22 July – 12 Sept 2010
I was honored to be invited to Valencia to attend the opening of the exhibition “IVAM Donations” , a multi-art exhibition consisting of 21 years of donations organized and curated by Consuelo Ciscar Casaban, director of IVAM with Tomas Llorens, and Boye Llorens. Spread over three galleries in the museum were paintings, sculptures, photographs and new media.
Donor artists, collectors and heirs were invited for the opening, a rare opportunity to meet and commune with a cross section of a multinational arts community. In addition to the exhibition, a massive catalog has been published by IVAM. The exhibition will run until 12 Sept 2010.
On a personal level the invitation to Valencia gave me the opportunity to make some new photographs to add to my Valencia collection started in 2000, the year of my IVAM retrospective. Also the chance to spend time with Josep Monzo who curated that show and members of the IVAM staff who were involved in the project. We share good memories. Senora Casaban was everpresent and could easily be tagged as “the hostess with the mostess.” That in addition to her conceptual skills in putting this show on the wall. Her largesse was very much appreciated by the invitees.
Every invited artist had at least one work displayed and for me that meant “Girl Twirling 1956” on the wall. For the catalog they chose “George & Elaine- last day in Valencia 2001.
I will be showing some of the new work in the coming weeks on this site. Unfortunately I can’t share the extraordinary food and wine of the excellent Valencia restaurants.