Recognized as one of Spain’s most important and influential postwar artists, Manolo Valdés has always engaged in public works. Following on the heels of his public exhibitions in New York City and the New York Botanical Gardens, Valdés transports his artistic sensibility to France to stun Paris with a groundbreaking new demonstration. From September to October 2016, Valdés transformed the timeless majesty of Paris’ Place Vendôme and added to its celebrated and ever-changing history with an exhibition of six monumental sculptures. An artist known for his depiction of women in media, Valdés, using aluminum, iron, and marble, has created some of his most alluring works of art to date. This new monograph captures the astounding spectacle as a whole from start to finish and is the next installment in the story that is the legend of Manolo Valdés.
Dr. Kosme de Barañano is a full tenured professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Altea, Spain. He was a professor at the University of Basque Country (Bilbao) and in Heidelberg, Germany. He was Deputy Director of the Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, and Executive Director of the Museum IVAM (Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno), in Valencia, Spain.
After graduating school, while working in theater and film, Harald Gottschalk met the renowned Robert Doisneau; Gottschalk became Doisneau’s assistant and began fulfilling his childhood dream to become a photographer. Gottschalk has worked with other famous artists, such as photographer Keiichi Tahara and painter Robert Combas, and has had more than 60 solo and collective exhibitions in France and abroad. Parallel to his personal work, Gottschalk collaborates on many prestigious projects and publications with international brands.