Madrid / Seville

José María Sicilia

Galería Marga Paz, Madrid / Galería La Máquina Española, Seville

Viewers recently had the opportunity of seeing paintings from José María Sicilia’s new series “Flores” (Flowers, 1986), in two simultaneous exhibitions, one month after some of these works were shown in the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Since 1978 Sicilia has lived in Paris, where he has pursued a loosely figurative style. In 1983–84 he was painting scenes of Paris and Madrid (the Place de la Bastille, rooftops with TV antennas, marketplaces) and compositions incorporating images of ordinary domestic objects such as vacuum cleaners, eggbeaters, and irons. In the past two years, his work—some of which was done in Paris and the rest during two long stays in New York and a summer in Spain—has undergone considerable development from the preceding period.

Certain formal strategies in his most recent work began to appear in a series of four paintings called “Torre de Madrid” (Tower of

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