The new exhibition, “¡Música Maestro!,” by renowned Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell, opens tonight (June 10, 2010) at 7:00pm at Petrus Gallery in San Juan. “¡Música Maestro!” will be on view for one month. As the title indicates, his new collection is a tribute to music, “an ode to eloquence.” The opening will include musical performances by the students of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, the group Los Pleneros del Cibuco (from Corozal), and guitarrist José Antonio (Joseán) López. The Petrus Gallery [Galería Petrus] is located at 726 Hoare Street, at the corner of Las Palmas Street, in Miramar (San Juan, Puerto Rico).
The artist explains that this exhibition comes as a result of a lifetime dedicated largely to translate music into image. Martorell, who has drawn musicians and singers since the 1960s, says that the idea for the exhibition arose recently, but “the act of creating the works has taken nearly half a century.” The show constitutes a retrospective of his body of work dedicated to music and musicians, illustrating the trajectory of the “constant exploration” of his creative spirit. These pieces are performances through which “the spectator will get to know other side of these melodic beings.” The performers featured in more the 70 of Martorell’s works include singer Toña la Negra (as Veronica), composer Agustín Lara (depicted as Saint Sebastian), as well as many local and international figures representing popular, folkloric, and classical music, such as Yo-Yo Ma, Wilkins, Gilberto Monroig, Lucy Fabery, Silvio Rodríguez, Mapeyé, Miguel Zenón, Lucecita Benítez, and Danny Rivera, among many others.
In many of his works, Martorell gives life to music and represents the myriad performers in what he calls an “organic whole.” However, as he speaks of his calling and the 50-year trajectory represented in “¡Música Maestro!,” he does not forget to credit his teachers Lorenzo Homar and Rafael Tufiño for giving birth to the “Plenas” portfolio.
For more information, a short preview and video presentation by Martorell (in Spanish), see http://www.primerahora.com/antoniomartorelldedicasunuevaexposicionalamusica-392507.html