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

Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, Perpetual Secretary of the AEPE

Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez received on November 7, 2019 an unexpected surprise when, in the framework of the jury’s decision, awards ceremony and inauguration of the 86th Autumn Salon of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the most artistic event Ancient and prestigious of all those summoned in Spain, he received the title of “Perpetual Secretary” of the centenary entity.
N the event, which took place in the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Buen Retiro Park, was attended by a multitude of artistic personalities, such as the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Community of Madrid, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, guy and mengano, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, accompanied by his entire Board of Directors and artists such as Eduardo Naranjo, Alejandro Aguilar Soria, Ricardo Sanz, Paula Varona, the dean of the Art Critics, Tomás Paredes. .. municipal authorities and the general public.
Just when the title of “AEPE Honorary Member” had already been delivered to the journalist and writer Javier Sierra, and before the Secretary General herself proceeded to read the minutes of the Jury of the 86th Autumn Room, the President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, José Gabriel Astudillo, skipping the established protocol, took the floor to read an Addendum to the Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors on June 18, 2019, in which it is explained that taking advantage of an absence of Secretary General of the entity, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, responsible for raising the official minutes of the session, and with the unanimity of the members of the Board, it was agreed to “distinguish Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez with the title of SECRETARY PERPETUAL OF THE ASSOCIATION SPANISH PAINTS AND SCULPTORS, in recognition of their excellent and unparalleled work and dedication to the entity.


We believe that it is fair to recognize the work of those people who are exceptional and essential in the art world, people who make real the saying that success always precedes work.
All the partners enjoy that success thanks to the attitude and work of those who make us bigger every day as an institution and ensure that day by day is attended not only diligently, but correctly and in a gratifying way. That is why this institution is better every day and provides an image of seriousness and prestige that, as I said, benefits everyone.
Placing a centennial entity of the first order in the 21st century has been an important challenge that our Secretary General has amply achieved in a work model that not only is the most successful, but that more than meets and exceeds the expectations generated in this regard. .
Modernization, transparency and attention and closeness to the needs of the associates have been an unwritten rule with which it has managed to awaken the spirit of our entity and thus contribute to the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors has developed as a diversified institution and open to the outside, until it becomes a modern and prosperous reality.
But in addition, preserving the history and heritage of the entity has been a priority in the work of Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, who is carrying out through the Historical Archive “Bernardino de Pantorba”, a project that has crossed borders and makes us captain the research work on the history of art in Spain in the 20th century.
Its involvement is also leading us to recover the memory of the first artists of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors and to be present, in this way, in the most important cultural events celebrated in Spain for this reason.
In the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors we have the honor of having magnificent artists, with exemplary people who have achieved success with a lot of work, dedication and talent.
And one of them is Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez, journalist, Director of the Gazette of Fine Arts, researcher, art historian, member of the Spanish Association of Art Critics but, above all, a magnificent person of overwhelming personality, who is of justice recognize and applaud his special dedication and dedication, his good work, full of commitment and honesty, his charisma, authenticity and talent.
The Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors is increasingly prestigious and great because it knows how to recognize those who have a special talent and feel committed to making their work an engine for the expansion of that talent.

That is why Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez is a good portrait of the entity we want, with values ​​and that values ​​work, the desire to improve and the shared effort. It is the portrait of those people who fight every day for art, for artists, for culture and who do it also, investing a time, effort and a totally altruistic will and that must be recognized,
An entity is worthy of admiration when its members are too and when it treats those admirable people as they deserve. That is why we have the obligation to recognize this merit and in this way the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors wants to do it on behalf of all its partners, because making our entity better is a matter for everyone. Only in this way do we achieve that the best years of the artistic history of Spain are those that lie ahead, those that remain to be lived and those that remain to be written.
And so we signed in Madrid, on June 18, 2019, the rest of the members of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, keeping this resolution secret until the delivery of the distinction, which will take place within the framework of the Opening ceremony of the 86th Autumn Salon held at the Casa de Vacas of Madrid’s Parque del Retiro on November 7, 2019 ”.
Excited and visibly surprised, Mª Dolores Barreda Pérez picked up a plaque from the President and with the emotion of the moment, she was only able to thank everyone for the immense honor that the appointment entails, since in the entire history of the centenary entity, only There has been a Perpetual Secretary whose memory draws on countless historical accounts of the AEPE.