IGNACIO ITURRIA

(October 6 – November 30, 2011)

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WE MADE IT AT LAST
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm., 2011
WE MADE IT AT LAST WEAKLING THE JASMINES ARE HERE ELEVATIONS MY FIRST APARTMENT THE HOTDOG

Ignacio Iturria, one of the most important proponents of Uruguayan visual art and contemporary Latin American art as whole, will present a selection of his works from the last two decades, which may be viewed in two simultaneous exhibitions, in Sala Luis Miró Quesada Garland (Miraflores) and ENLACE ART CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (San Isidro). Both exhibitions will open next Thursday and Friday, October 6 and 7, respectively, at 7.30 p.m. The artist will be present at both events. Iturria (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1949). Studied art and graphic design in his city of birth. He has exhibited his work at numerous international fairs, as well as at major galleries in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the United States, Mexico, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, China, and Japan. Among the many distinctions Iturria has received are those awarded by the Uruguayan Association of Art Critics (1949); the Foreign Artist’s Prize at the LXXXII National Salon of Visual Arts, Argentina (1993); winner of the Grand Prize at the Cuenca Biennale, Ecuador (1994); winner of the "Cassa di Risparmio" Special Award at the Venice Biennale (1995); and winner of the Grand Prize at the XII San Juan Biennale of Latin American and Caribbean Engraving, Puerto Rico (1997), among others. He spent the early ‘80s living in Cadaqués, Spain, where he says he learned to “paint in Catalan.” In 1986, he returned to Uruguay, where his hard work and intelligence helped him to forge a universe in which man and memory are featured as the protagonists of a profound and sensitive reality, full of dreams and lots of playing. A world in which figures and objects are transformed into icons of contemporary life, exuding intimate bonds and personal recollections. In the 1990s, he began to earn international praise. Today, Ignacio Iturria is recognized as one of the most sought-after and influential Latin American artists of his generation. With good reason, he received the “Cassa di Risparmio” Special Award at the XLVI Venice Biennale in 1995. About the artist’s work, Pierre Restany says: “All of Iturria’s miniaturized figures have a familiar air about them. They take part in a kind of promiscuity found in backyards or vague terrains, sharing the existential routine of a banal modernity. But their small size allows them full-body access to a freedom of spirit, making use of their right to dream. Their dwellings are the infinite haunts of their own ghosts. They discover on the back of the couch the changing face of the world’s phantasmagorias. (…) Their plane is ready at all times to take off from the wardrobe and the cockroaches that emerge from beneath the kitchen sink are always prepared to take the form of a caravan of miniature elephants. The corner of the shelf above the dresser is the virtual stage for all of love’s mysteries, all adventure tales, all of History’s epics. Such is the evocative force of life when it is conjugated in the “present indicative of urban existence.” This major event has been possible by the invaluable support of TRAPICHE Argentina, INTIMODA and Royal Park Hotel. The exhibition may be viewed through October 30, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.