|Quintin Rivera Toro in New York|
Quintín Rivera Toro (b. Puerto Rico, 1978), represented by Walter Otero Gallery in San Juan, has been invited to exhibit his ongoing project titled An Unoccupied Space (Un espacio libre) at PINTA the first Latin American Contemporary Art Fair in the City of New York. PINTA as conceived by its creators is a direct bridge between the many art centers in the world, including Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, and the North American and European art circuits.
PINTA is a point of convergence for many institutions, galleries, and artists that work from points throughout Latin America and are in contact with institutions, galleries and important auction houses like Christie's and Sotheby's in New York. The fair with a total exhibition area of 25,000 square feet will be held in Chelsea from November 16th to the 20th at the Metropolitan Pavilion located at 125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, in Manhattan.
Warren A. James, the New York-based architect for PINTA, mentioned that "For the VIP Lounge space I was inspired by Claude Monet's iconic triptic, the "Water Lilies", now reinstalled at MoMA. At the outset, Rivera Toro's atmospheric work was suggested for this area and immediately approved. Its one of the more emblematic spaces of the entire art fair". The design of the space will allow the spectator to be totally surrounded by these three large-scale images from the An Unoccupied Space (Un espacio libre) project. "It will be memorable", said James.
An Unoccupied Space (Un espacio libre) is a project that Rivera Toro began in the city of Caguas in Puerto Rico, in 2004, and consists of a series of monumental impressions of photographs of white clouds and blue sky placed in multiple outdoor spaces reserved generally for publicity. The project was also made to create a sense of 'outdoorness' and a 'clear' atmosphere wherever the large images where shown. These images, shown in public, provide a rest from the crowded commercial space around the city, and each image appropriates the space where it's located in the name a peaceful, decompressing imagery. The prints have been exhibited at the Museo de Arte de Caguas, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and at Museo del Barrio in New York.
Along with Rivera Toro the work of renowned artist Fabian Marcaccio, also represented by Walter Otero Gallery, of San Juan, will also be displayed at PINTA. The work of both artists will be placed at special prominent locations for important collectors, curators, museum trustees and the public of New York and abroad to see them within the exhibition pavilion where this first edition of the PINTA Contemporary Latin Amercian Art Fair will be held.
Walter Otero Gallery was founded in 2003, and represents a prestigious list of artists including Andres Serrano, Arnaldo Roche, Carlos Betancourt, Luis Vidal, Rabindranat Díaz, Fabian Marcaccio, Tatiana Parcero and Víctor Vázquez.
For further information contact the gallery at:
WALTER OTERO GALLERY
Suite 112 PMB 396
100 Grand Boulevard Paseo
San Juan P.R. 00926-5955