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Spain’s main art exhibition welcomes the future

Manifesto Design visited this year’s main art event located in Madrid – ARCO2018. Celebrating their 37th anniversary, the theme for this years exhibition was ‘The future’, an exhibition full of unique designs; with galleries and artist from various generations and from all over the world, including the return of big names of the international gallerist sector. We found an array and eclectic mixture of contemporary art exhibitions and installations with sculptures, photography, figurative art, geometric abstract, graphic art, visual art and light installations amongst many others. 

Although very difficult to choose between so many artists, here are some of our favourites:

RICHARD DEACON: Alphabet M, 2013 (powder coated stainless steel). Richard Deacon makes grand sculptures that explore the nature of contrasts, using stainless steel, ceramics and wood. He was the winner of the Turner Prize in 1987 and is considered one of the most important living British artists, and in 1999 was awarded a CBE by Queen Elizabeth II.

LIZ MARKUS: from New York presented ‘Archer, Rock, Pink Chair (Never Let Me Down Again)’ 2017 – a differently hazy and atmospheric blend of bright colors, which abstractly depicts imagery selected from her American background in history and culture.

Turner Prize-winning sculptor TONY CRAGG, can be also seen here in Málaga! Surprisingly, right on the street for everyone to enjoy and touch, his work usually takes human profiles or familiar objects as their starting point, then he profusely alters them. Like his large bronze sculpture at C/ Strachan 7 in Málaga, on the corner with C/Larios – a grand art piece called ‘Points of View’.










BRIGITTE KOWANZ: Immersion K, 2017 – Neon and mirror – abstract resonances of light with neon tubes, LED light-bulbs, aluminium, mirrors, and lettering.

LAB[AU]: Origami Synthesis Hexagone, 2017 – From a unique series of eight, using MDF, paint and ABS. An intricate origami layout that explores art throughout geometry, mathematics, colour and motion.

Richard T. Walker: originally British but currently based in San Francisco, California, his series ‘Forever not quite #1’ 2017 is represented by the well established Fraenkel Gallery, and mixes photography with archival pigment print.










The next Arco International Contemporary Art Fair will be in Lisbon in May from the 17th until the 20th.

-Pamela Sauca Hunt-