The 2018 GAC awards have been handed over

The award ceremony have been celebrated for its first time at the CCCB and the after party at the MACBA. About 300 people related to the gallerism world have attended.

Barcelona, Thursday, June 5th 2018. This night have been celebrated the GAC - XI Gallerism Night Awards 2018, organized by the GGAC and the Barcelona Art Association, at the Theatre room of the CCCB; and then the after party have been celebrated at the MACBA hall. The GAC Awards pay tribute to the important associations or people inside the art market world, and the catalan gallerism world.

The awards have the support of the Banc Sabadell Foundation, and DKV Seguros. The CCCB and the MACBA offer its spaces and have the support of the Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, throught the Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals, of the Institut de Cultura of the Barcelona’s city hall, and from the Diputació de Barcelona.

The ceremony has become a very importan date inside the catalan art world and its goal it’s to position the gallerists as a fundamental part in the art market and in the artists promotion. The Awards recognize every agent that builds the art market: Artists, critics, commissaries, media, collectors and galleries.

This year, the honorary awards were given to Frederic Amat, that received the Honorary GAC-Fundació Banc Sabadell Award, and to the gallerist Alejandro Sales, honored by his trajectory and the important part that they had in the promotion of the catalan art. In the past editions the awarded artists have been: Perejaume (2017), Sean Scully (2016), Susana Solano (2015), Alfons Borrell (2014), Antoni Muntadas (2013), Richard Hamilton (2012), Jaume Plensa (2011), Antòni Tàpies (2010) and the gallerists: Mariana Draper (2017) and Francesc Mestre (2016).

The GAC Winners 2018:

Collector Award: Joan Jové and Sara Balasch for the Collection Mas Blanch and Jové

Best Historical Exhibition at a Gallery Award: to “Inspiración clásica de Las Vanguardias” presented at the Barbié Gallery.

Best Gallery Program: to the Art Gallery & Archive Juan Naranjo.

Commissary Award: to Francesc Torres to the exhibition “La capsa entròpica. El museu dels objectes peduts” presented at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

Best exhibition by a consolidated artist award: to Soledad Sevilla for “Genesis” presented at Marlborough Gallery of Barcelona.

Best exhibition by an emergent artist at a gallery DKV-Award: “El mismo color tiene dos lugares, un caracter totalmente distinto, como si la misma cara te recordase a dos personas a la vez” of the artists Aldo Urbano and Josep Maria de Sucre, presented at the Bombon Projects Gallery of Barcelona.

Critics award: Imma Prieto.

Media Award: Núvol.

The committee of the GAC Awards was formed by Patricia de Muga, from the Barcelona Arts Association; Jordi Pijoan, from the GGAC and Mònica Ramon, president. The jury of the Awards was formed by Anna M. Guasch, critic and professor; Victòria Combalia, art critic and commissary; Francesca Llopis, artist; Frederis Montornés, art critic and commissary, Ernesto Ventós, collector and Alicia Ventura, commissary and responsible of the DKV collection.

Honorary GAC Award to the artist Frederic Amat:

He was born in Barcelona, 1952. A painter whose work challenges a unique cataloguing way. His work it’s exhibited and published around the world. His conception of the open painting have made of his work a space where different creative languages emerge.
He has done scenography for the dance and theatre through the works of Garcia Lorca, Beckett, Joan Goytisolo, Koltés and Octavio Paz. At the same time, has directed opera spaces as “El viaje a Simorgh” of Sánchez Verdú and of the oratory “Oedipus Rex of Stravinsky/Cocteau” and illustrated several literary works as “One Thousand and One nights” or “Odyssey”. Recently has exhibited in the Reina Sofia Museum of Madrid and in the Pedrera’s building of Barcelona.

Honorary Gallery Award to Alejandro Sales:
He was born in Barcelona, 1958. In 1985 he collaborates with Antonio Sabatñes at the Arteunido gallery at Granduxer street of Barcelona. In 1987 opens a gallery that has his name. Through th years, in 1991 move his gallery to Julian Romea street.
He has exhibited works from several artists as Francesc Artigau, Joseph Beuys, Javier Corberó, Eduardo Chillida, Anish Kapoor, Robert Llimós, Pablo Palazuelo, Jaume Plensa, Josep Maria Riera i Aragó and Antonio Saura, as many others. In New York met important gallerist as Mary Boone, Joe Hellman, Tony Safrazi and Leo Castelli; with who had a long friendship and was his mentor in the art contemporary world.

Collector Award: Collection Mas Blanc and Jové

The jury had agreed to give the award to Joan Jové and Sara Balasch, directors of the Artists Vineyard, for the variety and the wealth of its collection, that have works of artists like Guinovart, Frederic Amat, Joan Brossa, Susana Solano, etc., all of them presented at an original space that brings together art and nature. The jury also wanted to highlight the figure of Josep Guinovart, promoter of the project.

The Collection known as the “artists vineyard” is a unique initiative that integrates the wine and the artistic universe: an exhibition space at the outdoors, between the vineyards, where the sculptures are witnesses of the grapes growing.

Best Historical Exhibition at a Gallery Award: to “Inspiración clásica de Las Vanguardias” presented at the Barbié Gallery.
The jury highlights how the exhibition invites the public to think about the classical influence of the arts in the avant-garde arts from the beginning of the XX century and the 70’s and 80’s movements.

The exhibition showed the dialogue and the historical confrontation between classic pieces, some of them archaeological pieces, with some cubist, futurist, surrealist, in-formalist and neo-expressionist pieces from the 20th century.

Best Gallery Program: to the Art Gallery & Archive Juan Naranjo.
The jury highlights of the program the monographic exhibitions like the one of Valentín Vallhonrat, Marcel Pey, The Red Circle, and others like Estrictament personal; Ruidos, silencio, acciones, poesia, música experimental and sound art; Fotografía prostitucuó or Intimitat Extimitat.

The Gallery opened up in the center of Barcelona in 2014. Its programs are based on the actual conception of understanding photography and the arts. The collection that they have its based on the huge quality and diversity of the pieces.

Commissary Award: to Francesc Torres to the exhibition “La capsa entròpica. El museu dels objectes peduts” presented at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

The jury highlights the paradox of this exhibition, because with Francesc Torres we’re not in front of a commissary or an artists that acts like a commissary.

Francesc Torres, is a versatile artist that transformed a museum in a box, to highlighting the preserving caracteristics of this one. Using pieces from the XIX and XX centuries from the museum collection, Torres explored the collision between the history and the culture, thinking at the same time about the museum nature. His job it’s compared to the works of a ready made artist that freed the works from its original context to project them in a new one.

Best exhibition by a consolidated artist award: to Soledad Sevilla for “Genesis” presented at Marlborough Gallery of Barcelona.

The art of Soledad Sevilla stands out for the treatment of spaces, the light, the color and the material, organizing nature with geometry or in very controlled gestures. The exhibition of the Malborough gallery shows larges painting, and also drawings from the 70’s. The jury also had in consideration her contribution in the installation arts that had exhibited in the Crystal Palace in Madrid or in Caixaforum, as many others.

The show was made by dozen of her works of different forms and periods, examples of her large artistic career, that has more than four decades. Though this years, her work shows a worry about the relations between the space, light, color and the materials. Her work method is through pictorial series that allow her to get the wanted image, and perfection it.

Best exhibition by an emergent artist at a gallery DKV-Award: “El mismo color tiene dos lugares, un caracter totalmente distinto, como si la misma cara te recordase a dos personas a la vez” of the artists Aldo Urbano and Josep Maria de Sucre, presented at the Bombon Projects Gallery of Barcelona.

The jury has stood out its artistic quality and contemporaneity. DKV Seguros participates in this award acquiring works of the winning artists to be part of the DKV collection.

The exhibition was from two artists that even belonging in two different generations, can be considered emerging; a category that young and not so young artists have found constantly.
Josep Maria de Sucre (1886-1969) painter, writer, arts promoter, had in some points of his artistic carreer some recognition as an artist, even though the ignorance of his work nowadays put him in the rising place. Accompanied by Aldo Urbano (1991), young artist, share a dialogue that promises strong emotions.

Critics award: Imma Prieto.
The jury awards Imma Prieto for her contribution as an independent commissary, Contemporary art professor, journalist and theorist. Of all of this fields, the Jury wants to highlight the publications in art magazines. Her writings invite everyone to think and not to judge.
Imma Prieto, teaches at the University of Girona and is member of the Cathedra of Contemporary art and culture of the University of Girona, and member of the AICA and the IAC. At the same time, Prieto has develope an important activity in the commissary field through different exhibitions in national and international spaces.

Media Award: Núvol.

The jury gives this award to Núvol, edited by Bernat Puigtobella. Núvol was born online in 2012 to increase the debates around culture. Since last June is also edited in paper and has different sections, which the jury wants to stand out the Critic’s, dedicated specially at art galleries.

Núvol is an online head dedicated to informe about all the news and the acts in the cultural world, the editors news, exhibitions, concerts, theatre, etc., that the journals don’t informe about.

Núvol feeds itself from the contributions that the experts make through the blogs or the twitter profiles, newsletters as thematic pages or collective platforms.