We had the pleasure of meeting Jaime Burguillos (Spain, 1930-2003). We got to know him and his family. And we loved him. He was transparent, he was a painter to the core, a music lover and a lover of poetry and literature in general. With Jaime, you always learned; his experiences and his wisdom accompanied us. He found in our gallery his second home. He was an admired artist, an artist for artists, a model of austerity and rigor.
We did not have the pleasure of knowing Yoshishige Furukawa (Japan, 1921-2008) personally, but we had seen his work at art fairs and were very interested in it. His work, always of an experimental nature, seemed magnificent to us, and after getting to know it in greater depth thanks to our colleague Guido Maus, we proposed this conversation between two great authors who did not know each other but created their work during the same period of time.
With apparently opposite languages, different locations, formations and contexts, their works complement the historical period in which they lived. The great quality and the personal nature of their proposals makes their work timeless.
Why organize this exhibition? What do they have in common? In answer to these questions, we have to say that it is a decision marked by feelings; to us, it felt like their works, silent, mysterious and even enigmatic, should meet. Neither of these two artists is with us anymore. We are sure that their creations, their legacies, will converse in a very special way, and what better tribute to them than to establish a conversation between their magnificent works.
SOBRE LOS ARTISTAS
Burguillos (Sevilla, 1930-2003), uno de los máximos representantes de la abstracción española, dedicó toda su vida a la pintura. Su obra forma parte de importantes colecciones, como las del Museo de Arte Abstracto de Cuenca, el Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía, el Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, el Banco de España y las fundaciones Juan March y La Caixa.
Yoshishige Furukawa (Fukuoka-shi, Japón, 1921- Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japón, 2008) se trasladó a Estados Unidos en los años sesenta, y pasó las últimas décadas de su vida entre los Estados Unidos y su Japón natal. El impacto de estas decisiones se refleja en su trabajo multifacético, cercano al minimalismo, con una profunda sensibilidad al material y a la línea que recuerdan la arquitectura imperial japonesa.
El trabajo de Furukawa está presente en numerosas colecciones institucionales, como el Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno de Tokio; el Museo Nacional de Arte en Osaka; el Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno en Kyoto; el Museo de Arte de Fukuoka en Fukuoka; el Museo de Arte Moderno en Saitama o el Museo de Arte de la Prefectura Saga, entre otros. Entre sus exposiciones en los Estados Unidos cabe destacar la del Museo Albright-Knox en Buffalo, Nueva York en 1991. Fue galardonado en dos ocasiones con la Beca de la Fundación Pollock-Krasner (1990 y 1997).