First impressions of ARCOmadrid 2016

First impressions of ARCOmadrid 2016

Bpigs goes south!. Being Madrid such an inviting, sunny and generous city, we did not want to miss their very own Art Week while also getting some shelter from the bleak Berlin. We put on our sunglasses and sneakers and went to all the parallel events around Doctor Fourquet Street, the epicenter of the city's youngest and most interesting art galleries. And when the moment came, we pull out our press accreditations and had an exclusive preview of the international Fair ARCOmadrid, which happens to be celebrating their "coral" anniversary (that is, 35 years). We walked through the halls 7 and 9 of Ifema camera in hand yesterday, chatting to artists, gallerists and curators on their experiences at Arco. Do not miss our favourites and stay tuned for further updates on the fair, which officially opens today.
Deal? - A handshake frozen in time @ Puerto Rican gallery Roberto Paradise. Remember the Teppich Kunst craze from last documenta? Hanging textiles are never passé. Caroline Wells Chandler's tapestry is a lot of fun, so what is not to love in here? The Opening section curated by Juan Canela felt definitely refreshing thanks to works like these.
Alexander Levy goes VIP and shows his artists among the big ones in Hall 7 this year. Organic photocollages by Sinta Werner caught our eye. And so did the paintings by Nik Nowak and the more conceptual works by Fabian Knecht. We had the occasion to chat with the galerist about the video piece by Julius von Bismarck, a mesmerizing continuum shot in the streets of Bogotá at night.
Works by Sinta Werner from the Spaltungsirresein series @ Alexander Levy. Total crush on this ones.
Team Gallery seemed happy to be back at Arco. Stanley Whitney and Cory Arcangel are a perfect fit for the New Yorker's booth.
Joseph Tang (Paris) in his booth, surrounded by works by Pepo Salazar, who you might have spotted in the Spanish Pavilion on the past edition of the Venice Biennale. The spanish aristocracy is definitely not ready for collecting daily life objects. We found it kinda normal though.
An Enquiry into the Foundations of Psychology, smart title and paintings by Gardar Eide Einarsson @Nils Staerk
Kundabuffer by Lea Porsager @ Danish gallery Nils Staerk
Jannis Kounellis @ Galleri Bjerggaard from Denmark
Rinus Van de Velde rocking the booth of Tim van Laere's Gallery (Antwerp). His works seem to have awaken the curiosity of the audience. We will definitely stop by this one again in the coming days.
Gallerinas snacking on sushi. Because why not?
James English Leary meets Richard Mosse at Leyendecker. This gallery will never run out of Mosse's: we have seen the room where they store the Berlin-based photographer's works and it seems like they took absolutely everything from his hands.
Vintage photography by Amegret Soltan 1975 seen at Anita Beckers
Skepticism... the subject in the picture is taking a tour for collectors and the art shown at Nordenhake have left him speechless. The beauty of daily life objects doesn't seem to be his cup of tea.
Selfies' paradise: Rachel Valdés Camejo's Composición Infinita is just asking for those pictures. Not on Instagram? You could end up staying a little while at this booth by Crone regardless of your passion to self photograph yourself.
Nudity @ JosédelaFuente. This installation/performance by Emilio Rojas raises a lot of questions (and eyebrows); the most important concerning minimum wage.
View of Luis Adelantado's: where playful minimalism meets a colorful fun spirit.
View of Luis Adelantado's fun and colorful booth.
ADN Gallery showcases a picture of Nuria Güell at the spanish embassy in Ireland, trying to become a stateless person to no avail. Read more about this project: http://www.nuriaguell.net/projects/38.html
Rendez vous, déjà vu... Julian Opie is starting to fall into my category of "bling bling art". Cued up is Ms. Abramovic, who is getting herself a spot in the catalogue of spanish conservative taste in art.
Klemms was one of our top favourites: the contrast of Émilie Pitoiset's surreal gloved hands against the delicate paintings of Fiona Mackay are a match made in heaven.
Mauro Cerqueiro's installation "Waiting for George Clooney" was heavily instagrammed during Arco. At least it didn't raise any eyebrows, but rather put a smile on almost every single passerby who could not believe how the gallery combo Heinrich Ehrhardt & Bärbel Grässlin would present Tobias Rehberger in such a messy setting...
Lawrence Weiner's piece worked pretty well with the video work of Berlin based artist Filipa Cesar at Züricher gallery Mai 36.
Filipa Cesar's video piece explores the post-colonial reality of Portugal by going through a whole family album and narrating a real story.
David Bestué (Junefirst, Berlin) has earned a reputation for himself for being one of the most current and exciting young artists from Spain. View from the García Galería.
Yorgos Sapountzis @ Barbara Gross Galerie. This set of two monotypes on satin fabrics were responsible of us being so much into "fabric art" these past days.
More fabrics thanks to Sonia Leimer. "I beam" was one of our favourites in the accomplished booth of Galerie nächst St Stephan.
Dada + Ubahn? Hans-Peter Feldmann's installation at Mehdi Chouakri.
Paulo Montero's Marginal was quite an eye-catcher.
We spotted some attractive works by Jiří Georg Dokoupil at Forsblom and Juana de Aizpuru
Angels Barcelona presented The War Rug Project by afghan filmaker and artist Jeanno Gaussi
Allan Mccollum: The Shapes Project / Shapes Spinoffs, our favourite work at Thomas Schulte without the shadow of a doubt.
Not only has Raffaella Cortese an excellent sixth sense for art, but also a lot of respect for the artist she represents. Her booth stood out for a neat arrangement in the distribution of the works, as well as their inner dialogue.
The lavish Casa Leibniz hosted a show with emerging spanish artists curated by Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart
The lavish Casa Leibniz hosted a show with emerging spanish artists curated by Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart. Installation by Ángel Masip
Wednesday, 24 Feb
First impressions of ARCOmadrid 2016

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