The creative nerve centers of art production in the Southern half of the hemisphere are hotter than a mouthful of wasabi right now. Last year, Puerto Rico-based conceptual duo Allora & Calzadilla represented the United States at the Venice Biennale; there is currently a blockbuster exhibit of Diego Rivera’s murals drawing hordes to the Big Apple’s MOMA; and Latin American art stirred a frenzy of chin-wagging during the recent edition of Art Basel.
This weekend, ArteAmericas, the premier platform for the art of the region, is poised to distill the growing enthusiasm for Latin American and Caribbean art to a defining essence.
“For ten years, we have been the only fair of Latin American art in Miami, which has been a challenge and an opportunity,” says Emilio Calleja, the fair’s vice president, adding that this year’s edition promises to be the most provocative yet. The boutique fair, housing 50 galleries from Latin America, the U.S., and Spain, will feature the works of 300 international artists and include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, and multimedia works by top contemporary names and renowned masters. ArteAmericas runs Saturday through Monday at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach). Tickets cost $12. Call 305-857-0027, or visit arteamericas.com.
Sat., March 3, 2012