Tenaya Sims, “Semillas,” 2016, oil and gold leaf on linen, 99 x 70 inches

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) has teamed up with the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, to offer lucky viewers a chance to see the largest exhibition of contemporary figurative art. Details here.

Two internationally renowned competitions — the ARC Salon and Figurativas — have been brought together this fall for a significant and historical exhibition of artistic mastery. On view from September 22 through November 26 at the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain, the show is composed of 83 contemporary realist works selected from the 12th International ARC Salon competition and 91 from the Figurativas contest representing the disciplines of painting, drawing, and sculpture. Among them are 50 paintings and 41 sculptures. The ARC Salon winners were selected from more than 3,100 entries representing 63 countries, while more than 2,600 artists from 80 countries applied for the 2017 Figurativas competition.

Dave Santillanes (1st — Landscape), “The Coming Rain,” 2014, oil, 32 x 24 inches
J. Michael Wilson (1st — Sculpture), “One Glove,” 2016, clay for bronze, 75 x 34 x 33 inches
Emmanuela De Musis (1st — Portraiture), “Miss Rachel,” 2015, oil on linen, 42 x 24 inches
Steve Levin (1st — Still Life), “Books and Butterflies,” 2015, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches

“This is an extraordinary opportunity to view some of the best artwork being created today in figurative art,” said José Manuel Infiesta, MEAM director and founder. “We look forward to hosting this expansive exhibit and introducing these artists to a broader audience.”

To learn more, visit the MEAM.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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