After two days dedicated to professionals, ARCO opened its doors to the public.
And another year Ifema Pavilions 7 and 9 flooded with visitors. Institutions have already made their purchases, such as Reina Sofia, which has acquired 18 works for 389,200 euros. It was a day of homage - the fair reminded the Catalan gallery owner Toni Estrany, recently deceased - and of presentations. This is the case of the report "100 active collectors of Latin American art", made by arteinformado.
For many years, a handful of patrons and collectors have been striving to give visibility to Latin American art and to make the world's great museums make room for them in their halls. One of them is the Venezuelan Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, founder in the MoMA of the Board of Funds of Acquisition of Latin American Art and the Caribbean. Thanks to their commitment and generosity, more than half a thousand Latin American works have entered the New York Museum. Last year he donated a hundred pieces with the aim of integrating Latin American artists into the canon of modern art.
Fighting for "the cause"
The MoMA has challenged the American president, exposing works of creators of the countries to which Donald Trump has imposed restrictions of entrance to the country. In the face of threats to erect walls, and after eliminating the Spanish from the White House web page, Hispanic patrons respond by vindicating Latin American art. "I have been fighting for what I call" the cause "for 40 years, developing bridges of understanding with South America. Now it has paid off. It is accidental, but fortunate, to occur at this time. God knows what he's doing, "ABC told ARCO yesterday.
Another woman who carries Latin American art around the world is Estrellita Brodsky. Historian of Art, curator, collector and patron, is also a member of MoMA's Latin American and Caribbean Art Acquisition Fund Board. She has spent these days for ARCO. "There's still a lot to do," she tells ABC. The objective is to involve the works of these artists in a global speech. We have to keep working, but today it is more difficult because the world is going backwards. That is going to be a problem.
"More than ever, it is important to continue the struggle by carrying the flag," she concludes.