That time is upon us once again; ArteBA, Buenos Aires’ gigantic annual art fair starts Thursday. Having been delayed a month from the usual running date at the end of May due to this year’s bicentenery celebration, the bulk of BA’s galleries, along with a slew of international entries from Latin America, Europe, and the US, are warming up for the big opening of the five-day fair. Navigating the hundreds of stalls and still being able to see straight is something of a feat – take our advice and check out the following spots, all dynamite participants and past award winners, and sure to grab the attention of both art fiends and curious browsers.
Appetite – BA’s premier space for emerging talent always wows and shocks visitors with uncouth displays.
Braga Menendez – Contemporary work by all Argentinean talent.
Daniel Abate – Art with a touch of glamour is the name of the game at this cutting-edge contemporary gallery.
Elsi del Rio – Typically one of the outstanding exhibitors at ArteBA.
Ernesto Catena – All lens-based work on show at this, BA’s only gallery dedicated solely to photography.
Ruth Benzacar – The doña of Buenos Aires’ emerging art scene Orly Benzacar caries on the spirit of her mother’s brainchild.
Wussmann – A solid showing of super-sized paintings, drawings, and prints every year.
Zavaleta Lab – One of BA’s top contemporary galleries displays mainly flashy large-format work.
Animal – A Chilean import, Animal is one of Santiago’s most notable contemporary galleries.
Barrio Joven – Not a gallery, but rather a grouping of galleries run by and dedicated to emerging artists. This is definitely a section of the fair that is not to be missed. Look for live graffiti painting, performances, and otherwise unconventional showcasing of truly pioneer work.
ArteBA 2010 runs from July 25-29 from 1-10pm at La Rural, with the grand opening taking place Thursday July 24 at 7pm. Tickets cost AR$30. For more information check out Nile Guide events here.