9 Works to Collect at ArtBO
75 galleries head to Bogotá, Colombia, Thursday for the 13th edition of ArtBO. A specially curated section, Artecámara, focuses on work by homegrown, local talent. (It bears the cheeky title “Do It While You’re Young.”) Meanwhile, the main section of the fair attracts galleries from around the world—from Galeria Luisa Strina of São Paulo, Brazil, to Nils Stærk of Copenhagen, Denmark. Here, we’ve selected a few highlights for savvy collectors of all sorts.
Rasmus Nielsen, Jakob Fenger, and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen came together to form Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. They’ve built a park in Copenhagen and launched their own energy drink as an art piece, but this text-based piece is a more manageable acquisition for the average collector. Its copy-friendly sentiment loosely grew out of Copyshop, a 2005 project in Denmark (which later travelled to Tennessee) that involved a pop-up store hawking beer, sneakers, and other SUPERFLEX microbrands.
Jesús Rafael Soto, Ovalo en Rojo (Serie Sintesis), 1979
On view at ArtBO: Leon Tovar Gallery, Principal, Booth C17
The Venezuela-born titan of
Alvaro Seixas, Untitled Painting (Can’t Buy Paintings This Month), 2017
On view at ArtBO: Cavalo, Proyectos, Booth B14
Born and based in Rio de Janeiro,
Ariel Schlesinger, Untitled (wine bottle), 2016
On view at ArtBO: Galerija Gregor Podnar, Principal, Booth B6
This Berlin-based Israeli artist engages photography, sculpture, and other media to create strange pairings of otherwise everyday items. For one series, he drastically burnt, and then stretched, segments of plain white canvas. A typical
Sheroanawë Hakihiiwë, Sekisekima mamiki (pata de saltamonte), 2015
On view at ArtBO: ABRA, Proyectos, Booth B10
The simplicity of
The Madrid-based artist takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work, peppering it with references to architecture and other crafts. Baldosa T4 is a small-scale plaster and pigment construction that resembles an abstract riff on a piece of colorful toast. One of a likeminded series, it’s a surprisingly affordable complement to the pricier works on paper by
Marcelo Brodsky, Berlin, 1968, from the “1968: the fire of ideas” series, 2014–17
On view at ArtBO: Henrique Faria Fine Art, Principal, Booth A12
By adding hand-painted flourishes to a trove of black and white 1968 archival photos,
Anna Maria Maiolino, Untitled, from the “One and Others” series, 2000–02
On view at ArtBO: Galeria Luisa Strina, Principal, Booth A10
Initially engaged in more outwardly Here & There, which fills a bed with what appear to be metal bananas. This untitled piece from the “One and Others” series is barebones, but still affecting: a rectangular cube of dark cement that bears a gaping puncture wound.
The Brazilian painter distorts artifacts of popular culture, implementing color in a way that he has said intends to “confer unity to his whole image.” In Yoga Molusco, a fleshy, vaguely humanoid shape twists into a lotus pose against an gesturally expressive background. It’s more soothing than other aspects of still lifes with lobsters, or four-fingered, monstrous hands.
Ilana Herzig is an Editorial Intern at Artsy.
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