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There are occasions when visiting an art museum, say MOMA in New York as an example, we were looking at one of the paintings hanging on those big walls, signed by someone who does not sound familiar to us , thinking: “is the artist laughing at us?” We found that there is no hidden cameras. If children remain upright and see that their little eyelids tremble, let’s star to be worried about the situation. Faced with increasingly more closely to the painting , our brain punished ( taking alrady 2 hours in the abstract painting zone) surprised us with the resulting conclusion: if it is hunged in the MOMA it has to be good. We refuse to accept it as well, let’s keep thinking …

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… Reflecting and connecting ideas. Joseph Mallord William Turner, an artist born in London in the late eighteenth century. He was a great painter “tagged ” by experts in art history as the first of the artists of abstraction. Turner was a character recognized in his time. He was regarded as a great architect (without being professional in the architecture field), of course also as a painter and designer of buildings, but it came a time when dark clouds camped over his head. The storm began to Turner from the public exhibition of the painting “Fireworks over St. Mary of Health” now exhibited at the Tate Gallery – http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/joseph-mallord- william- turner -558 – . One of the most renowned art critics of England at that time (and most ruthless), brought Turner to a trial on charges of teasing the English people by the absurdity of his way to paint, as a insane painter too. It was a highly publicized event at that time by the popularity of both characters, and also by the novelty of the indictment. The critic thrashed Turner (do not remember the name of the critic ) during the trial with his reasoning, while the people of London had fun by the press following the time the whole process – almost all pages of newspapers were devoted to judgment – critic ridiculed chronicling his misadventures. The critic, in one of his desperate arguments, accused Turner to paint the portholes of ships that appeared in one of his paintings becasue they were gone. The people began to appreciate the new work of Turner in a totally different way.

Venice: Santa Maria della Salute, Night Scene with Rockets circa 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Many years after Turner ‘s critics surrender to the evidence after the painter had left this world . Turner’s work became a model and guide for many of the Impressionists , new artistic movement of great artists who admired him deeply. We defined as an “atmospheric” painter for its ability to capture London atmosphere at that time soiled by ash from the chimneys and London’s fog , making the representation of reality blurred images for him and everyone else. That was the truth of Turner, who could be accused only in his paintings represent what he saw through the air and what dictated his boundless imagination.

Today, critics enshrined by the media (type New York Times) guidelines dictate what is right or wrong in art today. From what is musealizable and what it is not. Critics have the power to elevate an artist in a day and send to hell to another in 60 minutes or even less. We are not at all agree, we refuse to agree. We will say that in many cases we tease that money ( the critical power of coexistence with the major auction houses and merchants ) has appropriated art. Let us not despise allowed a picture, because that picture is hanging in the MOMA or the Guggenheim in Bilbao, where the continent is always more important than art content, sorry to say it. Critics and lords handymen from galleries and auction houses, much of what they sell to rich it tells us nothing at all. We want to stay with Antonio Lopez, for example, huddled under one of his trees or flying above the Gran Via. That’s the art of the people, we get it, we love and admire him deeply. And there are many more great artists who do not know they exist, because they can not exhibit their work in any analogic showroom .

AUTHOR’S NOTE :

Unfortunately we missed the exhibition of Manuel Iglesias art in Gijón because it ended last August and we were not in town. We promess to go to the next exhibit, that we hope it will be very soo. Congratulations for your artwork Manuel, Hergé would be proud of you.

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