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#ArcoColombia: Colombia Across Madrid

by Nicole Rodríguez Woods
In its 34th edition, ARCOmadrid has invited Colombia to participate as guest of honor under the moniker #ArcoColombia. Since 1996, the organization has presented a special focus on a different country each year (last year we covered ARCO's #FocusFinland, also furnished with a readymade hashtag). This year the special program encompasses a selection of 10 galleries curated by Juan A. Gaitán for the main fair alongside a broad repertoire of exhibitions and events that will parallel ARCOmadrid during the months of February and March across the city. The suite of tandem events are organized... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 2/25/15
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From Playfulness to Melancholy: ARCO’s Finnish Focus

by John Gayer
This year, as part of ARCOmadrid’s ongoing quest to promote the best in contemporary art to Spain and the world, the fair set its sights on northern Europe and instated Finland as its guest of honor. Launched in 2011 as part of the fair’s 30th anniversary edition, the ‘Focus’ initiative broadens the art market perspective by highlighting the gallery scenes in various European countries. #FocusFinland stands as the fourth installment. (Previous presentations showcased scenes in Russia, the Netherlands and Turkey.) Not being ones to shy away from a good opportunity, #FocusFinland&rs... [more]
Posted by John Gayer on 2/18/14
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In Madrid young is sometimes old, sometimes French, but mostly from Berlin

by Edo Dijksterhuis
For about two decades now the qualifications “young,” “emerging,” and “new” have functioned as the ultimate buzzwords, inspiring a Pavlovian rustle of checkbooks amongst collectors “buying with their ears.” No wonder art fairs have latched onto the phenomenon by creating special sections dedicated to gallery start-ups. At Frieze it’s called Frame; Art Brussels has Young; Art Rotterdam’s got a New Art Section. And there is, of course, LISTE, the fair designed from the start to showcase the latest trends from the hottest newcomers. ARCOmadrid was relatively late jumping on the wagon,... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 2/18/14
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The Electric Streets of Madrid

by Clare Sheppard
Madrid, an inland empire of electric streets paved with diversion and vibrancy where, as Hemingway remarked, “you don’t go to bed until you’ve killed the night”, and where the following day, in the hue of the city’s post-party drowsiness, Madridleños will persevere to slaughter the day. The Spanish capital has always exuded a doggedness to endure, not just to rue and spite the turbulence which often confronts it, but to actively tackle it. In 1982 when ARCO (The International Fair of Contemporary Art in Madrid) had its maiden year, times were not propitious. Spain was at the latter end of its tra... [more]
Posted by Clare Sheppard on 2/12/13
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In Madrid with the ArtSlant Team

by Natalie Hegert
The Prado. The Reina Sofía. The Thyssen. From Guernica to Goya, the Spanish capital possesses unimaginable artistic treasures. Add to that the leisurely tapas bars and all-night parties, Madrid’s the perfect spot to indulge in cultural and sensory overload. For one week in February, the crowds of international dealers, collectors, and art-lovers arrive in Madrid to do just that. Oh, and also to buy and sell some art. ARCO Madrid is a massive affair: over 200 galleries from nearly thirty countries showing works by thousands of artists in two enormous pavilions at the Feria de Madrid. On the ot... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 2/15/12