"Kaixo , Mataos III" by Andrés Nagel, is a large arch sculpture which Patti and Coop Cooprider acquired from Jose TASENDE in La Jolla, CA. a long-time friend. Shipped from the Basque country to California, USA "Kaixo, Mataos III" had its home for many years in the Cooprider's San Diego residences. After down-sizing the Coopriders were fortunate to have art-lover friends in La Jolla provide it a prominent spot for others to appreciate. It now needs a new place to display its prominence and artistic talent by Nagel.
"Born in San Sebastian on August 15, 1947, Nagel began his studies in architecture. In 1965 Nagel attended University of Navarre, Pamplona, finishing his degree in Architecture in 1972. He first exhibited his work, mostly sculpture of fiberglass and polyester, in his native city in 1968. During this time, Nagel also traveled throughout Europe and worked on engraving with Grupo 15 in Madrid, where he met an influential artist and friend, Eduardo Chillida. In 1974, he opened his first exhibition in Madrid, at Galería Io las Velasco, and then in Bilbao, at Galería Luzaro. After traveling through northern Africa and Southeast Asia, he joined architects Cristina Fontan and Angel de la Hoz on a bus to travel throughout the United States and Canada on a several month excursion, 1983. During 1985, Nagel taught a one-month seminar at the Circulo de Bellas Artes of Madrid and Jose Julian Baquedano made a short film focused on his work. In addition to countless other exhibitions presenting his work, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao held a retrospective show of Nagel’s work in 1995. In 1997 he exhibited at Tasende Gallery’s new space in West Hollywood, for which he designed the entrance door." - Courtesy of #TASENDE GALLERY, 820 Prospect Street, La Jolla, California 92037
From Publishers Weekly - "In his imaginative sculptures, reliefs and collages, Spanish Basque artist Andrés Nagel fuses social satire, surreal fantasy, Goya-esque irony, religious and baroque imagery, and allusions to Old Masters. In Suicide , a fragmented flat figure whose head is an arrow plunges from a window. The couple frantically jitterbugging in Mary McDonald Doesn't Control Her Legs suggests the urban graffiti of Jean Dubuffet. In Mickey Mouse , Mickey embraces Minnie in a suspended cloth that forms a secular icon. This lavishly illustrated monograph weds some 200 color plates to art critic Lucie-Smith's observant essay on a chameleon artist who uses different visual languages to suit the task at hand. Nagel's still lifes, violent in atmosphere, churn with latent meanings. His speculative, hermetic artworks animate jazz musicians, astronauts walking in space, leaping monkeys and eerie headless torsos with lamps for eyes."
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"Andres NAGEL" by Edward Lucie-Smith (1st EDITION INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE OF SCULPTURE - ISBN 9780847815982) Published by RIZZOLI, New York City 1992.