How to summarize such a huge contemporary art fair like this years ArteBA ? Buenos Aires annual artfest was host to what felt like an infinite number of galleries and more than a few sponsors eager to demonstrate their love for art (notice that the first fifty pages of the fair catalog are dedicated to its philanthropist!). Above all, what we found was a diverse collection of art that showed just how much the art crowd in Argentina rocks. Here’s a small random selection of the artists and galleries we enjoyed.
The Holz Gallery showed off Alicia Carletti and her dreamlike paintings in an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, as well as German Wendel and his oils on canvas. His surreal images brought to mind childhood tales in the Lewis Carroll style.
In photography, the wild and disturbing work of Nicola Costantino was presented by various galleries including Animal, Blanca Soto Arte and Sicart. Notice the statements about the double, which creates a shiver of unease, or the biblical photograph of this angelic Madonna with a beef carcass in place of an angel's wings.
Arenas Gallery displayed work by Marta Minujin, whose work consisted of a mix of psychedelic paintings and mosaic sculptures - an explosion of colors that played games with light and shadows.
In the Barrio Joven area, dedicated to young and flourishing artists, the refreshing Mite gallery introduced the work of a dozen artists, a juicy stew of eclectic photographs, paintings and installations in an art space that resembled a country barn.
arteBA, La rural, June 25th -29th