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Mayoral Gallery Spotlights Fernando Zóbel and Post-War Art at Art Fair Philippines 2021

There was a clear spotlight on Fernando Zóbel, with a highlight on five pieces by the artist.
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For this year's edition of Art Fair Philippines, Barcelona gallery Mayoral continued to present the modern and post-war it has become synonymous to. In addition to post-war art, the gallery's exhibition program focuses on informalism. The featured artists include Tàpies, Chillida, Millares, Saura, Guerrero, Zóbel, Canogar, Rivera, and Francés. 

This time, however, there was a clear spotlight on Fernando Zóbel, with a highlight on five pieces by the artist. The Spanish Filipino painter was born in 1924 and was known for his abstract paintings done in black and white. Zóbel's work has become so coveted that it has achieved record prices at auctions all over the world.

Early this year, Mayoral staged its first exhibition in Madrid on Zóbel and The Great Post-War Generation. Featuring Zóbel and his contemporaries, such as Eduardo Chillida, José Guerrero, Luis Feito, Juana Francés, Manolo Millares, Joan Miró, Jorge Oteiza, Pablo Picasso, Gerardo Rueda, Antonio Saura and Antoni Tàpies.

"Practically all the artists on display made international wandering a central tenet of their life and career and, thus, to evoke Fernando Zóbel is to mention his North American academic background, his extensive personal history with the Orient and his travels in Europe, which he shared with extraordinary generosity upon his arrival in Spain in the late 1950s," said curator Alfonso de la Torre.

He continued, "Zóbel became a real center of energy and creativity. In 1955 he began to collect works by contemporary Spanish abstract painters. The Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, opened in Cuenca in 1966 to house his collection, was unusual in Spain in that it was created for and by artists, and located in what can be described as a colony of creators, in keeping with other international groups such as those that arose in North America, such as New York’s Greenwich Village or Yaddo, in Saratoga Springs."

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Cuatro semanas, Fernando Zóbel

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Plaza de Pilatos I, Fernando Zóbel

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Pequeño Monumento al Capitán Nemo, Fernando Zóbel

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