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Juan Genovés: Reconsidered

May 5 ⁠— July 1, 2022

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Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

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Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Un hombre solo, 1967, acrylic on canvas

Un hombre solo, 1967

acrylic on canvas

51 x 46 3/4 in. / 129.5 x 119 cm

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Hombre cayendo, 1974, pencil and crayon

Hombre cayendo, 1974

pencil and crayon

22 1/8 x 30 in. / 56.5 x 76.2 cm

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Hoy como ayer, 1973, acrylic on canvas

Hoy como ayer, 1973

acrylic on canvas

57 1/8 x 63 in. / 145 x 160 cm

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Sobre la represión política, 1973

Sobre la represión política, 1973
acrylic on canvas

57 1/8 x 63 in. / 145 x 160 cm

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Bajo arresto, 1973

Bajo arresto, 1973
acrylic on canvas

45 1/4 x 51 1/8 in. / 115 x 130 cm

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Testigos, 1969 acrylic and oil on canvas

Testigos, 1969
acrylic and oil on canvas
79 7/8 x 39 1/2 in. / 200.5 x 100.5 cm

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La calle, 1969

La calle, 1969
oil on canvas
21 5/8 x 39 1/4 in. / 55 x 100 cm

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El muro, 1967

El muro, 1967
acrylic on canvas
55 1/4 x 59 in. / 140.3 x 149.9 cm

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Los gritos, 1967

Los gritos, 1967
oil on canvas
35 3/8 x 47 3/8 in. / 90 x 120.5 cm

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Izquierda derecha, 1967

Izquierda derecha, 1967
oil on canvas
39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. / 100 x 100 cm

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Tres historias, 1966

Tres historias, 1966
oil on linen
49 1/4 x 35 3/8 in. / 125 x 90 cm

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En torno a la prohibición, 1966

En torno a la prohibición, 1966
acrylic on canvas
51 1/8 x 55 in. / 130 x 140 cm

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Rebasando el limite, 1966

Rebasando el limite, 1966
oil on canvas
51 1/8 x 43 3/8 in. / 130 x 110 cm

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Fuga, 1966 gouache on paper

Fuga, 1966
gouache on paper

22 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. / 56.5 x 54.5 cm

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Pueblo, 1966, gouache on paper

Pueblo, 1966

gouache on paper

20 5/8 x 23 3/8 in. / 52.5 x 59.5 cm

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La fila, 1965

La fila, 1965
oil on canvas
32 x 32 in. / 82 x 82 cm

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Espectáculo, 1965 gouache and ink wash on paper

Espectáculo, 1965
gouache and ink wash on paper
22 x 30 1/4 in. / 56 x 77 cm

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Multitud, 1965 gouache on paper

Multitud, 1965
gouache on paper
24 3/8 x 19 5/8 in. / 62 x 50 cm

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Derivación, 2020 acrylic on board

Derivación, 2020
acrylic on board

82 5/8 x 63 in. / 210 x 160 cm

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Derivas, 2020, acrylic on canvas on board

Derivas, 2020

acrylic on canvas on board

82 5/8 x 63 in. / 210 x 160 cm

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Incisión, 2019, acrylic on board

Incisión, 2019

acrylic on board

98 3/8 x 70 3/4 in. / 250 x 180 cm

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Zahories, 2019 acrylic on board

Zahories, 2019
acrylic on board

70 3/4 x 59 in. / 180 x 150 cm

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Hipótesis, 2019 acrylic on canvas

Hipótesis, 2019
acrylic on canvas

47 1/8 x 59 in. / 120 x 150 cm

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Trivial, 2019, acrylic on canvas

Trivial, 2019

acrylic on canvas

39 1/4 x 47 1/8 in. / 100 x 120 cm

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Rescoldos, 2019, acrylic on board

Rescoldos, 2019

acrylic on board

47 1/8 x 39 1/4 in. / 120 x 100 cm

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Celeste, 2018 acrylic on board

Celeste, 2018
acrylic on board

63 x 51 1/8 in. / 160 x 130 cm

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Axioma #2, 2018

Axioma #2, 2018
acrylic on board

59 x 47 1/8 in. / 150 x 120 cm

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Un hombre solo, 1967, acrylic on canvas

Un hombre solo, 1967

acrylic on canvas

51 x 46 3/4 in. / 129.5 x 119 cm

Hombre cayendo, 1974, pencil and crayon

Hombre cayendo, 1974

pencil and crayon

22 1/8 x 30 in. / 56.5 x 76.2 cm

Hoy como ayer, 1973, acrylic on canvas

Hoy como ayer, 1973

acrylic on canvas

57 1/8 x 63 in. / 145 x 160 cm

Sobre la represión política, 1973

Sobre la represión política, 1973
acrylic on canvas

57 1/8 x 63 in. / 145 x 160 cm

Bajo arresto, 1973

Bajo arresto, 1973
acrylic on canvas

45 1/4 x 51 1/8 in. / 115 x 130 cm

Testigos, 1969 acrylic and oil on canvas

Testigos, 1969
acrylic and oil on canvas
79 7/8 x 39 1/2 in. / 200.5 x 100.5 cm

La calle, 1969

La calle, 1969
oil on canvas
21 5/8 x 39 1/4 in. / 55 x 100 cm

El muro, 1967

El muro, 1967
acrylic on canvas
55 1/4 x 59 in. / 140.3 x 149.9 cm

Los gritos, 1967

Los gritos, 1967
oil on canvas
35 3/8 x 47 3/8 in. / 90 x 120.5 cm

Izquierda derecha, 1967

Izquierda derecha, 1967
oil on canvas
39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. / 100 x 100 cm

Tres historias, 1966

Tres historias, 1966
oil on linen
49 1/4 x 35 3/8 in. / 125 x 90 cm

En torno a la prohibición, 1966

En torno a la prohibición, 1966
acrylic on canvas
51 1/8 x 55 in. / 130 x 140 cm

Rebasando el limite, 1966

Rebasando el limite, 1966
oil on canvas
51 1/8 x 43 3/8 in. / 130 x 110 cm

Fuga, 1966 gouache on paper

Fuga, 1966
gouache on paper

22 1/8 x 21 3/8 in. / 56.5 x 54.5 cm

Pueblo, 1966, gouache on paper

Pueblo, 1966

gouache on paper

20 5/8 x 23 3/8 in. / 52.5 x 59.5 cm

La fila, 1965

La fila, 1965
oil on canvas
32 x 32 in. / 82 x 82 cm

Espectáculo, 1965 gouache and ink wash on paper

Espectáculo, 1965
gouache and ink wash on paper
22 x 30 1/4 in. / 56 x 77 cm

Multitud, 1965 gouache on paper

Multitud, 1965
gouache on paper
24 3/8 x 19 5/8 in. / 62 x 50 cm

Derivación, 2020 acrylic on board

Derivación, 2020
acrylic on board

82 5/8 x 63 in. / 210 x 160 cm

Derivas, 2020, acrylic on canvas on board

Derivas, 2020

acrylic on canvas on board

82 5/8 x 63 in. / 210 x 160 cm

Incisión, 2019, acrylic on board

Incisión, 2019

acrylic on board

98 3/8 x 70 3/4 in. / 250 x 180 cm

Zahories, 2019 acrylic on board

Zahories, 2019
acrylic on board

70 3/4 x 59 in. / 180 x 150 cm

Hipótesis, 2019 acrylic on canvas

Hipótesis, 2019
acrylic on canvas

47 1/8 x 59 in. / 120 x 150 cm

Trivial, 2019, acrylic on canvas

Trivial, 2019

acrylic on canvas

39 1/4 x 47 1/8 in. / 100 x 120 cm

Rescoldos, 2019, acrylic on board

Rescoldos, 2019

acrylic on board

47 1/8 x 39 1/4 in. / 120 x 100 cm

Celeste, 2018 acrylic on board

Celeste, 2018
acrylic on board

63 x 51 1/8 in. / 160 x 130 cm

Axioma #2, 2018

Axioma #2, 2018
acrylic on board

59 x 47 1/8 in. / 150 x 120 cm

Fuga, 1966, mixed media on canvas, 21 × 20 in. / 55.5 × 53 cm

Fuga, 1966, mixed media on canvas, 21 × 20 in. / 55.5 × 53 cm

Press Release

The Directors of Marlborough are pleased to present Juan Genovés: Reconsidered, an exhibition of early paintings from the Spanish figurative painter created during the height of his political engagement. This presentation offers viewers the opportunity to revisit the work of an exceptional, and in many ways unique, artist through a selection of works chronologically bound between 1965 and 1975, paying homage to his landmark 1967 exhibition held at Marlborough Fine Art in London. The exhibition will open on Thursday, May 5, 2022 and remain on view through Friday, July 1, 2022.

Genovés was born in Valencia, Spain in 1930, in the midst of an era of political turmoil during the Spanish Civil War, witnessing the rise of the Franco dictatorship at a young age. This turmoil catalyzed him to emerge as a distinct artistic and activist voice in opposition to fascism and injustice, serving to inform his visual language and signature motif of the crowd. Developed in the early 1960s, the crowd paintings, typically executed from an aerial view, depict groups of people fleeing, hiding, or being harmed by agents of the state, thus creating a landscape of bodies in motion. Genovés’s work was viewed as highly controversial in Spain at the time and was banned from being exhibited nationwide.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a new publication which contextualizes Genovés’s unique approach to the political context in which he lived. Bartomeu Marí, formerly of The Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) and Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), explores the topic of political engagement, as was the practice of many who were silenced in Spain during the Franco years:

For Genovés, to be an artist was a form of rebellion in support of the silent side. We discover before us an unusual member of a community of creators, who during the second half of the twentieth century, expanded the frontiers of what we understand as art today. Genovés broadened the thematic vocabulary of post-war painting from a stage that was not very favorable to the arts and artistic experiments, such as Franco’s Spain. He is an artist who, with his civic action, laid the foundation for Spanish art from the avant-garde of the late twentieth century.

Genovés’s work is found in many significant public collections in the United States and abroad, including: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Collezione Thyssen-Bornemisza, Lugano, Switzerland; Galeria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Instituto Valencià de Art Modern, Valencia, Spain; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Minneapolis 

Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec; Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museo de Bellas Artes, de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria; Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Nagasaki, Japan; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museum zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico, among others.

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