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Art in Embassies in Madrid

The Art in Embassies Madrid exhibition, with over eighty-two works on loan by American and Spanish artists, galleries and museums is one of the largest to date. This video showcases some of the works, artists and interior spaces of the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Madrid.

Double America by Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon explains the significance of his work “Double America” on loan to the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Madrid from 2013-2016. “I was thinking about how America and democracy has always had this sense of opposition showing tremendous promise and also tremendous amount of things wrong, things that need to be fixed, to be worked on.
Glenn Ligon Double America

El Pais – A Muse for two artists – Time

El Pais: Babelia – A Muse for two artists: Time.  Photographer Catherine Opie and painter Philip Taaffe, whose pieces hang in the most prestigious U.S. institutions, talk about their way of working and about the role of art in society. Rut de las Heras Bretin – There is a slice of America in the heart […]

Financial Times – When an embassy becomes an art gallery

Financial Times – Dignitaries visiting the new US embassy in Nine Elms, south London, which is due for completion in late 2016, will encounter a commanding, site-specific work that is America incarnate. Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford’s work, “The Constitution”, will span 32 canvases and cover the embassy atrium. This gargantuan, patriotic piece will incorporate […]
London rendering

artnet – U.S. Ambassador to Spain’s Blue Chip Art Collection

artnet – US Ambassador to Spain James Costos and his partner Michael S. Smith, an interior designer, have opened up their Madrid residence for a public viewing of their world class art collection, according to El Pais. Costos and Smith moved to the residence in 2013, and were one of the first same-sex couples to […]

W Magazine – Diplomatic Dash

W Magazine – Ambassador James Costos and his partner, White House decorator Michael Smith, are zhushing up the U.S. Embassy in Madrid with visionary art – The decorator Michael Smith is an excitable kind of guy, and as he walks around the residence at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid pointing out some of the artworks […]
Glenn Ligon, Theaster Gates and Thelma Golden at Reina Sofia

A Conversation – Theaster Gates, Glenn Ligon and Thelma Golden Video

The Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and U.S. Embassy Madrid collaborated to bring an artist lecture to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. Featuring internationally acclaimed American artists Theaster Gates and Glenn Ligon in conversation with The Studio Museum in Harlem’s […]

American artists fêted in Madrid

Artists honored at the AIE exhibition in Madrid – White House interior designer Michael S. Smith and his partner, US Ambassador to Spain James Costos, opened their newly decorated Madrid residence to visiting American art heavyweights last week. The dinner honored Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden, Glenn Ligon and Chicago-based Theaster Gates, visiting […]
Thelma Golden (left) and Glenn Ligon (right)
Glenn Ligon, Theaster Gates and Thelma Golden at Reina Sofia

Conversations: Theaster Gates, Glenn Ligon in dialogue with Thelma Golden

Reina Sofia hosts first AIE Madrid Conversations series – This activity gets a new series of dialogues and lectures termed conversations under way. The conversations complement the encounters and seminars, but also differ from these programs through an approach that does not centre on the specific research conducted by the Museo, instead aiming to open […]

Vogue ES – Art in Embassies Madrid 2009

Edward Hopper was there. On the beach near the summer home of Solomont. And they, Susan and Alan Solomont , U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra since 2010, began his magnificent art collection with a photo of Joel Meyerowitz reflecting the quiet atmosphere of Hopper in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. “The acquired in 1986 for seven […]