Juan Navarro Baldeweg

Galería Juana de Aizpuru

Juan Navarro Baldeweg’s show was one of this year’s key exhibitions of Castilian painting. Despite the adjective “new” applied to his art, Baldeweg is hardly a newcomer, having shown his work, although not copiously, for more than twenty years. A professor at the Escuela Técnica de Arquitectura de Madrid, from 1971 to 1975 he lived in the United States, working at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There his development as a painter was influenced by his surroundings and by his research in video. Having gone through a conceptual stage he has now turned fully to painting, presenting a body of work of great freshness and coherence—one of the most significant in “post-avant-garde” Spanish art.

To understand how Baldeweg attained the maturity of his “Fumadores” (Smokers) series, 1983, his earlier work must be considered, especially the “Kouroi

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