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In The Frame

The Queen’s Speech

Queen Letizia presents the Velazquez Visual Art Prize to Jaume Plensa. Photo: AOP

Spain’s Queen Letizia is a getting major kudos from the Spanish press after she gave a speech presenting the Velazquez Visual Art Prize, worth €100,000, to the Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa. “Queen Letizia has embraced the new fondness for the invention of language,” begins a report in El Mundo. The former journalist turned royal said of Plensa: “I admire an artist that uses ideas as raw material, that achieves powerful works with approachable content, that captures the essence of humanity by bringing thought and—allow me the neologism—physicality [fisicalidad] together.” It’s not always easy to translate a neologism but those familiar with English artspeak get the point.

Published online 21 Nov 14

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