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Manolo Valdés

Paintings and Sculptures

May 8 - July 21, 2013

A leading figure of Spanish Pop Art, Manolo Valdés was at Pera Museum with a selection of works that extend from the 1980s to the present.

Organized in collaboration of Marlborough Gallery New York, the exhibition was comprised of a selection of the artist’s paintings and sculptures. Renowned particularly for the diversity of his media, his large-scale works, and quests in form, Valdés is hailed as one of the great masters of contemporary Spanish art.

Following the dissolution of Equipo Crónica, the pioneering group of Pop Art in Spain, which he co-founded, Valdés continued his career solo as of 1982. His works derive their strength from the masterpieces of the past, bear historic clues, colors, and textures, and make strong references to art history, carrying traces that extend from Velázquez to Zurbarán, and from Matisse to Picasso and Lichtenstein.

Stripping a painting from its original context and reinterpreting it through Pop Art, the artist primarily focuses on figures, objects, and series.

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Manolo Valdés

Manolo Valdés

Manolo Valdés: Paintings and Sculptures exhibition was comprised of a selection of the artist’s paintings and sculptures. Renowned particularly for the diversity of his media, his...

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Transition to Sculpture

Transition to Sculpture

If Manolo Valdés’s paintings convey a search for materiality, his sculpture does so even more. Today, sculpture has taken over most of his workspace, his time, and his efforts.

From two portraits of children…

From two portraits of children…

The Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation’s Orientalist Painting Collection includes two children’s portraits that are often featured in exhibitions on the second floor of the Pera Museum. These portraits both date back to the early 20th century, and were made four years apart. One depicts Prince Abdürrahim Efendi, son of Sultan Abdulhamid II, while the figure portrayed on the other is Nazlı, the daughter of Osman Hamdi Bey.

A Photographer’s Biography Ali Sami Aközer

A Photographer’s Biography Ali Sami Aközer

Ali Sami is born in Rusçuk in 1866, and moves to İstanbul. Because his family is registered in the Beylerbeyi quarter of Üsküdar, Ali Sami is also called Üsküdarlı Ali Sami. He graduates from the Mühendishane-i Berri-i Hümayun in 1866 and becomes a teacher of painting and photography at the school.