La Fondation de France awards Angel Orensanz its Charles Oulmont Price 2004 in Fine Arts. The France Foundation has granted its Charles Oulmont Award in sculpture to Spanish born New York resident artist Angel Orensanz. A jury of distinguished French art critics and writers made the selection that will be made public this coming 10th of December in a gala ceremony at 6, Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris. The event will be presided by Bertrand Dufourcq, the president of the Fondation de France and Andre Meunier, the president of the Fondation Charles Oulmont. Besides the formal award, the artist will be given an exhibition at the end of January 2005 at the Vert Galant Square, between Notre Dame and Palais de la Justice.
Angel Orensanz has been tightly connected with Paris throughout all his career. He studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, under the supervision of sculptor Etienne Martin. And this last Summer he brought to the Cite Internationale Universitaire his sculpture “Razor in the Eye (Homage to Buñuel)”, a large steel sculpture piece that was traveling from Florence and Venice to Calanda in Aragon Spain), the birth place of the world class filmmaker who made Paris his home. Orensanz instituted with that occasion a “ritual of remembrance” of the great Aragonese émigrés to France: Servet, Goya and Buñuel, with a ceremony of fire that Orensanz repeats in special instances. This coming January will be the opening of the branch in Paris of the Angel Orensanz Foundation, the successful New York cultural space. It will coincide with the opening of the show organized by the Fondation de France and its award Charles Oumont.