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Zona Maco 2017

“Latin America’s most important contemporary art fair…” At Zona Maco, sales are slowing down but Mexico City’s art scene is thriving. Throughout this week, Zona Maco’s website was unavailable to use half of the time with a message appearing across the screen announcing “Resource Limit Is Reached”. One wondered if the message was an unintentional commentary on the fair’s performance, as much as that on the dysfunctional website. Though the energy fluctuated across the opening days (8-12 February) as well as across the sections, Zona Maco often appeared slightly out of breath, lacking the thrill excitement that typically accompanies the global art world’s most successful “trade shows”. Hopping from one international fair to another with a baggage of art celebrities’ latest multimillion creations is no doubt an exhausting business, which might explain the weariness at some of the booths, particularly those of the top galleries from New York, Paris and London, whose abundance in the exhibitors’ list makes Zona Maco the most international art event in the region. Zona Maco 2017, presenting 120 galleries and 1500 artists, was unequivocally described as the most international edition so far, both when it comes to the geographical spread of participating galleries, and that of collectors in attendance. The sales however were uneven. With many dealers confirming the fair’s sluggishness when speaking in private, and asserting fantastic sales when approached in writing, one can only assume the truth must be somewhere in the middle.  Los Angeles’s Steve Turner confirmed all works from their stand, part of a curated section Zona Maco Sur, were snapped up within the first four hours after the opening. The gallery was showcasing paintings and a video by Yung Jake, a multidisciplinary artist “born on Internet in 2011”, fusing hip-hop, technology, and contemporary art.  Curiously, all the works went...

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A new Sistine Chapel?

With the permission of the Vatican, a replica of the Sistine Chapel was reconstructed in Mexico City, identical on all fronts to the original chapel constructed in the 15th century, including scale. According to Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, who also supervised the works, this is the first ever project to identically reconstruct the Sistine Chapel. The works were based on 2.6 million images, and offer an opportunity to rediscover the well-known frescoes by Michelangelo Buonarroti, The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, as well as paintings by Raphael, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Signorelli. The project was carried out thanks to a team of architects, engineers, scenographers and photographers, and cost a total of $2.4 million, entirely financed by private partners, while admission for visitors is free. The replica will be visible for the first time on the Plaza de la República in Mexico City from 6 to 30 June 2016, before travelling the world for three...

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Mexico City’s 2016 Material Art Fair Has Grown by 50 Percent for Its Third Edition

Mexico City’s Material Art Fair is moving location to accommodate for its third, and most ambitious, edition to be held on 4 February 2016. Material focuses on upcoming galleries and runs alongside the well-established Zona Maco Fair. In its first two editions, held in 2014 and earlier in 2015, around 40 galleries were welcomed. Next year, between 4 and 7 February, Material is said to welcome 64 galleries, an increase of more than 50 percent. For half of the participants, it will be their first time at the fair. Brett W. Schultz, one of the fair’s three founders feels that they “had to leave a lot of good proposals out last year because there just wasn’t enough space.” Thus, to include as many galleries as possible, the fair will be moved from Auditorio Blackberry, a concert hall in the Condesa neighborhood, to Expo Reforma, a convention hall near the city center in the Juárez neighborhood, which has hosted Zona Maco in the past. Daniela Elbahara, another Material cofounder, says “the layout is super important because it won’t replicate any other art fair.” The fair is said to resemble a labyrinth; there will be no aisles and the rooved gallery booths will flow into each other. The huge public gathering spaces in the fair will not have ceilings, providing a contrasting architectural experience, with the rugged art bar Beverley’s on Manhattan’s Lower East Side serving drinks at the same time as hosting an exhibition of its own. The exhibiting galleries for Material 2016 were chosen by a selected committee including Michael Clifton, the cofounder of New York gallery Clifton Benevento; Stefan Benchoam, an artist and cofounder of Proyectos Ultravioleta; Attilia Fattori Franchini, a London-based curator; and Willy Kautz, a curator in Mexico City....

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“In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni” at Museo Jumex

From 11 July until 4 October 2015, Museo Jumex, in Mexico City, Mexico, is to host an exhibition entitled “In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni”. The exhibition is to bring together 100 artworks from the Jumex collection, investigating the various approaches of curating. Visitors are invited to discover the subtle choices made when putting together a collection. The following artists are to present their artworks: Bas Jan Ader, Carlos Amorales, Joseph Beuys, Monica Bonvicini, Stefan Brüggemann, Jeff Burton, Anne Collier, Jose Dávila, Moyra Davey, Carroll Dunham, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Claire Fontaine, Garea, Gelitin, Liam Gillick, Felix González Torres, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jim Hodges, Jenny Holzer, Roni Horn, Dennis Hopper, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Gabriel Kuri, Abigail Lane, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jesús León, Robert Longo, Sarah Lucas, David Lynch, John McCraken, Sarah Morris, Ugo Mulas, Luis Felipe Ortega, Jorge Pardo, Liliana Porter, Richard Prince, Tobias Rehberger, Daniela Rossell, Thomas Ruff, Alan Saret, Hedi Slimane, Dash Snow, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Luis Emilio Valdés Rodríguez, among many others. The participating artists Bernadette Corporation, Nicolas Ceccaldi, and Peter Wächtler have received special commissions to create an artwork for the exhibition, which is inspired by the museum’s...

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Zona Maco to launch new photography fair

Zona Maco, South America’s most important fair group, has announced the launch of a new project, Zona Maco Foto, a fair dedicated to antique, modern, and contemporary photography and video. The fair will take place from 24 until 17 September 2015, coinciding with the second edition of Zona Maco Salón del Anticuario. The new fair will host a wide range of exhibitors, both South American and international, including galleries, private dealers, editors of photography magazines and books, and photography service suppliers. The fair, along with Zona Maco Salón del Anticuario, will take place at Mexico City’s Centro Banamex. Exhibitors will be selected by a committee comprising Daniel Garza-Usabiaga, the curator of Mexico City’s Museo Universitario del Chopo, Ana Elena Mallet, a Mexico City-based independent curator, and Mauricio Maillé, the visual arts director of the Fundación Televisa, Mexico City. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore Zona Maco Salón del Anticuario, which will feature decorative arts, jewellery, furniture, ceramics, design pieces, textiles, books, and manuscripts dating from before 1960, along with sculpture, painting, drawing, and graphic art dating from before...

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