There’s a lot to see at PINTA New York this week—almost 500 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks, to be more precise—so to guide your exploration we thought we’d highlight a few themes to keep an eye out for at the fair.
The Grid: A cornerstone of Modern South American art thanks to Neo-Concretism and artists like Hélio Oiticica, the grid continues to be explored in never-ending variations—from eye-twisting Op Art to subtle abstraction.
Geometric Mashups: A couple of our favorite artists on exhibit at PINTA bridge the rich tradition of geometric abstraction with representational art. Luis González Palma paints hard-edged geometry over delicate portraits, while Ricardo Alcaide does the same to found architectural photos.
Painted Blur: A technique pioneered by Gerhard Richter, who reproduced the photographic effect of blur in painting, a range of Latin American painters working today continue the tradition, both in figurative (see Ronald Moran) and abstract modes (e.g. Dario Escobar).
Found Objects: It’s been 100 years since Marcel Duchamp shocked the world with his “sculptures” made from an unaltered bicycle wheel and a urinal, but artists are still experimenting with elevating found objects—a wolf skull, rubber gloves—into poetic sculptural works.
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