5 Works Of Art You May Have Missed At ArtBo 2017

ArtBo 2017 just wrapped up on October 29 after a five-day run at Corferias in Bogota. Some 75 galleries from 18 countries participated in the fair, which was originally created as a program by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce to cultivate the local art scene. “It’s about doing things at the fair beyond the commercial, and really structuring a fair that’s about content and it’s all about the experience of the city and international visitors,” said the fair’s director, María Paz Gaviria. If you didn’t have a chance to visit ArtBo, here are five highlights from ArtBo 2017.

 

Colombia es una Democracia by Antonio Caro

Colombia es una Democracia by Antonio Caro

Antonio Caro recreated this set of posters last year after creating the original, which only exists in photos in 1972. “There was a time when there was a lot of killings of students in cities around all of Latin America,” said said Ines Casas Riegner of Galeria Casas Riegner.  “Antonio made this work only as a poster. There were a lot of protests and it was a time where there was no democracy in Colombia.”

 

1968: The fire of the ideas by Marcel Brodsky

1968: The fire of the ideas by Marcel Brodsky

Marcel Brodsky created this work, which immortalized a strike by theater workers against censorship in Brazil in 1968.

 

 

El Archivo Macondo (la cuerva del tiempo cero), 1994-2017 by François Bucher

El Archivo Macondo (la cuerva del tiempo cero), 1994-2017 by François Bucher

El Archivo Macondo (la cuerva del tiempo cero), 1994-2017 by François Bucher

Fairgoers couldn't get enough of this piece, which is composed of thousands of tiny photographs. “This is a piece by François Bucher, based on an archive of the ‘80s, of the photographers who take photos of people who were walking in the streets ,” said Julio Criado of Alarcon Criado.

 

Gringoland by Gonzalo Fuenmayor

Gringoland by Gonzalo Fuenmayor

This thought-provoking charcoal work that roughly translates to (Whiteland — gringo means foreigner who doesn’t speak Spanish)  touches upon a number of things — racism, white privilege, and colonialism in South America.

 

Media esfera roja by Jesús Rafael Soto

Media esfera roja by Jesús Rafael Soto

Venezuelan op-art master Jesús Rafael Soto’s 1988 abstract piece hung at the fair’s entrance as part of the SITIO section.

 

Original Article may be found here. 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/abinlot/2017/10/30/5-works-of-art-you-may-have-missed-at-artbo-2017/#44f126f13417

 

 

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