Óscar Domínguez, Manolo Millares, Martín Chirino: una reflexión insular
Juan Manuel Bonet
AN ISLAND PERSPECTIVE
Starting with the Guanche caves, the emblematic painting by Óscar Domínguez, which is a jewel in the collection at the Arte Reina Sofía National Museum, this exhibition proposes, as its title indicates, an island perspective of how modern Canary art has delved into its pre-Hispanic routes, something quite common among Domínguez himself, Manolo Millares, and Martín Chirino. The three of them share a perspective of the landscape and especially the sea with other colleagues, but what sets them apart is the awareness that there is an unavoidable primitive substrate in the Canaries. Domínguez was highly admired by the other two, who from early adolescence went along assiduously to the Canary Museum, which has provided some of the pieces for this current exhibition which, in the postwar period, impacted heavily on these two young artists, who would soon find the support of a great protagonist of pre-war island cutting edge art in the shape of Eduardo Westerdahl. Of these two pioneers of our abstract art, the display presents outstanding examples of their works, the highlight being the Canary Pictographs, by Millares, and the Black queens and the Winds, by Chirino.