The international Art has its place in Medellin
This fair, which starts on Friday, seeks more people to visit exhibitions and knows the market.
Two years ago, a group of managers, headed by Juan Fernando Foronda, the challenge of making a show that not only group together different artistic expressions, but help stimulate the art market in the capital of Antioquia and open to galleries raised other cities and countries.
Now, for the third edition of this fair, which begins on 16 September, 60 percent of participating galleries come from abroad.
Participating galleries include 925 Art Gallery, AC Contemporary Art, Gallery Square House, Enlace Contemporary Art Factory Art Santa Rosa, Gallery Alfredo Ginocchio, C-Art-Gallery, Duque Arango, Jacob Karpio, Sextant, Kite, X Space , Imagina Art Gallery, LAAP, NG Art Gallery and Susan Mains & Gallery, among others.
In addition, there will be large-scale installations by artists such as Antooine (Cuba) or Claudio Gallina (Argentina), which can be seen in Plaza Mayor, which is the venue for this meeting of art.
Castañeda account that although it is difficult to “reduce to a description of the artistic value of local talent, there is an opening to explore other means.”
For example, students of Technology School of Arts Debora Arango (Envigado) exhibited at Art Medellin pieces “iconographically imitate the drawing but made with other materials, such as human hair,” he adds.
This openness to experience is also evident in the selection of galleries, including those that are traditional and others that are starting and, according to Castaneda, “they have artists who are proactive, regular program of exhibitions and taking risks.”
No one works
For the organizers, in addition, it is important that those who do not usually attend museums or galleries because they do not know or understand art, change that view.
Therefore, besides the sale of works (including large format) will be parallel to the exhibition activities.
Among them, a series of informal talks to make that increasingly fewer people feel prevention when approaching art.
One will be on Thursday, September 15 (one day before the opening), at 6:30 pm, with Secretary of Culture of Medellin, Amalia Londono; Tony Evanko, director of Casa Tres Patios, and Oscar Roldán-Alzate, director of Cultural Extension of the University of Antioquia.
Another talks is ‘Intersections: fashion and visual art, influences and interdisciplinarity’, which will discuss the relationship between visual art, fashion design and design in general, from cases of Aníbal Vallejo ( artist), Camilo Alvarez (fashion designer) and Juan José Cadavid (deputy director of the Colombian creativity Tuition Design). It will be held on September 15 at 5 pm
A tribute to the artist Felix Angel
During the fair, this Colombian artist based in the United States and who since that country has alternated his artistic production to cultural management, will talk about his life and work. It will be on September 17, from 5 pm
Angel is an architect of the National University and collects around 500 individual and group exhibitions.
He was curator of the Art Museum of the Americas and director of the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank, among other charges.