Letter from Zacatecas

This piece appeared in the February issue of Art Monthly: Opened in 1979, the Swiss-made funicular gliding above the silver-mining city of Zacatecas in North-Central Mexico, was the first of its kind in the country. The short ride on the recently refurbished cable car took me up to Cerro de la Bufa – the shapely hill named after a pig’s bladder (bufa) – past or rather over a sea of whitewashed and bright-coloured houses staggered on the slopes of a narrow valley that contains the city centre. Zacatecas owed much of its prosperity to El Edén, the silver and gold … Continue reading Letter from Zacatecas

ARTBO

This report from ARTBO 2015 and Bogotá Art Month appeared on flashartonline.com: Renata Lucas, “Sin título” (2010). Courtesy of Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil. “Colombia is having a moment,” says MoMA’s Director of Adult and Academic Programs Pablo Helguera, echoing the upbeat mood at the Corferias Convention Center, where the ten-year-old ARTBO — Bogotá’s most prestigious art fair — is held at the start of October. The fact that at least four other fairs are taking place concurrently in the capital city and beyond to coincide with the start of the “Art Month” provides a measure of local artistic and … Continue reading ARTBO