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CATALOGUE LUIS GORDILLO'S EXHIBITIONID91302022

CATALOGUE LUIS GORDILLO'S EXHIBITION

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Spanish edition.

Born in Seville in 1934, Gordillo began to study Law in his native city but a short time later he gave it up in order to devote himself entirely to painting and enrolled in the School of Fine Arts. In 1958 he traveled to Paris where he became interested in the work of Jean Fautrier and Jean Dubuffet. During this period he followed the aesthetic approaches of the Art Autre or the Dau al Set avant-garde, as could be distinguished by his first exhibition in Seville, held in 1959 in the Information and Tourism Center. After a further stay in Paris his painting moved towards representational art, his center of interest converging on Francis Bacon and North American Pop Art.

In the first few years of the 1960's his series of Heads and of Motorists constituted the first non-mimetic foray of a Spanish artist into international Pop art. His experience with psychoanalysis opened up new avenues and gave meaning to his work. He temporarily stopped painting and devoted himself to producing automatic drawings which were exhibited in Madrid in 1971. This show was fundamental for an entire generation of younger artists and it positioned him as a pioneer in one of the most significant trends in the Spain of the 70's: the new representational art of Madrid. During this decade the automatic line drawings were transferred to canvas and filled in with color. In this popular and commercial aspect the prominent works are the series of Heads and experimentation.

In the 80's and the 90's Gordillo developed a type of painting that was cold both in color range and in its personal disaffect from the subject matter, thus placing him half way between the previous representational art and the new formulas of postmodern abstraction.

The awards he has received include the following: the Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1996), the Visual Arts Award from the CEOE (1993), the Ministry of Culture Award for the best art publication: "Luis Gordillo: the 80's" (1992), the Award conferred by the Madrid Community for Visual Creation (1991), the Andalusia Visual Arts Award (1991) and the National Award for Visual Arts (1981).

[22 x 27 cm, 180 p., illustrations, col.]

Spanish edition.

Born in Seville in 1934, Gordillo began to study Law in his native city but a short time later he gave it up in order to devote himself entirely to painting and enrolled in the School of Fine Arts. In 1958 he traveled to Paris where he became interested in the work of Jean Fautrier and Jean Dubuffet. During this period he followed the aesthetic approaches of the Art Autre or the Dau al Set avant-garde, as could be distinguished by his first exhibition in Seville, held in 1959 in the Information and Tourism Center. After a further stay in Paris his painting moved towards representational art, his center of interest converging on Francis Bacon and North American Pop Art.

In the first few years of the 1960's his series of Heads and of Motorists constituted the first non-mimetic foray of a Spanish artist into international Pop art. His experience with psychoanalysis opened up new avenues and gave meaning to his work. He temporarily stopped painting and devoted himself to producing automatic drawings which were exhibited in Madrid in 1971. This show was fundamental for an entire generation of younger artists and it positioned him as a pioneer in one of the most significant trends in the Spain of the 70's: the new representational art of Madrid. During this decade the automatic line drawings were transferred to canvas and filled in with color. In this popular and commercial aspect the prominent works are the series of Heads and experimentation.

In the 80's and the 90's Gordillo developed a type of painting that was cold both in color range and in its personal disaffect from the subject matter, thus placing him half way between the previous representational art and the new formulas of postmodern abstraction.

The awards he has received include the following: the Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1996), the Visual Arts Award from the CEOE (1993), the Ministry of Culture Award for the best art publication: "Luis Gordillo: the 80's" (1992), the Award conferred by the Madrid Community for Visual Creation (1991), the Andalusia Visual Arts Award (1991) and the National Award for Visual Arts (1981).

[22 x 27 cm, 180 p., illustrations, col.]