The New York Times’s travel blog, Globespotters, checks in with ARCO as it gears up for the 30th edition later this week:
organizers aren’t skimping on new features, adding three special exhibitions: “Focus Russia” includes eight Russian galleries, which will introduce exciting new artists from that country; “Solo Projects: Focus Latin America” will offer emerging Latin American artists the same exposure; and “Opening: New European Galleries” will include young galleries (they must be less than eight years old). Curators from major museums selected the galleries in the new events.
“ARCO should be a place where art lovers of all kinds can get together and talk about and enjoy art,” said Carlos Urroz, the new managing director of the festival. “ It’s always been a favorite among fairs because people love to come to Madrid. Now we are making a special effort to bring the city’s welcoming, easy-going atmosphere into our fair.”
Madrid’s ARCO Fair Hits Its 30th Year (Globespotters/New York Times)
The Art Newspaper‘s Art Basel daily edition checks in with ARCO and its new director:
Carlos Urroz, the new director of Arco—Spain’s main contemporary art fair—has inherited a toxic situation. The once mighty fair was plagued with in-fighting in the run-up to the most recent edition last February when the selection committee—and a number of key galleries—threatened a boycott after accusing Ifema, the organisers, of “creating back-door access” for blacklisted galleries. […]
Urroz, who worked as the fair’s deputy director between 1994 and 1998, and as director of the Helga de Alvear gallery for seven years, acknowledges the challenges ahead, but is not deterred. “There are problems everywhere, but the fair is so important for Spain,” he said. Continue Reading
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