In 1952 the Wright Art Center acquired two canvasses from an up-and-coming painter named Jose Guerrero. Archival documents indicate that each canvass was priced at $500; a considerable sum of money in those days. The paintings, Composition #1, and Composition #2, were both produced in 1951 during the height of Guerrero’s modern turn.
Guerrero, born in Granada and schooled in Madrid, settled in New York in 1950 when he married an American journalist. It was during this period from 1950 to 1965 when Guerrero reached international acclaim, painting in the modern abstract expressionist style, and dividing his time between New York and Spain.
In 2012 the Centro Jose Guerrero, a museum dedicated to Guerrero and housed in the Palace of Charles the fifth, contacted the Wright Museum about the loan of Guerrero’s works for an exhibition marking the centennial celebration of Guerrero’s birth (1914 to 2014).
While completing facility reports and insurance documents the Centro Jose Guerrero was awarded additional funding to travel the exhibition to two other locations in Madrid and Barcelona. For the next 18 months, two paintings from Beloit College’s Wright Museum of Art will be touring through three internationally acclaimed museums in Spain.