Neutra Blue Lillies, 2011, polyvinyl acetate, pigment, acrylic gesso, indian ink, graphite and silkscreen print on raw cotton canvas, 77 x 73 inches, 195 x 185 cm
Julião Sarmento is featured in the exhibition Art at the Turn of the Century at Centro Botín in Santander, Spain. Acquired over the course of the past fifteen years, the works featured provide a perspective on the artists that the foundation chose to support and/or collaborate with during that period.
The works presented in the exhibition are the result of two programs in which the foundation collaborates with artists, the first being the now well established Villa Iris Summer Workshop, which was initiated over two decades ago. Each year, the Artistic Committee of Fundación Botín invites a renowned artist to direct a workshop, who in turn selects a roster of fifteen young artists to participate. The foundation then organises an exhibition with this artist, so as to acquaint Spanish audiences with their work, and acquires one or more pieces for its collection.
In addition to the summer workshop, Fundación Botín has also been running a grant program for young artists with the aim of supporting them during a turning point in their career. Eight artists are selected each year by a jury of respected art world professionals (artists, curators and critics). These artists receive financial support to carry out a project – the production of a new work or professional training. A subsequent exhibition showcases the works produced during the grant period and works are acquired from that exhibition.
Art at the Turn of the Century is curated by Centro Botín Artistic Director, Benjamin Weil, and is on view through January 31, 2018.