Thursday, June 06, 2013

Pinta Art Show and Idea 139 is Toleration

As I signed up with the Saatchi gallery when I visited I get a few emails and one of these included a complimentary entrance to the Pinta show at Earls Court, if you get the same offer I'd urge you to visit.
Where the Pinta show is
Not sure the exact story around the cause/reason for the people exhibiting, seems to be something to do with the Iberian influenced world Spain, South America and Miami cropped up amongst the galleries represented.
It is a very eclectic event and for me the works were shown in a very comfortably  put together space without too many people or distractions -  the downside was the sensation overload caused by so much stuff from Op art to some fantastic photography  pretty much all by people new to me.

One curiosity (of many) were what seemed to be a proto Gilbert and George characters working in tapestry and including images of their dachshund dog!
Highlights of Pinta were 'finding' the artists:
By Álvaro Barrios

Jesus Soto Optical and Kinetic artist
Luis Tomasello - great works between 2 and 3 dimensions.
Mathias Goeritz - was a well-known Mexican painter and sculptor of German origin with (for me) a touch of the Mondrians.
What was great for me was a painting by the Colombian Álvaro Barrios which made me want to see more of his work.
On the subject of perception - I like this site

Big Idea 139 is Toleration

Toleration as it is now practiced in much of the 'developed' world has not arrived overnight.
Toleration is in fact pretty much a gift of the enlightenment - The French philosopher and  author  Voltaire (François Marie Arouet - 1694–1778), . coined the phrase that is actually something like

..what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.” but is misquoted as ( in this form often used by my grand-dad Tom Beesley)

 I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Toleration is of course a mediated condition and requires a somewhat civilised atmosphere to have it practiced effectively.
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