2018

 

FITE DEPOW-A
’CAUSE THE CURATOR SAID SO

Power in the world of art: here too history happens.

From the Renaissance patrons (Medici and the like) to the current mega-galleries (Gagosian, Zwirner, etc.), who rules the world of art? Artists? Gallerists? Critics? Collectors? These traditional figures, in certain geographies, almost disappeared. Director of world-class museums? Independent curator? Investment Adviser?

These less customary subjects came to shuffle the relations of power and the business of art.

But, besides the "who", we also have the "where": the private purchase of art – which is paramount for the continuity of the sector – takes place in the commercial gallery or auction house? in the public and subsidized museum? in the grueling and stuffy art fair? or in private cultural institutions with advisory capacity and access to exceptional works? 

VANTAG is a PRIVATE CULTURAL ORGANIZATION.

In the specific case of Portugal ("country of artists") the hope is in the appearance of new investors! Our work and aim is to stimulate the development of new collectors! (​Jorge Cardoso)

RE: COLLECTION

Revisiting the work of this artist, with special focus on the most important series: "primavera","Cut","TransLux",etc.

1 VISÃO S/ 1 COLECÇÃO (SÉRIE 4)

Fundamental works of art , of Jorge Cardoso´s collection, selected specifically for the new gallery venue.

2017

 

CHANGE OF FACILITIES

This is the year that marks the change of Vantag facilities, from Rua Miguel Bombarda to Rua Calouste Gulbenkian.
That's why we privilege : locally, collective and retrospective exhibitions; traveling exhibitions, giving continuity to the sculpture row project, with the placement in Quinta do Casal, at Ponte de Lima, of another work by Ângelo Ribeiro; exhibitions of our artists elsewhere.

TRAVELLING SHOWS

SCULPTURES ROW

@ Casa da Eira

Initiative by the Vantag Gallery in partnership with Casa da Eira / Moledo do Minho. We intend to show sculpture, which is more difficult to show than painting, promoting the not much explored tradition of sculpture park. The installations are temporary, although for logistical and transportation matters, the frequency exchange of the sculptures will be less than if they were paintings. The VANTAG Itinerancies department intends therefore to approach the art of his public in such a pleasant place as our partner Casa da Eira. This, in turn, is one of the most photographed homes in the world, due to being one of the first works of the architect Alvaro Siza. In this first edition, we present two sculptures that interact with the area in an opposite manner:

 - the work of Manolo Paz was recolocated in order to take advantage of what sets it apart. However this change of location did not affect what is its fundamental feature the integration almost mimetic with the surrounding elements (for it was produced with granite of Porriño (locality near in Galicia). 

- in contrast the integration demonstrated by the work of Manolo Paz, we have the sculpture of the couple Isabel+Rodrigo Cabral, which lives of provocation. The super-colored and aggressive elements although minimalistic, illustrate the human intervention in contrast to nature.

- a middle ground can be illustrated by Ângelo Ribeiro’s sculpture in steel. It is more discreet in terms of the colors, only black (with small silver details) and in terms of the shape although it is 3 meters high. 

Other works will be presented in future editions. We expect them to please anyone who staying or visiting Casa da Eira.


SCULPTURES ROW

@ Quinta do Casal


Initiative by  Vantag Gallery in partnership with a Quinta do Casal do Condado / Facha / Ponte de Lima.

The VANTAG Itinerancies department intends therefore to bring art to its public in such a pleasant place as our partner Quinta do Casal.

Other works will be presented in future editions. We hope they will please those who stay or visit Quinta do Casal.

2016

Vantag @ Miguel Bombarda 552

 

PRAXIS

Emblematic works of the most important portuguese artists of the XX century , including Paula Rego, Cargaleiro, Joaquim Rodrigo, José Rodrigues, Elvira Leite and others.

V DE  VERÃO (4ª EDIÇÃO)

Summer collective

TRANSLUX (2ª PARTE)

A.DeLima, shows works in a different registry of its habitual, appealing for the lightness and fluidity of the transparency.

TRANSLUX

Pintar…sobre tela ou papel, com óleo ou grafite…que ousadia desafiar os velhos mestres que já tudo fizeram e píncaros de talento exibiram! Evoluir é preciso…

PINTAR COM LUZ… pintar com pixels… pintar com bits, bytes, zeros e uns!…e sobre quê? SOBRE NADA…mesmo que o nada tenha matéria, essa matéria não se vê…a LUZ guarda-se onde for preciso! (Jorge Cardoso)

COLORS OF JOY & DESPAIR

Color is a power which directly influences the soul. (Wassily Kandinsky)

... and our soul rejoices with the first work of this exhibition: the painting "Conjugation" by Pedro Amaral, with the children, flowers and more flowers ... and colors; then we continue reveling in this state of mind/soul as we move to the second painting by the same author, named "Whaam" and now, in addition to colors, we have the sparkles, the glitter, expansive forms, not to say explosive as the title transcript that appears in large letters on the canvas itself.  

Then we look briefly around the room and the patches of color are everywhere, surrounding us with stimuli for the soul. But…And there's always a "but" in a good story ... in fact the onomatopoeia of the title, which might seem to illustrate the visual environment of the former musical ensemble of George Michael, is ultimately far more literal: on a second reading of this art we see that after all the illustrations are linked to warfare ... the Vietnamese peasants fleeing, the military helicopter in silhouette, the shackled characters (even the cartoon of imperialist Uncle Sam) ... This has always been one of the pitfalls of Pop Art: a first reading may suggest trivial works; then, it turns out, they deal with much more serious and profound topics. In fact, going back to the first painting, not everything is joy, as mentioned at the beginning of the text: there are also there (on the right side) contradictory and disturbing elements.

 Together these two works illustrate the title found for this exhibition ... colors of joy and despair; the remaining works are variations on the theme and represent - each one per se - a new opportunity for analysis: will the colors be conveying their primary function (black, brown = sorrow, light blue, yellow = joy, etc.) or will they be also instruments of other desires hidden by the artist? Then the 3rd painting will provide the chance for our next exercise: it is a work of Naïve Art, by Ivone Carvalho, that conveys the beauty and colors of nature and the work in the fields; they are joyful colors, even for those who find it hard to work in farming. But during corn harvest you will not likely think of despair. And what about the colors in Günther Förg? Or Pedro Tudela, where the painted words hide a mystery? And finally, how about visiting the "dark room" with works by Marcela Navascués and Eduardo Matos? Here, the colors are helped by electricity and even the effects of black light to further disrupt or cheer the soul!

(Jorge Cardoso)

Vantag @ Miguel Bombarda 578

 

O NOVO TRATADO DE TORDESILHAS

Exposição com obras de cariz museológico, de Portugal e Espanha.
São apresentadas apenas 4 peças:
2 de escultura e 2 de pintura – de Susana Solano, Ângelo Ribeiro, José de Guimarães e Eduardo Arroyo.

STUDIO PHOTO


The Flipados Team, as virtually mythical and mythically virtual creatures, was born on the Internet and it was in this universe they developed their art. The overriding concern was and is humor that requires an environment of freedom. But, after the euphoria of the early days, all kinds of more or less institutional forces try to dominate this new space and smother its healthy creative anarchy. Thus, censorship has become a focal point of the Flipados work, not by historical pamphleteering methods but by intelligence and humor. The CENSORSHIP IS A BITCH series has been the artistic body of this mission, usually via the method of digital collage, with several hundred works produced ... in turn divided into subsets with specific topics. An example is the series "Free the nipple" who sympathizes with this international women movement. The present initiative fits clearly within this process and the Flipados intended to be even more clear and direct in their message, so they went to the analog world and 3D with this installation (which at specific and unknown times will have a performance). Following this exhibition, the VANTAG Photo Studio will, under certain conditions, be available for external use.

CRIES OF SILENCE

Sculpture and Drawing by Ângelo Ribeiro


What is the duration of silence?... What is the dimension of a scream?... Ângelo Ribeiro does not give us the answer, but expresses it in two and three dimensions! At the beginning of the exhibition, drawings interspersed with sculptures illustrate the possible shapes of screaming! The sepia tones normally associated with old photography, surprise us here by the use of vieux chêne in the drawings and the finish of the ceramic elements of the faces.

This route 2D - 3D reaches its peak with the increased dimension of the drawings presented in the background wall of the gallery. Fear, horror?... Anger, aggressiveness?

Throughout the exhibition, and to increase the complexity of the problem, there are also simple shapes ... the circle, the line ... but covered with peaks or thistles. They can only go hand in hand with the pain expressed in the screams and multiply its effect. The exhibition space, the gallery, becomes increasingly emotional, almost reaching unbearable limits. But, little by little, we also notice different works...simpler shapes, minimalistic and the repetition of a clue...the stairs!If the screams and the thistles express the problem...the stairs may symbolize a path...a solution.

Visitors have the task of undertaking the flight from this limbo/purgatory, to find their way out... because, recalling Ridley Scott’s warning in the seminal movie Alien: "in space no one can hear you scream". (Jorge Cardoso)

ALCINO CARDOSO COLLECTION

Part 2 - Visions & Abstractions

As stated in the text of Part 1 (Paths of Figurative), the exhibition begins with the placement of the works to be presented within the general context of the collection; as noted overleaf there are artworks assigned to museums, others are in traveling shows. Each is represented by a box/frame inside which there is information about the piece: catalogs, photographs, articles about the artist and the card that Vantag published within the series "Imagine postcards" dedicated to this collection. But besides these, there are other works in museums, from Jean-Paul Riopelle to Arpad Szenes. And since a collection is a living, evolving entity, with inputs and outputs, it is historically necessary to mention Karel Appel, Picasso, Antoni Tàpies, Miquel Barceló, Almada Negreiros and Francis Smith. The exhibition continues with a group of works that have been selected to illustrate a theme – in this second part, Visions & Abstractions... abstract works as opposed to the figurative component that had dominated the previous show. But even in the figurative theme - the 1st part - we tried to test their limits, since the pseudo-hyperrealism of Lopez Herrera, the metaphors and symbols of Eduardo Luiz or the figurative in disguise as done by José de Guimarães. Now, in abstraction, can we also find levels, nuances or gradations? Our approach to the collection, for this series of exhibitions, so suggests: we did not curate these exhibitions based on history, nationality or technique. But we did seek other interactions between the works that will motivate the visitor to test/explain them; in the first part we told a story that could be lived by walking through and the exhibition set up was done accordingly. Now we challenge you with a game: The “abstraction calculator." And while the players prepare, we leave them with some thoughts/historical notes ... What has led some artists to abandon the age-old tradition of figurative art and make an abstract work? And when did that became an artistic trend? Did it have anything to do with the invention of photography? Or with the development of psychology? Or Claude Monet’s ophthalmological issues? Ready! Set! Go! Let's find the picture that we can consider 100% abstract! This will be the winner and then we can even assign the 2nd and 3rd places to go on the podium and organize the remaining by decreasing level of abstraction. Will it be the one by Tàpies? Nothing appears contrary to its abstract nature ... but that black shape... seems an inverted T ... but will the art cease to be abstract because of that? Anyway if we must categorize these nine works and even rank them we might as well go see the others ... Isidoro seems more concrete than the previous one, we see mountains, it looks like a João Hogan. Then the Arpad will be clearly abstract ...if we had not just mentioned mountains. And Domingos Pinho? Its features are abstract ... or are they tree branches? And the shapes of Cargaleiro... are they flowers? And the grid by Sarmento: is it a prison ... or a calico fabric? And the case of Jorge Martins: it seems very concrete ... but the forms do not represent anything known! So, a non-existent concrete ... will it be abstract? And a concrete "that exist but is impossible" as the flying radishes by Eduardo Luiz? After all, concepts apparently so ingrained as abstract or figurative are not so evident as child's play, as the presence of Sarah Afonso carousel would suggest.

 (Jorge Cardoso)

2015

Vantag @ Miguel Bombarda  552 and 578

CENSORSHIP IS A BITCH

by The Flipados Team

PI

by Jorge Cardoso

DIGITAL PERSPECTIVE

by Pedro Bruschy

DOORS

Collective exhibition

V DE VERÃO (3ª EDIÇÃO)

Collective exhibition

BE SMART BUY ART

Collective exhibition

ALCINO CARDOSO COLLECTION

1st part -» Paths of the Figurative

WINDOWS

Collective exhibition

 

2014

Vantag @ Miguel Bombarda  552

CAPITE ET TRACTIO

by Carlos Azevedo

THE SPECIALS

80's portuguese art

EDITIONS OF YOU

by Jorge Cardoso

FOLHAS DE OUTONO

Collective exhibition

V DE VERÃO (2ª EDIÇÃO)

Collective exhibition

COMPR'ARTE

Collective exibition

 

2013

Vantag @ DM2 and Miguel Bombarda  552

CAGE BREAK

by Wong Soi Lon

DRAW IT FIRST

Collective exhibition

WEST GOES EAST

by A. DeLima and Jorge Cardoso

1 VISÃO S/ 1 COLECCÃO (PARTE 3)

Collective exhibition

MA.CAU.NOW

by Jorge Cardoso

BE SMART BUY ART

Collective exibition

ENTRELAÇADOS

by Sergio Astorga

PAGUE E LEVE

Collective exhibition

 

2012

Vantag @ DM2 and Miguel Bombarda  552

VIAGENS

by Vera Bettencourt

WALKING ON CLOUDS

by Isabel Braga

THE GLOBAL WANDERER

by Nuno Veloso

V DE VERÃO (1ª EDIÇÃO)

Collective exhibition

NINETY DEGREES

by Pedro Bruschy and Shara Kunz

LOREM IPSUM

by Carlos Azevedo

 

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