April 22, 2021

What to see in ARCO 2020 with only two hours?

ARCO 2020 was inaugurated this Thursday and is characterized by having more than considerable proportions. The fair has more than 200 galleries and works by more than a thousand artists, so going ahead ensures a pleasant visit, but time, sometimes, we have plenty. We recommend the keys of ARCO 2020:

Screech: Spanish art is treading hard this year at ARCO and Chillida is the most special guest. The Hauser & Wirth gallery dedicates its ‘stand’ to the Basque artist. “The deep is the air”, a piece of pink granite of more than 4 tons, has captured all the attention. It is the first time that a work of these dimensions of the artist comes to ARCO.

Vanguards: The art that sells the most expensive always has a great place at the fair. The most expensive work this year is for “Portrait of Jaqueline” (6.5 million) by Picasso, in Edward Tyler Nahem. In Leandro Navarro, there is a mobile from Calder, a Kandinsky and several works by Dalí and Miró. In Lelong there is also an exquisite drawing of the Mallorquin and several tempera paintings by Calder in Elvira González.

Photography: Photography also has its place in ARCO. One of the most interesting spaces is that of Michael Hoppen, with the work of Sohei Nishino, a young Japanese photographer, who builds maps from analog photography and has an impressive work on Everest. Beside him, Kati Horna portrays Leonora Carrington in an avant-garde work.

The two Franco: A work by Riiko Sakkinen that states that “Franco was not as bad as they say.” The other ‘Franco’ is from Marco A. Castillo.

Women: Much art of women and women in this edition. In ‘Minimum Space’ we can see a great tribute to Teresa Lanceta, the textile art artist, with a section that covers her long career. Next to her, Diana Larrea with her cyanotypes of women forgotten artists and, in Fernández-Braso, works by Carmen Calvo and a beautiful painting by Isabel Villar. Sara Ramo with a project for ‘Travesía Cuatro’ and the giant sculptures of Joana Vasconcelos in Horrach Moya.

Political art: Alfredo Jaar, one of the most relevant Chilean artists of his generation, has a series of works on the Chilean dictatorship. Also, Ai Weiwei defies authority through his Chinese horoscope made with Lego, “Zodiac”, and in Joan Prats, Chile again with a work by Chilean Fernando Prats on the revolts in Chile.

More Spanish art: This year Spanish art is wherever you look. Malborugh has a great selection of artists, Antonio López, with “Winter Roses”, chairs the ‘stand’ with Manolo Valdés, Blanca Muñoz and Chirino. Palazuelo, in Sánchez Braso and Mayoral; Miguel Ángel Campano, in Juana de Aizpuru; and Ángela de la Cruz, in Thomas Schulte and other galleries.

Art and science: Art and science come together in the work of José María Sicilia. The Messen de Clercq in Brussels brings a large selection of paintings made with silk embroidery that the artist makes from a mathematical formula about light.

Sculpture: The Elvira González Gallery brings an imposing minimalist work by Larry Bell, “Bay Area Blues”, a selection of furniture by Donal Judd and sculptures by Juan Asensio and Olaffur Eliasson. Nearby are the two busts of Jaume Plensa in Lelong. The NoguerasBlanchard gallery has reproduced in miniature one of Leandro Erlich’s works, which reflects on climate change, with a large car sculpture made of beach sand.


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