A 10-Point Guide to PINTA New York 2013
This year PINTA New York—the best modern and contemporary art from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal—gets even better. The fair debuts a swanky new location and a new curatorial program, which splits the exhibition space into six sections, each curated by internationally renowned art professionals.
1. When? Where? How?
PINTA New York takes place Thursday, Nov. 14th through Sunday Nov. 17th at its new venue, 82 Mercer St. The new SoHo site offers two floors of loft space, flooded with natural light for improved art-viewing. Tickets can be purchased online, here.
2. Why Visit PINTA?
PINTA offers an intimate fair environment within which to experience the best of contemporary Latin American, Spanish ,and Portuguese art, from 50 top galleries from the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. Coinciding with the Latin American art auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, PINTA annually draws an influential crowd of collectors and curators. Prominent among the many genres of contemporary art to be shown at the fair are abstract, concrete, neo-concrete, kinetic, and conceptual art.
3. Important players in PINTA New York 2013
Diego Costa Peuser, co-founder, Chairman and Executive Director of PINTA, is also Director of Arte al Día International magazine, and a major cultural promoter of Latin American art.
Ian Cofre, curator of PINTA Contemporary, is anindependent curator based in New York and is U.S. Director of PINTA.
Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, curator of PINTA Modern, isChief Curator of the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA.
Jose Roca,curator of PINTA Emerge, isadjunct curator of Latin American art at Tate, London, and Artistic Director of Bogotá art space FLORA ars+natura.
Omar Lopez-Chahoud, curator of PINTA Centro, isArtistic Director of UNTITLED Art Fair Miami Beach
Octavio Zaya, curator of PINTA Video, is Director of Atlántica, Journal of Art and Thought and Curator at Large for the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León in León, Spain.
Gabriela Rangel, coordinator of PINTA Forum,is director of Visual Arts and curator at the Americas Society.
Miguel A. López, coordinator of PINTA Forum, is a writer, curator at the Colombian art space Lugar a Dudas, and co-founder of Ediciones Delmasacá.
The traditional galleries section is divided in two designated areas, one for modern and one for contemporary art. Cofre will curate the contemporary section, including Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Salon 94, and Cristina Grajales Gallery, while Fajardo-Hill will curate the modern section, which includes Cecilia de Torres. See the full list of exhibitors here.
5. PINTA Emerge
The Emerge section highlights ten artists via individual presentations of their recent work and practices. The selected “emerging” artists, who had to be under the age of 40, include Raura Oblitas, Nicola Lopez, Ricardo Alcaide, Manuela Ribadeneira, Felipe Cortés, Paula de Solminihac, Kevin Simon Mancera, and José Carlos Martinat.
6. PINTA Centro
Centro is a region-specific section that, in its first year, focuses on Central America. Omar Lopez-Chahoud put together a choice selection of emerging and alternative exhibitors from Central American countries or representing artists from the region.
7. PINTA Video
A selection of new video art is given its own section this years, curated by Octavio Zaya. Artists whose works will be on view include Carlos Aires, Dani Marti, Jose Luis Martinat, Richard Garet,and Carlos Motta.
8. PINTA Next
The PINTA curatorial committee teamed up to put together the Next section, a group of emerging galleries and art spaces dedicated to showing young artists showing potential and producing exciting work. Twenty exhibitors will show in this section, all of whom have been open for under five years and run the gamut from white cube galleries to roving curatorial projects to artist-run spaces.
9. PINTA Editions
In addition to the six curated sections, this year PINTA introduces PINTA Editions, a section dedicated editorial endeavors specializing in the countries represented at PINTA. Buenos Aires art space Fundación PROA underwrites this section, inviting international institutions which will exhibit recent editions and publications about art from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.
10. PINTA New York 2013 Museum Acquisitions Program
The PINTA Museum Acquisitions Program was established during the first year of the New York fair in 2007 and continues through today, helping museums and cultural institutions to acquire Latin American art for their collections. Thus far, over one million dollars have been donated to acquiring works at museums including The Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, and Tate Modern, among many others.