Pep Agut, Tarrasa (Barcelona)-Spain, 1961.
He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi of the University of Barcelona (1979-84). He began his artistic career as a painter, a condition he has not renounced despite his absorption of the conceptualism and minimalism of the sixties. In the eighties he focused on abstract self-reflective painting, taking up materialist approaches to the French pictorial and sculptural movement Support-Surface incorporating elements of photo-collage. Agut advanced in these investigations through large installations. Later he takes up photography, with text overlays and reflective surfaces, which refer to conceptual works by Dan Graham and Michelangelo Pistoletto.
The work of this great artist makes reference to contemporaneity, to the mechanisms that contemporary art uses, to the established roles in the creation, distribution and consumption of art, to the condition of artist in front of the museum institution, to the sacralization from the contents that are shown to a specific audience, to the functions attributed to the entire art system, and of course to those who activate the works, to that great audience that it ironically calls "secondary actors" recognizing that they are undoubtedly indispensable. As we can see, the systems of representation are the authentic backbone of the artistic experience that Agut proposes to us. These activate and enable the dialogue that every work requires. Each audience will be given an interpretation according to their sensitivity.
Installations of cold architectures, unpainted fabrics or vacuum, are elements that motivate the mental action in the spectator, constructing a distorted reality very close to the most realistic wandering of an artist who proposes critical reflection as the beginning of the reconciliation with the system of art and its mechanisms.
Pep Agut participated in the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Los Angeles (1984). Between 1988 and 1991 he lives in Cologne (FRG), until he is invited to Paris by the Cartier Foundation. He returned to Barcelona in 1992. He currently lives in Tarrassa, his hometown. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in important events such as the XLV Biennale of Venice (1993), Prospekt (1996), the XI Biennial of Sydney (1998), Art Unlimited, Basel (2004) and in Institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tel Aviv (1993) or his own retrospective at the MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (2000), among others. He has coordinated and participated in debates and conferences and has given seminars at the University of Barcelona. His work is in the best public and private collections such as ARTIUM Museum of Contemporary Art of Vitoria-Vitoria, Bank of Spain in Madrid, CAM Caja de Ahorros del Mediterráneo, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain. Bordeaux, Caixa Tarrassa-Tarrassa Collection, Cajamadrid Foundation Collection in Madrid, Coca-Cola Foundation Collection in Madrid, Dhont-Dhaenens Museum in Deurle, ECB European Central Bank of Frankfurt, Fons d'Art of the Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona, FRAC Haut Normandie in Rouen, FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon in Montpellier, La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, MACBA Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona, MNCARS National Museum Reina Sofía Art Center in Madrid or Departmental Museum of Rochechouart in Limoges.