My Top 10 from Zona Maco, Latin America’s Most Important Contemporary Art Fair
For the past 14 years, the Zona Maco art fair has been delighting Mexico City with the very best in contemporary art. Over the course of 4 days, the yearly exhibit gathers the most compelling creations by leading artists from all corners of the globe, from revered masters to talented up-and-comers. And with each passing year, the event continues to cement its status as Latin America’s most important contemporary art fair. During the 2017 edition, 120 galleries showcased the work of more than 1,500 artists, which included superstars like Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Aldo Chaparro and Gonzalo Lebrija, as well as 20th century giants like Diego Rivera, Alexander Calder and Leonora Carrington. Needless to say, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take in this amazing event, and perhaps – who knows – to sniff out the “next big thing” of the art world!
Art is an endless treasure chest of inspiration, and for me personally, it has always been instrumental in fueling my creativity. It’s events such as Maco, created and directed by Zélika Garcia, which ultimately become the catalysts for new and exciting things in areas like fashion and lifestyle.
The featured galleries hailed from places like the US, Germany, Spain, France, South Korea, Venezuela and obviously Mexico, and after checking out what (nearly) all of them had to offer, I had a nice long chat with my friend Ana Paula de Haro, an expert on contemporary art who helped me really come to terms with everything I’d just seen. Ranking art, of course, is a subjective and maybe even questionable practice… but it’s still fun, so I put together my very own Top 10 of this year’s Zona Maco!
It includes Secundino Hernández, a Spaniard who’s acquired a reputation for always selling all of his work on the first day, Guadalajara’s José Dávila, Gabriel Rosas Alemán, who recently sold his blue-colored masterpiece to a Mexican museum, Aldo Chaparro, Carlos García Noriega and my cousin Gonzalo Lebrija, who captured the cigar smoking which took place in Cuba’s Fine Arts Museum. The best part of my experience was discovering that you don’t need to huge sums of money to begin collecting art, but that’s something I’ll be writing about soon, right here on my blog… so stay tuned!
For the moment, if you want to explore the topic further, don’t hesitate to get in touch with my friend Ana Paula: firstname.lastname@example.org/ www.galleryweekendmexico.com.