Housed in the Main Section, Stage IRSA is a subsidized space geared to galleries that have been in operation for no more than five years and that represent artists that, though young, enjoy a measure of recognition on the contemporary art market. Stage IRSA was introduced in the 2018 edition of arteBA. It was a great success due to both the quality of the proposals and their appeal to private collectors, museums, and institutions. In 2018, Galería Isla Flotante, which will participate in Stage IRSA again this year, sold pieces by one of its artists, Mariela Scafati (Buenos Aires province, 1973), to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. This year thirteen galleries, some based in Argentina and others abroad, will participate, some of them with collaborative projects like the one between La Arte and Almanaque, located in Salta and Mexico City respectively; the stands in these galleries are smaller in size than other stands in the Main Section. The selection committee for this section was the same as the selection committee for the larger Main Section: Florencia Malbrán (freelance curator based in Buenos Aires), Eduardo Brandão (gallerist, Vermelho, São Paulo), Henrique Faria (gallerist, Henrique Faria New York/Buenos Aires), Julián Mizrahi (gallerist, Del Infinito, Buenos Aires), and Ana Castella (head of development at the Museo Tamayo and organizer of Condo México 2018, a large-scale collaborative exhibition of international galleries). The aim, as Florencia Malbrán explains, is “an attractive balance between the Main Section and the Stage Section” that takes into account both the goals for this year’s edition of the fair and its new layout. The idea is “to provide a dynamic gathering point for the exchange of ideas. In the Main Section, visitors will find galleries from Argentina and abroad selected on the basis of their experience, as well as the soundness of their proposals for the fair; major modern and contemporary works will be on exhibit. The Stage Section consists of ambitious newer galleries that together have a more and more powerful voice in conversations on contemporary art. In conjunction, the two sections will provide an opportunity to see both emerging and established works of art that connect artists and fair attendants.” A number of galleries that, in earlier editions of arteBA, had participated in the Barrio Joven will be featured in this section, among them UV Estudios, Quadro, and El Gran Vidrio.