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“The Schizos of Madrid”

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

"Los Esquizos de Madrid. Figuración madrileña de los años 70” (The Schizos of Madrid. Madrid’s Figurative Movement of the 1970s) was an attempt to analyze the creative work of a group of painters who, bound by friendship and shared artistic concerns, worked in Madrid in the 1970s and early ’80s. Well known in Spain at the time, they are now largely unknown to a younger art public. Most of the artists in the group were born around 1950; some have died (Carlos Alcolea, Rafael Pérez Mínguez, Javier Utray), some are still quite active (Luis Gordillo, Guillermo Pérez Villalta), and others less so (Carlos Franco, Chema Cobo, Manolo Quejido, Herminio Molero). The term esquizos (schizos) was uncommon at the time, but some of the group’s Catalan colleagues used it to refer to this group due to its members’ interest in Deleuze and Guattari and their theories of capitalism and schizophrenia.

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