MIGUEL ZAPATA “Madrid / Dallas” opened Dec. 15 at Valley House

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Valley House Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition “Miguel Zapata: Madrid / Dallas.” Join us for the opening reception tomorrow evening, Saturday, December 15, 6:00pm–8:00pm.

View images of work in the exhibition at http://www.valleyhouse.com/thumbnails.asp?mode=page&idx=230 and also on Artsy at https://www.artsy.net/show/valley-house-gallery-and-sculpture-garden-miguel-zapata-madrid-slash-dallas

“Madrid / Dallas” is an apt title for this exhibition honoring Spanish artist Miguel Zapata (1940-2014). Miguel began dividing his time between the two cities in 1986, when he was the first contemporary Spanish artist invited for a solo exhibition at the Meadows Museum. SMU’s Luis Martin described the self-educated scholar-artist as having “the greatest Renaissance mind that I have encountered in my life.”

In sculptural reliefs, collages, and drawings, Miguel Zapata’s visual vocabulary contrasts architectural and figurative elements appropriated from the Classical past with bold, gestural elements of abstraction and text. Miguel’s intention was to achieve a balance between the frenzied vitalism of Dionysian forces and the harmony and beauty of Apollonian forces.

In describing his work, Miguel Zapata said, “The images in my work are not the product of observing Nature; they proceed from the cultural baggage which has been stored in my memory, where vivid memories are combined with images pulled out of books, prints and even from simple oral descriptions; I gather them and order them within a coherent framework; I manipulate them, trying to reduce what was a multiplicity of things, into a unity in which the memory of the original image remains in a more or less deformed fashion. You might say that I work on the work of man. It is a melancholy, sometimes ironic, vision upon the readymade. Reality is reduced to pure archaeological data which almost constitutes a negation of the present. And it is imagination that has acted as an abstractive process, transforming it.”

Since 1959, Miguel Zapata has had over 70 solo exhibitions in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Japan, and the United States. In 2015, an exchange program bearing his name was established between Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, in Miguel’s birthplace of Cuenca, and Texas State University.

A 98-page catalogue, with remembrances by Mark Roglan, Marcus Burke, and Brian McCall, has been published to accompany this exhibition.

The exhibition will be on view through January 26, 2019.

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To view recent exhibitions by Malou Flato, John Cobb, Bob Stuth-Wade, Lloyd Brown, Miles Cleveland Goodwin, Vera Barnett, and Allison Gildersleeve, bookmark the link https://www.artsy.net/valley-house-gallery-and-sculpture-garden/shows

Find information about additional exhibitions and events at http://www.valleyhouse.com/main.asp?page=62

As you consider your holiday giving, remember that art can be the most rewarding gift of all! Use our Artwork Search at http://www.valleyhouse.com/search.asp to find gifts by price, or plan a visit to Valley House if you prefer to find inspiration by looking in person.

We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season, and look forward to seeing you at Valley House!

Cheryl and Kevin Vogel
Laura Green
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road, Dallas, Texas 75254

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