|This exhibition features 14 works by the Spanish Informalist artists from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain’s major contemporary art museum in Madrid. Informalism is considered one of the most important movements in 20th century art. Flourished in Paris in the post-World War II era, the style was quickly taken up in the 1950s by Spanish artists who then developed it into a major trend in their country through the 1960s. This exhibition focuses on four artists: Antoni Tàpies (1923 - 2012), Antonio Saura (1930 - 1998), Esteban Vicente (1903 - 2001) and José Guerrero (1914 - 1991). Active in Franco’s Spain, Tàpies and Saura did not completely abandon figurative representation in their pursuit of their materials’ characteristics and rough-hewn forms.
Conversely, Vicente and Guerrero moved to New York where they encountered postwar American art movements such as Action Painting and Color Field Painting, and in their own works explored color and planar expression as they sought the true nature of painting. All four men, however, shared the characteristic of directly expressing their own individual spirit through their creation of paintings without clearly defined forms. Visitors to the NMWA will be able to view their works side-by-side and be able to reflect on and consider the two "faces" of Spanish Informalist painting.
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