Angela de la Cruz
Azkuna Zentroa presents the exhibition ‘Homeless’ by Angela de la Cruz, National Plastic Arts Prizewinner 2017, and curated by Carolina Grau, from 25th October 2018 to 20th January 2019. This exhibition presents a journey through the work done from 1996 to 2018, creating different associations with works from diverse periods, the majority of which have not been exhibited retrospectively.

The exhibition takes its title from one of the artist’s first works breaking the stretcher. ‘Homeless’ (1996) was one of her first paintings to use the surrounding space, not only to contain the work but also to dramatize its condition as a painting. This great yellowish painting with its roughly broken stretcher rises up from the ground lurking in the corner of the exhibition space.

Throughout her career over 20 years Angela de la Cruz (Coruña 1965) has experimented with the language of painting. Since she began, De la Cruz has tried to redefine the terms and boundaries of the medium, focusing both on the painting as an object and in terms of what it can represent. De la Cruz has developed a specific language which enables her to endow her paintings with sculptural quality, erasing the boundaries between painting and sculpture, and using each of them without distinction depending on what she wants to express and the need of each work. As the artist has said, “It’s a sculpture using the language of painting and vice versa. In other words, it’s a painting and a sculpture.”

A frequent topic in her work is her concern about what is going on now, social inequality, politics, effects of climate change, and images of wars or terrorist attacks. ‘Homeless’ refers to those without a roof over their heads, those who carry their belongings and memories around with them, just like the artist’s works, which are always tied to the history of painting.

A Angela de la Cruz is the Galician artist with the greatest international acclaim of her generation. A graduate in Philosophy & Arts from Santiago de Compostela University, Angela de la Cruz (A Coruña, 1965) moved to London in the mid-1980s, where she studied art at Chelsea College of Art, Goldsmiths College and Slade School of Art, and where she has since lived and carried out her work. Angela de la Cruz’s work is characterised by the dialogue she manages to establish between painting and sculpture via her treatment of the canvas and stretcher. She creates chiefly monochromatic paintings, which fracture, distort and turn on themselves, and gives them a 3D feeling they lacked before. The painting is thus striped of its ‘aura’ of grandeur. The end of the 1990s saw an inflection point in her career thanks to the project ‘Larger than Life’ (1998), an enormous twisted canvas within an enormous stretcher which completely takes over the space it is contained in, even going beyond. Conceived for exhibition in the midst of the Royal Festival Hall dance floor, it fascinated both critics and public, and meant the recognition of who she is today, the most important Spanish artist worldwide. This acknowledgement confirmed her as a Turner Prize finalist in 2010. She subsequently began incorporating in her work recycled elements, furniture chiefly pulled from the street, elements inserted in the space like distorted broken sculptural pieces, seemingly holding themselves up in a precarious balance. Angela de la Cruz’s work feeds on both cultural and artistic references like Goya, Arte Povera, the writings of Jacques Derrida, as well as biographical elements and reflections on the pictoric event and space. Since the end of 1990s she has taken part in numerous individual and collective exhibitions, and her work is represented in collections such as Fundació La Caixa in Barcelona, Moderna Musset in Stockholm, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Tate Collection and Fundación Barrié in Galicia.
Opening: 25/10/2018-19:30
From: 25/10/2018
Until: 20/01/2019
Schedule: Monday - Thursday: 7:00 - 23:00. Friday: 7:00 - 24:00. Sáturday and Sunday: 8:30 - 24:00
Location: Plaza Arriquibar, 4


25/10/2018 - 20/01/2019


08:00 - 18:00


Azkuna Zentroa
Arriquíbar Plaza, 4, 48010 Bilbo, Bizkaia
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