Argentina may slowly be turning into a contemporary art scene sweetheart, having significant contributions to the Venice Biennale, documenta14 in Kassel and Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, being the featured guest country at ARCO Madrid this past Feburary, and shortly, partnering with Art Basel for its new Art Basel Cities initiative.
The “pulse of artistic production and the sex appeal of Buenos Aires,” explained ArteBA fair director Julia Converti to The Art Newspaper, is the reason for the international attention, and hopefully, commercial growth. While the 2016 edition of ArteBA drew 100,000 visitors and saw 53 works acquired by 23 museums and organisations, the economic situation in Argentina has proven difficult on the market. ArteBA hopes this edition will help turn it around. “Local support is multiplying,” continued Converti, “and so are new audiences who are interested in contemporary art around the world.”
Visitors will have the chance to see an international mix of 91 galleries from 21 countries. Split into seven sections, fairgoers will see the diversity of many galleries as they participate in several of the sectors. The Main Section is divided into Special Projects Patio Bullrich where galleries can show up to three artists, and Cabinet AA2000, for solo presentations. Solo Show Zurich, curated this year by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, presents solos of Latin American artists; U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz, curated by Chris Sharp, features 15 international galleries; Barrio Joven Chandon, curated by Raúl Flores and Miguel A. López, showcases 15 new, innovative or alternative spaces representing emerging artists; and Dixit: rro, curated by Sarah Demeuse and Javier Villa, according to an ArteBA statement, will look to the future from “a visceral and intensified need to be in the present.”
Highlights include pieces by Argentinean figurative artist Antonio Berni (Galería Sur), Erika Malzoni (Galeria Emma Thomas), Malena Pizani (RUBY), and photographs by the Buenos Aires-based artist Tomás Maglione (Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte), and galleries such as Steve Turner from Los Angeles, Klemm’s from Berlin, and Galería Cayón from Madrid, who are joining the fray this year.
ArteBA runs 24-27 May at La Rural, Buenos Aires, Argentina. For more information visit arteba.org