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Art Fair
PINTA 2009 in New York (16.11.2009)
  Sixty carefully selected galleries will set the pace for the modern and contemporary Latin American art market in New York, during the celebration of PINTA, the annual Latin American art fair, which is slated for November 19 to 22, 2009 at the Metropolitan Pavilion y B. Altman Building, in Chelsea, New York.
This third PINTA show offers a rich panorama of the history and evolution in modern Latin American art.

Now in its third year, the established PINTA Museum Acquisitions Program invites institutions committed to Latin American art. This program, created to incentivize the art market and enhance museum collections, guarantees funds to selected museums for the acquisition of works at PINTA. The newly invited institutions include: Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museum of Fine Arts and Harvard Art Museum (Boston,) Tate Modern Art Gallery (London,) El Museo del Barrio (New York,) Pinacoteca do Estado Museu de São Paulo de Arte Contemporânea (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico D.F.). Furthermore, museums that have participated in previous editions of the program are expected to visit the fair, such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York,) Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, Texas,) Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (Buenos Aires) and Museo de Arte de Lima (Peru).

Galleries from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Cuba and Spain that are included in the selected group at PINTA 2009.

“In spite of the very difficult year we have had to face, the Fair will feature excellent artistic proposals in its 2009 edition, as it will include new international galleries,” said Diego Costa Peuser, director of PINTA. This will allow us to maintain and enhance the quality in such a way that both collectors and the public at large may have the chance to continue discovering Latin American artists, which is our main objective.”

On November 18th, 2009, the launch event for PINTA Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art Fair 2009 will feature Darío Escobar, a visual artist born and based in Guatemala City. Escobar will discuss his work and recent projects with Sara Reisman (Director, Percent for Art New York City Department of Cultural Affairs) at Americas Society. The artist’s most recent group shows include: "Artiglierie dell’Arsenale" (representing Guatemala) at the 53rd Venice Biennial (2009); "The Hours: Visual Arts of Contemporary Latin America", Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2007); and "Poetics of the Handmade", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007).

The official opening reception for PINTA is November 19th. Invited guests will be greeted by the Honorary Committee, led by Estrellita Brodsky, who will be accompanied by Tony Bechara and Yolanda Santos Garza, both of whom are respected philanthropists and have leadership positions at distinguished New York institutions.

Thanks to public support and private philanthropy, the PINTA Research Fund at New York University will continue to underwrite scholarships for advanced studies in the field of Latin American art history, with the goal of ensuring a new generation of researchers. Recipients have conducted research or investigations into: conceptual art in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro; conceptual strategists from Brazil and Argentina, circa 1960; abstract geometry in artwork by Colombians Ramírez Villamizar and Edgar Negret; painting in the era before and after the Castro Revolution of 1959, plus artists working in Chile, Venezuela and Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s.

"The creation of the PINTA Acquisitions Program has driven several institutions to add important Latin American artwork to their collections, including works, by Joaquín Torres García, Antonio Manuel, Alexander Arrechea, Arthur Luiz Piza, Fernando Bryce, Gego, Liliana Porter and Elías Crespín," states Mauro Herlitzka, PINTA’S Institutional Director.

PINTA’s growth continues with its inaugural European edition next June 2010 in London. “Indeed,” acknowledges Alejandro Zaia, PINTA’S chairman, “Our ultimate goal is to take Latin American art to the most knowledgeable and demanding markets. In that sense, after our success in New York, London is the natural path to place our artists in front of European collectors and public eyes.”
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