Andrés NAGEL


    • Male
    • Painter
    • Neoconceptual
    • Sculptor

    About the artist

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    Andrés Nagel Tejada (San Sebastián, 1947) is a painter, sculptor and printmaker Gipuzkoa, one of most current Basque artists international.
    of eclectic tastes, very traveller and with a long history of exhibitions, his work in painting, sculpture and engraving can be labeled as postmodern figurative, framed in the reaction which was opposed, in the years 60 and 70, to the abstract via and then predominantly informal. Nagel deals mostly with social themes with sarcasm and irreverence, in a style that at times reminiscent of the new Madrid figuration and adopting influences of pop art (colorful and urban issues), Surrealism (shocking and humorous approaches) and art povera (use of humble materials and wastes).

    Nagel ended the career of architecture in 1972; already then it had exposed ever. That same year he ventured in engraving techniques and met Chillida, who would be key in his career even though he should not influence you aesthetically, as Nagel chose early on to figurative art in a way opposite to the of the famous abstract sculptor.

    With multiple interests and very traveler, Nagel traveled in those years different countries, including Europe's East, Turkey, North Africa … trips to Venice, Basel, and Kassel put you in tune with aesthetic trends not accessing the then precarious Spanish art circuit. Because of its irreverence, some of his works were controversial: on November 20, 1975, day of the death of the dictator Francisco Franco, a sculpture of his had to be removed from a showcase, and in 1982 presented another work controversial in a collective at the Municipal Museum of Madrid, which caused certain rejection but remained exposed.

    In the middle of the 70 Nagel began a feverish exhibition activity, both collective and individual: Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Pamplona … in 1976 participated in the exhibition "New Spanish Painting" (New York) and two years later at an exhibition in homage to Joan Miró in Palma. In 1980, his works were included in several group shows in United States (Austin, Tallahassee, and Cleveland), and also attended the biennial of Fredrikstad (Norway).


    from the 1980s, increases its presence in international exhibitions. In 1982 he participated in the "II triennial of drawing" of Nuremberg, in 1983 in the "Biennale of Graphic Art" in Varna (Bulgaria), and in 1984 he participates in collective in Dortmund, Bonn and Basel. In 1985, is included in a selection of works by the Spanish Museum of contemporary art (predecessor of the Museum Reina Sofía) exposed at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. In 1986 goes invited by the Government of Iraq to the "Baghdag International Festival of Arts" together with Manolo Valdés and other Spanish artists.

    In 1987 Nagel placed a large sculpture of steel in a square in Barcelona, and attended the Paris Fiac fair with a stand (Gallery Gamarra and Garrigues) exclusively. The following year, Bilbao fine arts museum devoted a retrospective to his graphic work, which was published a Catalogue Raisonné. In 1989, the artist began a collaboration of more than ten years with the Tasende Gallery in La Jolla (California), which attended fairs in Chicago and Los Angeles and even exposed at the Meadows Museum in Dallas.

    In 1991 led by Mexico a travelling exhibition, which ended up in the Tamayo Museum and at whose inauguration attended by the same Rufino Tamayo in his last public appearance before his death. That same year Nagel took part in several group shows (Boston, Hawaii...) and was commissioned a sculpture to the Museum outdoor Hakone open-air Museum in Japan. In subsequent years exhibited in half the world: New York, Iowa, Reno, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Diego, Paris, Chicago, Mexico City, Vancouver, Vienna, Milan... In 2001, his sculpture was exhibited in the gardens of the historic Palais Royal of Paris, on the occasion of the exhibition "50 ans de Sculpture Espagnole", that then it ended up in the Retiro Park in Madrid.

    In 2003 "Diana" painted the picture for the Unión Española de Explosivos (current MAXAM) 2004 calendar; later this design was spread on a poster in a limited edition.

    Nagel opened an eight-metre bronze sculpture, popularly nicknamed "Potato", who five years later would lead you a long dispute with the local Council, to be transferred for urbanistic reasons in a square of the biscayan town of Amorebieta-Etxano also in 2003. Defending intellectual property, Nagel was considered the change of location to introducing the monument.

    In 2009 is enzarzó in another dream litigation with the company Porcelanas Bidasoa to accuse her of plagiarizing his designs for the production of tableware. Nagel had signed an agreement with this company but due to discrepancies he rescinded it, and some of the already elaborate designs were exploited without their consent.

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