OBRAS 1968 - 1980


Juan Antonio Aguirre (Madrid, 1945-2016). Starting next December 10 and during January 2022, Miguel Marcos gallery is pleased to present JUAN ANTONIO AGUIRRE: WORKS 1968-1980, a selection of works that allows us to observe the artistic evolution of an important painter in the history of Spanish art avant-garde and that, for the first time, are exhibited in Barcelona.


He studied Philosophy and Psychology, attending painting classes with the Valencian José Manaut Viglietti, a disciple of Sorolla, freely attending the Central School of Arts and Crafts. In his resume, it is worth noting that he was an art critic, professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid and curator of the Spanish Museum of Contemporary Art (MEAC), the forerunner of the Actual Reina Sofía.


In 1965, he presented his first individual exhibition at the Amadís Gallery, of which, a short time later, he would be appointed its director. This allowed him to promote young artists of the moment, who would become great names in Spanish art: Luis Gordillo, Elena Asins, García Ramos, Barbadillo, Jordi Teixidor, José M. Yturralde, Alexanco, Julio Plaza and himself, forming all of them the Nueva Generación group, which led to a break with the prevailing informalism at the time, giving rise to Spanish Pop.


Juan Antonio Aguirre's initial works present "naive" connotations, along with some series of an abstract nature. His works were always based on figuration and evolved towards neo-constructivism compositional inflexibility. Furthermore, they fostered his character and style, in which he dominated colour, being inspired by Bonnard, Matisse, Munch and the use of indefinite forms. Also, we can appreciate his still life works, which represents his attention to more trivial subjects and the plasticity of his interior landscapes with autobiographical episodes. In all his works, a chromatic determination is observed, applied to multiple images, extracted from any field.


In 1995, he donated his collection to the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) (Valencia).


His work is part of museums and public collections such as the MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid) or Museo Patio Herreriano Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Español (Valladolid).