ART AND SHOW BUSINESS: JAIME LORENTE AT EGAM

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Emilia Garcia Romeu

Quite often the art world behaves like show business, falling for the star of the moment while condemning yesterday’s promises to obsolescence, even if their work is not obsolete. And it seems at least paradoxical that just when artists have reached their maturity and developed a language of their own, they hardly ever get solo shows and are usually excluded from group exhibitions; they literally disappear from the public eye.  Despite their ostracism, many of these artists, now in their forties and fifties, are not only alive but also kicking and making very interesting work, probably the best in their career. This is the case of Jaime Lorente, on view at Egam (Madrid) this Fall.  His first works, from the 1980s, were dark, thick paintings echoing artists such as Enzo Cucchi and Anselm Kiefer. Along the way, however, his palette got brighter and his brushstroke lighter, and although painting remained at the center of his practice, he started incorporating new techniques (photography, silkscreen, collage, photo-shop) and materials (mirrors, cork, glass).

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