Academic journal article The Sculpture Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article The Sculpture Journal

Editorial

Article excerpt

This, the penultimate edition of Sculpture Journal under my tenure as editor, carries three Iberian offerings. This is serendipitous, but it is nevertheless timely. For well over half a century Spanish studies in art history were almost totally landlocked by political circumstance. When I was studying in Madrid as a British Council exchange student at the Complutense in the mid-1970s, my friends carried red carnations and drove battered Seats into Portugal to celebrate the fall of Salazar. The Complutense was in an almost permanent state of huelga, or what today we might call 'lock-down', when busloads of baton and shield-carrying grises parked along every street on to the campus, and there were regular raids on bars and cafés in Arguelles, the student quarter. You never went anywhere without your ID. Hence the response of visitors to the remarkable and long-overdue exhibition The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700 at the National Gallery, London, in 2009, made clear that Iberian sculpture was a revelation - perhaps because Valladolid and the Museo Nacional de Escultura have not been an obvious tourist destination. It gives me great pleasure to see articles here on Iberian subjects, and I offer them editorially in belated thanks for the hospitality and education I received in Spain all those years ago. …

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