It’s always exciting to attend the many art and design fairs as well as museum and gallery exhibitions that happen here in London. Getting exposed to as much different art, names and practices as possible really helps piece together the vast art web and put it into perspective but it’s also a great source of inspiration. Sometimes there’s almost too much going on simultaneously making it difficult to find the time to attend.
Deciding to try something new, I made my way over to Pinta: The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show at Earls Court Exhibition Centre. Usually art fairs tend to be quite hectic and busy but this one was unusually quiet. I expected to see a completely different and unique aesthetic to the previous mainly European and Asian art fairs and exhibitions that I’ve attended but I was sorely mistaken. I’m not sure if the galleries selected works that they expected would appeal to a British market or if it was simply an accurate representation of trending popular art in Latin America. I expected to see color, a bit of exoticism or something in the style of José Chávez Morado’s beautiful Carnaval en Huejotzingo (1939), or in the spirit of Frida Kahlo, Francisco Oller. Instead there was a lot of white and neutrals with small accents of color in sharp geometric forms. I have absolutely nothing against neutrals, in fact I usually prefer them but with almost an entire fair it got a bit monotonous. However, there were some gems among the masses which makes the search all worth while.