“Don Quijote” by Cristóbal Gabarrón will be on display Jan. 28 at the American University Museum in Washington, D.C.
A major art exhibition featuring Cristóbal Gabarrón’s works from the first decade of the 21st century is scheduled to open Jan. 28 and to run through April 15.
The exhibition, “Gabarrón’s Roots,” features paintings and sculptures by the Academy’s 1992 Sport Artist of the Year at the Katzen Gallery of the American University Museum in Washington, D.C. The world famous Gabarrón’s artwork has been seen in hundreds of exhibitions around the world, but never in the nation’s capital.
This careful selection of works by the 67-year-old artist highlight his Spanish heritage with pieces bursting with vibrant color. Some of his artwork that will be on display include the two series Homenaje al Quijote (2005) and Circular (2010), as well as the sculpture Veritas XX (2001).
Homenaje al Quijote pays tribute to the most read Spanish literary work in the world and to its author, Miguel de Cervantes. The series is a study of the character types and peculiarities that are authentic reflections of the society. Meanwhile, Circular, is a new mode of expression that Gabarrón paints on. His expressive images are painted on round pieces of fiberglass. Veritas XX combines Gabarrón’s dual passions of sculpture and painting.
While the Circular Series is a novelty, previously shown only in the Valladolid museum in Spain, the sculpture collection Homenaje al Quijote once traveled to various locations throughout the world, including New York City, the Niemeyer Center of Avilés, the Miami Botanical Garden, the Monasterio de Santo Domingo de Silos (Burgos), the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, and the Museum of Modern Art in Gdansk (Poland), among other places.
The American Sport Art Museum & Archives, the largest collection of sport art in the world, includes a permanent collection of paintings by Gabarrón representing each Olympiad in the modern era and the largest mural in Alabama, “Human Spirit,” which celebrates Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional baseball.
The “Gabarrón’s Roots” exhibit is “a deliberate return to his homeland, and to those aspects that have, in some way, influenced his professional and artistic career,” according to a statement by The Gabarrón Foundation.
The foundation adds that “Gabarron’s Roots is undoubtedly one of his most authentic and representative exhibitions because it unites two of his most outstanding creative outlets, painting and sculpture; two passions that have occupied a large part of his life, and that remain intimately united.”