Modulaciones. Pintura 1898-2016

Modulaciones strives to highlight the dynamism of painting, proposing dialogues between works from different eras and contexts. The exhibition includes over a hundred pieces, laying out formal, generational, geographical and personal intersections in order to propose new analytic perspectives and especially to think about this medium from its current standpoint.

The title of the exhibition alludes to the modulations generated in painting over the course of its history, which has been marked by debates between different positions. For example, certain periods have privileged figuration —that is to say, the representation of reality— while in others, different forms of geometrical, expressionist, informal or even conceptual abstraction have prevailed, prioritizing ideas over aesthetic outcomes. Despite these variations, there are interests, genres and languages that are present throughout. The exhibition refers to these by way of different sections: namely, Portrait and Figure; Spatial Dislocations; Scenes and Stages; Integration of the Object; Monochromy and Language; Landscape; Abstraction; and finally Paint and Matter.

Without adhering to a strictly chronological or geographical order, the show puts historical works like that of the Mexican Julio Ruelas, made in 1898, in relation to contemporary artists like Francis Alÿs and Julian Opie, in order to reflect on portraiture, one of painting’s most traditional genres, and its possibilities. Elsewhere, the show includes pieces by young Mexican artists like Cynthia Gutiérrez, establishing a correspondence with iconic pieces from the twentieth century, including those of the Italian-Argentine Lucio Fontana, in order to explore jointly the way in which monochromy has been tackled, as well as the spatial limits of painting itself. These dialogs between different generations of painters from different latitudes help to understand painting as a medium undergoing constant transformation.

Modulaciones reflects on the changes in painting’s production processes and function, with the aim of thinking about this discipline not as an independent act, but rather as a means of interaction, as a way of expressing a particular stance and even as way to reflect on painting itself and the way in which it has been produced in recent years, forever relevant in artistic discourse.

Museo de Arte de Sinaloa and Galería Antonio López Sanz. Culiacan, Sinaloa. 1/12/17-25/02/18
Museo de Arte de Zapopan. 27/04/18-30/09/18
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