving and watercolor, and of these, six awards are specific to sculpture, which explains the very high participation of artists in this discipline that until a few years ago I was living difficult and frankly disturbing moments.
In addition, there have been four specific prizes for painting, two for watercolor, one for engraving and one for drawing, in addition to the “Down Syndrome” Painting Medal, which for the third year will include, together with professionals in the sector, the work of one of the students who attend art classes at Down Madrid and all of them, together with the 73 selected works, 46 paintings and 27 sculptures, will make up the exhibition whose awards ceremony will take place on November 7, at 7 pm.
It will not be until that day when the winners are announced in a gala that brings together great personalities from the world of plastic arts in Spain, and will have a very prominent moment in the appointment as Honorary Partner of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, from the journalist and writer Javier Sierra, closely linked to the centennial entity for his continuous support and collaboration.
The jury has tried to get carried away by their intuition, valuing not only technically, but by their heart, achieving a balance between techniques and styles, so that no interpretation could be left out without more recommendation than the quality criteria that are being governed by the Hall of Autumn in the latest editions.
As José Gabriel Astudillo López, President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and President of the Jury points out, “one of the greatest demands of the jury has been its concern for quality and because the work contains an explicit and implicit beauty that overwhelms who admires her, letting herself be carried away by the intuition and originality of some artists who have achieved magnificent works that they can well be proud of in the same way that we presume them from the AEPE ”.
It should be remembered that this year the Autumn Salon, the most prestigious and oldest artistic contest of those convened in Spain, reaches its 86th edition, which makes it unique not only for the excellent organization and experience it represents, but for The prestige that has been treasuring over the years, especially considering that it does not grant a single prize in cash and despite this, summons a very high number of participants who seek recognition not only from the public, but from other artists, of their peers, aspiration with which the call was born in 1920 and that as we see, still survives.