This year’s edition of Arco Madrid opens to the general public tomorrow, but of course there have already been official private openings and viewings, and El http://www.elpais.com Pais has published a series of articles, photos and videos on the fair, which seems to be positioning itself as something of an antithesis to the glitz of Basel Miami. They are touting their fair as a place where one can find more emerging and “interesting” artists and galleries in addition to more established ones.
This year’s invited country is Colombia and there are a large number of carefully selected Colombian artists whose themes range all over the board and put paid to any preconceived notions of what Colombian art should look like.
The Colombian curator, who seems to have done some amazing work over the years, talked of how artists early on turned away from work focused on narcoviolence to concentrate on their own artistic concerns. I find this absolutely in keeping with what went on here in Juarez-people outside seemed to want to focus on the violence, and people who lived here wanted to focus on other things-for any number of reasons.
Arco has a huge representation of Latin American artists and, in this, it also seems to want to be something of another center for Latin American artists and galleries particularly those who are not large enough to afford entry into Basel Miami, which has established itself as something of the center of Latin American art, at least during the first weeks of December when the fair attracts the beautiful and the wealthy. Of course, perhaps the third pole of this center might be Zona Maco in Mexico City, which has not only established itself as a major player in the international scene, but also given rise to countless other art endeavors and venues in the city during the week it is on.
In any case, Arco Madrid is definitely trying to maintain its position as an art fair leader and as a place for Latin American artists and galleries, as well as galleries from other parts of the world. I see that Colombian artists Oscar Munoz and Miguel Angel Rojas, both represented by Sicardi gallery of Houston will be having shows as a part of Arco-david sokolec