March 17, 2008 - Arteaméricas - The Latest Art of Latin America
March 17, 2008

The Latest Art of Latin America

Raul Pavlotzky, Construccion C, 1958
Iron, 28 x 11 cms.
Courtesy of Sammer Gallery, Miami, US.

March 28 – March 31, 2008

Friday, March 28: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 29: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, March 30: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, March 31: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Spaces curated by renowned professionals and the works of 400 artists represented by 78 recognized galleries of Latin America, the United States and Spain will show the contemporary trends of the continent.

At Merrill Lynch arteamericas 2008, the spaces of the most important worldwide collections of Latin American art will interlace the artistic scenes of America and Europe in recent years. Seventy-eight galleries of fourteen countries will exhibit the work of the region’s 400 great masters, contemporary artists and young talents. The fresh work of senior students of three Miami art schools, as well as art proposals from innovative and renowned curators, will show today the artists of tomorrow. From March 28th through March 31st, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall A, Latin American art will be appreciated in the sixth edition of this fair, which will exhibit all visual arts disciplines such as painting, sculpture, photography and multimedia art.

The new tendencies in video-art, photography and painting will be present in a selection curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill of 14 artists from Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and Guatemala, who have been awarded CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation) Grants and Commissions since the year 2006.

The works specially chosen by curator Ariel Jimenez from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) seek to materialize some of the numerous points of contact that can be found between the most representative artists from Latin America and the broad artistic traditions of Europe and the United States. While Maria del Carmen Gonzalez, Curator of CPPC’s international educational program –Piensa en Arte- will show its particular methods in the continent.

The economic and social reality of this region will be the link between Latin American and Caribbean artworks selected by curator and director Felix Angel of the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center (IDB) collection.

Synchronies. Pioneer talents from Colombia, Brazil and Mexico, might well be responsible for developing the most lucid proposals in the coming years, have been curated by Colombian Maria Iovino. The works of these young artists focuses on lines of work and creative exploration aimed at highlighting and strengthening the fields of video art, drawing and the re-interpretation of technological languages.

Curator Milagros Bello presents the work of twenty Miami based artists that interpret the spirit of contemporary times. In Trends the artists show their creative impetus and prove their accomplishment through diverse approaches to post-contemporary art, including installation, digital photography and performance. This year’s edition includes a special edition of Video Art.

Six of the most prestigious museums of the United States will support this sixth edition of arteamericas. Among them: Bass Museum of Arts, Frost Art Museum at FIU, Lowe Art Museum, MoLAA of California. MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami, will dedicate its space to the surrealistic world of Cuban artist Pablo Cano. Miami Art Museum / MAM will exhibit the model of its new building designed by the well known architects Herzog and De Meuron, and also MAM’s most recent
photography acquisitions.

Merrill Lynch arteamericas will be the stage for many young artists from three Miami art schools to showcase their work to the world. Curators Carol Damian and Juan Martinez will show the artwork of senior students of Florida International University (FIU), while curator Aramis O’Reilly proposes the works of the students of New World School of the Arts (NWSA). Art gallery owners will award a prize to the best works. Young talented students of the Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH) will be sponsored by Cadillac.

Two panel discussions will take place every day in arteamericas, with renowned members of the art community, such as curators Julia Herzberg and Pedro Querejazu , art collectors Dennis Scholl and Ignacio Oberto and Sotheby’s director for Latin America, Axel Stein, among others.

Art galleries participating in Merrill Lynch arteaméricas 2008
Aldo de Sousa, Alvear Arte, Fundación Alfonso y Luz Castillo / Arte x Arte, Archimboldo, Del Infinito Arte, Dharma Galería, Fundación Leopoldo Torres Agüero, GM Espacio de Arte, Pabellón 4, Javier Balina, RO Galería , Van Eyck Galeria de Arte, and Via Margutta Arte Contemporáneo;
BOLIVIA Fundación Es Art and Salar Galeria de Arte;
COLOMBIA Alonso Arte, Galería El Museo, Galeria Entrearte and Galería Sextante;
COSTA RICA Galería Jacob Karpio;
ECUADOR dpm Arte Contemporáneo;
ESPAÑA Galería Fernando Pradilla and Joan Guaita;
HAITI Galerie Bourbon-Lally and Galerie Marassa
MEXICO Alfredo Ginocchio, Aqua Gallery, EDS Galería and Quetzalli;
PANAMA Galería Arteconsult, Aleman & Grimberg;
PERU Artco Galería, Enlace and La Galería;
REPUBLICA DOMINICANA Alinka Arte Contemporáneo, Arawack, Arte Berri and Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery;
URUGUAY Galería Sur;
VENEZUELA Artepuy, Galería Blasini, Galería Durban Segnini, Galería Okyo and Juan Ruiz Galeria.
UNITED STATES: Aldo Castillo Art Gallery, PanAmerican Art Projects, Alejandra von Hartz Fine Art, Amat Gallery, Arévalo Arte, ArtSpace / Virginia Miller, Beaux Arts, Cernuda Arte, Dot Fifty One, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Diana Lowenstein Fine Art, Durban Segnini Gallery, dpm Arte Contemporaneo, Latin Art Core, PanAmerican Art Projects, Praxis International Art, Sammer Gallery, Signature Art , The Americas Collection, Tresart, Cecilia de Torres LTD, Galería Solar, Latin Collector, Leon Tovar Gallery, A. Cueto, Gómez Fine Art, Latitude Art Project, Ruiz-Healy Art and Blue Morphos Gallery.

Merrill Lynch arteaméricas is directed by Leslie Pantín, president; Emilio Calleja, vice-president; and Diego Costa Peuser, director. For six years in a row, Merrill Lynch will be the title sponsor of the fair. For more information:

Communications and Public Relations Director:
Liana Pérez,, 305.661.0511
Press Contacts:
Sara Bradford,, 305.929.9710
Carolina Ledezma,, 347.901.6641


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