Julia Fullerton-Batten, Dressing Gown, series In Between, 2008, Type-C print, 40x54 inches. 102x137 cm. Edition: 1/7. Courtesy Camara Oscura, Madrid
There are several standout booths in the main fair. Munich’s Galerie Von Braunbehrens brings Andy Denzler’s motion paintings, fresh from his recent solo show, and Kim Dong-Yoo’s pixilated portraits of pop icons, including Marilyn and JFK. Madrid’s Cámara Oscura presents staged photographic works by Julia Fullerton-Batten and Cecilia de Val. New York’s Magnan Metz Gallery showcases Sofia Maldonado’s graffiti-style paintings of street scenes in Havana and Ernesto Pujol’s ink drawings that alter his grandmother’s Cuban dictionary.
Additionally, Miami’s Charest-Weinberg Gallery displays a solo show of Pedro Barbieto’s new oval-shaped paintings that dynamically mix figurative and abstract subject matter. Dusseldorf’s Schuebbe Projects presents a group show, including the talented representational painters Tianhong Sheng and Christian Schoeler, who is the latest artist to collaborate with Louis Vuitton. And San Juan’s own Walter Otero highlights new abstract works by the buzz-worthy emerging painter Angel Otero.
As for CIRCA Labs, London-based curator Pablo Leon de la Barra’s playful plan for the containers combines a village fair, market, and open museum. Creating a dialogue between the most interesting, young avant-garde galleries of the Americas with the Puerto Rico art scene, the Labs space includes hammocks for thoughtful lounging, a bulletin board for cultural proposals, a reading area, a hanging painting exhibition, and an outdoor cinema.
Intimate and intellectually challenging, CIRCA Puerto Rico ’10 offers visitors the chance to see art from distant cultural capitals, while also enjoying some fun in the sun.
CIRCA Puerto Rico ’10 is on view from January 29 to February 1 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Tianhong Sheng, Untitled, 2009, Acrylic on Canvas, 213 x 152 cm. Courtesy Schuebbe Projects, Dusseldorf
José León Cerrillo, Busy Place, 2009, Enamel paint on metal, Dimensions variable. Courtesy Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City
Sofia Maldonado, Paseo del Prado 1, 2009, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72 in. Courtesy Magnan Metz Gallery, New York
Pedro Barbeito, Siren3, 2008, Acrylic on canvas over panel, 72 x 48 in. Courtesy Charest-Weinberg Gallery, Miami
Angel Otero, The Golden Vase, 2009, Oil, oil skins, silicone, spray paint on canvas, 84 x 72 in. Courtesy Walter Otero, San Juan
Kim Dong-Yoo, Kennedy and Marilyn, 2009, Oil on canvas, each 113 x 91 cm. Courtesy Galerie von Braunbehren, Munich