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Carlos Urroz, Director of ARCO and jury member at JOYA 2016, interviewed by klimt02

Interview  /  Joya 2016ExhibitingCollectingCuratingDebates
Published: 21.07.2016
Carlos Urroz Carlos Urroz
Author:
klimt02
Edited by:
klimt02
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2016

Intro
I like artists’ incursions into jewellery. From the earrings by Yves Tanguy and Alexander Calder for Peggy Guggenheim to the jewellery by Anish Kapoor, and the pieces produced by Chus Burés in collaboration with the artists Louise Bourgeois, Santiago Sierra or Carlos Cruz-Diez.

Brief and enlightening words about collecting, fairs and the rol of the galleries by Carlos Urroz part of the jury at JOYA 2016 (8th Edition) held at the Arts Santa Monica from September 29th to October 1st.

 
As Director of ARCO for the last six years and with five fairs already under your belt, your stewardship has met with unanimous approval. What advice would you offer to the organisers of a fair such as JOYA, specialising in art jewellery, if it is to achieve importance and success?
 
It’s essential to focus on quality, which is what attracts good content and visitors. It’s also really important to work on internationalisation, which is crucial for any fair, and to think globally.
 

In an interview published in El País (July 2010) soon after you were appointed Director of ARCO, the journalist and writer Jesús Ruiz Mantilla highlighted a sentence of yours which became the title of the piece: “fairs are no place for artists”. There you were championing the work of gallerists and role of galleries. Could you tell us what function must be fulfilled by a gallery in the current ecosystem of the art world?
 
The gallery is the mediator and the artist is the person who creates, which requires time and isolation. The gallerist must be in contact with collectors, professionals, critics and, at the same time, make the artist’s work visible to the outside world.
 

Investors, buyers, collectors. Why should someone with an interest in art think about starting a collection? And how to go about it?
 
It’s a very interesting way of life. Purchasing a work means helping the artist to keep on producing; it’s a form of micro-patronage. What’s more, visiting galleries and museums is a way of life.
 

If we understand art as being about artistic communication and this communication process as involving the trio of artist-sender, work-phenomenon and audience-recipient, which member of this ménage a trois do you think needs the most “looking after” at the moment?
 
All the links in the chain need looking after. As mediators, it’s important to make the message comprehensible.
 

Seeing the venue as context and as part of the communication phenomenon, do you think we’re getting the most out of exhibition venues? Have you been pleasantly surprised by a particular fair or event in this respect?
 
The more neutral an art venue the better.
 

Creativity, art, memory, body, craftsmanship, technique, wearability... What’s your relationship with contemporary jewellery? Is there a particular work or artist-jeweller who has caught your attention?
 
I like artists’ incursions into jewellery. From the earrings by Yves Tanguy and Alexander Calder for Peggy Guggenheim to the jewellery by Anish Kapoor, and the pieces produced by Chus Burés in collaboration with the artists Louise Bourgeois, Santiago Sierra or Carlos Cruz-Diez.


What expectations do you have as a jury member of the Joya 2016 Fair?
 
To delve a little deeper into the sector and find out whether synergies exist with art collecting.
 
 

About the Interviewed


Carlos Urroz Arancibia, Madrid, Spain 1966. Director of the International Contemporary Art Fair ARCOMadrid, since may 2011. The fair has become an event of great importance in the art scene in Spain and for the rest of the world. Since 1982 it has marked a crucial axis in the art market given its status, quality and cultural production.


 
Alexander Calder.
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Anish Kapoor.
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Chus Burés.
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Santiago Sierra.
Santiago Sierra

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