Thursday night was the big art event night in Palma de Mallorca, the annual Nit de l’Art. I never go to these events. I am more interested in art and the artists’ work and less in the social party gathering. I always go to the art event on the morning after the night. Then I am on my own with the artist’s output and I’m usually the only one in any of the galleries I go to. That way I can form an undisturbed opinion about what I like and what does not speak to me.
In a nutshell, I did not like a lot of what I saw in Palma’s galleries yesterday. I must admit, I did not make it to all of the shows on offer – there are about 20 gallery exhibitions plus 10 more at museums and institutions, and I only made it to about ten of them. But, still.
The presentation which impressed me most was one by Japanese artist, Atsuko Nakamura, at Galeria La Caja Blanca, in Palma’s Via Verí. La Caja Blanca is a relatively new gallery with a courageous programme of young, up and coming artists, such as Newsha Tavakolian from Teheran, Noa Lidor from Israel, or Federico Acal from Cádiz. I would recommend a visit to this gallery now or any time you are in the area. Atsuko Nakamura was born in 1982 in Kanazawa (Japan). She studied architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo as well as sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. You will hear more about this young talent, I am sure. Just watch out for her and visit the artist’s website, if you should feel so inclined.
Other exhibitions to be recommended of the current programme are Fabrizio Plessi’s Llaüts at La Llotja, Willy Baumeister’s paintings at the Fundación Juan March, Toni Catany’s photographs at the Galeria Ferran Cano, a group show called Afinidad & Diferencia at the Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporaneo, Christian Boltanski’s installation at the Baluard, and that’s about it. Of course, you are allowed to differ and have your own tastes and preferences. There is no harm in different tastes whatsoever, certainly not within the art.
The photo (top) was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 16th, 2011. The time was 13:43:58. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of atsukonakamuraarts.web.
I like this artist too. I envy your lifestyle in Mallorca, frankly.
yes, I agree, I found the atmosphere great on the night but much of the work so second-rate. What has happened to painitng? So little on display.