CAN – Contemporary Art Now–, is envisioned as a laid-back event that celebrates somewhat of a current renaissance of figurative painting and related work. Looking back at the ground breaking legacy of Cubism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Fauvism, CoBrA, New Objectivity, all the way to Futurism, New Leipzig School, Pop Art, Naïve Art and their sub-varieties, the curation of the fair is primarily focused on the notable artists and the galleries that have been supporting their practices. With such an approach, CAN aims to honor the individuals and entities that have contributed to the boost and appreciation of such progression and support its further development. This defined focus transforms the occasion into a casual reunion of familiar artists names whose activity often overlapped in the past due to the complementing affinity towards the similar aesthetics.
With an accent on the NOW, Contemporary Art Now wants to provide an overview of who, how, when, and why contributed to the dynamic global scene that we’re witnessing nowadays and in which way it’s linking to the legacy of modern and contemporary painting greats. Whether using Van Gogh’s approach to color, light or texture, referencing Bacon’s exploration of human condition, elaborating on Picasso’s ingenious play with perspective, depth or volume, reappropriating Guston’s incisive, distinct and game-changing visual vocabulary, or continuing onto Peter Saul’s refreshing, challenging and critical hybrid of styles and techniques, CAN is giving priority to the established artists and galleries that sparked the flame years back but is also nurturing this special moment by shedding light on the newly emerging names. Although having a bold focus on the figurative painting, CAN is determined towards also introducing the cutting-edge related forms through their program, as an innovative platform for discovering the latest in contemporary art, with an emphasis on the new languages that have emerged and are constantly being updated.
Presented in a large, open-plan space outside the main town of Ibiza, CAN feels more like a vibrant gallery neighbourhood than an ordinary art fair ground. By presenting a carefully thought-through selection of the world’s most exciting galleries to introduce the work of some of the most refreshing and recognized artists of the current times, CAN is hoping to boost the creativity that has always existed in Ibiza.
In summer and for 5 days, the island will become a meeting point for artists, art collectors, enthusiasts, and personalities of the local and international cultural scene. CAN will be a great art event in July and will bring together international galleries, mainly from Europe, America, and Asia, and present more than 100 artists under one roof.
PREVIEW UPON INVITATION: 12 JULY 2023
PUBLIC DAYS: 13 - 16 JULY 2023
Ctra. d'Eivissa a Sant Antoni, 07800 IBIZA
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