Pinta has had six successful years in NYC, and it doesn’t seem to be losing any momentum. This year, the Latin American, Spanish, and Portuguese art fair brought more than 60 galleries from 17 countries, representing hundreds of artists.
Opening night went well for Cuban artist Arles del Rio, who showed mostly pieces from his installation in the Havana Biennial. There was also an “Art Projects” section to the fair, in which seven galleries showcased one single artist, giving a more in-depth look than normal. Several artists were represented here, including Ramón Miranda Beltrán, Willys de Castro, and Dias & Riedweg.
Jacopo Crivelli Visconti curated the “Art Projects” section of the fair, finding common threads among the diverse set of artists represented. “We have the whole spectrum, from very engaged artists who were interested in making a change or making a political statement to artworks that could look just formal, but were created to make a change.”
Photography was big in this year’s show, including works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sameer Makarius, Ivan Cardoso, and Gastón Ugalde—representing Cuba, Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina. There were also some impressive abstract works, such as the paintings by Karim Makarius. Urugayan artists Raul Pavlotzky, Carmelo Arden Quin and Ana Sacerdote were represented by Sammer Gallery in Miami and had a wonderful selection of works shown.
The fair was heavily dominated by male artists, which is something that will hopefully change in the coming years. The work is certainly high quality, but women should also be represented for more diversification.