From Modern Masters to Emerging Contemporary Stars, Here Are Seven Booths Not to Miss at ARCOmadrid

Catch impressive works by Gunther Förg, Christian Boltanski, and Angela de la Cruz at the 38th edition of the fair.

The entrance to ARCO in Madrid. Courtesy of ARCOmadrid 2019.

Now in its 38th year, ARCOmadrid has long established itself as one of the preeminent—and best attended—art fairs in the world. Every February, it represents a moment in Spain “where the media, art people, and non-art people alike pay attention,” Carlos Urroz, director of ARCOmadrid, told artnet last year.

This year is certainly no different. The fair returns with a number of exciting programs and projects, including the return of the curated “Guest Country” sector. With more than 200 galleries participating there will, of course, be some great booths too.

Here are seven galleries from artnet’s network to keep an eye out for on the ground.

Galerie Lelong

Gunther Förg, Untitled (1994). Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris.

The Paris-based Galerie Lelong & Co. is coming to the Spanish fair with a solo presentation of work by the German modernist Gunther Förg, who died in 2013. Förg developed his painting style under the tutelage of Karl Fred Dahmen, a member of the Art Informel movement, and married formal aspects he saw in the work of Ellsworth Kelly and Cy Twombly with evocative and lyrical brushstrokes and a bold use of color.

Booth 9C06

P.P.O.W.

Carlos Motta, <i>Self-Portrait with Death 1 </i> (1996/2018). Courtesy of P.P.O.W.

Carlos Motta, Self-Portrait with Death 1 (1996/2018). Courtesy of P.P.O.W.

P.P.O.W. is travelling from New York to Spain with a dual-presentation of work by the late artist David Wojnarowicz—who was the subject of a survey at the Whitney Museum last year—and Carlos Motta. Both are important figures in the queer arts landscape and Motta, who was born in Colombia and now lives in New York, takes up the mantle of Wojnarowicz’s legacy in a new series of self-portraits that reflect both artists.

Booth 7A06

Kewenig Galerie

Christian Boltanski, Monument (1986). Courtesy of Kewenig Galerie.

The Berlin-based Kewenig Galerie, founded by the late dealer Michael Kewenig and his wife, Jule, in 1986, is renowned as a champion of Arte Povera. Over the decades, the gallerists have developed a strong roster of artists from this movement as well as other conceptualists, including Christian Boltanski, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, and Jannis Kounellis. Works by Boltanski will be on view in Madrid, as will sculptures by Bernardí Roig, oil-on-jute paintings by Leiko Ikemura, and watercolors by Bernd Koberling.

Booth 7B07

Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, still from Estás vendo coisas (2016). © The artists, courtesy of Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel.

The Brazilian-based gallery is bringing a strong suite of artists to ARCOmadrid, including Ernesto Neto, Sara Ramo, and the duo Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca—the latter of whom will represent Brazil at the upcoming 58th Venice Biennale. It’s a diverse affair, with works ranging in medium and in scale, encompassing sculpture, assemblage, painting, and new media.

Booth 7D05

Galerie Thomas Schulte

Angela de la Cruz, Crate Turquoise (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Thomas Schulte.

Thomas Schulte, another Berlin-based dealer, is presenting three works from Spanish artist Angela de la Cruz’s Crates series, which, in the words of Donald Judd, are “neither painting nor sculpture but something in between.” The anthropomorphic objects are both unsettling and familiar, standing at full human height, and perched on four slightly bowed legs. The twisted metal objects recall John Chamberlain, and the saturated primary colors are echoed by the subtle pigment gradations of Juan Uslé’s paintings, also on display at the booth.

Booth 9D07

Sabrina Amrani

Manal Al Dowayan, I am an architect (2007). Courtesy of Sabrina Amrani.

Dealer Sabrina Amrani won’t have far to go for ARCO—her seven-year-old gallery is just a 20-minute drive from the fair. She’ll bring a wide range of international art to her booth in the event’s General Sector, including by Manal Al-Dowayan, Monica de Miranda, Jong Oh, and Timothy Hyunsoo Lee. Another presentation for the Special Projects section will feature a new work by Pakistani artist Waqas Khan, made specifically for the fair.

Booth 9D03

Galeria Mayoral

Joan Miró, Personnage (1974). Courtesy of Galerie Mayoral.

Barcelona’s Galeria Mayoral will travel inland with a selection of work by postwar artists created between 1957 and 2002. The pièce de résistance of the booth are works by the painter Joan Miró—who is currently the subject of a retrospective at MoMA in New York—with price tags of up to more than $1.2 million.


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