Here Are 8 Booths at Zona Maco That You Won’t Want to Miss
As Latin America's largest art fair opens to the public, here are eight of our favorite booths from artnet's partner galleries.
Closing in on its 20th anniversary, Zona Maco has firmly established itself as one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Latin America. The Mexico City-based event has come to attract hundreds of major galleries (more than 180 are expected this year) and some 60,000 visitors.
Here are eight booths from artnet’s gallery network that you won’t want to miss at the fair, which opens today at Centro Citibanamex.
The London-based Ben Brown Fine Arts is coming to the fair with a wide variety of works by news-making artists. One standout is Vik Muniz, a Brazilian artist who recreates canonical works from art history using banal materials, often incorporating bits of detritus. Muniz’s works are inflected with contemporary references to pop culture, including some that are presented as photographs, imparting another layer of remove.
Another artist that is sure to be a hit is Awol Erizku, the Ethiopian-born photographer who shot a resplendent Beyoncé for her viral pregnancy announcement on Instagram. Other artists in the booth include Miquel Barceló, Alighiero Boetti, Yoan Capote, and José Parlá.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Madrid gallery run by Javier López and Fer Francés will return to Zona Maco with a colorful group show offering works by a range of international artists. One highlight is Sevillian painter Manuel León’s psychedelic paintings of flora and fauna. León was awarded the Bienal de Pintura Rafael Botí award in 2016 for his contribution to the landscape of contemporary painting. New York visitors to the fair will be familiar with the offerings of Peter Halley, whose solo show at the Lever House Art Collection, curated by Roya Sachs, wrapped up at the end of December.
3. Galería OMR
Located in the heart of Roma in Mexico City, Galería OMR has a wealth of goods at this year’s fair. The surreal, almost comical sculpture-based installations of artists Jose Dávila and Gabriel Rico could be seen as constellations, each distinct aspect of their three-dimensionality touching on different artistic disciplines, with nods to architectural history, philosophy, pop art, and more. On the booth’s walls, the layered abstractions of Daniel Silver incorporate many of the same colors that jump out from Jessie Makinson’s fantastical paintings and Candida Höfer’s photographs.
JD Malat Gallery, based in London, is coming to the fair this year with new works by gallery artists including Katrin Fridriks, Conrad Jon Godly, Li Tianbing, Masayoshi Nojo, Santiago Parra, Henrik Uldalen, and Erdogan Zümrütoğlu. The bright colors and dynamic movement of the individual canvases come together for an impressive display of contemporary painting from a slate of international artists.
5. Kohn Gallery
Los Angeles-based Kohn Gallery represents the estates of some of California’s most influential artists, including John Altoon, Wallace Berman, and the late Bruce Conner, who is the subject of the gallery’supcoming solo presentation at Zona Maco. Conner’s multimedia practice touched on themes ranging from mass consumerism to the burgeoning subcultures of avant-garde film and punk. The gallery will have a wide selection of the artist’s works, including his early abstract paintings, assemblage sculptures, works on paper, and photographs.
The contemporary art gallery Mai 36, based in Zurich, features artists considering the “fundamental questions of art,” and contributing to a worldwide discourse beginning after 1945. The gallery’s roster features artists engaged with conceptual art, particularly those who combine text, image, and signs, such as John Baldessari, Lawrence Weiner, and Matt Mullican. Then there are artists who introduce layers of film and photography to reference collective memory, like the Cuban artist Raúl Cordero and photographer Thomas Ruff.
At home in Mexico City, Maia Contemporary is bringing a suite of artists to its booth at Zona Maco. A number of works explore themes ranging from the migration crisis and border identity in the work of Betsabeé Romero, to Daniel Lezama’s surreal works that infuse allegories of Mexican culture. Another highlight is by the artist Pedro Friedeberg, whose artistic career was nurtured alongside the Surrealists and Neo-Dadaists, movements that are evident in his tableaux, which incorporate the compositions of Renaissance and Gothic architecture with optical illusions and intricate schematics.
Opera Gallery, founded in Paris in 1994, returns to Zona Maco with works by standouts of modern and contemporary art including Alexander Calder, Keith Haring, Fernand Léger, and Pablo Picasso. The works, though created in vastly different contexts, share visual attributes: pared-down shapes and figures, abstracted forms, and saturated color palettes, which speak to one another across the boundaries of time and place. One of the gallery’s represented artists, Spanish-born Manolo Valdés, shows work that synthesizes the visual themes of American Pop art, but is inflected with political critique.
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