The Art World Report
México Arte Contemporaneo
Text by Tatiana Peralta and Lorena Murat
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The eleventh edition of the art fair Zona Maco took place in Mexico City from February 5th to February the 9th. The recent opening of the Jumex museum had already put Mexico in the eye of the industry’s leaders. But the art fair reassured critics that this boom is not temporary – Mexico is now a key player in the contemporary art scene.
MACO allows us to live and experience the talent of great national and international artists. Openings, private collections, satellite fairs and all the galleries help create both a dialogue and international exposure.
There, you can find everyone involved in the industry: gallery owners, artists, curators, collectors and most of all, art lovers. The fair’s vibe is a clear example of Mexico’s presence in the art world.
The mix of talented artist varies from gallery to gallery. Regarding photography, we loved the Peruvian artist Mauricio Gil’s contemporary creations and Kati Horna’s surrealist interpretations.
Some Mexican galleries’ choice of displays generated controversy such as Kurimanzutto and OMR. However, they have no problem holding their own against foreign galleries like Barbara Gladstones’. She represents international artists of the likes of Anish Kapoor and Ugo Rondinone. Other highlights were Mexican artist Jose Davila at the Max Wigram gallery and Damien Hirst at the Mexican gallery Hilario Galguera.
As far as modern art goes, we found pieces by iconic artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Frida Kahlo. Of the fair’s different sections, “New Proposals” and “Zona Maco Sur” were among the visitors’ favorites. There, we found up and coming artists coming from places as different as Aguascalientes in Le Laboratoire’s case and Istambul in Galeri Zilberman’s. One of our favorites was Manuel Muñoz, the Mexican sculptor who captivated the audience with his “Carbon Black” piece.
“Mexico’s potential and talent are clear,” said Tatiana Peralta, Sotheby´s México. “Every year, I challenge myself to follow the artists that impressed me the most. This way I can understand where they’re coming from, how they interpret their pieces and I can apply that to my daily life. Zona MACO is one of the most comprehensive art fairs in the world. It’s amazing to have all of this wonderful art packed into the same space for five consecutive days. It’s very important to support and follow the up and coming talents.”