Latin American art is sizzling. The creative nerve centers of art production in the Southern 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; a blockbuster exhibit of Diego Rivera’s murals is drawing hordes to the Big Apple’s Museum of Modern Art; and Latin American art stirred a frenzy of chin-wagging during the last 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 United States, and Spain, will feature the work of 300 international artists and include photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, and multimedia works by top contemporary names and renowned masters. “We will also have ArtTalks on photography, collecting and programming Latin American art, trends in Latin American art — all this with 51 galleries, six museums, curated spaces, art schools, art magazines, and other programming that should make for our best event ever,” he says.
March 3-5, 2012