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Ana Laura Aláez

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

Ana Laura Aláez, a young Basque artist who lives in Madrid, caused a sensation around the time of the most recent arco, in February. Seldom does an exhibition by an artist little known to the general public awaken such interest in Spain. Wavering between surprise and jealousy, many have asked, How did this happen? What was the reason for the long lines at the entrance to the Reina Sofía’s Espacio Uno? Why did a mass audience, little accustomed to attending artistic events, embrace this particular artist?

For one thing, since the early ’90s her work has positively sought out the spectator. Partaking of various disciplines (including photography, environments, and video), it invites us to share an aesthetic that flirts with a world where cosmetics, fashion, science-fiction movies, and futuristic design converge—all of this seasoned with enormous doses of glamour and then candy coated (probably

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