arteBA 2019 / EDITION 28

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From April 11 to 14, the 2019 edition of arteBA—the annual contemporary art fair in Buenos Aires—will be held at La Rural. The novelties in this twenty-eighth edition are far-reaching, from the fair’s dates to its layout, which has been reworked to give more autonomy and distinction to each of the different sections. The fair will feature some four hundred artists represented by over eighty galleries from more than twenty-five cities around the world. Its new program of complementary activities will expand the frame of reference for local production and include outstanding guests from the international art scene. The fair’s layout this year organizes its contents into two autonomous sectors that privilege each one’s experiences and audiences while also encouraging new dialogues and ways of exploring the fair in its entirety.

arteBA 2018 / EDITION 27

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More than 400 artists, 84 galleries, more than 50 acquisitions that went to museums, companies and institutions in 4 intense days.
A large audience accompanied these 4 days and participated in an exhaustive program of activities that, for the first time, included free guided tours, workshops for children, live performances in various sections and talk and presentation programs among which topics such as collecting predominated , public and private support for art and feminism.

In these 60 seconds we share the best of the arteBA 2018 edition:

arteBA . 2017 . EDITION 26

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The 26th edition of arteBA came to a close with a record-breaking level of acquisitions for local and international museums, a notable increase in galleries’ sales and new audiences interested in buying contemporary art, with over 300 curators, collectors and arts professionals from Argentina and abroad and sustained attendance by the public, avidly accompanying the Fair throughout four days of participation in its diverse agenda of activities that included performances, installations, prizes, free talks and conversations with artists and independent publishers.

This year at arteBA 2017, HSBC debuted as the Main Sponsor of the event, held from Wednesday, May 24 to Saturday, May 27, and featuring the presence of 90 galleries from 20 countries with over 370 artists involved. Thanks to the curatorial selection process and the exposition’s new layout, a balanced offering of modern masters, local and international art was presented to the public. More than 50% of the galleries came from Germany, Austria, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, France, Japan, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela. A total of 17 curators and selection committee members were in charge of choosing galleries invited to participate in the different sections of the Fair: the Main Section, with the Special Project Patio Bullrich modality of participation and the outstanding projects included in Cabinet AA2000; the U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz; Solo Show Zurich; Barrio Joven Chandon; Performance Box coproduced with BP.17 and Arte x Arte; Isla de Ediciones, sponsored by Fundación Proa with a new space designed by Estudio Federico Churba using recyclable steel from Ternium Siderar; the important Open Forum series of free talks, with support from the city of Buenos Aires, available online and Dixit, which programmed activities both inside and outside the fair under the title rro, set to continue during months following this edition (See the rro blog).

Argentina’s notable visibility at the past edition of the ARCOmadrid Fair through its galleries and the grand performance of our collectors abroad not only strengthened the usual annual commitment to the local Fair, but also without a doubt generated high expectations which have been amply met, surpassing the last edition’s level of sales by up to 50%.

Local and international museums arrived at the Fair to take part in the Acquisitions Program. Thanks to support from Banco Ciudad, Madero Harbour, La Rural, Hotel Panamericano, the Agencia Argentina de Inversiones y Comercio Internacional (Argentina’s Investment and Trade Promotion Agency) and private patrons, a record number of museums and businesses acquired over 60 works of art to be incorporated into their collections. Information on these acquisitions can be found here.

Over 300 international guests, including curators, museum directors, art critics and collectors enjoyed the Vip Program HSBC, with 25% more participation than in previous years and perfect attendance. The program for participants entailed touring galleries, collections and exhibitions in addition to events in the VIP lounge DELL EMC at the fair, making Buenos Aires an obligatory stop this week for contemporary art professionals.

On Wednesday, May 24, the Premio EN OBRA was awarded in celebration of its 10th Anniversary, coordinated by Abel Guaglianone and Joaquín Rodríguez, which, thanks to the efforts of many collectors and arts enthusiasts managed to raise a sum total of pesos $220.000. The prize was distributed between Peruvian gallery Bufeo. Amazonia + Arte and artist Andrés Matías Pinilla from Espacio El Dorado (Bogotá, Colombia). The members of the jury for this 10th edition were Antonia Gaeta, Gabriel Vázquez, Juan Tessi and the organizers.

Argentina’s Ministry of Culture also contributed with an ample agenda of activities at its stand for children and adults involving interventions, workshops, games and even DJ sets. Across the aisle, radio Blue had live transmission during all four days of the Fair and newspaper La Nación shared its special stand at arteBA with transmissions in LN+ and interviews with Eduardo Stupía, Luciana Lamothe, Orly Benzacar, Gachi Prieto, Nora Fisch, Florencia Giordana Braun, Alec Oxenford and Marta Minujín, all part of the Conversations Series, which can be seen online.

Thanks to support from our Media Partners: La Nación, The Art Newspaper, artnet and from ND Nueva Dirección de la Cultura, we are able to communicate—on the streets, in this country and abroad—the wide range of activities developed during what has been a grand week for arteBA and for all the galleries who were part of this successful edition of the Fair, surpassing the highest of expectations in terms of sales, international visitors and quality, encouraging us toward continued growth in the future.

arteBA . 2016 . EDITION 25!

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The anniversary edition of arteBA draws to its close after opening to the public between May 19 and 22, to celebrate, along with the Argentine and international art scene, 25 years of growth, and a future with major innovations.

Good news prevails in this edition: a record of 23 museums and corporations committed to the Acquisitions Program purchased a total of 53 works to add to their collections: the turnover of works was constant for the galleries in the various sections of the fair; 300 international professionals came to this edition of arteBA to take part in the Networking Program, thanks to Proargentina and Mecenazgo [Patronage]; and more than 80,000 visitors shared their enthusiasm for a fair that revisits 25 years of Argentine art but also takes the most contemporary visual arts expression to its limit.

Four hundred artists participated, represented by 85 galleries from 14 countries, more than half of them foreign: Germany, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, France, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal and Uruguay, and 29 of them were taking part for the first time. International curators and professionals took part in the various sections of the fair: the Main Section, its participatory Special Project Patio Bullrich subsection and the outstanding projects of Cabinet, U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz, Solo Show Zurich, Photobooth CITI, Barrio Joven Chandon and the anniversary edition of Dixit, which, from its Oasis, offered a survey of Argentine art from 1990 till today with more than 50 artists and 900 square meters of exhibition space.

Outstanding in the Acquistions Program was the effort of Banco Ciudad Matching Funds, in which: Malba acquired the work “Lo normal” [What’s Normal] (1978) by artist Mónica Mayer (Henrique Faria New York/Buenos Aires); the Córdoba Provincial Museum of Fine Arts “Emilio A. Caraffa” acquired two works “Retrato” [Portrait] (2016) by Víctor Florido (Pasto) and “Belleza y felicidad” [Beauty and Happiness] (2001) by Nahuel Vecino (miau miau); finally, the Municipal Museum of Modern Art of Mendoza acquired four works: two by Hernán Soriano from Document Art Gallery, “Dar de beber al sediento” [Giving Drink to the Thirsty] (2016) and the collage “Justicia marroquí” [Moroccan Justice] (2015); “Autorretrato” [Self-Portrait] (2016) by Flavia Da Rin (Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte) and “Flâneur en Buenos Aires” (2004) by the photographer Alberto Goldenstein.

A total of 10 Argentine museums made purchases: Malba; the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), which acquired a work thanks to the Premio Fundación Konex (Konex Foundation Prize); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires (MACBA); the Franklin Rawson Provincial Museum of Fine Arts of San Juan; the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts of Tandil; the Museo de la Universidad de Tres de Febrero (MUNTREF); FoLa – Fototeca Latinoamericana; the Córdoba Provincial Museum of Fine Arts “Emilio A. Caraffa”; the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Municipal Museum of Modern Art of Mendoza.

And 10 international museums also made purchases: the Guggenheim (New York); Lacma (Los Angeles); the Tate Gallery (London); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid); MALI (Lima); the Museo de Arte Moderno (Medellín); Colección CA2M (Spain); the Dallas Art Museum, the Blanton Museum (Austin, Texas); and Muac (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo) (Mexico City).

Other purchasers besides the museums were corporations such as Chandon, which for its first purchase acquired “Batalla” [Battle] (2015) by the Tucumán artist Agustín González Goytía (Pasto); Madero Harbour, which acquired works by Juan Becú and Sofía Bohtlingk; and two audiovisual works, one by Marcelo Galindo and another by Eugenia Calvo for the Hotel Meliá. And finally, La Rural, which holds the fair, and which in its eighth edition of the Impulsarte program acquired 5 pieces: “Territorio de Río Negro” (2016) by Leopoldo Estol (Document Art Gallery); the photograph “Fuerte y Blando” [Strong and Soft] (2015) by Jimena Croceri (Slyzmud); “Untitled,” an oil on canvas (2016) by Valeria Maggi (Hache) and two photographs by Leticia Obeid (Isla Flotante), “El canto de Jano: Mujercitas” [Janus’ Song: Little Women] (2015) and El canto de Jano: Abrazo [Janus’ Song: Embrace] (2015).

A moving moment in this edition came with the announcement of the EN OBRA (Work in Progress) Prize in the Barrio Joven Chandon section. For its ninth edition the prize singled out the production of a gallery, UV Estudios, and an artist, in this instance, a collective, Básica TV, which is part of the gallery itself. During the presentation held by its organizers, Joaquín Rodríguez and Abel Guaglianone, recognition was paid to the creator of the prize in 2008, Juan Cambiaso, and to the number of donors who enabled the prize money to reach a sum total of $130,000 (Argentine pesos): Fernando Allievi, Lisandro Aloi, Amalia Amoedo, Larisa Andreani, Francisco and Magdalena Bosch, Andrés Brun, Ximena Brun, the Calvaresi family, Gabriel Carvajal, Juan José Cattaneo, Magdalena Cordero, Esteban Drinco, Ignacio y Sarita Goldman, Abel Guaglianone, Alejandro Ikonikof, José Luis Lorenzo, Elena Loson, María Loson, Sebastián Miranda, Eleonora Molina, Florencia Polimeni, Joaquín Rodríguez, Ramón Sauma, David Tonconogy and Eugenia Usellini. The jury that spent long hours deliberating on their decision was made up of Gabriel Carvajal, Leo Chiachio, Sofía Dourron, Daniel Giannone, Nani Lamarque, Leopol Mones Cazón and Ramón Sauma.

The fair’s four days also offered presentations, talks and projections in the Open Forum, to which the public had open access without charge. The presentations of Prime Time and the Art Conversation of Tomás Saraceno can be seen online on arteBA’s Vimeo channel.

There were also presentations of projects, talks on art-related editorial design and presentations of books in the section devoted to publications, sponsored by the Fundación Proa, Isla de Ediciones. The curated section was host to six projects invited especially for this setting from Berlin, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Paris. The space was designed by Federico Churba, with the support of Celulosa Argentina SA.

This 25th edition of arteBA also included arteBA’s new semi-annual publication, and the Argentine minister of culture, Pablo Avelluto, together with the director of ARCOmadrid, Carlos Urroz, announced Argentina’s participation as guest of honor at that air fair, to be held between February 22 and 26 of next year. Under the curatorship of Inés Katzenstein (director of the Art Department of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella) Argentina will be present in parallel at ten galleries, with programming curated by Sonia Becce, who will take over 70 artists, both established and emerging, to the streets and major institutions of Madrid.

In addition, as a result of the alliance between Gasworks, URRA and arteBA, the second call went out for Argentine artists who live in Argentina, to take part in a three-month art residency at Gasworks (London). The announcement was made by Alessio Antoniolli (Gasworks, London), Nicolás Gullotta (an Argentine artist chosen in 2015), Erica Roberts (the program’s patron), Melina Berkenwald (URRA, Buenos Aires) and Alec Oxenford (president of arteBA). The residency covers expenses for travel and stay. The application deadline is 10 AM, Wednesday, July 6.

In a milestone commemoration that kept to its aim of celebrating along with the entire art scene within and outside of the fair, public interventions were also given prominence. Welcoming visitors to the fair site was the reconstruction of the huge black and white mural Kenneth Kemble painted in 1960, and the project “Explanada” (Esplanade) was also announced, in which arteBA and the Ministry of the Environment and Public Space will put up installations in the context of editions of arteBA. The first such installation is “Postes” (Posts, or in this instance, Cables), a work by Leandro Erlich, Chandon’s guest artist, who, at the Avenida Sarmiento entrance to La Rural, connects the posts that bear cables which, with the idea of the energy they convey, instead of being black lines, are lines of light.

And a final item to crown so much good news: the Legislature of CABA, the “Autonomous City of Buenos Aires,” declared the 25th arteBA 2016 contemporary art fair “of Cultural Interest.”

arteBA comes to the close of this edition celebrating 25 years of growth for the Argentine art scene with a record number of international visitors, museum acquisitions, sales and announcements that turn the arteBA Foundation’s goals into concrete facts, and give meaning to the huge effort of all those who participated, collaborated and put their trust once again in arteBA.

arteBA . 2015

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The 24th edition of arteBA closed its doors after having welcomed – over the four days it was open to the public and its pre-opening on June 3 – more than 85,000 visitors. Those who came to the Green and Blue Pavilions of La Rural between June 4 and 7 could take in the works of over 450 artists, represented by 81 galleries, of which 21 were taking part in the fair for the first time, having come to it from 18 different countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The participating galleries (40 Argentine, 41 foreign), chosen by the selection committees or invited specially by the curators, took part in the various sections of the fair which have their specific profiles: the Main Section –accompanied now by the form of participation of the galleries with Patio Bullrich Special Projects and others that also showed outstanding artists in the projects CabinetU-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz, Solo Show Zurich, Photobooth CITI and Barrio Joven Chandon, which was renovated this year with a new layout.

It is important to point out the presence of 13 museums which –thanks to the efforts of those museums themselves, of private patrons, institutions and the arteBA-Banco Ciudad Matching Funds Program, which includes the participation of MALBA, the Museo de Arte Moderno, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Neuquén– enhanced their collections with acquisitions from the fair. On the national level, these museums included MALBA, MAMBA, MACBA, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Neuquén, the Museo Franklin Rawson (San Juan), MAR [of Mar del Plata] or the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de la Provincia de Buenos Aires and the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes “Dr. Juan R. Vidal” (Corrientes); on the international level, the Guggenheim (United States), Lacma (United States), the Tate Gallery (England), MALI (Peru), and Colección CA2M (Spain).

Added to the museums were other purchasers such as Chandon –which made the first acquisition in the fair in its Barrio Joven section with a work by artist Valeria Maggi from the gallery Hache–, La Rural, with its Impulsarte program –adding five works to its collection–, the Hotel Meliá Recoleta and the Hotel Madero.

The international character that the fair has taken on over its last editions, was reinforced this year by the visit of hundreds of visitors from abroad, among them, the gallerists, artists, journalists, speakers in the Open Forum Program (an open, free-of-charge auditorium series) and the curators or directors of museums that took part in the Proargentina Networking Program. Added to this was the attendance, increasingly large, of foreign collectors who took advantage of the visit to the city of Buenos Aires to get to know its art scene through the round of special activities that arteBA’s VIP Program offers them.

Even before the opening of the fair, collectors and art lovers could explore the stands of all the participating galleries through Artsy’s online platform providing visual access to works of art. On this same platform one could also read editorials and directly consult about the works for sale in the fair through Artsy’s web page and iPhone app.

Though arteBA is by now a traditional event in the city of Buenos Aires, it remains a goal of the arteBA Foundation’s to raise the stakes continually: for that reason, with each new edition, it sets out to extend the fair well beyond the aisles of La Rural, so that it expands over all the neighborhoods of the capital. For this 24th edition, in collaboration with other instiutions of the City of Buenos Aires, there were various cultural activities organized within the framework of arteBA: special touring circuits in the neighborhoods that are home to the most important art galleries and institutions. Tours were available in the official new Art District [Distrito de las Artes] in La Boca and Barracas, as well as in the galleries of Villa Crespo, Recoleta and San Telmo, among other areas of the city.

In this sense, equally key was the alliance with BP.15, the Performance Biennial that was wrapping up at the same moment as arteBA, and offering special presentations. The arteBA Foundation lent a special support to Twilight, a performance by Jorge Macchi and Edgardo Rudnitzky held in the city’s new Centro Cultural Kirchner.
arteBA also continues to work at building bridges of collaboration between the local and international art scenes. A clear example of this is the collaborative trio that has been established between arteBA, URRA and Gasworks, which will enable an artist from England to visit Argentina for an art residency at URRA and in turn will allow an Argentine artist to have a residency at Gasworks in London, England. Likewise, the Argentine artist José Luis Landet was selected during the fair for a residency at Flora in Bogotá, Colombia.

High expectations were raised with the second edition of Dixit Axion, an exhibition within the fair in which each work was commercially available through its gallery. Curated this year by Julieta González and entitled El mundo tal como es y el mundo como podría ser [The World As It Is and the World As it Could Be], the show urged visitors to reflect on the relation between temporary, ephemeral communities and the utopian motives that spawned them, for instance, libertarian and anarchist projects. As part of the exhibition, a publication was on sale at the fair that could also be downloaded free of charge from the arteBA website. On the other hand, the winner of the 2015 Young Curators Program, Sebastián Vidal Mackinson, presented the fair with the exhibition Europa. Also, through a solo show, Argentine Artist Delia Cancela was recognized in the arteBA-Madero Harbour Homenaje a la trayectoria [Tribute to a Career-Long Achievement]. Chandon, for its part, in once more hosting Barrio Joven Chandon, presented the video installation “Time” [sic] by Argentine artist Martín Sastre.

In pursuit of its aim of constant innovation, the 24th edition took on a markedly participatory character. Not only did it boast a large number of workshops – within Dixit Axion, in the space of Publishing Island [Isla de Ediciones] and also in the Open Forum with its therapeutic sessions devoted to the legacies of psychoanalysis in contemporary art as conceived this year by Inti Guerrero– but there were also more performances than ever before in the pavilions of La Rural; outstanding among them were the performance by Maurício Ianês at the gallery Vermelho, that of Osías Yanov at Galería Nora Fisch and that of Jimena Croceri at Slyzmud.

To its loyal annual visitors as well as to the public at large, to those looking to make purchases and to those attending it to keep learning or for the sheer pleasure of walking through it, arteBA opened its doors in June once more offering what is most outstanding in contemporary art. A space for celebration, for creation and for reflection which, year after after, brightens, and indeed illuminates, the pavilions of La Rural and bolsters the Argentine art scene.

arteBA . 2014

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arteBA is one of the most important art fairs geared primarily to production from Latin America. A leading cultural event in Buenos Aires, the 2015 fair will take place on the premises of La Rural in the Palermo section of the city between June 4 and 7 ( June 3 Pre – Opening). On average, approximately 100,000 individuals visit the fair each year. Two thousand and fifteen will mark its twenty-fourth edition and almost a hundred galleries from all over the world will show works by their artists.

To meet the varying needs of galleries, collectors, museums, and the viewing public, the fair consists of different sections delimited at the fair with specific profiles. Contemporary art galleries are at center stage in the fair. Open to the public free of charge, the Open Forum is one of the highlights of the fair.

arteBA . 2013

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arteBA is one of the most important fairs for contemporary art focused mainly on art production in Latin America, and is the event of the greatest cultural magnitude in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It takes place in May of every year at the convention site of La Rural, in the city’s Palermo district. In 2013, it had its 22nd edition and gathered some 100,000 visitors; 82 galleries participated, from Latin America, the United States, and Europe, presenting the work of approximately 500 artists. The galleries were distributed over sections with set profiles: a main showing space, U-TURN Project Rooms, Solo Show, and Barrio Joven. The fair’s OPEN FORUM Auditorium, with its open and free-of-charge admission, was once again structured on the basis of a plan of panel discussions about contemporary Latin American art, thus providing a forum for encounters between leading figures on the international art scene and the local art scene’s major representatives. In addition, special art projects were exhibited, outstanding among them the tenth edition of the arteBA-Petrobras Visual Arts Prize, one of the artistically most important competitions in Argentina; this year’s winner of the Stimulus Prize + Petrobras Grant (an award of $100,000 [Argentine pesos]) went to Enrique Ježik.
arteBA 2013, 22nd EDITION took place from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, with its pre-openings on Wednesday May 22 and Thursday May 23, exclusively for the institutions, museums, and collectors who entered before the general opening for the public to make acquisitions.
The participating galleries, both the well-established and the emerging ones, are chosen in each edition by distinct selection committees and curators, with the purpose of maintaining the quality and professionalism of the fair. By marking out distinct sections for the galleries within the fair, arteBA has answered to the needs of the galleries, collectors, and the visiting public. At the same time, the fair also has helped in the growth of the Latin American art scene, serving as an annual meeting point for the various figures in this domain and for new collectors.
The fair is organized by the arteBA Foundation, a not for profit and not governmental organization active since 1991 for the purpose of supporting artistic production in Argentina and Latin America. The Foundation contributes through its annual activities to the development of the contemporary art market, promoting debate about contemporary art and helping in the promotion of the work of Latin American artists, so that they may receive wider attention outside of their geographical boundaries.

This year, the fair placed special emphasis on the international, as was noticeable in the increased presence of galleries from abroad, participation by a greater number of foreign curators guiding the various projects (Cuauhtémoc Medina in the arteBA-Petrobras Prize, Abaseh Mirvali in U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz, Pablo León de la Barra in the Arcos Dorados Solo Show, Chus Martínez in the Open Forum, among others), and the presence of key figures from the international art scene who took part in the fair’s Open Forum, with a program of lectures and debates held in the auditorium designed by the recently deceased Clorindo Testa.
Testa worked to the end of his days, and the arteBA auditorium was one of his last projects. By virtue of its having a structure that can be dismantled, the auditorium will be moved very shortly to the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires (MAMba), where it will remain in use for new debates and lectures until the next edition of the fair, when it will return to its original site at La Rural. This posthumous work by Testa will undoubtedly stand as the best homage that could be paid to this master.
On the other hand, a significant group of foreign collectors traveled to Buenos Aires for the event, strengthening the idea of building bridges with the international community, an element also bolstered through the visit of José Roca of the Tate Gallery of London, who for the first time purchased an important historic piece by Marta Minujín for that institution, thanks to the contribution by private donors.
Together with arteBA´s concern to attract more international collectors, the foundation continue with annual activities to form local collecting, and in 2013 initiated the Young Committee with the idea of adding a different public for contemporary art and thus shaping a new generation committed to current-day art production.
Thanks to the support of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, in 2012 a brand-new exhibit infrastructure was set up for the participating galleries, and in 2013 the distance was widened between the galleries and the aisles of the fair, for a better appreciation of the works on view.
The arteBA Foundation work throughout the year is revealed and put to the test in the few, intense days of the fair, a platform for the exchange and activation of many connections between the Argentine art scene and those of other countries around the world.
arteBA will keep on working so that more institutions, businesses, and individuals commit themselves to taking the same path toward supporting, acquiring, and circulating contemporary art-making.
In this sense, the fair as a meeting point for the various figures in this sphere, contributes to the growth of the local art scene, definitely positioning it in both a Latin American and an international context.

arteBA . 2012

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From May 18 to 22 at the convention center La Rural in the City of Buenos Aires, the 21st edition of the contemporary art fair arteBA took place. 120,000 people visited the Fair where 98 outstanding galleries from Latin America, North America, and Europe participated representing works by the most important contemporary artists.

Over the last 21 years, arteBA has quickly evolved from being a fair for galleries to being one of the main fairs in the region, becoming an essential event for artists, dealers, collectors, critics, curators, museum directors and international cultural figures. With the aim of furthering the growth of its contents, ensuring the quality of work exhibited, and keeping up international standards, the exhibition infrastructure of the participating galleries this year was higher than ever, thanks to the generous support of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. Spread throughout the Green and Blue Pavilions of La Rural, the galleries continued to be the fair’s great protagonists. They were distributed across the main exhibiting area, in the U-TURN Project Rooms by Mercedes-Benz, in the new area of the Arcos Dorados Solo Show and in Barrio Joven Chandon.

The 21st EDITION of arteBA presented the ninth edition of the arteBA-Petrobras Visual Arts Prize: UNÁNIME (Unanimous). Under the direction of Victoria Noorthoorn (a freelance curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina), the prize has brought together Argentine artists from all disciplines to explore the possibilities of collaboration and experimentation, generating brand-new projects from the dialogue among three or more artists whose collaboration was likewise taking place for the first time. And, in the same spirit, the Prize gathered together a Selection Committee of intellectual creators each of whom is at the top of his or her field: visual artists Fernanda Laguna and Patricio Larrembebere; critic and writer María Gainza; writer and scholar Ana Longoni; freelance curator Javier Villa, writer Rubén Mira and theater directors. Emilio García Wehbi, Mariana Obersztern and Rafael Spregelburd. The call was to choose three projects in full unanimity. Out of the total of 150 proposals received, only three received a grant of $20,000 (Argentine pesos) to produce their work and later exhibit it at arteBA. On the first day of the Fair at the arteBA Auditorium a Jury composed of Alejandro Tantanian (theater director and writer), Alejandro Ros (graphic designer) and Alejandra Aguado (freelance curator and critic), announced the winner of the non acquisition prize of US$ 50,000. The winner of the ninth edition of the arteBA-Petrobras Visual Arts Prize was SPLATTER MORFOGENÉTICO / ARLT MASCHINE presented by Silvina Aguirre, Laura Bilbao, Roberto Conlazo and Lux Lindner. The two other projects chosen by the Committee were: POP UP CARTOON presented by Emiliana Arias, Cecilia Lenardón, Silvia Lenardón, Guillermo Martínez, Renata Minoldo, Sebastián Rosés and Luciano Schillagi; and LA MULTISECTORIAL INVISIBLE presented by Gustavo Doliner, Ana Gallardo, Lola Granillo, Guillermina Mongan, Mariela Scafati and Elisa Strada.

arteBA is an exhibition platform for the artistic manifestations that reflect the current spirit. To ensure the quality of what is shown and keep the fair aligned with international standards, for each new edition a Selection Committee chooses galleries for the main area of the fair, galleries suited to the Foundation’s approaches and aims. For arteBA 2012, the Gallery Selection Committee has been presided over by Laura Batkis (art critic, professor, and freelance curator, Buenos Aires, Argentina) and made up of Sonia Becce (freelance curator, Bs. As., Argentina), Luisa Duarte (art critic and freelance curator, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Estela Totah (director of the Del Infinito gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina), representing Argentine galleries.

After its first successful edition, U-TURN Project Rooms by MERCEDES-BENZ, was present for the second time, expanding its goal of bringing the best in international art before the Latin American public. Abaseh Mirvali (curator, irani born, based in the USA), was once again in charge of the selection of galleries, artists, and the individual pieces exhibited, pieces she has specially chosen to create a solid, unified project. The second edition of U-TURN brought together the work of 24 artists from fourteen countries, represented by twelve galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland. For the first time, international galleries: Supportico Lopez and Wentrup from Germany, Nils Staerk from Denmark, Travesía Cuatro from Spain and RaebervonStenglin from Switzerland participated in arteBA.

Year after year, Barrio Joven Chandon has been spurring on the production of young artists, supporting efforts that are new, different or alternative to the traditional patterns of exhibiting and selling works of contemporary art. In this way, it encourages the growth and professionalization of the spaces/galleries in the cultural scene. For arteBA 2012 it has brought together young Argentine and foreign galleries/spaces that represent mainly Latin American artists to present at Barrio Joven Chandon. The Selection Committee for Barrio Joven Chandon 2012 comprised Akio Aoki (director of the gallery Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil); Diego Bianchi (artist, Bs. As., Argentina) and Eva Grinstein (freelance curator, Bs. As, Argentina), which chose seventeen galleries/spaces to exhibit the works of Latin American artists. The spaces chosen for Barrio Joven Chandon were from the Argentine provinces of Buenos Aires, Salta and Santa Fe and from other countries such as Brazil, Chile and United States. As it has for the past eleven years, Chandon bought, behind closed doors, the first work, for MAISON MOET HENNESSY ARGENTINA. The Chandon Acquisition Prize was awarded to Martín Reyna’s Untitled painting (Del Infinito Gallery). On the other hand, at the entrance of Barrio Joven Chandon there was exhibited “Reflection from Infinity” an outstanding project by Pablo Reinoso (an Argentine artist residing in France).

arteBA . 2011

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City of Buenos Aires, Argentina – The twentieth edition of arteBA ended on Monday, May 23, 2011. More than 120,000 viewers visited the fair in the five days it was presented in the blue and green pavilions of the fair site and convention center La Rural. Ninety-eight galleries from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela presented works by 600 artists. Art collectors, museum directors, curators and cultural journalists from around the world took in the Fair, its distinct artistic offerings and the OPEN FORUM. There was a record number of visits by collectors from all over Latin America and from Europe.

The celebration of the twentieth edition of arteBA made 2011 a particularly important year for the Buenos Aires cultural scene. arteBA is one of the most emblematic fairs in the region and, over the years, has evolved into one of the most outstanding artistic events in the Latin American scene.

arteBA is an exhibition platform for the artistic manifestations that reflect the contemporary spirit. With the aim of ensuring exhibition quality and keeping the fair in line with international standards, a Selection Committee chose 71 galleries that adhered to the focus and aims of the Fair. Fernando Farina (a freelance curator and critic from Santa Fe, Argentina) presided over the arteBA 2011 Gallery Selection Committee, which also included Rodrigo Alonso (freelance curator, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Laura Batkis (art critic, teacher, and freelance curator, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Luisa Duarte (art critic and freelance curator, São Paulo, Brazil), and Fernando Entín (director of the Elsi del Rio Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina) representing Argentine galleries.


Thanks to the support of its Sponsors, arteBA was able to develop projects that enriched the contents of the Fair. The festivities for arteBA’s 20th edition included the presentation of the eighth edition of the arteBA-Petrobras Visual Arts Prize, already established in the circuit as one of its most awaited prizes. In this edition, the artist Carlos Herrera (of Rosario, Santa Fe) was declared the winner of the 50,000-peso, non-acquisition Stimulus Prize for his work Self-Portrait of My Death [Autorretrato sobre mi muerte]. Sonia Becce (freelance curator, Buenos Aires) and Claudio Iglesias (art critic and freelance curator, Buenos Aires) served as directors of the competition. The Selection Jury, made up of the directors of the prize and graphic designer Alejandro Ros, in addition to choosing Carlos Herrera among the applicants, chose the following artists who exhibited their projects in the fair and vied with him for the Stimulus Prize: Pablo Accinelli (Buenos Aires), Victoria Colmegna and Valentina Liernur (Buenos Aires), Belén Romero Gunset (Tucumán), Luciana Rondolini (Buenos Aires), Mariana Telleria (Rosario, Santa Fe) and Santiago Villanueva (Azul, province of Buenos Aires). The International Awarding Jury that chose the winning work was made up of Eduardo Costa (artist, Argentina), Cecilia Fajardo-Hill (head curator of MOLAA, USA) and Jochen Volz (curator of the Instituto Inhotim, Brazil).

As a great new feature, the U-TURN Project Rooms by MERCEDES-BENZ was inaugurated this year, a new section at the Fair whose purpose was and will be to bring the viewing public the best in international contemporary art. Abaseh Mirvali (a freelance producer of public cultural projects from California, USA), was the project’s curator and was responsible for selecting the 11 galleries and the artistic offerings of the 18 participating artists. From Germany came the galleries JOHANN KÖNIG, presenting Alicja Kwade and Nathan Hylden; TANYA LEIGHTON showing Dan Rees; PSM, presenting works by Daniel Jackson, Anca Munteanu Rimnic and Ariel Reichman; CHERT showing Heike Kabisch and Erik van der Weijde; and from its sites in both Berlin and Copenhagen came ANDERSEN´S CONTEMPORARY, presenting Tomás Saraceno and Daniel Lergon. From Argentina, the gallery RUTH BENZACAR had its Project Rooms presenting Jorge Macchi, while VASARI showed Karina Peisajovich. From Brazil, A GENTIL CARIOCA presented a Project Room devoted exclusively to Rodrigo Torres, and MENDES WOOD to Daniel Steegmann. CASAS RIEGNER of Colombia exhibited Johanna Calle and Mateo López; and from Mexico, PROYECTOS MONCLOVA presented a Project Room with works by Nina Beier and José León Cerrillo.

From the outset, arteBA has functioned as a platform for launching and discovering young talents. For the past six years, Barrio Joven Chandon has turned the “youth neighborhood” of its name into the space at the fair offering emerging artists the venue in which to be shown. The Selection Committee of Barrio Joven Chandon, entrusted with selecting the 18 participating spaces, was made up of: Ana Paula Cohen (freelance curator, editor and writer, São Paulo, Brazil); Leopoldo Estol (artist, Buenos Aires) and Inés Katzenstein (director of the art department of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Bs. As.). As an innovation this year, Barrio Joven Chandon presented the series Maratón Performance + Música, presented during the days of the Fair at the stands of the participating galleries, and on the last day, with open, free admission, in the auditorium. The following galleries participated in Barrio Joven Chandon: BIG SUR (Buenos Aires), BONJOUR GALERÍA (Buenos Aires), BRUMMELL MÉXICO experimental studio (Taluca), CARMEN ARAUJO ARTE (Caracas), CENTRAL DE PROYECTOS . ARTE ACTUAL (Buenos Aires), COBRA (Buenos Aires), COSTADO GALERÍA DE ARTISTAS (Mendoza, Argentina), GALERÍA EMMA THOMAS (São Paulo), PROYECTO giftSHOP (Buenos Aires), JÚPITER (Córdoba, Argentina), LA CENTRAL (Bogotá), LA HERRMANA FAVORITA (Rosario, Argentina), MIAU MIAU (Buenos Aires), MITE (Buenos Aires) MODO 7 GALLERY (Buenos Aires), PURR LIBROS (Buenos Aires), RAYO LAZER (Buenos Aires), RUSIA GALERÍA (Tucumán, Argentina).

arteBA . 2010

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Over 120,000 viewers, 18,000 square meters, 5 days. These are only some of the figures for of what was, in the view of the most qualified critics and the media, the best-yet edition of arteBA Contemporary Art Fair. This instalment was a clear specimen of an event that combines great quality of exhibitions, a huge flow of visitors, and, undoubtedly, a great opportunity for sales.

arteBA’ 10 closed the doors on its 19th instalment proving itself to be the region’s most important cultural event for the annual convergence of gallery dealers, curators, critics, museum and institution directors, and international artists. arteBA is the starting point for an enormous quantity of shows, encounters, exhibitions, and acquisitions that go on during the year throughout the region.

arteBA’ 10 received the visits of more than 300 foreign guests, among them, major collectors and art patrons, directors and curators of international collections and museums, critics and representatives of the most influential media and institutions in the visual arts. Among the most important collectors who participated in the VIP Program were: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Anilú Gómez and Susana Fontanals of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (Miami); Humberto and Rosalía Ugobono (Puerto Rico); Gabriel Pérez Barreiro (New York); Kai Loebach (Los Angeles, CA); Carlos Chateaubriand (Brazil); Richard Townsend (CEO of MOLAA); Gail and Louis Adler (Houston); Jack and Ann Moriniere and Elizabeth Cerejido (MFAH-Houston); Yolanda Santos (New York); Úrsula Dávila-Villa and Mike and Laura Wellen (Jack Blanton Museum–Austin); Carlos Cruz Puga (Chile); Grupo Núcleo Contemporáneo of MAM (São Paulo) and a group of Chilean business leaders, among many others.

The protagonists of the Fair were the art galleries. With the aim of maintaining high quality in the artistic offering that arteBA Fair presents, the selection of the 78 participating galleries was entrusted to a Selection Committee made up of Fernando Farina (president), Eva Grinstein, Sonia Becce, Jaime Cerón Silva (Colombia), Adriano Pedrosa (Brazil) and Orly Benzacar, representative for Argentine gallery dealers.

Twenty-nine foreign galleries took part in arteBA’10, most from the region but also from Europe and the United States. For years it has been arteBA’s mission to build up its Latin American dimension, and to celebrate this special 2010 bicentenary edition, the Foundation invited galleries from the other countries also observing their Bicentenary this year: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. With the presence as well of Brazil and Uruguay, arteBA ’10 was obviously a powerful reflection of the region’s artistic creation.

This year the Auditorium Program was sponsored by the City Government of the City of Buenos Aires, CCEBA, Sotheby’s and [the daily La Nación’s weekly supplement] ADN Cultura. Prime Time was entitled “Bicentenarios: después de la invención [“Bicentenaries: After Discovery/Invention]”; it was conceived and coordinated by Gabriela Rangel, (visual arts director of the Americas Society, New York). The intense debate took place at tables made up of Argentine and foreign cultural figures (curators, institution directors, artists etc.): Nicolás Guagnini (artist now settled in New York), Taiyana Pimentel (art critic, curator, and director of the Siqueiros Public Art Space, Mexico City), Pablo Vargas Lugo (artist based in Lima), Beverly Adams (curator of the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art, Phoenix, Arizona, USA), Marcelo Brodsky (artist, Buenos Aires), Eduardo Gil (artist based in New York), Carlos Motta (artist also living in New York), Montserrat Albores Gleason (curator and founder of Espacio Petra. Mexico City), Isabel García (curator, Santiago, Chile), Tahía Rivero (curator of the Banco Mercantil Collection, Caracas). Within the “More Activities” Program, visitors could participate in the contemporary art series instigated by Alicia de Arteaga, Valeria González and Hugo Petruschansky, as well as in other important activities, such as the Homage to Ruth Benzacar and the lecture by Jennifer Flay (General Director of the FIAC– International Fair of Contemporary Art, Paris), among others.

A must-see part of arteBA was Barrio Joven (Young Neighborhood) Chandon. It was made up of 19 spaces from different parts of Argentina and other Latin American countries. The Barrio Joven Chandon Selection Committee was composed of Ana María Battistozzi (art critic and independent curator, Buenos Aires); Oscar Cruz (director of Oscar Cruz Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil) and Ana Martínez Quijano (art critic and independent curator, Buenos Aires), The third annual Premio EN OBRA [or “Under Construction” Prize] was also awarded. The jury of collectors, coordinated by Roxana Sucari and Alejandro Ikonicoff, chose as this year’s winner Horacio Cadzco, who showed the work “La destrucción del Traje” [Destruction of the Suit] at the Brummel space in Mexico. Second prize went to Federico Lamas for his work “Vete al Diablo” [Go to Hell] from Thisisnotagallery. Kim Soon Im received the third prize with the work The Face, a project including “The Face 1. Florance”, “The Face 2. Candal”, “The Face 3. Lee Ok Lan” and “The Face 4. Roland”. This year, Proyecto Munguau, the space in which Kim Soon Im shows, was awarded a prize for its curatorial project. The prize-winning gallery in Barrio Joven Chandon is a cultural-artistic exchange project between [South] Korea and Argentina. The EN OBRA Prize was established by Juan Cambiaso in 2008. This year the company Tantum, Beatriz and Pedro Stier and Juan and Tiny Cambiaso made contributions totalling $26,000 [Argentine pesos] to distribute among the prize recipients.

Now in its seventh year, the arteBA–Petrobras Visual Arts Prize, increasingly debated and controversial, has already become an institution for Argentine artists, and in 2010 its awarding was directed by Rafael Cippolini (essayist and freelance curator). Artist Adriana Miranda received the Stimulus Prize (non-acquisition) of $50,000 [pesos] for her work El espacio de acá [The Space Here]. The four other projects chosen, and displayed at the Fair, were by the artists Mario Caporali, Mariano Giraud, Rodolfo Marqués, and the Collective “Doble Suspensión.”

arteBA . 2009

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Over 125,000 people; 18,000 square meters; 5 days. These are just some of the figures that reflect what according to specialists, critics and the media was the best edition of arteBA Contemporary Art Fair. This edition was a clear sample of an event that combines the highest exhibition quality, a massive flux of visitors and a great opportunity for successful sales.

arteBA’09 has closed its 18th edition and has definitely established itself as the most important cultural event in the region, an annual meeting point for curators, critics, directors of museums and other institutions, gallery owners and Latin American artists. arteBA also works as a trigger for a number of shows, events, exhibitions and acquisitions that take place all year round through the whole region.

arteBA’ 09 received more than 300 foreign guests: important collectors and patrons, directors and curators of collections and international museums, critics and representatives of the most influential institutions in the field of the visual arts. Among the most important collectors that participated in the VIP Program we can mention: Stuart and John Daniel Evans (London); Humberto and Rosalía Ugobono; Alberto and Mari de la Cruz (Puerto Rico); Ella Fontanals-Cisneros (Miami) from Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation; Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (New York); Kai Loebach (Los Angeles-CA); Barbara Ruben (Chicago); Carlos Chateaubriand (Brazil), among many others.

The Fair’s undeniable protagonists were the art galleries, which showed the highest quality and daring art projects. ArteBA’s 09 Selection Committee –Fernando Farina (president); Alfons Hug (Brazil); Rodrigo Quijano (Peru); Ana María Battistozzi; Andrés Duprat; Inés Katzenstein; Diana Wechsler and Horacio Dabbah— was responsible for the selection of the participant galleries. An important number of foreign galleries participated, mainly from Latin America, offering a wide panorama of the best of contemporary art in the region. Although it was a year signed by economical turbulences, scepticism and uncertainties, arteBA09 showed that it was also a great opportunity for the acquisition of artworks.

One of the highlights of the Fair was the Auditorium Program, developed and coordinated by Andrea Giunta (Latin American Art, Professor, University of Texas, Austin; Professor, U.B.A.; Researcher at the CONICET and independent curator in Argentina) which had as its central topic Museums and Collectionism. A large audience assisted to the fruitful debates at the different roundtables with curators, architects, museums’ directors such as Guillermo Alonso, director, MNBA-Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Florencia Braga Menéndez, director, Dirección General de Museos de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Graciela de la Torre, director, MUAC-Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, UNAM (D. F., Mexico); Bartomeu Marí, director, MACBA-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain); Beverly Adams, curator of the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art (Phoenix, United States); Gustavo Bruzzone, Bruzzone Collection (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Rodrigo Moura, curator, INHOTIM – Instituto Cultural (Minas Gerais, Brazil); Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, director Cisneros Foundation / Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (New York, United States; Caracas, Venezuela); Tatiana Cuevas, Contemporary Art Curator, Museo de Arte de Lima (Lima, Peru); Ursula Davila-Villa, Latin American Art Curator, The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, United States); Julieta González, Latin American Art Curator, Tate Modern (London, England); architect Giuseppe Caruso, Caruso-Torricella Architetti (Milan–Paris); architect Martín Fourcade, Atelman / Fourcade / Tapia; architect Jorge Silvetti, Machado and Silvetti Associates (Boston); Professor, Harvard University; Gustavo Diéguez (Universidad de Belgrano and Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Lucas Gilardi (Universidad de Palermo). Estudio a77 (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Barrio Joven Chandon (Chandon Young Neighborhood) was a total success, with 18 spaces from different provinces in Argentina and other Latin American countries. Daniel Abate (gallery director, Daniel Abate Gallery, Bs. As., Argentina), Helmut Batista (artist and manager, Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Javier Villa (art critic and member of Rosa Chancho, Bs. As., Argentina) formed the Selection Committee. The second edition of the EN OBRA (Under Construction) Award took place. The Jury of Collectors, coordinated by Roxana Sucari and Alejandro Ikonicoff, gave the first prize to Juan Cruz Coronado from Costado Gallery (Mendoza); while the second prize was awarded to Salames al futuro, a collective of artists that also belong to Costado Gallery. And the third prize went to Traffix Gallery from Chile. The EN OBRA Award was established by Juan Cambiaso who created a trusteeship with the necessary funds for this award. Giesso, Pedro Stier and Alejandro Ikonicoff joined this initiative.

With its sixth edition, the arteBA–Petrobras Visual Arts Award, more and more controversial every year, has established itself as a solid platform for the younger artists. This year it was under the direction of Laura Buccellato, and the First Prize (acquisition) of $ 40,000 was awarded to Tomás Espina’s installation “(Habitación quemada) la furia de Léucade” (Burnt Room, Leucade’s fury). The Second Prize was awarded to Leandro Tartaglia’s “Todos los días” (Every day), while Juliana Iriart received a mention with her work “Usted está aquí” (You are here). The selection process took place once the in situ installation of the artworks was completed given that originally the artists had only presented their outlines. As the previous year, all the country’s museums were simultaneously appointed in order to decide which one would exhibit the awarded artwork and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum) from Neuquen was selected. Thanks to this Award the artwork awarded with the first prize will be a part of the exhibition circuit of Argentinean Contemporary Art.

arteBA . 2008

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Over 120,000 people, 18,000 square meters, 5 days. These are some of the figures that belong to what according to specialized critics and media was the best edition of arteBA Contemporary Art Fair. This edition was a clear sample of an event that combines the highest exhibition quality, a significant flux of visitors and a remarkable success in sales.

arteBA has just closed its 17th edition and has definitely established itself as an annual meeting point for curators, critics, directors of museums and other institutions, gallery owners and Latin American artists. arteBA also works as a trigger for a number of shows, events, exhibitions and acquisitions that take place all year round through the whole region.

arteBA’ 08 received more than 300 foreign guests: important collectors and patrons, directors and curators of collections and international museums, critics and representatives of the most influential institutions in the field of visual arts.

The Fair’s undeniable protagonists were art galleries, which showed the highest quality and daring art projects. For the first time, an important number of foreign galleries participated, mainly from Latin America, offering a wide panorama of the best of contemporary visual arts in the region.

arteBA . 2007

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113,000 people; 18, 000 square meters; 5 days. These are some of the figures of what, according to art critics and journalists, was the best edition ever of arteBA Contemporary Art Fair.

arteBA ’07 brought its 16th edition to a close with the full satisfaction of having produced an event which resulted in a first class art show, with a very large number of visitors and an outstanding success in sales.

The true protagonists of this Fair were the art galleries, with undoubtedly daring proposals of a high quality as well. 40% of the galleries came from abroad, mainly from Latin America –which, thus, showed a wide panorama of the best productions in the contemporary art of the region.

One of the acmes of the art fair was the first edition of the OPEN SPACE, a space devoted to large format works and installations. It became a great attraction both for visitors and art buyers and a must for the media in general.

arteBA . 2006

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arteBA Contemporary Art Fair closed its 15th edition gates, reaffirming its leadership as a neuralgic center for art in Latin America. arteBA2006 received 150 special guests from abroad, among them, International museums directors, important contemporary art collectors, critics and representatives from the most influential media of the visual arts circuit..

The art galleries, unquestionable protagonists of the Fair’s success, took the challenge and presented in the Fair a proposal of remarkable artistic quality that generated great interest among the local buyers and those from abroad. The argentine galleries as the once from abroad, with a very strong presence from Brazil, exhibited their best works and evocative spaces. The names of artists with a remarkable trajectory where heard at the Fair, joined by the new protagonists presented in Barrio Joven Coca – Cola Light and high risk proposals exhibited in Caja Negra / Cubo Blanco, Video space sponsored by Converse, a wide and attractive offer for well known public and private collections and also for a growing collecting. Almost 100.000 people visited the Fair, who had the opportunity to approach to an impeccable selection of argentine and Latin-American contemporary art of well-earned international recognition.

arteBA . 2005

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The 14th edition of arteBA Feria de Arte Contemporáneo – Contemporary Art Fair, which ended last Wednesday, is to be noted down in the fruitful history of this fair as one exhibiting a sign on continuity and change. We say continuity because of the large number of visitors: 85,000 people, who acknowledged the event as a luring invitation to a fully consecrated Argentine and Latin American art fair. We say change since a good number of meaningful innovations were added to those traditional proposals that helped make up the fair’s profile throughout the years.

Those art galleries which, from the very beginning, have accompanied the growth of this fair, this year made their bet exhibiting excellent works and a great variety in their proposals –a fact that granted the general quality of the fair and awakened the interests of many local and foreign purchasers. For the great majority of those galleries, this fair’s edition meant good profit: some exhibited works by consecrated artists; many showed works coming from authors who have a well known career and are publicly acknowledged; some others presented young artists whose work raised much interest.

arteBA . 2004

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The 13th edition of the arteBA Contemporary Art Fair was a tremendous success: the specialized critics and the media praised the high standard of the exhibition and the quality of the works exhibited. Another indication of success was the great attendance, which increased towards the weekend and the May 25th holiday, with full attendance. This year the structure of the Fair underwent some changes which proved to be quite adequate as the general appearance of the fair became tidier and more precise even to the detail.

Special visitors from abroad were Alfons Hug, curator of the Sao Paulo Biennial, one of the most important events together with the Venice Biennial; and Rosina Gómez-Baeza, director of ARCO (Contemporary Art Fair) of Madrid. They both showed their amazement at the growth of arteBA in these last years.

Fifty-nine art galleries took part in arteBA2004. Among the foreign galleries were Thomas Cohn, Nara Roesler and Baró-Cruz Galería, all from Brazil; Fernando Pradilla, from Spain and Colombia; Astarté and Kraisler from Spain; Durban-Segnini from USA and Venezuela; Vasco Castresana from USA; Entre Estudio y Galería from Mexico; Sur from Uruguay; Cecilia Torres Ltd-Oscar Prato from New York and Montevideo; and Villa Sonja from Switzerland. Other participants were 6 art dealers, l7 non-profit making institutions, 23 corporations and institutions related to art and culture and 11 specialized publications.

arteBA . 2003

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12 years following the first edition of arteBA, the Fair has presented a renewed profile of itself: the Contemporary Art Fair. As a result of this new direction and without neglecting historic production as a result of this, the game has been opened to new expressions of art such as video art, digital art, objects, installations and soft sculptures.

With the objective of surpassing the quality of the Fair in every edition, a specialized Selection Committee was convened, which evaluated the proposals of each of the 85 art spaces (art galleries, art dealers, new art spaces and spaces for art and design).

On this occasion, the Generalitat Valenciana presented an Art and Fashion display featuring the designs of Manuel Fernández. The works of the Catalan artists Luis Prades and Francisco Sebastián accompanied the display.

The great attendance of the public is an unprecedented aspect of this Fair, more than 100,000 people visited the spaces dedicated to art, to Cultural Institutions and to the exhibited publications. The amount of people that visited La Rural exceeded the expectations of the organizers, both during the weekends (including the Monday that was a public holiday), as well as during the week. This year also saw a considerable increase in the amount of sales.

These and various other factors described previously aim at improving each year’s edition of arteBA, with the understanding that cultural production in all its disciplines (visual arts, writing, cinema) shapes the identity with which the country projects itself into the world.

The people involved with arteBA2003 would like to thank the support of the press, the public and the sponsors that made the success of this fair possible.

arteBA . 2002

The 11 th edition of the Fair, with the theme of “Cultural Resistance for National Pride” fulfilled the expectations of the Directive Commission of arteBA and its team of collaborators, as well as those of all that participated and the general public itself, which allowed the fair such a success in such a difficult time.

The participation of the public, more than 86,000 people in 10 days and sales: 800 works both astonished and heightened everyone’s spirits.

The changes this year: The galleries that have opened over the last three years: Braga Menéndez-Schuster, Dabbah-Torrejón, Del Infinito, Elsie del Río and Luisa Pedrouzo, have extended the scope of choice in contemporary art, accompanied very graciously by Ruth Benzacar, the pioneering gallery in this field, and the gallery of San Pablo, Thomás Cohn, attracting a new group of enthusiasts to the art market.

The new spaces for youth art: Belleza y Felicidad, Consorcio de Arte de Buenos Aires, Espacio Vox, Instantes Gráficos, Lelé de Troya, MOPT, Sonoridad Amarilla, and the youth spaces of Ruth Benzacar and Van Riel, have been intensely visited during the fair and have sold a great deal, enlarging even further the variety of what its possible in the fair and reaching a much greater number of people.

The public also showed a lot of interest in the historical Argentinean and Rio de la Plata artists. These artists could be seen as much in Maman as in the traditional galleries: Sur, Principium, Vermeer, amongst others, and in the institutional spaces of the Fundación Banco Provincia de Buenos Aires, the Fundación Andreani, the space of the Secretaría de Cultura and the Museo Xul Solar.

The video installation of Silvia Rivas, Charly Nijensohn and Carlos Trilnick: “A vision of the human”, sponsored by the Generalitat Valenciana, turned out to be the best bet of the Fair, given that it strengthened its contemporary aspect with a multimedia work of great magnitude and introduced the public to a form of art that the majority of participants in the fair had not had access to up to that point.

arteBA . 2001

On May 24, arteBA2001 closed its doors with an attendance of approximately 97,500 people. This not only represented a success regarding the participation, but also insofar as reaching a new public is concerned, as well as the offer of the art galleries and the positive balance of sales that resulted from the fair.

76 galleries exhibited their works, more than 350 artists participated, and around 800 works were sold for a value approaching 3 million pesos. In this way, the art market shows the consolidation of its movement during the exhibition days and at the same time its international scope widens: amongst the buyers, almost the entirety of a group of collectors from the United States, Europe and Brazil that were invited by the arteBA Foundation conducted purchases of art works.

Amongst the homages which took place during arteBA2001, the following stood out: the celebration of one year after the passing away of the gallery owner Ruth Benzecar and the celebration in honour of Mrs. Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, both of them great promoters of and defenders of Argentine art.

arteBA . 2000

From the May 12 to 18, 2000, arteBA2000, the 9th Fair of Buenos Aires Art Galleries and the 1st Fair of Mercosur Art Galleries, took place in Pabellón A of La Rural.

The Fair took place in Pabellón A of La Rural, a space of over 10,000 m2, the most modern offered by the City of Buenos Aires. For the year 2000, the arteBA Foundation promoted the fair as the First Fair of Mercosur Art Galleries, an initiative that aimed at placing the fair in the international arena. It counted upon the participation of art galleries from Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, and of course, other Latin American galleries from Bolivia, Chile and Colombia. The objective of this regional project was to encourage the mutual recognition between these countries and the artistic exchange between them.

In this way, it also aimed at stimulating a unified art market in which collectors and lovers of art could be brought closer to works from the region, to become acquainted with them and buy them. Furthermore, galleries from the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Germany and Spain also participated.

In the 2000 edition of arteBA, Daniel Maman gallery received the award for best exhibition stand.

arteBA . 1999

From May 21 to 30, 1999 arteBA99 took place in Pabellón E Ocre of La Rural. The change of space to La Rural, determined the prioritization of the respective participating stands. This year, the invited artist was Marta Minujín, to whom a space for installation of sculptures was dedicated.

In addition to the works presented by art galleries and institutions, the fair also counted upon the participation of the Consorcio de Museos de la Generalitat Valenciana, which presented two of the most notable emerging Spanish artists: José Sanleón y José Antonio Orts. Amongst the other cultural activities, the Fondo Nacional de las Artes made use of a 200 m2 space, within which a display of young emerging artists was shown.

In the ten days of the exposition, it was estimated that approximately 120,000 people visited the fair, taking advantage of the 70 participating art galleries, national and foreign, institutions, sponsors, specialized publications and national and foreign auction houses. The total balance of sales exceeded US$ 5,000,000, which represented an important incentive for the Argentinean art market.

arteBA . 1998

The seventh edition of the art gallery fair, arteBA ’98, exceeded all expectations.

The change of location to the Centro Municipal de Exposiciones General San Martín had very beneficial effects on the general distribution of the exhibiting participants: a great uniformity was achieved between the stands, as well as great simplicity in the layout of the stands, which is an essential quality for visiting the 80 participating galleries, both national and foreign.

In addition to the works presented by the exhibiting galleries and institutions, the arteBA Foundation organized various cultural activities: the I Biennial arteBA of Engraving took place, a space was dedicated to contemporary Argentinean sculpture, and the works of 10 Buenos Aires province painters selected by the Premio Banco Provincia were exhibited.

8000 guests participated in the opening of arteBA ’98 and it was estimated that 108,211 people visited it during the 10 days that it was open to the public, transforming it to an event of massive scope.

More than US$ 4,500,000 of works were sold, consolidating the importance of the Fair as a dynamic force in the Argentinean art market.

arteBA . 1997

arteBA 97 was the fruit of the five previous experiences and of the lessons received from other international fairs in which members of the Foundation participated in, in particular ARCO.

In this new edition of the Fair, the emphasis was placed upon getting each time a little more from the galleries, in particular helping those lacking international experience. In order to achieve this, international galleries were approached, and for those galleries that requested it, a very low-cost visit to ARCO ’97 was organised, with ibero-american art being the guest of honour. A remarkable Argentinean presence was noted at ARCO, with an excellent role being played by galleries of our country and the pavilion of the Fondo Nacional de las Artes. The quality most appreciated in Argentine art by international collectors is its contemporary nature and the fact that it belongs to an identifiable aesthetic while at the same time remaining without limits.

This year, in addition to local galleries, 15 international galleries participated in the Fair. The sculpture patio allowed major scale works to be seen, something not commonly seen in galleries, which are not accustomed to counting upon this formidable space. Thus it presents an ideal opportunity for companies, builders and architects to decide upon incorporating art works in their headquarters and projects.

The participation of young artists from the provinces consisted of twenty painters from the Mesopotamia region. The invited artist this year was the master Libero Badii, exhibiting his pictorial works, which show an inexhaustible capacity to innovate, even over his own work, which has surpassed its 80 years.

arteBA . 1996

The fifth edition of Art Gallery Fair, arteBA ’96, had the objectives of helping artists in order that they may be able to make a living from their work, allowing galleries to exhibit their best new works and facilitating access to possession of art works for the largest possible number of persons through the acquisition of these works.

In this new edition of the Fair, a special section was dedicated to graphic design, original work in series on paper, which is a way of admiring the work method as well as making access to quality original works possible for those who may have more restricted budgets.

This year, the invited artist was not a person but a collective: the painters of La Boca, a group which through its simplicity and modesty has left an indelible mark on Argentinean art.

During 1995, the ArteBA Foundation has launched new projects: the first is Live With Art, or House-Art, which aims at putting Argentinean decorators into contact with galleries, so that in our homes there would be an ever-increasing number of original artworks. The second is Build With Art, or Art-Chitecture, which advocates that architects increasingly include large-scale art works in their projects, a practice commonly seen in other countries.

arteBA . 1995

Art is one of the most vibrant expressions of a culture. Through art and other forms of expression, a country may allow itself to be recognized beyond its borders. But art is perhaps the most personal medium and at the same time, due to its international language, the most capable for allowing a country to be admired.

Organising the fourth edition of the Art Gallery Fair-arteBA 95, implied not only institutionalizing it, but also giving continuity to a cultural project that artists and galleries look forward to, year after year.

It is worth remarking upon the importance of the participation of the foreign galleries, such as Marlborough Gallery, Annina Nosei Gallery and Associated American Artists from New York, Meza Fine Art and Astrolabe from Miami and Félix from Venezuela, amongst others, which allowed our public to acquaint itself with the works of up-and-coming international artists, while at the same time creating links for promoting and also supporting the publicizing of Argentinean art on an international level.

arte BA 95 presented the display entitled “20 Artists of the Interior”, in order to offer artists from the provinces a possibility of exhibiting their works together with those of recognized Argentinean and international artists.

In the same way, this year the fist edition of VIDEO BA was presented, a competition and festival of videos concerning Argentinean art and culture. The video is an additional way of showing our ideas, our history and customs. VIDEO BA offered an opportunity to Argentinean directors to publicize their audiovisual productions through the competition and promotion offered within the framework of arteBA.

arteBA . 1994

The third edition of the Art Gallery Fair – arteBA ’94, took place in renewed ambiance and surroundings. The Centro Cultural Recoleta opened its doors, displaying for the first time new extensions and installations. In a similar way, the surroundings have changed also: Buenos Aires Design provides this area with a particular beauty, acting as a unifying axis between the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes on one side, home of the respected masters, and the Centro Cultural Recoleta on the other side, a haven for new tendencies in art. arteBA allowed the most diverse artistic expressions, both local and foreign, to gather in this cultural circuit, to which we can add the Palais de Glace and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo.

Each year the arteBA Foundation commits itself to inviting a living foreign artist with international recognition. This new edition of the Fair, counted upon the presence of Italian Valerio Adami as the invited artist, in this way offering the public the possibility of acquainting themselves with his development as an artist and his work.

ArteBA ‘94 saw a strong international presence: the Thomas R Monahan, Linda Moore, CDS, Astrolabe and Imperfect Utopia galleries from the United Status, the Sala del Arte Contemporáneo from Ecuador, Alcolea, Fandos and Van Art from Spain; Sur y De la Matriz from Uruguay, had all partaken in the development of the Fair with great enthusiasm.

arteBA . 1992

The second edition of the Art Gallery Fair, arte BA ’92, counted upon the presence of fifty-five galleries, with twelve of them being international participants.

An important part of the organization of the Fair is the opportunity of the general public to gain access to the art market. The different forms of expression used by plastic artists (sculpture, oil painting, pastels, aquarelle, collage, drawing, engraving, objects, etc.) and their differing levels of recognition (respected, recognized and emerging) present different investment possibilities, with a great variety in price.

This allowed people that are not accustomed to visiting galleries to see fifty or more in a single visit, and to purchase according to their respective budgets (the artists once again being favoured).

The other aspect taken into account in arte BA ‘92, which is not in any way less important, is the globalization of Latin American art. The presence of foreign galleries, almost 20% of the total this year, allowed art dealers from other parts of the world to have contact with our painting and our public.

arteBA . 1991

The arteBA Foundation this year accepted the challenge put forth by the authorities of Buenos Aires, which entailed organizing an annual art gallery fair with the same features as international fairs such as those of Frankfurt, Bonn, Miami, Madrid, which give pride to these cities.

With more enthusiasm than experience, the organization of ArteBA ’91 was thus launched, counting upon the support of gallery owners, the Centro Cultural Recoleta and its friends and sponsoring companies. The response of the public – more than twenty thousand people visited the event – confirmed that Buenos Aires wanted to have a fair.

arteBA 91 closed its doors secure in the knowledge that the Foundation had, through its actions, accomplished the objectives that gave it birth:
• Promote Argentinean art, not only through publicizing it, but also through facilitating its acquisition.
• To bring artist into contact with the general public through the galleries, so that in turn this public is brought closer to the possibility of bringing art back to their homes.
• Consolidate the presence of Argentina within Latin American art, proving that it is an art that has buyers.
• Consolidating the art market through a fair which assists in giving the market transparency.
• Transforming arteBA into a regional event with the participation of Southern Cone galleries, with the idea of creating a type of Mercosur for the plastic arts.