May 26, 2006 - CIRCA Puerto Rico - The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean, May 25 – 28, 2006
May 26, 2006

The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean, May 25 – 28, 2006

Aaron Salabarrías Valle,
From the Series: “Paraiso Terrenal”, (1999-2001)
Vinyl Photograph, 6 x 4
Image Courtesy of Viota Gallery

CIRCA Puerto Rico ’06
The First International Art Fair in the Caribbean

San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 25 – 28, 2006

Puerto Rico Convention Center , Hall B
100 Convention Boulevard, San Juan
At the former Naval Base in Isla Grande,
just outside of Old San Juan

Friday, May 26th, 12-9pm
Saturday, May 27th, 12-9pm
Sunday, May 28th, 12-7pm

Discounted admission for Seniors and Students with ID
Children under 12 FREE
Opening Night, Thursday, May 25th:
Professional preview, 6-7pm
Opening Cocktail, 7-11pm

CIRCA Puerto Rico 06, the first international art fair in the Caribbean and Central America, will be held from May 25 – 28, 2006 at the new Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, and will feature some 50 exhibitors from Puerto Rico, Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Australia. Strongly emphasizing the role of the local and international community, nine galleries from Puerto Rico will line up next to the nearly 20 from abroad. Other organizations, including alternative, non-profit art spaces and museums, will participate in a different section of the fair. A complete list of exhibitors is available.

According to Artistic Directors Elvis Fuentes and Celina Nogueras, CIRCA is an opportunity to highlight the work of international artists as well as reflect the cultural richness of the region. CIRCA aims to establish local and global partnerships with dealers, collectors, and artists while engaging an audience of art patrons, critics, curators, and scholars through the presentation of new programs all over the island. CIRCA will feature a multidisciplinary art program to include drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and video.

Two curated exhibitions will be among the highlights of the fair: 10×10, a show of ten internationally renowned artists, curated by Elvis Fuentes, which features Andres Serrano, Nari Ward, Miguel Luciano, Dean MacGregor, Edin Velez, Reynold Rodriguez, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, Maria Mencia, Antonio Martorell, and Glexis Novoa; and In the Spot: States of Anxiety, curated by Paco Barragán, which focuses on the anxiety displayed in personal and sexual relationships, in the quest for status, in architecture or in recent history, and features the work of several younger artists. Participating artists include Susanna Heller, MK Kahne, Melvin Matínez, Darren Siwes, Vargas Suárez- Universal. Another area of the fair, SOLO will feature the work of four selected, independent, contemporary artists including Rabindranat Díaz- Cardona, Arnaldo Morales, Jorge Ramos Cordero, and Zilia Sánchez. In a final section, District CIRCA, museums, magazines, and art schools will present information on their programs and services.

A series of panels, lectures, and seminars will also accompany the events. The panel Fairs and Biennials will allow participants to reflect on the ever-expanding world of fairs and biennials and their relationship in the contemporary art world. Moderated by Paco Barragán, independent curator, it will include Anton Vidokle, Curator of Manifesta and artist; Celia Sredni De Birbragher, Director of ArtNexus; Paul Greenaway, founder of SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival and gallerist; and Deborah Cullen, Curator of El Museos Bienal: The (S) Files and Director of Curatorial Programs at El Museo del Barrio. Other symposia include The Art of Appreciation: Collecting Latin American Paintings and Sculpture, a seminar with Maria Bonta de la Pezuela of Sothebys held at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Memorials of Identity: New Media from the Rubell Family Collection and Artistic Practices in Puerto Rico.

Participating Galleries:
Cueto Gallery (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Aldo de Sousa (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Art Nouveau (Maracaibo, Venezuela), Bernice Steinbaum (Miami, Florida), Botello Gallery (Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico), Casas Riegner Gallery (Bogotá, Colombia), Cernuda Art (Miami, Florida), Diana Lowenstein Fine Art (Miami, Florida), Espacio 304 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Espacio Líquido (Gijón, Spain), Galería 356 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Greenaway Art Gallery: Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia), Hardcore Art Contemporary (Miami, Florida), Jacob Karpio Gallery (San Jose, Costa Rica), KBK (Mexico City, Mexico), Latin Art Gallery (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Magnan Projects (New York, New York), Ninoska Huerta, Art Gallery (Miami, Florida), Praxis International (Miami, Florida), Praxis Mexico (Mexico D.F., Mexico), Galerías Prinardi (Hato Rey, Puerto Rico), Punto Gris (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Galería Raíces (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Schubbe Gallery (Dusseldorf, Germany), Space Other (Boston, Massachusetts), Spativm (Caracas, Venezuela), Viota Gallery (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Walter Otero Gallery (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Participating Organizations:
Área, Lugar de Proyectos (Caguas, Puerto Rico), Art in General (New York, New York), Arte Foundation (Miami, Florida), Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (New York, New York), =Desto (Santurce, Puerto Rico), Edge Zone (Miami, Florida), Escuela de Artes Plásticas (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Espacio 1414 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Exit Art (New York, New York), Jornadas del Grabado (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Museo de Arte de Ponce (Ponce, Puerto Rico), Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Museo del Niño (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Museo Universitario Pio López Martínez (Cayey, Puerto Rico), Polverío Osvaldo Santiago (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
About Circa Puerto Rico 06
CIRCA Puerto Rico 06 is organized by Portfolio FIAC, Inc., a corporation founded by Roberto J. Nieves to serve as a leading cultural management company in the Puerto Rican and Caribbean communities.

CIRCA Puerto Rico ’06 is sponsored by Caribbean Merchandiser Services, ArtNexus, El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico Turism Company, Telemundo, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico, Jaguar, Sheraton Hotel, Sony, MCS, Onelink , Capitol, Art Premium.
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