Painting is undeniably the oldest known form of depicting the world. No other form of human expression has such a lasting history. Nowadays, painting continues to be a medium of choice for many artists. For many of them painting is essentially a gesture, something that bears the trace of the painter’s hand while others approach the medium from a more conceptual standpoint.
This brief selection of works from the holdings of the Fundación Botín Collection provides an interesting perspective on painting, ranging from the highly conceptual practice of Sol LeWitt to the very material and concrete one of artists such as Joan Hernández Pijuan, or the performative quality in the work of Juan Uslé, and is rounded off with works by Jannis Kounellis, Rogelio López-Cuenca, Julião Sarmento and Juan Ugalde.
In addition, on view adjacent to the exhibition Portraits: Essence and Expression, they offer us an intriguing opportunity to engage with painting from a different and complementary perspective.