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Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007)

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Contemporary Spanish Art: Picasso / Miró / Tápies / Guinovart / Rafols-Casamada / Palazuelo / Saura / Artigas
Guinovart was a Catalan, which mens that during the Spanish civil war, his family fled Barcelona and retired to the country until the killing sprees were over. In 1944 he begaan his art studies; his first show ws in Galerias Stla in barcelona in 1948; in 1951 he made his first engravings (a "Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca," a great poet killed during the Civi War by Franco's troops); in 1952, he recived a grant from the French Institute to study in Paris for 9 months (later extended) and to discover the art of Picasso, Matisse, and the other great movers in Modernism and Surrealism. Guinovart was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, and a creator of 3-dimensional spaces using a wide rnge of materials and organic substances such as eggshells, earth, and straw. We were able to tour one of these at the Chicago International Art Show at the Navy Pier in 1985 and fell in love with his use of space. We also fell in love with his prints (many of them hand-colored), some of which can be found below and on the following web page. Most of Guinovart's many one-person shows were held in Spain and in Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas; however, some of the exceptions included the Martha Jackson Gallery in NY City (1979), one of the pioneer venues for modernism in the U.S., The Art Package (Chicago, 1976 && 1978), Galerie de la Seine (Paris, 1971), the Fondation Miró (Barcelona, 1979), the Venice Biennale (1982); Galeria Joasn Prats (NY, 1984 and 1987), Galerie Pierre Herbert (Geneva, 1985), and a retrospective at the Fine Arts Museum of Long Island (1987). His work has also been shown in group shows such as the Milan Triennale (1959), the Biennalea of Alexandria, Sao Paolo, Venice (1958, 1962, 1976, and 1982), and he was included in surveys of current Spanish painting in a tour of various European cities, in "Contrasts of Spanish paintings" in various cities in Japan and the U.S. (1961), "Current Spanish Painting" (various cities in Europe, 1968-69), the Salon des Realities Nouvelles (Paris, 1969), the Museo de Arte Moderno (Mexico, 1973), Museo de Arte Moderno (Caracas, 1978), the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Caracas, 1983) and the Centre d'Etudes Catalanes (Paris, 1983). Of the many books and museum catalogs about him, we only own three: Daniel Giralt-Miracle (Guinovart: La Froca del Llenguatge Plastic (Barcelona: Ediciones Poligrafa, c. 1979); texts in Catalan, Spanish, French, and English plus about 100 pages of illustrations, most in color), J. Corredor-Matheos, Guinovart: el arte en libertad (Barcelona: Ediciones Poligrafa, 1981: a massive 360+ page heavily-illustrated large-format book in book in Catalan), and Eleanor Flomenhaft, The World of Josep Guinovart (Hempstead: Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, 1987). There is an informative obituary published in The Guardian in 2008 available on line.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XXII. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 49/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 380x280mm (15x11 inches). Mat size: 20x16 inches. Price: $1500.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XXIV. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 49/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 380x280mm (15x11 inches). Mat size: 20x16 inches. Price: $1500.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XXXI. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 49/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 380x280mm (15x11 inches). Mat size: 20x16 inches. Price: $1500.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XXXV. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 49/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 380x280mm (15x11 inches). Mat size: 20x16 inches. Price: $1500.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino VIII. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 10/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 500x380mm (19-11/16x115 inches). Mat size: 24x 20 inches. Price: $2000.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XIV. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 50/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 500x380mm (19-11/16x115 inches). Mat size: 24x 20 inches. Price: $2000.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XV. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 50/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 500x380mm (19-11/16x115 inches). Mat size: 24x 20 inches. Price: $2000.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XVI. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 10/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 500x380mm (19-11/16x115 inches). Mat size: 24x 20 inches. Price: $2000.
Josep Guinovart (Spain, 1927-2007), Guino XVIII. Hand-colored etching on Guarro paper, 1979. Signed lower right and dated "79". 50 signed and numbered impressions, of which ours is n. 10/50. Published by Galeria Joan Prats, a close friend and an early supporter of Joan Miró, who founded a gallery in Barcelona to show the works of Catalan artists and intersting modernist artist from other countries. Image size: 500x380mm (19-11/16x115 inches). Mat size: 24x 20 inches. Price: $2000.
This was a very difficult image to photograph: the image itself is very dark and the paper is the same white Guarro paper used in the others in this series. To get the dark parts as dark as they are, I had to present the white paper as gray, even though it isn't.

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