From hometown favorites to recent Venice
Biennale stars, a quick look at ten trending artists at ARCOmadrid to help
guide you through the fair.
With a major role at
Leyendecker’s stellar photography-focused booth
, Mosse’s photographs take center stage in Madrid. On view are
several of his famed infrared photographs shot in the war-torn DRC—a body of
work he also featured when representing his native Ireland at the Venice
: Tillmans is forever pushing the bounds of photography, examining
its technological capabilities and overlaps with other media. To craft the
images in his “Paper Drop” series on view at the fair, Tillmans exposed
photosensitive paper to colored light and sculpted it into 3D forms, before
photographing the constructions.
: A sculptor better known for his confrontational imagery of obese
bodies and rotting corpses, Isaacs shows more understated neon work. It’s not
without its punch though: the red and blue lights represent blood and tears.
: The up-and-coming Portuguese painter has a couple of his
stunning, pop-inflected architectural paintings on view; more will know him
from his prolific and impeccably witty Instagram account
, where he has 75,000 followers.
: Crespo Foix reveals his singular vision of space and form in his
sculptures crafted from such lightweight materials as wires, pins, and plant
fibers. The Spanish artist’s mysterious, poetic works somehow evoke both
technology and nature.
: In his latest works, shown by Helga de Alvear
(his Madrid gallery), Irazabal continues his career-long
“research for the deepest substrates of painting.” He created these paintings
in a laborious process, applying and reapplying coats of translucent paint
sometimes for up to five years.
: Working in everything from painting to video, Porter draws
to create surrealistic scenes and juxtapositions. In Forced
, a seemingly abstract tondo painting is transformed into sweeping,
bleak landscape by way of the tiny figurine embedded on its surface.
: The young Spanish painter was born and educated in Madrid, the
same city he currently works in. His semi-abstract paintings aim to imagine an
alternate reality. “By preparing new pictorial
contexts,” he says, “I constantly question the functions of images and their
insertion in our everyday life.”
: One of
Madrid’s most famous artists of the 20th century, Palazuelo staked his
reputation on a unique style of abstraction. Some of his profoundest influences
: Featured in his native Finland’s #FocusFinland
curated section, Laitinen shows works from Forest Square
the project he conceived for the 55th Venice Biennale
. He chopped down a ten-meter square of forest, sorted it into
component parts, then rearranged it into