ART in NATURE: Aldeaduero, Spain – Angel Orensanz Territory

Art in Nature and the ‘Orensanz Territory’ – Aldeaduero, Spain

News Update: Angel Orensanz at Aldeaduero, Spain – March 2014

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Angel Orensanz with the President of the Council of Salamanca Javier Iglesias at the dedication of the Orensanz Territory.

This past Monday, March 17, 2014, we at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts celebrated the inauguration of the “art in nature”-focused Orensanz Territory in Aldeaduero, Spain. The distinguished honor was bestowed upon sculptor Angel Orensanz in respect to his commissioned environmental art work in the beautiful regional landscape of the Spanish countryside.

Since the release of this announcement, photo documentation has poured in from the Spanish media coverage of the Aldeaduero region and the Orensanz Territory. Television and Online News reporters swarmed to the artist and the honored guests in attendance for the inauguration which included the President of the Council of Salamanca, Javier Iglesias and the Director of Tourism for Castilla and Leon.

Scroll down for the latest images of this incredibly special event.

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Angel Orensanz presents a copy of his book and other publications to President of the Council Javier Iglesias.

Press and honoree Angel Orensanz congregate beneath the artist’s “Mountain Sculpture.”

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Gathering of media attendants documenting the inaugural speech at the Orensanz Territory.

Sculptor Orensanz addresses the media in Aldeaduero.

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Sculptor Angel Orensanz converses Castilla and Leon TV, under the watchful eyes of the President of the council, Javier Iglesias.

For more information about Territory Orensanz, art in nature, and the artist’s long history with the region of Aldeaduero, Spain, check out the newest Winter 2014 issue of ARTSCAPE Magazine, available now online or in print!

Aldeaduero, Spain: ART NEWS – The Angel Orensanz Territory

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Sculptor Angel Orensanz inspects the gorgeous views of Aldeaduero, Spain.

Aldeaduero, Spain Celebrates the Opening of the “Angel Orensanz Territory.”

March 17, 2014

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Today, the city of New York celebrates St. Patrick’s Day through a blur of emerald sequins, shamrocks, certain green-tinted beverages, and of course, the grand tradition of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade that has drawn audiences to the streets of the city for over 250 years.

Southeast of the excitement that currently emanates from Fifth Avenue and 44th Street in Manhattan, the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts celebrates another milestone in the career of its founding artist and sculptor Angel Orensanz. On this day in Aldeaduero, Spain, the local government establishes the “Territory Orensanz” along the famed banks of the river Duero.

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A series of sculptures by Angel Orensanz in Aldeduero, Spain.

The ceremony kicks off in Aldeaduero, Spain at 1pm this afternoon and will be attended by honoree Angel Orensanz, as well as His Excellency the President of the Council of Salamaca, Francisco Javier Garcia Iglesias and the Director General of Tourism of Castilla and Leon, Javier Ramirez Utrilla. Mayors and members of civil authority of the Portuguese-Spanish border countries as well as provincial, regional, and national representatives of Spain congregate for an official presentation of the environmental art installations of Angel Orensanz in the region.

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A series of sculptures by Angel Orensanz in Aldeaduero, Spain.

The work presented in Aldeaduero, Spain was installed by Orensanz with heavy influences of film production and large-scale industrial architecture. The iconic platform upon which the pieces operate serve as “proto-structures with references to ancient structures and instruments” such as Totems or trees that recall both archaic use and futuristic technology. 

These tubular elements with which Orensanz utilizes space have an expressive value about them which is highly poetic, almost musical. In this way does the art work in tandem with the regional climate of Aldeaduero, Spain – one of water, body, wind and clouds, and especially timelessness.

From the Aldeaduero, Spain regional tourism website:

“Facing the background of the physical universe, this language of Orensanz, as a minimal archetype, becomes an humanistic and idealistic sculpture : one that mimics nature but does not seek to represent her entirely.Its value is that of all human endeavor, conscious of its own limits and its own outputs. It is a language in which to contemplate the human being can be sublimated in beauty and find a new hope.”

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View of the Aldeaduero river in Spain, with sculpture by Angel Orensanz in the foreground.

Angel Orensanz continues his long artistic career as one of the pioneer creatures of the new century, and this step in Spain of establishing the Territorio Orensanz solidifies his identity as a “global artist.”At present, Orensanz’s work continues from his studio Paris, as well as here at the Foundation on Norfolk Street,  in Manhattan, New York. Both sites will continue to serve in correspondence with one another, as aglobal showcase linked to the installations in Aldeaduero

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Sculptor Angel Orensanz creates a work of living photo-art with patient donkey in Aldeaduero, Spain.








In the Steps of Gargallo: Figurative Monuments in Metal Sculpture

In the Steps of Gargallo: Figurative Monuments in Metal Sculpture  

By: Al Orensanz, PhD., Director - Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts  

Abstract or figurative? This was the disjunction with which all the artists of the time were faced, and even though pictorial modernity in Spain had for some time already been inclined to informalism, sculpture artist Angel Orensanz followed the cautious steps of his admired Pablo Gargallo and Julio González, and those of so many other more recent sculptors that also vacillated between the abstract or figurative.

This was especially true if such artists aspired to dedicate themselves to monumental sculpture, since this type of commission is almost always given by the authorities, who in the Spain of that time were not as open and modern as some more advanced private or corporate patrons.

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Monumento a la Jacetania. Ángel Orensanz. Monumental sculpture. 1969.

It is thus not at all surprising that it was for a private collector, owner of a sculpture park in Bellaterra (Barcelona), that the first totally abstract exempt monument erected by Angel Orensanz emerged in 1969: a menhir of 7 meters in height which he executed in two blocks of stone, working by carving directly into grooves and irregularities, which this time were not reserved only to the upper parts, but also extended throughout the lower parts.

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“Monumenta a la Jota” – Angel Orensanz. Sculpture. 1970. Spain.

In contrast, on September 25, 1970, feast day of the patron saint of the village, Angel ORensanz inaugurated in Albalate del Arzobispo (Teruel) his Monumento a la Jota (Monument to the Jota), in which for a change the abstract geometries remained confined to a tall poured-cement podium.

This serves simultaneously as a backdrop for the ground level statue of a well-built singer of jotas, and as a podium on which are raised those of a pair of young dancers: they are once again hieratic figures —something striking in the representation of joteros, even though the dance of Albalete is known for its grace.   They are formed of geometric planes, like those of the Saragossan monuments to the Mother and to Tío Jorge; but this time Orensanz uses for the first time cut and welded steel plates, marking out planes and hollows in a style derivative of the cubism which was so widespread in the Spain of the transition and the start of democracy, one of whose most tenacious exponents would be the Aragonese José Gonzalvo. This said, the model for this solemn mastery in the evocation of volume based on plates and striking hollows was none other than Pablo Gargallo, Aragonese sculptor well known to Orensanz, since he had dedicated to Gargallo,

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“The Great Prophet.” 1933 (bronze) – Pablo Gargallo. Sculpture.

We can say that Gargallo’s splendid Gran Profeta (Great Prophet) has, as adopted sons, two colossi of imposing beards and manes made by Angel Orensanz for the cities of Jaca and Monzón.   The Monumento a la Jacetania (Monument to the Lands of Jaca), raised in 1969 in the square of Biscós in Jaca, is a gigantic titan 7 meters in height and more than two tons in weight, which represents in concrete and steel a pilgrim of the Road to Santiago. The figure’s facial expression shares the limelight with a model of the cloister of the monastery of San Juan de la Peña carried in an offertory gesture with arms outstretched, also in steel. In the lower part, below an oculum of Romanesque reminiscences, the pillars that evoke his body have on each side of a split which represents the Aragon river crosssing the Jacetania in vertical alignment, four sculptural vignettes decorated with fired-enamel gold paint, in which are paid homage other typical elements of the region.

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“Monumento a la Jacetania.” Sculpture. Angel Orensanz.

These include the Holy Grail of San Juan de la Peña, the Cathedral of Jaca, The Book of La Cadena and musical instruments—and also a modern industry as well as an skier (of which he also made a larger version, with welded iron plates, which has been in the exhibition Los Orensanz de Orensanz).

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“Monumento a Joaquín.” Costa Monzón, Huesca, Spain. Angel Orensanz. Sculpture. 1978.

His Monumento a Joaquín Costa (Monument to Joaquín Costa) in his native city of Monzón is also colossal: in this case the homage to Gargallo’s largest and most well known sculpture is even more evident, since the celebrated deputy raises his arms like a prophet preaching. This imagery is not typical in any picture of Costa, but is very appropriate for the staging of the “Grito del Agua”, when every September 14th social groups of all kinds gather before the monument in homage to the great apostle of regeneration and irrigation. His strange gesticulating figure in plates of enameled steel presides over the Avenue of Lérida from a podium of coffered concrete, before some pillars, also of concrete, which serve as a visual backdrop on the other side of the fountain.

Once again then, a very stage-like composition in two parts, like in the monuments to Tío Jorge and the Jota, although the style here is already very different, much more abstract than figurative, since it is of much later date, for it was inaugurated by the local authorities on September 21, 1978, as is stated on the identifying plaque. This same plaque alludes to the financing of the work by CAMPZAR, a savings entity which a few years later would place works by Ángel Orensanz in front of their Saragossa headquarters.

The spaces as extensions of the self.

The spaces as extensions of the self.

By Al Orensanz

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Angel Oresanz – The Self and Space

From the ancient times to the present, man has affirmed the self  or himself. Man has externalized himself and built himself as a beneficiary of architecture and a contending force with buildings and architecture. It seems that the building formalized a set of tasks that manifest the extensions of the human self into the surrounding environment.

The first “construction” was the adaptation of the surrounding materials both for protection from the environment and for affirmation of the self. The indoors is where the thought and the dialogue grew into self-introspection and organization from an intractable and uncontrollable surrounding. The interior space helped defined the proper proportions of the individual and of the group.

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Photo-Art by Angel Orensanz

The indoors established the dialogue and the community. It established the individuality, the memory and the authority. Outside of the entrance laid out the borderless, the cosmic, the dangerous and the seasonal. From then on there was space and a time for laying down the foundations of society, of dialogue, of social order, of exchange, memory and of leisure. The caves are the oldest surviving records of human communication and memory; and the paradigm of the earliest forms of community and social order.

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Art Installation by Angel Orensanz – The Self and the Space

From Altamira to Lascaux the human experience has moved by leaps and bounds towards more and more sophisticated forms of separation from the surrounding brutality and chaos and moved into  propitious expanses propitious to dialogue and   group communications.

In another step forward, the cave propitiated self-inspection and introspection. It propitiated as well the beginnings of writing and painting and other levels of communication.

Angel Orensanz has done different installations about this subject matter that  seduces mankind since it’s origins. The communication with the self, with our inner most trough the surrounding spaces we created or spaces mother nature provides for us.

Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts receives Angel Orensanz

Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts Kuindji Exhibitions Hall Angel Orensanz (USA-Spain), Member of the Russian Academy of Arts

Exhibit opening. August 1,  3-5 PM

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Photo-Art by Angel Orensanz -exhibited at the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts

Angel Orensanz is back at the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts and has been known for his ambitious landscape and urban installations done in Japan, Russia, USA, Western Europe and other countries. This exhibit in St. Petersburg is very innovative in his intensive creativity.  For the very first time the  artist will present his photographs. Why in Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts? As Angel Orensanz proudly recognizes his artistic development has been greatly influenced by the giants of Russian Avant-garde as Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin and others. All of them lived in Saint Petersburg.

On December 6, 2008 the  Grand Jury of International Film Festival of Monaco  awarded Angel Orensanz the Award for Surrealistic and Non Violent Art for his film “The Final Score” (Angel Orensanz  interpretation of Ingmar Bergman’s legendary  film “The Seventh Seal”)  . This project was carried with script, direction and photography by Angel Orensanz and with the technical support of the staff from the Museum of Modern Art of Wales. It was July 30 of 2007, when Angel Orensanz finished the film shooting of his film. That very day Ingmar Bergman passed away.

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Photo-Art by Angel Orensanz -exhibiting at the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts

Angel Orensanz and his artistic odyssey.

By Tatiana Borodina, Director of the Repin Museum, Russia.

In my opinion Angel Orensanz is an artist extraordinaire of postmodern thinking.Creativity – inspiration, time, place, and material depend on the circumstances and the mental attitude of the artist. His permanent state of his personality, the creative vision of the world feels like the world is a constantly changing installation, with installation ideas, discoveries, materials and spiritual creation. His mission and the meaning of his existence as an artist, consists in the creation of dramatic art objects, installations, sculptures, paintings and drawings. And in this desire to assert himself as an artist lies the emotional intensity, “nerve” of his works. The creations of Angel Orensanz come always accompanied with such suitable terms as enchantment, expression, inner tension and dynamism.

By and large these works remind us of the inseparable connection of outer space and human spirit, communication manifested, visible, intended to exist for a long time and the uniqueness of the moment of creation. They appear as already created, but temporary….

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Angel Orensanz recieving the certificate as Member of the Russian Academy of Art – Archive

As a master, with a professional training at the school (Ecole de Beaux-Art, Paris), he keeps in his work of many traditions, including the lessons of Russian avant-garde; and the passion and the expression of this artist’s intense personality are perfectly visible.

Orensanz who is presenting his work at the Saint Petersburg Academy of the Arts, likes to work in a large space, and especially in open landscapes, be on the streets or in the open mountains and seashores. He is a very generous artist and has a powerful and a creative temperament. He is a most innovative creator, literally obsessed with art. He is ready to share with all the result of his enthusiastic passion for creation, the magic of his creation. He loves to decorate nature, and makes it an organized space for the arts. Art in the natural world and in total co-existence is one of the main themes of creativity Orensanz. It’s simple, but conceptually multifaceted. Comparison and interaction of two realities: the art object and landscape protection, their harmony and contrast, ¬the ability of change in the natural forms of the elements – create a new art-reality; and how often expressive, whole and beautiful it is. In his designs, even the most destructive, there is a highly complex symbolic imagery.  Another subject must see, and everyone will see it has his own way, from his point of view.

Materials of his works are: snow, flowers, light fabric, paper…. They are doomed to a short existence. Therefore, the artist captures the creation of the video and photos where they are stored in time – having this way a long life. The graphic works of Orensanz, are perceived as a stream of reflections of the artist.

 This exhibition extends until August 31st,  2013.

There is catalogue that accompanies this exhibition,  with an essay by Tatiana Borodina.

Arte y Naturaleza – Angel Orensanz llega a Aldeaduero y reconstruye el paraíso

Arte y Naturaleza; Los territorios de Aldeaduero han estado alejados del centro de Europa  durante miles de años; y del desarrollo urbano e industrial  durante cientos de años.   El progreso industrial y la historia cultural europea  fueron construidos lejos de estas tierras. Pero ahora mismo un grupo de clarividentes dirigentes locales de estos territorios del sur de Europa  están llevando Aldeaduero a la atención del  mundo.

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Art and Nature – Angel Orensanz’s work in Aldeaduero

El escultor Angel Orensanz ha sido invitado por expertos  de estas tierras. Les está ayudando en sus planes de trazar una visión que mantiene los principios de cientos de años de atención a estos montes,  que ahora  se abren a la sociedad posindustrial con una vision de Arte y Naturaleza.

Angel Orensanz está ya trabajando conceptos y elementos  que empalman con la piel de esas montañas, valles y riberas. Sus esculturas de materiales crecidos allí mismo son piedra, madera y cerámica. Sirven de indicadores para las riberas de los ríos. Su meta es erigir estructuras y piezas a partir de la observación y la convivencia;  nunca a partir de un plan estricto  o de una ideología.  Angel Orensanz ha mantenido siempre, desde su primera niñez, un dialogo interno con la naturaleza de los montes y cordilleras, iniciado en sus Pirineos nativos en la frontera con Francia.

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Cylinders at Aldeaduero – Work by Sculptor Angel Orensanz

Para integrar arte y naturaleza Angel Orensanz juega con tres conceptos principales  que lleva a cabo con el apoyo de los líderes locales de Aldeaduero. Se trata de una serie de cilindros verticales de cemento encofrado; unos 27.  Aparecen poco a poco en cumbres y en valles. Orensanz esta diseñando además una estrella de grandes dimensiones  con radio de doce metros de largo.  El tercer elemento es una barca de grandes dimensiones  que no se mostrara sobre las aguas del rio Duero sino que será visible en una cumbre elevada.

Existe una cierta  similitud con el Parque Guell de Antonio Gaudi en Barcelona, pero con una sintaxis bien diferente. La totalidad de sus bosques son abiertos y salvajes. Aquí los elementos esenciales son las formaciones de bosques, ríos y muros rocosos. Las esculturas simplemente destacan y enfatizan los elementos naturales. Definitivamente, Aldeaduero se mueve por parámetros diferentes a los del parque europeo y también al concepto británico de parque (Holland Park);  conectaría más  con el concepto americano de parque y lo estaría prolongando bien hacia el siglo veintiuno.

Spanish Sculptor Angel Orensanz Sculpturing through the world

Spanish Sculptor Angel Orensanz ventured into the world of sculptures early in his life. It was back in 1961, after he finished his studies in the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de San Jorge in Barcelona, he did his first big sculptures on the opera Atlátida, at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in the same city.

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Spanish Sculptor Angel orensanz

Seven years later in 68, this Spanish sculptor had his first big international sculpture exhibition in the place he first graduated. But his sculptures did not stay confined inside Spain, Angel Orensanz traveled the world with his talent, exposing in Brazil, Japan, Germany, Italy, Russia and many more.

Works of Spanish Sculptor Angel Orensanz

Works of Spanish Sculptor Angel Orensanz

His talent brought him to one of the art Mecca’s of the world, New York City. Here he opened the Angel Orensanz Foundation. It´s been 20 years since the old building that used to be a synagogue in the Lower East Side had its real opening and in celebration of that, we are reopening our gallery with an exhibition in which Angel Orensanz is the featured artist. We will showcase some of his paintings and drawings along with his new bronze sculptures. So, if you are in NYC, make sure to RSVP in our Facebook in order to see some of the great work of one of the top Spanish sculptor of our times.

Nature has a rival (Angel Orensanz)

Angel Orensanz‘s new exhibition is here in New York City, right at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Three weeks from now, the gallery will be open for you to see his bronze sculptures, drawings, and paintings in our gallery’s new exhibition, Burning Bronzes.


Until then, how about getting more acquainted with Angel‘s work? The internationally known French art critic Pierre Restany wrote a beautiful article about the Spanish artist that exposes the ways Angel Orensanz explores the ideas of movement, presence and absence. The article is available here.

Newsletter #19

It has been a while since our last edition, in which we talked about the past of Ludlow Street and how this landmark of the Lower East Side transformed itself to became one of the hippest areas in town. We also revealed the past of Aragon, the city where Angel Orensanz and his brother Al Orensanz (who will be publishing a book soon, so keep your eyes open!) were born. Finally, in that issue we told you about the contemporary artists Marilyn Minter and Walter Urbach. Want to remember? Just click here!

This time, we will tell you the story of how objects became artifacts through time, how they change and represent who we are and the time we live in. Also, we will talk about the Black Panther party and their relationship with the Angel Orensanz Foundation, in fact, did you know that Spike Lee, who directed the “Huey P. Newton Story” has a new movie? Yes, Red Hook Summer! Finally, we will tell you where Angel Orensanz has been and what he thinks about the English artist Sir Roland Penrose. One more thing, we interplay the connection between absence and presence. Curious, excited? No worries! Just click here and have fun! 

Costa Brava is Angel’s destination

There has been a lot of talk about Higgs Bosom, the particle that may give others mass. The reason? This particle, that is one of the most important missing pieces of the complicated puzzle that is nature, has, supposedly been finally discovered by the scientists at CERN. And Angel Orensanz wants to be part of the discovery.

After spending time in Barcelona (his exhibition Time, Space and Innovation is still up on University of Barcelona), Angel Orensanz has gone north in Spain to a place where the sun always shines and the waves constantly hit the sand: Costa Brava.

He has been there before, in fact, has been carrying out experiments in Costa Brava for many years. One that many people can still recall vividly was his take on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, when he reconstructed a deep water bed of the gulf.

Angel Orensanz, actually, often makes his takes on the happenings of the world and this time he goes back to this beautiful location to pay his homage to the discover of Higgs Boson,  with transparent silk in various colors and geometric shapes.   An aesthetic recurring in Angel‘s works.