Must-See Art Guide: Madrid

This week's guide features Joan Miró, Alex Katz, José Guerrero, and more.

José Guerrero, Awakening (1970). Courtesy of Galería Canyón.

ARCOmadrid is in full swing, and so is the Spanish art scene. While the annual art fair certainly demands your attention—this year it’s hosting 200 international galleries—don’t forget to venture out onto the streets to visit local galleries and check out what they have to offer. Be sure to see the exceptional exhibition of Joan Miró at Galería Elvira González that features his lesser-known and wonderfully inventive sculptures, which are just as playful, reductive, and childlike as his paintings. Over at Galería Javier López & Fer Francés, you can check out an interesting part of Alex Katz’s process with a show of the cartoons he uses to transfer drawings to canvas—a useful peek behind the curtain of one of the more slick painters of our time. I’m particularly intrigued by the work of yet another painter currently on view at Galería Canyón: José Guerrero’s warm abstractions feel akin to the work of Mary Heilmann or Raoul De Keyser, and feel fresh and contemporary despite most of the work on display having been made in the 1970s.

If that’s still not enough, take a look at our “Top 10 Things to Do in Madrid During ARCO 2017.” Better get busy, because there’s a lot to see before the weekend is up.

Exhibition:JOSÉ GUERRERO: MEETING OF BLUES
When: 
February 23–April 30, 2017
Where:
Galería Canyón, Blanca de Navarra 7, Madrid, Spain

Joan Miró, installation view. Courtesy of Galería Elvira González.

Joan Miró, installation view. Courtesy of Galería Elvira González.

Exhibition:Joan Miró
When: 
January 12–March 25, 2017
Where:
Galería Elvira González, Hermanos Álvarez Quintero 1, Madrid, Spain

Pablo Gargallo, Portrait de D’Angel Fernandez Soto (1920). Courtesy of Galería Leandro Navarro.

Exhibition:Pablo Gargallo: La invención y la permanencia
When: December 15, 2016–March 3, 2017
Where:
Galería Leandro Navarro, Amor de Dios 1, Madrid, Spain

Francesco Jodice. Courtesy of Galeria Marta Cervera.

Francesco Jodice. Courtesy of Galeria Marta Cervera.

Exhibition:Francesco Jodice: Hard
When: February 14–April 29, 2017
Where:
Galeria Marta Cervera, C/ Valencia 28, Madrid, Spain

Alex Katz, Ada (2007). Courtesy of Galería Javier López & Fer Francés.

Alex Katz, Ada (2007). Courtesy of Galería Javier López & Fer Francés.

Exhibition:Alex Katz: Cartoons
When: 
February 24–May 9, 2017
Where:
Galería Javier López & Fer Francés, Guecho 12 B, Madrid, Spain

Roberto Jacoby. Courtesy of Galería Bacelos.

Roberto Jacoby. Courtesy of Galería Bacelos.

Exhibition:Roberto Jacoby: Circutos Comunicativos
When: 
February 4–March 18, 2017
Where:
Galería Bacelos, Doctor Fourquet 6, Madrid, Spain

Eduardo Arroyo, Frankenstein à Davos (2016). Courtesy of Galería Alvaro Alcázar.

Eduardo Arroyo, Frankenstein à Davos (2016). Courtesy of Galería Alvaro Alcázar.

Exhibition:Eduardo Arroyo
When: 
February 2–March 4, 2017
Where:
Galería Alvaro Alcázar, Castelló 41, Madrid, Spain

Joseba Eskubi, S/T (2016). Courtesy of Galería Estampa.

Joseba Eskubi, S/T (2016). Courtesy of Galería Estampa.

Exhibition:Joseba Eskubi: Lesas de Merlo
When: 
February 9–March 26, 2017
Where:
Galería Estampa, Justiniano 6, Madrid, Spain


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