Opera Gallery Presents Manolo Valdés


Solo Exhibition Opening May 20th Features Brand New Works

NEW YORK, NY – April 22, 2021 – Opera Gallery will celebrate famous painter and sculptor Manolo Valdés with an unprecedented solo exhibition simply titled Manolo Valdés at their New York location (791 Madison Avenue), opening on May 20th and running through June 20th.

Known as one of the major artists on the Contemporary art scene, Manolo Valdés has been exploring for almost 60 years the great classics of History of Art, inscribing his œuvre in the path of great masters that preceded him.

Internationally acclaimed both as a painter and as a sculptor, Valdés is a pioneering and adventurous explorer of image, form and materials, instantly recognizable with his unique and innovative style.

Fascinated by matter and its properties, the artist gives it life in an unparalleled way. Aluminum, bronze, resin, stainless-steel, burlap, wood, oil, mirror, alabaster… all these materials gather to reveal the classical theme of the female portrait under a new light.

The exhibition in New York will present a selection of the newest works coming directly from the artist’s studio.

Valdés has developed a particularly acute awareness of the importance of the image and its iconic value. His œuvre is a stunning interpretation of the History of Art, and a glorious tribute to the Classics as well as the Masterpieces of the greats of yore, such as El Greco, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi… Using a broad range of raw materials Valdés subverts, reinvents or reinvigorates these familiar images and their established contexts.

The Menina, emblematic figure of his work and reminiscing of Diego Velázquez, will be featured in this exhibition in a variety of bright resins: orange, violet, black and blue. This very blue is a signature hue for the artist, known among connoisseurs as the “Valdés blue”.

His paintings’ titles, such as Matisse como Pretexto, come from an interplay between Valdés and his peers. Hence, he pays tribute to them utilizing their influence as a pretext: with Picasso, he plays with cubist portraits’ geometry and with Matisse he pays tribute to the first Fauvist painting La femme au chapeau.

According to Valdés, “Art of each era always gathers elements from the past; Art is a succession and an eternal addition”. The consistency of his passion for Classical and Modern Masters makes Manolo Valdés an artist whose Contemporary pieces are a bridge between history and our present.

Valdés also creates his Muses from looking at the world around him. He revealed that his Mariposas series is inspired by an extraordinary scene he caught at Central Park one spring afternoon: he met a woman surrounded by a swirl of butterflies and felt the urge to capture this moment.

His busts and portraits with delicate and soft features always allude to women, caught in a moment of absolute serenity. Their ataraxia does not refer to specific people, rather idealized portraits in the tradition of Antic Egyptian, Buddhist or Roman statues. Besides, what is promoted in Valdés’ imagery of women is not their erotic potential, as it is often the case, but rather their strength, their ability to interact with their environment, and be part of the public space.

Valdés encourages the viewers to engage with his pieces of art and feel them with their own, individual sensibility.

Receiving wide public recognition and acclaim, Valdés’ works have been exhibited in many of the world’s most important museums including the Met (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice and Bilbao). His sculptures have also been exhibited in many public spaces such as Berkeley Square in London, the Avenue Georges V in Paris and the Piazza del Duomo in Pietrasanta, among others.

Opera Gallery is located at 791 Madison Avenue. Exhibition hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm and by appointment. If you are interested in checking out the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to call 646-707-3299 or email nyc@opergallery.com to schedule an exclusive tour. Visit https://www.operagallery.com/ for further details.

About Opera Gallery

Founded by Gilles Dyan in 1994, Opera Gallery is one of the leading international dealers and representatives of Modern and Contemporary Art. Opera Gallery is established worldwide with galleries in prime locations in New York, Miami, Bal Harbour, Aspen, London, Paris, Monaco, Geneva, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beirut and Dubai.

Since its inception, Opera Gallery has strived to offer museums, foundations and private international art collectors unique access to a diversity of Modern and Contemporary artists through an exciting programme of curated exhibitions and high profile art fairs. Notable exhibitions include Pablo Picasso in Monaco, Marc Chagall in London, Jean Michel Basquiat & Andy Warhol in Geneva, Jean Dubuffet & Alexander Calder in Geneva and three major Manolo Valdés exhibitions in Paris, London and Singapore.

Opera Gallery is an important supporter of the primary art sector representing key contemporary artists including André Brasilier, Lita Cabellut, Andy Denzler, David Kim Whittaker and Hermann Nitsch alongside Manolo Valdés. Alongside this activity, we hold and exhibit an eclectic inventory of important works by a huge range of Modern and contemporary Masters which includes Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Bernard Buffet, Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Fernando Botero and Pierre Soulages among many other key art figures.

In addition to the extensive and varied curated programme of exhibitions within our gallery network, Opera Gallery secures and protects the heritage of established Modern and Contemporary artists through collaborations with museums, art centres and foundations around the world.


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