Friday, January 15, 2010

Art and Camouflage in Spain

I have just seen the catalog for Camuflajes, a major exhibition of camouflage-related art that premiered last fall at La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Spain. Curated by Maite Mendez (author of Camuflaje, 2008) and Pedro Pizarro, the exhibit ran initially from September 17 through November 1, 2009. Judging from the rich selection of color images in its beautifully-produced catalog (the text is in Spanish only), it was surely a stunning, instructive event. It is a panoply of experimental works in which artists from throughout the world explore the implications of camouflage, often in the broadest sense. Among those represented are Agrela Angeles, Jose Ramon Amondarain, Eleanor Antin, Liu Bolin, Manuel Cerda, Pietroiusti Cesare, Chema Cobo, Monica Duncan, Lalla Essaydi, Leo Fabrizio, Adonis Flores, Joan Fontcuberta, Alfredo Jaar,  Laurent La Gamba, Rogelio Lopez Cuenca, Maider Lopez, Carmen Mariscal, Laura Mars, Mateo Mate, Carlos Miranda, Ottonello Mocellin, Sonia La Mur, Juan Luis Moraza, Yasumasa Morimura, Lara Odell, Harvey Opgenorth, Ria Pacquee, Desiree Palmen, Domingo Sanchez Blanco, Cesare Viel, Francesca Woodman, and Gina Zacharias.

Beginning January 21, 2010, the same exhibition will also be featured at the Espacio para el Arte Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain, continuing through March 31, and then later this year in Malaga.