Tomorrow the 19th edition of arteBA winds down. While awaiting news on acquisitions made by local museums, with matching funds provided by a variety of corporate sponsors (including Zurich, Mercedes, Citi, and Chandon), I’ve been poring over the show’s catalogue and making a few acquisitions (albeit with Monopoly money) of my own. You can see some of them here. For the rest, download the catalogue.
Eugenia Calvo. Alarmas (page 60) – Calvo’s photographs show great attention to texture and pattern, with everyday subject matters presented in a humorous way. In this one, a stack of teacups, saucers and pitcher stand precariously next to a door ready to sound the alarm if someone enters. Gallery: Arte Contemporáneo
Josefina Guilisasti. Cita a Sánchez Cotan (page 62-63) – This 50 x 40 cm photograph appears to be an homage to the Spanish painter Juan Sánchez Cotan with Guilisasti creating a contemporary riff on a bodegón. Gallery: AFA
Julio Alan Lepez. Viceversa (page 105) – In this charcoal drawing, the figure of a young man, head in hands, seems to be disappearing into a pile of charcoal dust as though dissolving into the bottom of an hourglass. Gallery: Carla Rey Arte Contemporáneo
Sameer Makarius. Obelisco (page 158) – I’m in love with this vintage photograph of the Obelisk (circa 1952). It’s hauntingly beautiful. Makarius, a multi-faceted artist, died in August 2009 just a few months after his wife and muse Eva. Gallery: GC Estudio de Arte
Diana Dowek. Centro de permanencia temporaria (page 162) – A group passengers climb boarding stairs toward a plane that isn’t there in this work that mixes photography and acrylic. Gallery: Holz
Miguel D’Arienzo. El Colectivo ó Noche sobre Plaza Constitución (page 171) – This reminds me of an Ensor painting with its representation of a bus carrying passengers around a major plaza in Buenos Aires’ city center – although I’m not sure if the passengers represent any historical people. Gallery: Isabel Anchorena
Pablo Zel. Sin titulo (page 221) – One of a series, this mixed media piece shows a young, possibly 1930s-era boy sitting atop an elephant. Wonderfully whimsical and yet, at 140 x 140 cm, would cut an impressive swath on one of my walls. Gallery: Sara García Uriburu
So these are my picks. What are yours?
© Maureen McGlynn 2010