Must-See Art Guide: Mexico City

This week's art guide includes Sophie Calle, Carlos Amorales, and more.

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Luis Armando Zesatti, Palma (2013). Courtesy of Galeria INTERART.

Dickens 33-C, Mexico City, Mexico
Ricardo Rendon. Courtesy of Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo.

Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico
Kevin Gallagher. Courtesy of Lodos Contemporáneo.

García Icazbalceta #30, Colonia San Rafael, Mexico City, Mexico
Bosco Sodi. Courtesy of Galería Hilario Galguera.

Francisco Pimentel 3, Colonia San Rafael, Mexico City, México
Gabriel Orozco, Aliento sobre piano (1993). Courtesy of Lulu.

Bajio 231, Colonia Roma, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico
Courtesy of Kurimanzutto.

Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico
Sophie Calle. Courtesy of Museo Rufino Tamayo.

Paseo de la Reforma 51, Bosque de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico
Courtesy of Anonymous Gallery.

Lago Erne 254, Cuauhtémoc Pensil, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico
Danh Vo, installation view. Courtesy of Museo Jumex.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Ampliacion Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

Mexico’s almost 500-year-old capital will soon be the ‘it’ place to be in the art world when the highly anticipated art fair Zona Maco takes place in Mexico City, February 4 through 8. This picturesque city, with its historic streets, palm trees, and colorful murals, has been home to many creative types, including well-known surrealists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

One of the first major museums in Mexico, Museo Tamayo, which holds the private collection of artist Rufino Tamayo, is having a show on French conceptual artist Sophie Calle. Her piece titled Take Care of Yourself, originally created for the French Pavilion of the 2007 Venice Biennale, was inspired by an email she received from her then-boyfriend, and examines the conditions of human emotions. While you’re in the area, go for a scenic stroll through Chapultepec Park until you reach Galeria INTERART. The gallery just opened a group show, with works by Latin American artists, such as Ricardo Mazal, Gustavo Montoya, and Alfredo Castañeda, just to name a few.

If you would rather see a solo show by a local artist, be sure to check out Kurimanzutto gallery, which has become an international powerhouse since it opened 15 years ago, representing artists such as Gabriel Orozco and Damián Ortega. The gallery is having a show starting on February 10 featuring artist Carlos Amorales titled “Carlos Amorales, el Esplendor Geométrico.” If you just cannot wait to get in there, or have had enough of the scene at Zona Maco, do not fret, they are also showing a performance piece by actor Philippe Eustachon called “manifiesto del cubismo ideológico,” which starts at 1 p.m. this coming Friday.

Getting around this sprawling global city is a lot easier than you think considering it’s one of the most populous cities in the world. Just make sure, before you leave, to pick up a tamale or torta, or two.

 

Exhibition: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Artists

When: February 1–February 28, 2015

Where:  Galeria INTERART, Dickens 33-C, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Exhibition: LÍMITE POSIBLE

When: February 3–March 20, 2015

Where: Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Exhibition: Square Shape Faint Aroma: Kevin Gallagher

When: February 6–March 21, 2015

Where: Lodos Contemporáneo, García Icazbalceta #30, Colonia San Rafael, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Exhibition: Ag

When: February 6–March 27, 2015

Where: Galería Hilario Galguera, Francisco Pimentel 3, Colonia San Rafael, Mexico City, México

 

Exhibition: The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary

When: February 7–May 17, 2015 (OPENING RECEPTION: February 7)

Where: Lulu, Bajio 231, Colonia Roma, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Exhibition: El Esplendor Geométrico | Carlos Amorales

When: February 10–March 14, 2015

Where: Kurimanzutto, Gobernador Rafael Rebollar 94, San Miguel Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Exhibition: Sophie Calle: Take care of yourself

When: October 30, 2014–February 15, 2015

Where: Museo Rufino Tamayo, Paseo de la Reforma 51, Bosque de Chapultepec, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Exhibition: Robert Davis feat. Law Office

When: January 15–February 15, 2015

Where: Anonymous Gallery, Lago Erne 254, Cuauhtémoc Pensil, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico

 

Exhibition: DANH VO وادي الحجارة

When: November 13, 2014–February 25, 2015

Where: Museo Jumex, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303, Ampliacion Granada, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City, Mexico


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