GWBA is an artistic and urban experience. It will offer a special program of exhibitions in more than 40 art galleries, visits to artists’ studios, performances, and art talks. It is a crucial event format in the agenda of the world’s major cultural capitals, among them, Mexico City, Berlin, Paris, and Madrid.
CORPORATE ACQUISTIONS PROGRAM
ARTEBA – BANCO CIUDAD MATCHING FUNDS
The program that arose in response to museums’ need to add works by Argentine artists to their collections made its acquisitions during the fair’s First Choice event. The Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Tandil [The Tandil Municipal Fine Arts Museum] was able to purchase the work of Carolina Antoniadis, Rizoma [Rhizome] (2017), a picture measuring100 cm x 200 cm, in pen, acrylic and lacquer shown by Galería Diego Obligado of Rosario. Salta’s Museo de Arte Contemporáneo purchased three works: La Plata by Agustín Sirai, acrylic on canvas measuring 120 x 40 cm, shown by Galería Miranda Bosch, by Chiachio & Giannone, I Fiori [Flowers], from their Kabuki series, a hand-embroidery on cloth from 2005, shown by Galería Ruth Benzacar and, shown by La Arte, works Prisma, from the Paper Planes series (2016) of Soledad Dahbar. Finally, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Sur [Contemporary Art Museum of the South] in the Buenos Aires suburb of Lanús, chose Niña Argentina [Young Argentina Girl] (2017) by Nora Iniesta, measuring 110 x 140 cm, shown by Galería del Infinito, and Soñar el Sueño [Dreaming the Dream], by artist Juan Andrés Videla, measuring 45 x 55 cm, shown by Galería Jorge Mara.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Salta
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Tandil
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Sur de Lanús
LA RURAL’s IMPULSARTE Program
10th EDITION OF IMPULSARTE: LA RURAL PURCHASED 4 WORKS AT ARTEBA
As part of its contemporary art stimulus program, the convention center La Rural, site of the arteBA fair, purchased four pieces by emerging artists, works it will add to the collection it began in 2009 by way of encouraging art production in Argentina. These new works are: Sin Título [Untitled] (of the Visiones [Visions] series) (2018) by Malena Pizani, a photograph in an edition of three, 100 cm x 70 cm, shown by Galería Ruby; Una Línea Negra [A Black Line] (2018) by Gilda Picabea, oil on canvas, 112 cm x 58 cm, 2018, shown by Galería Hache, Premojis [Pre-Mojis] by Ana Clara Soler, watercolor on paper, 115 cm x 75 cm, 2018, shown by Galería Miranda Bosch; and Sin Título [untitled] (2018) by Federico Lanzi, acrylic on acrylic, 100 cm x 70 cm, 2018, shown by Galería María Casado. With this new purchase La Rural reaches two round figures: ten editions of uninterrupted participation in the Acquisitions Program, and a collection of a full 50 works. The pieces were selected by the Acquisition Committee, comprising Victoria Verlichak, Eva Grinstein and Juan Pablo Maglier (Director of RRII at La Rural).
MADERO HARBOUR’S ACQUISITION
THE FIRM PURCHASES TWO PIECES BY CYNTHIA COHEN, SHOWN BY GALERÍA MAMAN FINE ARTS
For the fourth year in a row, Madero Harbour is keeping up its commitment to promote inclusion of art works in the development of Real Estate, fostering cultural and commercial exchange. The critic and curator Florencia Battiti was entrusted with choosing two works by Cynthia Cohen shown in Galería Maman Fine Arts, Sin Título [Untitled] (Florero [Flower Vase]) measuring 220 cm x 170 cm and a gem, also Sin título [Untitled] of 2017, measuring 170 x 190 cm.
HOTEL MELIÁ ADDS TWO VIDEOS TO ITS AUDIOVISUAL COLLECTION
Hotel Meliá Recoleta Plaza in this edition acquired the videos Faces (2016) by Lia Chaia in Galería Vermelho, and Cámara [Camera] (2017), the video by Elena Dahn of MARIACASADO, produced by Móvil as part of the artist’s 2017 exhibition.
FEDERAL MUSEUMS PROGRAM
The Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Franklin Rawson de San Juan [F.R. Museum of Fine Arts of the Province of San Juan] has kept up its participation in the Federal Museums Program, and this time decided to add to its collection a piece by Elba Bairon, Sin título [Untitled] (2017), in papier mâché and marble dust, measuring 1 x 1.60 x 40 cm. One of an edition of three, 2017.
La Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero [National U. of February 3] (UNTREF) acquired a set of eight oils on canvas, each measuring de 32 x 26 cm, which represent portraits of books, created by the artist Carlos Huffman, shown by Galería Ruth Benzacar.
The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires | Fundación Aldo Rubino, MACBA, chose five works to add to its collection: from gallery Maman Fine Arts, the work Tony Donald (1965) by Luis Wells, in cardboard and paint, measuring 101 x 40 x 21 cm. From Galería Revolver, it selected a 2018 work by Martina Quesada, Letting the light back in (Four hexagonal variations of light and dark on another scale), 87 x 448 cm, made with raw pigment, paper, acrylic, and wood. Finally, from Galería Luisa Strina, it chose the piece by Pablo Accinelli, Relación concreta [ Concrete Relationship] (internal typography/ external typography), made in 2015 in vinyl and Scotch tape measuring 60 x 90 cm. From Galería Ruth Benzacar, the piece Flow Flow by Daniel Joglar, an installation made of hoops and wooden and metal rods painted in 2017; and from Galería Nora Fisch, it bought a triptych in watercolor, collage and giclée on cotton paper, measuring 130 x 290, by Amadeo Azar, which currently is on view in the exhibition “Latinoamérica: Volver al futuro [Back to the Future]” curated by Federico Baeza. This is the second edition in which the Museum is taking part in arteBA’s Acquisitions Program.
The Museo Lucy Mattos in San Isidro took part for the first time in the Federal Museums Program, and carried off to its collection two pieces: Arbol Natural [Natural Tree] (2018), by Abel Rodríguez, acrylic on paper, measuring 52.5 x 72.5 cm, from the Instituto de Visión [Vision Institute] and Dama de Cao [ Lady of Cao] (2017), S/T [Untitled] from the series by artist Silvana Pestana, shown by Galería Ginsberg of Lima, a work in ceramic and metal of variable dimensions.
The Museo Castagnino+macro of Rosario joined the Federal Museums Program and acquired two works. An installation of Nina Kovensky, Realidad disminuida [Diminshed Reality], from Galería el Gran Vidrio [The Large Glass] (Córdoba, Argentina) and the 1988 work “E lucevan le stelle” by Juan Pablo Renzi, a piece in gouache and acrílico on paper measuring 61 x 46 cm shown by Galería Henrique Faria Buenos Aires & New York.
MALBA ACQUIRES THREE PHOTOGRAPHS BY LEANDRO KATZ AND ONE BY TERESA MARGOLLES
In this edition MALBA decided to selection for its collection three photographs by artist Leandro Katz from his Catherwood Project series, shown by Galería Henrique Faria: Tulum, after Catherwood (El Castillo [The Castle]), a silver gelatine print from 1985, measuring 33 x 42.5 cm; Estela B [Stele B], Copán, a silver gelatine print from 1988 measuring 50.8 x 40.6 cm de 1988, and Uxmal – Casa de las Palomas [House of the Doves], a silver gelatine print measuring 40.6 x 50.8 cm. The museum also added to its holdings a photograph from the Pista de baile [Dance Floor] series by the Mexican Teresa Margolles.
THE DALLAS ART MUSEUM ADDS A WORK BY LEÓN FERRARI TO ITS COLLECTION
El Dallas Art Museum (Texas, EEUU) took part for the third consecutive year in the Acquisitions Program and its contemporary art curator Katherine Brodbeck decided this time to take for the collection two pieces by León Ferrari, from the Galería Henrique Faria New York & Buenos Aires: Recuerdos [Memories] (1977) de 46 cm x 31 cm and Untitled (1978), de 40 cm x 27 cm.
A WORK BY MARIELA SCAFATI WAS CHOSEN BY THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM IN NUEVA YORK
Thanks to the commitment of particular patrons and the support of the Agencia Argentina de Inversiones y Comercio Internacional [Argentine Agency for Investments and International Commerce], arteBA is able to bring in curators and museum directors so that they may acquire work by Argentine artists for their collections. In this context, Pablo León de la Barra, curator of the Guggenheim Museum in New York acquired from the Isla Flotante gallery, artist Mariela Scafati’s 2015 work Ppink.
In this edition, José Luis Blondet, curator of special projects at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) chose to add to the museum’s collection the work Letters to Earth by Argentine artist Eduardo Navarro, shown by the Galería Nora Roesler (São Paulo). The work is made up of 100 bronze walnuts, which contain within them a sliver of real walnut. His capsules will allow for the fruit to be preserved intact for 3000 years. The purchase contract stipulates that its buyer “commit to burying the said walnuts at the end of 100 years” at various points of the planet.
MOLAA GOES BACK TO LOS ANGELES WITH A PIECE BY MATÍAS DUVILLE
Lourdes Ramos, President of the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) of Long Beach (Los Angeles, USA) came to arteBA 2018 with the intention of building up the museum’s collection. In this edition, she opted for a work by Matías Duville, shown by Galería Barro Arte Contemporáneo, Infinito Red Sunset, sanguina on paper, measuring 100 x 70 cm.
THE MUSEO DE ARTE DE LIMA CHOOSES A WORK BY MARTA MINUJÍN FOR ITS COLLECTION
MALI – the Museo de Arte de Lima – chose a work Sin Título [Untitled], in acrylic on canvas, measuring 129 x 129 cm, from the Erótica series by Marta Minujín, shown by Galería Henrique Faria, Buenos Aires & New York.
THREE WORKS BY MAGDALENA JITRIK FOR MACBA (BARCELONA)
The director of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (MACBA), Ferran Bareblit, thanks to the support of the Agencia Argentina de Inversiones y Comercio Internacional, was able to attend a new edition of arteBA and enchance his museum’s collection with three works by Magdalena Jitrik, shown by Galería Luis Strina: El fin, el principio (The end, the beginning), measuring 55 cm x 70 cm, Edificio Letra (Letter Building), 25 cm x 39 cm, and Temple, 25 cm x 35 cm.
CLEMENTE PADIN IN THE MUSEO DEL BARRIO, NEW YORK
Patrick Charpenel, director of the museum and member of the Selection Committee of Cabinet IRSA, also joined the Museums Acquisitions Program, and acquired editions of the publications Ovum and Ovum 10 by Uruguayan artist Clemente Padín, shown by Galería Walden. In total, they purchased seven issues of Ovum with original works, certified art and collage and contributions by Michael Gibbs, Tim Ulrichs, Robin Crozier, Raúl Marroquín, Horacio Zabala, and ten other issues of Ovum 10, containing articles of concrete and visual poetry, exhibitions, lavishly illustrated, with texts and works by Vigo, Gandolfo, Bonilla, Michael Gibbs, and Gianni Bertini, among others.
TWO ARGENTINE ARTISTS WILL ENTER THE COLLECTION OF THE REINA SOFÍA MUSEUM: AMALIA PICA Y MARIELA SCAFATI
The artist Mariela Scafati, of Galería Isla Flotante, was selected again by an international museum. This time, João Fernandes, under-director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, decided to enrich the museum’s collection with the work Caballetes [Easels] (2015). He also chose, from the Instituto de Visión (Bogotá), the 2016 work Joy in Paperwork (Al papeleo, alegría) by Amalia Pica, a series on A4-format paper and stamp ink, measuring 30 x 21 cm.
At the close of this edition of arteBA we could confirm acquisitions of works for the following museums:
- Blanton Museum of Fine Arts (Austin, Texas).
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Texas).
- Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.).
- Tate Gallery (London, UK).
Un breve repaso de lo que fue el 2017. En imágenes.
The winning project is El litoral como arcadia contemporánea, and María Gainza will accompany the project in an editorial capacity prior to its publication.
On November 4th and 5th took place arteBA Focus.
The deadline for galleries’ application to arteBA 2018 is October 24th.
Here you can see the 31 Argentinean galleries and the 68 artists that will participate of arteBA Focus #2.
On Sunday September 10th, it will begin the dismantling of El Partenón de libros prohibidos by Marta Minujín in Kassel, Germany.
Dates, curators and layout: take note!