The Catalan creator has been selected by the American museum and Fundación ARCO for the second programme of MAS: Meadows / ARCO Artist Spotlight
The Meadows Museum has announced that Teresa Lanceta will be the next artist to exhibit works at the Dallas museum through the MAS: Meadows / ARCO Artist Spotlight programme, a project jointly created by the Meadows Museum and Fundación ARCO in 2019 to raise the visibility of works by Spanish artists in the American museum.
Known for her intricate and often colourful works using textiles, Lanceta will present her oeuvre in the spring of 2024 and will visit Dallas during this period to take part in the education programme on her work, involving both the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus and the wider Dallas community.
"In our goal to foster dialogue and the ties between Spain and America through the MAS: Meadows / ARCO Artist Spotlight programme, we are excited to bring Teresa Lanceta’s work to the general public in the Meadows Museum. Her commitment to the art of weaving and exploration of its universal nature and impact on world culture, is a revealing visual experience", states Amanda W. Dotseth Linda P. and William A. Custard, Director of the Meadows Museum.
Maribel López, director of ARCO, highlights that “Fundación ARCO is very proud to be able to help raise the international profile of Spanish artists and hopes to develop this project over a long time, with a growing number of creators”.
Teresa Lanceta (Barcelona, 1951) is known for her imaginative artworks using tapestries to transcend the assumptions relating to the materials themselves by stoking the viewer’s imagination. A whole series of formal approaches converge in her work: ranging from figurative to abstract; sometimes combining different fabrics in one piece, while others present individual fabrics that have been drawn on, painted or enhanced in some way. After receiving her doctorate in the History of Art from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Lanceta gave classes at the Escuela Massana in Barcelona. In the early seventies she adopted fabric as her preferred medium of artistic expression, considering it ideal to build bridges between art and craft. Through her travels, she has discovered and been inspired by many different people and cultures and has been particularly influenced by the Moroccan and Roma nomadic weavers. She currently lives and works in Mutxamel (Alicante).
Lanceta has exhibited in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and more recently in MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art) and IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno), among others. Her work forms part of institutional collections including Reina Sofía de Madrid, Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo and the Pérez Art Museum of Miami. She has taken part in the 31st São Paulo Biennial (2004), the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and the Bergen Assembly (2019).
“Weaving is an (hypnotic) technique based on the repetition of the same movement with results that are not immediately perceptible. I was radically, absolutely ensnared by weaving, independently of results and consequences, and in exchange it has helped me penetrate unit time, that which endures in measured time” says Teresa Lanceta. And she adds “I thank the Meadows Museum and Fundación ARCO for choosing me for the MAS: Meadows / ARCO Artist Spotlight programme. I’m happy to be able to exhibit at the Meadows, which has an admirable art collection, and to meet the people involved in this institution, the University and the art world in Dallas. It will be very interesting for my work and for me as it will be exciting to discover this legendary city”.
On the Meadows Museum
The Meadows Museum is the main institution in the United States dedicated to the study and presentation of art from Spain. In 1962, the entrepreneur and philanthropist from Dallas, Algur H. Meadows donated his private collection of Spanish paintings and funds to set up a museum, to the Southern Methodist University (SMU). The museum opened to the public in 1965 and represented the first step towards fulfilling Meadows’ vision of creating “a Little Prado for Texas”. Today, the Meadows houses one of the largest and most complete Spanish art collections outside of Spain. The collection encompasses from the 10th century to the 21st and includes Medieval objects, Renaissance and Baroque sculptures, important paintings from the Golden Age and modern masters.
On Fundación ARCO
Fundación ARCO, founded in 1987, aims to foster collecting, research and the promotion of contemporary art, in addition to the publication, education and teaching of art trends and techniques, particularly those relating to the modern manifestations of contemporary art. With the driving force of IFEMA MADRID behind it, it is a structure that complements the promotional character of the International Contemporary Art Fair, ARCOmadrid.
The Fundación ARCO Collection, with over 300 works acquired on each edition of the fair, is deposited in CA2M Centro de Arte dos de Mayo de Móstoles de la Comunidad de Madrid, where it forms an active part of the centre’s programme with works present in the different themed exhibitions and also in monographic or capsule shows on the collection itself.
Over the course of the year, la Fundación ARCO carries out a number of different activities and actions aimed at promoting and strengthening collecting and the local contemporary art market, both among Amig@s ARCO and the general public: ARCO Gallery Walks; First Collectors; Forum on Collecting.