Abstraction in Action Graciela Hasper, Fernanda Laguna, José Luis Landet, Adriana Minoliti, Mariela Scafati, Pablo Siquier & Eduardo Stupía: My Buenos Aires https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/graciela-hasper-fernanda-laguna-jose-luis-landet-adriana-minoliti-mariela-scafati-pablo-siquier-eduardo-stupia-buenos-aires/


Artists: Roberto Aizenberg, Nicanor Araoz, Marcela Astorga, Hugo Aveta, Nicolás Bacal, Ernesto Ballesteros, Eduardo Tomás Basualdo, Diego Bianchi, Joaquín Boz, Marcelo Brodsky, Eugenia Calvo, Gabriel Chaile, Nicola Costantino, Ariel Cusnir, Julián D’Angiolillo, Flavia Da Rin, Marina De Caro, Andrés Denegri, Mirtha Dermisache, Sebastián Diaz Morales, Matías Duville, Leandro Erlich, Tomás Espina & Martin Cordiano, León Ferrari, Ana Gallardo, Alberto Goldenstein, Gabriela Golder, Max Gómez Canle, Sebastián Gordin, Jorge Gumier Maier, Luján Fúnes, Graciela Hasper, Carlos Herrera, Carlos Huffmann, Roberto Jacoby, Magdalena Jitrik, Fabio Kacero, Guillermo Kuitca, Fernanda Laguna, Luciana Lamothe, José Luis Landet, Martín Legón, Catalina León, Donjo León, Marcos López, Jorge Macchi, Adriana Minoliti, Marta Minujín with Mark Brusse, Guillermina Mongan, Margarita Paksa, Esteban Pastorino, Marcelo Pombo, Santiago Porter, “Middle School Liliana Maresca Project” (Lorena Bossi, Ariel Cusnir, Sebastián Friedman, Leandro Tartaglia, Dani Zelko) with the students of highschool n°44 of La Cava de Fiorito, Pablo Reinoso, Marisa Rubio, Mariela Scafati, Pablo Siquier, Elisa Strada, Eduardo Stupía, Pablo Suárez, Luis Terán, Valeria Vilar, and Adrián Villar Rojas.

My Buenos Aires
June 20 – September 20, 2015
Maison Rouge
Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Buenos Aires at la maison rouge continues a series of exhibitions that showcases the art scene in cities worldwide. The series was launched in summer 2011 with Winnipeg, Canada, followed in 2013 by Johannesburg, South Africa. Some regret what they see as a “standardized” art world, laying the blame at globalization’s door, and so this seemed the opportune moment to look at centres of creativity which, though out of the spotlight, enjoy a thriving art scene of works infused with the city, its territory, history and myths.

Buenos Aires, a mystery reinvented

A mirror city, established twice (in 1536 and then again in 1580), “Our Lady of the Fair Winds” stands on Río de la Plata, the “silver river” that gave the country its name. Buenos Aires extends over two hundred square kilometres and is home to three million porteños (“port-dwellers” in Spanish). The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation has a population of fifteen and a half million, making it Latin America’s third most-populated agglomeration after Mexico City and São Paulo.

Described by Malraux as “the capital of an empire that never existed”, Buenos Aires fuels many fantasies. The mere mention of tango or beef, of Borges or Maradona, of Argentinean beauties will plunge anyone, even someone who has never set foot in the city, into dreamy nostalgia.

The visual and cultural familiarity that greets a European visitor can disappoint those in search of instant exoticism and pre-packaged emotions. Yet this is precisely where its power of seduction lies; in the (un)acquaintance of what we find when we peel away the masks of this tentacular city, which in 1914 was home to as many immigrants as Argentineans and where still today 40% of its residents were born elsewhere.

Buenos Aires is a child of immigration, whether voluntary or forced; a city haunted by absence. To live there is to accept estrangement and to overcome loss. Hardly surprisingly then, Buenos Aires shares New York’s love of psychoanalysis, and has one therapist for 120 inhabitants.

Seductive, Buenos Aires is no less sombre. It bears the stigmata of violence endured, of uprooting, dictatorship and the mourning of the many disappearances including, since the financial and economic crisis of 2001, that of its own image as a “major European power” that would inexplicably have alighted on the American continent.

The public protests that arose following the 2001 crisis have shown a capacity for counterpower that has no equivalent in the history of modern nations. Even in the throes of crisis, strikes and the pillaging of recent decades, Argentineans continue to wield sarcasm, dark humour and irony as a remedy against resignation.

A chameleon city, Buenos Aires comes with all the accoutrements of a modern conurbation – urban violence, air and noise pollution – yet behind the jacarandas that line its avenues it conserves the extraordinary capacity to reinvent itself and to reveal, unabashedly and sometimes even brutally, the pressing need to live better.

An artistic community that stand together

Authors and actors from all disciplines have in them this extraordinary and also determined capacity for reinvention. In the visual arts, decades of crisis and “getting by” have at least forged a community of artists who, irrespective of rivalries and conflicting views, face adversity as one.

Artists have responded to the lack of infrastructures and learning opportunities by throwing open their studios, hosting charlas (group discussions) where ideas can be brought out into the open. Those who do manage to enter the global art market willingly put their own money into supporting local creation. The grant endowed by painter Guillermo Kuitca, for example, gave an entire generation of artists between 1991 and 2011 access to a studio, and to critical and technical support with which to develop their work. Bola de nieve (“snowball”), a free website set up in 2005 by Ramona magazine, is a database of images where each artist invites another, thereby forming an endless chain. 1,135 artists now show their work there. In a similar spirit, an artist might often recommend visiting another artist’s studio, even when this means putting off visits to his or her own studio to another day.

A compelling movement

In the space of a few years, the map of Buenos Aires contemporary art has undergone substantial transformation to become more evenly spread between the city’s various neighbourhoods. Little by little, the art scene is moving away from the centre. Ruth Benzacar’s gallery, now in its fiftieth year, is leaving the historic Calle Florida for new premises west of the Palermo neighbourhood. New venues are opening in the north, such as Hotel de Inmigrantes. Further north still, the Haroldo Conti Memorial Cultural Centre includes a sculpture park that pays tribute to the men and women who disappeared during the dictatorship, and a cultural centre showing contemporary art. Di Tella, a private university with a famous past, launched an experimental research programme in 2010 under the directorship of the historian and curator Inés Katzenstein. To the south of the city, new director Victoria Noorthoorn is revolutionising the Buenos Aires Modern Art Museum (MAMBA).

The microcentro remains the city’s nerve centre at the heart of its history, and is still the site of numerous art venues, including the Fundación Osde, and galleries. The disgruntled still march on Plaza de Mayo while artists have begun to install works under the obelisk. This reconfiguration of Buenos Aires’ art venues symbolises a city that is gaining momentum, spreading its wings ready to fly. The direction it will take remains to be seen.

Cultural Policy

The city’s Culture Department is behind a number of initiatives which support this quality cultural provision.

The Patronage Law has forged stronger ties between business and the worlds of art and culture by encouraging the private sector to become involved with projects of cultural significance for the city. In a similar vein, thanks to the creation and development of the city’s southern zone (Polo Sur), artists have been able to revive parts of Buenos Aires which for decades languished outside the main exhibition circuits. Initiatives such as the arts district (Distrito de las Artes), the art factory (Usina del Arte), and numerous theatres, cultural centres and exhibition spaces have breathed new life into the south of the city whose industrial landscape now offers something new.

For several years, the successful Tandem programme has enabled art and culture taking place in Buenos Aires to resonate with comparable projects in other capital cities around the world, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Medellín and Paris.

Taking art into public spaces, installing sculptures in the city’s squares, organising open-air performances, launching new circuits such as in Calle Florida or the Borges Xul Solar walking tour… these and other initiatives illustrate the fusion between tradition and modernity, and show how new generations are embracing the city and its mythology.

My Buenos Aires, the exhibition

My Buenos Aires runs counter to the romantic vision of Buenos Aires. Paula Aisemberg and Albertine de Galbert seek to offer visitors to la maison rouge neither a portrait of the city nor a “who’s who” of Argentinean artists, but rather a sensation, an experience of the dynamics at work in the Argentine capital.

The exhibition moves back and forth between political and private, public space, the domestic and the unconscious, exploring themes such as instability, tension and explosion, masks, encryption and the strange.

Along their way, visitors will encounter remnants of facades, mutant scaffoldings, car bonnets, motorway junctions, burned-out houses and headless statues. They will decipher coded languages to the gentle sway of the music rising from the city and the whir of fans. When night falls, they can settle onto an old sofa and listen to a raspy tango, pick their way through the patched-up ruins of a kitchen that’s acting as though nothing was wrong, or study their reflection in the black ink of a white marble basin. They will sink into a waking dream inhabited by strangely unnerving doubles and faceless people falling from the sky, only to wake in the muffled folds of a stucco wedding cake.

With more than sixty artists working in all media, from installation to painting, sculpture, video and photography, four generations are represented. Established names such as León Ferrari, Guillermo Kuitca or Jorge Macchi will join others to be discovered. More than 15 of them will travel to Paris to work on in situ installations.

My Buenos Aires is an invitation to plunge into the mystery of Buenos Aires without attempting to resolve it, and to experience the unsettling strangeness of its multiple personalities.

June 23, 2015 Adriana Minoliti & Fernanda Laguna: Monumento https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/adriana-minoliti-fernanda-laguna-monumento/

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Artists: Jimena Croceri, Dana Ferrari, Adriana Minoliti and Fernanda Laguna.

March 20 – April 18, 2015
Mite Galería
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Images: Fernanda Laguna, “Sin título”, 2014, Mixed media / Adriana Minoliti, “Geometría tropical”, 2015, Acrylic on fabric.
April 17, 2015 Marcolina Dipierro, Silvia Gurfein, Graciela Hasper, Fernanda Laguna, Adriana Minoliti & Mariela Scafati: El teatro de la pintura https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/marcolina-dipierro-silvia-gurfein-graciela-hasper-fernanda-laguna-adriana-minoliti-mariela-scafati-el-teatro-de-la-pintura/


Artists: Sergio Avello, Chiachio & Gianonne, Flavia Da Rin, Tulio de Sagastizabal, Juan del Prete, Marcolina Dipierro, Jorge Gumier Maier, Silvia Gurfein, Graciela Hasper, Magdalena Jitrik, Fabio Kacero, Fernanda Laguna, Alfredo Londaibere, Adriana Minoliti, Guillermina Mongan, Inés Raiteri, Mariela Scafati, Cristina Schiavi, Leila Tschopp, Paola Vega and Yente (Eugenia Crenovich).

El teatro de la pintura. Artistas argentinos en diálogo con Sonia Delaunay
November 8, 2014 – February 22, 2015
Buenos Aires, Argentina

La exposición, con curaduría de Jimena Ferreiro, toma como punto de partida las obras de Sonia Delaunay (Gradzihsk, Ucrania, 1885 – París, 1979) pertenecientes al patrimonio del Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires para contar una nueva historia, en tiempo presente, que la hace convivir con artistas argentinos modernos y contemporáneos. Una propuesta que sitúa a Delaunay fuera del relato habitual –aquel que la confina a ser la única mujer en un mundo europeo, moderno y profundamente masculino– para ensayar otra historia que despliega secuencias temporales distantes entre sí, las cuales permiten establecer correspondencias entre artistas y contextos diversos.

Las obras de Sergio Avello, Chiachio & Gianonne, Flavia Da Rin, Tulio de Sagastizabal, Juan del Prete, Marcolina Dipierro, Jorge Gumier Maier, Silvia Gurfein, Graciela Hasper, Magdalena Jitrik, Fabio Kacero, Fernanda Laguna, Alfredo Londaibere, Adriana Minoliti, Guillermina Mongan, Inés Raiteri, Mariela Scafati, Cristina Schiavi, Leila Tschopp, Paola Vega y Yente (Eugenia Crenovich), en diálogo con Sonia Delaunayprovocan la activación de otros sentidos de lo moderno, que permiten comprender las maneras en que estos artistas abordan la pintura y sus tradiciones. De este modo, más que una colección de imágenes que se aproximan por forma y color según el relato moderno tradicional, esta exposición convierte a Sonia Delaunay en un modo de hacer cuya fuerza irradiadora despliega una genealogía del arte local en clave abstracta, pero desobediente y sensual.

Imagen: Marcolina Dipierro, CME0002 – Instalación. Sin título. 7 círculos. Medidas variables sujetas a disposición -Madera, espejo, hierro y pintura acrílica – Año 2014
December 16, 2014 Guido Ignatti, Silvia Gurfein, Fernanda Laguna, Ramiro Oller & Mariela Scafati: Pintura Buenos Aires 2014 https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/guido-ignatti-silvia-gurfein-fernanda-laguna-ramiro-oller-mariela-scafati-pintura-buenos-aires-2014/


Artists: Juan Becú, Sofía Bohtlingk, Rosa Chancho, Silvia GurfeinGuido IgnattiFernanda LagunaRamiro Oller, Tiziana Pierri, Marisa Rubio, Mariela Scafati and Juan Tessi.

Pintura Buenos Aires 2014
November 15 – December 31, 2014
Nora Fisch
Buenos Aires, Argentina

En Argentina se pinta.  La tradición pictórica es fuerte, y a pesar de la energía con que se despliegan otras prácticas artísticas a nivel local –ya sean relacionadas a la imagen en movimiento, lo conceptual o la performance– la pintura permanece viva, empujando sus propios límites, reconsiderándose, en el centro del foco de artistas de generaciones jóvenes e intermedias.  Esta muestra, que inaugura el nuevo espacio de la galería, aspira a ser un recorrido por algunas de estas obras, que empujan, fuerzan, tuercen, reconsideran lo pictórico, ya sea desde su lenguaje mismo (Pierri, Becú, Gurfein),  contaminándolo desde otros medios y materiales (Scaffatti, Oller, Bothlingk, Ignatti) o desde una mirada desde afuera, desde prácticas performáticas o esencialmente conceptuales (Rosa Chancho, Marisa Rubio).

Image: Guido Ignatti, Collage para cajones, collage, papel enmarcado en cajones, 60 x 44 cm, 2014
November 21, 2014 Fernanda Laguna, Manuel Mérida: ARCO 2014: #Solo projects https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/fernanda-laguna-manuel-merida-arco-2014-solo-projects/


Artists: Fernanda Laguna, Manuel Mérida

ARCO 2014: #Solo projects, arte multidisciplinar con sello latino
Cultura & Arte

El arte latinoamericano pasa por un magnífico momento, y ARCOmadrid, consciente de su potencial, ha querido reforzar, un año más, los lazos entre ambos continentes. En la sección Solo Projects: Focus Latinoamérica la feria presenta, a través de 21 proyectos de artistas latinos, una mirada renovada y multidisciplinar de su panorama artístico.

La selección de esta pléyade de galerías ha sido realizada por un equipo ecléctico de cuatro comisarios con una larga trayectoria curatorial y visiones muy diversas: Magali Arriola (México), Marcio Harum (Brasil), Sharon Lerner (Perú) y Tobías Ostrander (Estados Unidos). Pese a que ninguno de ellos es argentino, este año la participación de galerías bonaerenses se ha incrementado respecto del año anterior. No tanto por la exigua presencia dentro del Programa General, donde solo constan dos, sino por las seis que representan a artistas del país austral.

Este el caso de Nora Fisch, que presenta a Fernanda Laguna (1972), «una de las artistas más influyentes de su generación, no solo por su obra visual, sino también por sus libros de poesía y novelas», explica la galerista. En su reducido estand, ubicado en el pabellón 7 de Ifema, las pinturas entablan un diálogo con sus poemas. Las formas negras casi abstractas que protagonizan sus cuadros y que a veces parecen figuras humanas son una de sus características más recurrentes. «Los tajos y los recortes que aparecen en el lienzo son otra de las señas de identidad de Fernanda. Con ello pretende que se vea lo que hay detrás, quiere ir más allá de la realidad aparente», comenta Fisch. Esta es su forma de representar su experiencia como fundadora del proyecto «Eloísa Cartonera», una editorial argentina que reproduce sus libros con tapas compradas y diseñadas por los «cartoneros», las personas que recolectan cartones de los deshechos como forma de subsistencia en los suburbios de Buenos Aires.

Illy sustainArt concede todos los años un premio al mejor estand en esta sección. Este honor le ha correspondido en 2014 a Diego Bruno(1978). Él también nació en Argentina, pero ahora reside en Helsinki, y presenta Location de la mano de la galerista holandesa Mirta Demare. La obra ganadora explora la memoria histórica de su país de origen a través de una experiencia privada: «De forma oral reconstruye la casa en la que sus padres fueron torturados durante la dictadura argentina (1976-1983)», asegura la galerista. Un relato que configura en distintos soportes como el vídeo, el texto escrito, el dibujo y la fotografía.

Otro de las galerías europeas que cree en el potencial emergente de los artistas latinoamericanos es la francesa Espace Meyer Zafra, que apuesta por las creaciones de arte cinético del venezolano Manuel Mérida (1939). «En mis obras motorizadas trato de introducir el movimiento con la intención de evitar una fase fija y única y la posibilidad de cambio perpetuo para evidenciar la calidad de la materia y su comportamiento», explica el autor. «Los artistas venezolanos como Manuel Mérida –que es de la escuela de Jesús Soto– han sido precursores del arte cinético, que comenzó en los años 50, cuando en París aún ni se conocía», destaca Meyer Zafrany, uno de los responsables de la galería, resaltando así la importancia de América Latina en la escena artística contemporánea.

La única representación española en este espacio corre de la cuenta de la galería alicantina Aural, que exhibe una muestra de los trabajos más emblemáticos de la brasileña Anna Bella Geiger. «Una de las voces más versátiles de Brasil», según la directora de la galería, Begoña Martínez. Aunque debutan en Solo Projects por primera vez, han querido resumir las más de seis décadas de trayectoria de la artista en su estand. Se trata de una obra cargada de compromiso sociopolítico, crítica y cuestionamiento del binomio norte-sur.

Con espacios como Solo Projects, ARCOmadrid 2014 impulsa su vocación por tender puentes hacia un mercado que ya cuenta con sello y personalidad propios.

March 11, 2014 Fernanda Laguna https://abstractioninaction.com/artists/fernanda-laguna/

Translated from Spanish

Extract from “Fernanda Laguna. Central desde los márgenes”  by Inés Katzenstein, in Otra Parte Revista de Letras y Artes, no. 28, Autumn-Winter, 2013 […] The artistic language is a language of communication; a language to speak outside of the art system, outside of the institution of art. It is a form of communication—it should not be a code within a closed system. […] To me, art allows a collective ritual from something personal. It is about sharing something. It is about revealing to other people a very personal experience through which an object or situation is created. […] Sometimes I depart from an idea, not always; sometimes I let myself be guided by the physicality of the act of painting. Sometimes I start by just moving the brush with a little bit of black acrylic paint because I am seduced by the shine of that color, and I begin with that first sensation of the need to paint. Then I paint a cat or anything, and I keep painting the following needs that come up, which sometimes are basic needs that arise from having seen something on the table, but I never say “I am going out to buy green yarn.” If I have pink yarn, I make everything with pink yarn—I think the reason it is there is because it’s calling me. And I let myself be taken by the emotion that the materials produce in me; the lines or curves, the colors… I see something such as a textured wall and I say “I will put a texture here,” and I avoid asking myself if that is good or bad (which is something that is hard for me, but I avoid thinking about it because many times I paint things that I don’t like) or if there is something that appears as a necessity and I don’t like it. And if I were to say “I don’t like it,” and would take it out, I would miss the opportunity of learning something new. Then I try to keep going or postpone, and at some point something will come out of that.


Fragmento de “Fernanda Laguna. Central desde los márgenes” por Inés Katzenstein, en Otra Parte Revista de Letras y Artes, no. 28, Otoño-Invierno, 2013 […] El lenguaje artístico es un lenguaje de comunicación, un idioma para hablar fuera del sistema del arte, fuera del instituto del arte. Es una forma de comunicación, no debería ser un código dentro de un sistema cerrado. […] Para mí el arte logra hacer un ritual colectivo de algo personal. Se trata de compartir algo. Se trata de revelar a otras personas una experiencia muy personal a partir de la cual se crea un objeto o situación. […] A veces parto de una idea, a veces no, a veces me dejo llevar bastante por lo físico del pintar. A veces empiezo solamente moviendo el pincel con un poco de acrílico negro porque me seduce el brillo de ese color, y empiezo con esa primera sensación de necesidad de pintar. Y entonces pinto una gata o cualquier cosa y sigo pintando las siguientes necesidades que me van surgiendo, que a veces son necesidades muy básicas que surgen de haber visto algo en la mesa, pero nunca me pasa que digo “voy a salir a comprar lana verde”. Si tengo lana rosa hago todo con lana rosa, igual si está ahí es porque me llama. Y voy dejándome llevar por la emoción que me producen los materiales, las rectas o las curvas, los colores… veo algo como una pared texturada y digo “voy a poner una textura acá”, y evito pensar si está bueno o no –algo que me cuesta, pero evito pensarlo porque muchas veces pinto cosas que no me gustan–, o hay algo que aparece como una necesidad y no me gusta. Y si dijera “no me gusta” y lo sacara, me perdería la posibilidad de conocer algo nuevo, entonces intento seguir y posponer y en algún momento algo se arma.

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October 16, 2013