COLLECTION / 1945-1989 / Spain / Isidoro Valcárcel Medina

50 works of art and documents.

Isidoro Valcárcel Medina (Murcia, 1937) embarked on his career as a painter in the field of objective, constructivist and rational art. In 1968, after a spell in New York, he encountered minimalism and conceptual art, abandoning traditional art practices and adopting a committed stance, far-removed from the commercial aspects of the art market. In order to safeguard his own creative independence he refused to sell his works. In the seventies his work evolved towards the construction of situations through performances and environmental works enacted in urban spaces as pieces of public art, or they materialised in the form of concrete actions in which he substitutes the representation of reality for his own reality, intervening in a direct and personal manner.

The way in which most of these works are designed, coordinated, described, photographed and drawn has resulted in extensive documentation explaining and substantiating their execution, developed across various formats, such as film, sound pieces, actions, installations and architectural projects. Some of these works have been printed in card and book format, such as the novel Laura en Alejandría (Ediciones La Bahía, 2013), a visual work arranged as a novel with diverse narrative planes and plotlines (drama). The artist’s work, which has been seminal for subsequent generations, has been recognised with the following awards: Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas (2007) and the Premio Velázquez de Artes Plásticas (2015).

Archivo Lafuente holds approximately 50 documents related to Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, including around 20 original works by the artist (such as Jazén Uno, Jazén Dos, Jazén Tres, Edificio para parados, etc.), leaflets, posters, multiples and artist books, among others.



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