LLUIS BARBA | Travellers in Time (4 – 22 November 2015)
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The Cynthia Corbett Gallery proudly presents two exhibitions in New York: a solo presentation of works by renowned Catalan artist Lluis Barba accompanied by a group exhibition of the Gallery’s not for profit initiative, Young Masters Art Prize.
The rereading of masterpieces from the past is a constant in the work of Lluís Barba (Barcelona, 1952). His exercises in reinterpretation, materialised in a body of work reminiscent of collage, blur historical boundaries to interrogate the insubstantiality of our memory. The centrepiece of the exhibition will be Barba’s seminal work, a reimagining of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’, this will be the first time the work will be shown in New York, following Barba’s major solo museum show ‘Travels in Time’ at the Fundacio Vila Casas, Barcelona (May 7 – July 20, 2015). The Vila Casas Foundation Museum is dedicated to the display of contemporary Catalan art dating from the 1960’s to the present day.
New York has a remarkable affinity with Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ having been made custodians of the work. At Picasso’s request the safekeeping of the piece was entrusted to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. It formed the centrepiece of a Picasso retrospective at MoMA which opened six weeks after the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939.
I first was introduced to the work of Lluis Barba at Art Basel in 2009, and his body of work literally took my breath away. I was planning the curation for the first edition of the London-based Young Masters Art Prize and invited Lluis Barba to exhibit – he became a finalist and also exhibited his work as part of a special project at the Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House in London. Since 2009, the Gallery has exhibited the works of Lluis Barba in Basel, Bologna, Houston, Toronto, London, New York, The Hamptons, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. His private and institutional collectors are world-renowned and his work has had an extraordinary impact on the next generation of young artists.
Lluis Barba is a contemporary Master of inventive storytelling – weaving the art historical references and old master paintings seamlessly amongst art-world luminaries, celebrities, ordinary people, his friends, his collectors and of course iconic art works that we today value and readily recognise. His skill in marrying contemporary culture and society with the highest art values is unparalleled. I am honoured to know Lluis Barba as an artist and friend and will continue to champion his work with exhibitions throughout the world. Cynthia Corbett, Director and Owner, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery and Founder, The Young Masters Art Prize
Lluís Barba reworks iconic artworks to comment on contemporary society, introducing modern characters into Hyeronimus Bosch’s or Pieter Brueghel’s medieval scenes. His work leverages the language of artistic symbolism to critique both modern society and the art world. Utilizing society darlings such as Paris Hilton and Kate Moss, art world players such as Jay Jopling and music icons such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna, Barba expresses his debt to Art History and contemporary culture through a satirical and humorous slant.
Born in Spain and educated at the Escola Massana Centre d’Art, Barcelona, Barba has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Canada. His work is held in major public collections and museums, including the Artothèque d’Art Anekdota in Paris, Foundation Daniela Chappard of Caracas, Foundation Lluís Carulla, L’Espluga de Francolí, Tarragona, Instituto Cervantes in Tangier, Morocco, Museo Jacobo Borges Caracas, Museo Marugame Hirai Japan, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, la Habana, Museo Internacional Cairo, Egypt and Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. Private collections include Jorge M. Pérez of Miami, Stuart & Pamela Rothenberg of New York, Rick & Kathy Hilton of Los Angeles and Wendy Fisher of London.
YOUNG MASTERS | Focus on New Work
Private View: Thursday, November 5th 2015, 6.30 – 9pm
Young Masters | Focus on New Work presents a diverse range of contemporary works by artists including: Annie Kevans, Bartholomew Beal, Chris Antemann, Derrick Santini, Elisabeth Caren, Fabiano Parisi, Isabelle van Zeijl, Juergen Wolf, Lottie Davies, Oliver Jones, Red Saunders, Steven Rockefeller, Jr. and Yigal Ozeri. This selection includes young and emerging artists, alongside renowned mid-career artists.
Through a range of media including painting, photography and ceramics, these artists make the art of the past contemporary. Commanding great skill, each artist takes an aspect of art history, such as genre, technique, subject matter, reinvented for today’s world.
All works are available for sale, and profits are reinvested into the initiative to allow us to continue to support young and emerging artists.