Miquel Barceló

1957 · Spain

Artist biography

Miquel Barceló is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Spain. Miquel Barceló was born in 1957. Born in the same country and around the same year are Miquel Barceló and Juan Muñoz.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Miquel Barceló's work is on display in multiple galleries around the world, in countries like the United Kingdom, Austria, and Spain. Galleries exhibiting Miquel Barceló's work include Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | London and Ben Brown Fine Arts | London in the United Kingdom, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Salzburg Halle in Austria. Miquel Barceló's work has most recently been exhibited at Almine Rech Gallery | Brussels in Belgium (04 September 2019 until 16 October 2019) with the exhibition TOTEM. Miquel Barceló's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Paris Pantin in France (27 August 2018 - 28 September 2018) with the name IT COMES IN WAVES and Galería Elvira González in Spain (19 January 2019 - 30 March 2019) with the name Vida de pulpo. Miquel Barceló's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called White | Black and took place at Acquavella Galleries in New York, the United States from the 13 July 2018 to 28 August 2018.

Miquel Barceló in private collections

Miquel Barceló's works can be found on Artland in the following collection: Daniel Cardani. This also includes works by other critically acclaimed artists, Won Sou-Yeol, Sandro Diener, and Sarah Derat.

Historical Context of Spain

Spain has played a crucial role in the development of art in the twentieth century. In the early 1900s, a young Pablo Picasso developed a distinctively expressive approach to figuration in the post-Impressionist era, initially with his Blue then Rose periods, although he was to settle in Paris in 1904. Picasso was also the central founding member of the Cubist movement, a group in which he was joined by fellow Spaniard Juan Gris. Both Salvador Dali and Joan Miro were prominent figures in the Surrealist movement, though they were also domiciled in France for large parts of their careers. Throughout the twentieth century the political and cultural landscape of Spain was ruled by the totalitarian autocracy of General Franco whose dictatorship ruled the country, in one form or another, from 1939 until 1975, at which time the monarchy was restored to Juan-Carlos I who subsequently implemented considerable reform. The Franco regime was noted for its brutal anti-communist stance, and the departure of key intellectual and cultural figures that chose not to live under an oppressive regime. The cultural life of the avant-garde suffered significantly, since liberal artistic movements are often noted for their leftist leanings. Important modern and contemporary Spanish artists include Antoni Tapíes, Eduardo Chillida, Eduardo Arroyo, and Manolo Valdes.

Further Biographical Context for Miquel Barceló

Born in 1957, Miquel Barceló's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the central stresses of the preceding decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, and was in part an evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly respected figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained world-wide recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto achieving international acclaim.

Miquel Barceló

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