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Latin American Fairs of 2016

Posted on September - 16 - 2016

The counterparts of Biennales are the more commercially oriented Art Fairs. Fairs, as well as Biennales, have experienced an international boom in the last decade and today, thousands of art lovers flock to see and purchase many artworks offered by the participating galleries. Although Biennales claim their commercial disinterest, for some time there has been the underlying trend that the gallerists later show the artists presenting big scale works at biennales in much more easily accessible format. Marc Spiegler calls this tendency “The Venice Effect,” sees it in the Venice Biennale, and buys it at Art Basel. This model can also prove true in Latin America, especially with new biennials and fairs popping up each year, nourishing the South’s cultural itinerary.

Setting aside the “The Venice effect,” Art Fairs are also a great place to discover new galleries and artists as well as an array of exciting activities. Although the older and well-established fairs take place in the U.S.A and Europe, some absorbing shows that are gaining popularity in Latin America.

Here are some of the upcoming Art Fairs for 2016 that either is in Latin America or present mainly the work of Latin American artists.

ArtRio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / September 29th to October 2nd

This month ArtRio presents its 6th edition organized by Brenda Valansi, Elisangela Valadares, Luiz Calainho and Alexandre Accioly. Thanks to its great success last year, this year the Fair welcomes more than 70 national and international galleries. The event’s importance is cemented even more by the presence of well-established galleries like Casa Triangulo, David Zwirner Gallery and recognized artists and curators such as Marcius Galan, Carlos Garaicoa, Cristina Tejo, among others.
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ArtBo, Bogota, Colombia / October 27th to 30th, 2016

Since it’s founding in 2005, this bubbling fair has become the most important art event in Colombia, and it’s fast becoming a beacon for its neighboring countries. The fair offers the traditional booths for selected galleries as well as more interesting proposals such as SITIO, a new program that offers galleries a space for the proposal of new projects and Artecámara, where the work of young unrepresented Colombian artists is displayed.

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Pinta Miami, Miami, United States / November 29th to 3rd December

This year it Pinta Miami’s 10th edition, so preparations are underway to present a special edition, celebrating the history of the fair and its significance in modern and contemporary Latin American art. Since its founding, the festival has devoted itself to promote the works of established (and sometimes forgotten) artists from Latin America as well as from Spain and has provided visibility of their works for them it to be purchased by distinguished public and private institutions such as MoMa and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. If you have the possibility to take a trip to Miami at the end of November, you’ll probably find yourself overwhelmed by some cultural events happening in this booming art capital, but be sure not to miss Pinta.

By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz

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