Art postal
Mail Art
1982
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Bound to the tradition of ceramic production in her hometown of Valencia, Carmen Calvo has included it in her work as a feature that is often more pictorial than sculptural. Fascinated by archaeology and its taxonomic systems, Calvo creates diminutive pieces of ceramic and fixes them, whether with glue or sewn with thread, on top of supports such as canvas or paper. In the 1980s she often used letters, commercial paper, accounting registers or postcards, as with the postcard pieces seen here. As she imposed on objects (however small) the values of frontality and the format more typical of painting, aligned and placed one beside another, they take on the character of an alphabet or inventory, behaving like signs of an open, polyvalent and enigmatic narration.

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original title
Art postal
year of acquisition
2023
media
Collage, ceramics and watercolour on postcard
credits
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
registration number
R.6490
date
1982
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
dimensions
25 x 19 cm
Copyright
© Carmen Calvo, VEGAP, Barcelona
original title
Art postal
registration number
R.6490
date
1982
year of acquisition
2023
fonds
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of the Barcelona City Council
media
Collage, ceramics and watercolour on postcard
dimensions
25 x 19 cm
credits
MACBA Collection. Long-term loan of Barcelona City Council. Gift of Rafael Tous
Copyright
© Carmen Calvo, VEGAP, Barcelona
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