By Camila Opazo

Buenos Aires is positioned as one of the most important capitals of the visual arts of the Latin American region. This May, together with the inauguration of the 27th edition of arteBA – the capital’s contemporary art fair – the most important galleries and art centres are showing their most valued exhibitions of the year

 
 

Barro Gallery: Joaquín Boz

WHERE: Barro Arte Contemporáneo_ Caboto 531_ La boca, Buenos Aires.
Barro, Los días, Joaquín Boz, view, courtesy Galería Barro - The 5 best events of the Art Week In Buenos Aires

Barro, Los días, Joaquín Boz, view, courtesy Galería Barro

Galería Barro presents itself as one of the most important spaces of the Federal Capital, with an active participation in the art fairs of the region and high-level artists, offering a view of the new Argentine way of painting. The young Joaquín Boz, born in 1987, exhibits large-format pictorial works in these rooms: we can talk about a reinsertion of abstract painting. A work composed trough the chance of the materiality with a palette perfectly built and an imaginary related to gesture and body action, is the proposal that lead the name of Notes on the days. The text, written by Veronica Flom, cites an interesting concern that science has not yet been able to solve: shyness among the trees: “Certain species approach their branches and their cups but they never touch”. Boz’s work starts from here, further extending to the relationship between the balance of freedom and the sharpness of the stain as one of the subtle visual investigations developed into the room.
 

OSDE Foundation: Enrique Ježik, In Self Defense

WHERE: Av. Leandro N. Alem 1067_ floor 9_ Buenos Aires_ Argentina.
Enrique Ježik, Círculos Concéntricos, 2013, foto: Daniel Castillo Reynoso - The 5 best events of the Art Week In Buenos Aires

Enrique Ježik, Círculos Concéntricos, 2013, foto: Daniel Castillo Reynoso

OSDE Foundation, created in 1991, is presented as a space to stimulate culture and medicine. An interesting sample of art related to both themes is the work of Enrique Ježik, an artist belonging to Grupo de la X, an Argentine group active between 1986 and 1987. Mexico-based, he came back to Argentina to feature In Self Defense, whose title dates back to a 1996 artwork, in which human bones are presented in a glass box protected by a fence. This time, he Ježik is presenting a series of works created between 2001 and 2018. An extensive trajectory exploring the body of the sculptor from his beginnings in art, and the artist’s own body. Presenting himself as an “interpreter” he is involved – as artist, subject and director – in all the actions retained in the videos and installations. Twelve works make up the exhibition, facing many different themes such as violence, the dispute between territories of power, domination, violence, resistance and destruction.
 

Espacio Munar: The rhythm and the line/ Dying in the attempt

WHERE: Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1555_Buenos Aires_ Argentina.
El Ritmo y la lìnea, courtesy Space Munar - The 5 best events of the Art Week In Buenos Aires

El Ritmo y la lìnea, courtesy Space Munar

Munar was opened for the first time in the 90 as a space for the development of local design, but after the crisis years it had to close. Today it’s re-opening with another perspective: the search for art, with a focus on the professionalism of both craftmanship and materiality. We suggest you a couple of interesting exhibitions, both supported by two important galleries of Buenos Aires. The first The rhythm and the line of Juan Sebastián Bruno and Donjo León and represented by the gallery Pasto, is exhibited in the room El pescadito. Taking as a main focus the famous quest about “who came first? – the rhythm or the line? ” we are faced with a large space with two interconnected works: the first one, Cross, by Sebastián Bruno is an allusion to the simple, to the potential energy of the initial composition, nevertheless still complex in its form and concept. The other artwork is by Donjo León, a sculptural and sonorous device, a machine aiming at manifesting the “barely visible”, as part described by Bárbara Golubicki and Alfredo Aracil in the curatorial text.
 

Espacio Munar: The rhythm and the line/ Dying in the attempt

WHERE: Av. Don Pedro de Mendoza 1555_Buenos Aires_ Argentina.
Morir en el Intento, courtesy Ruth Benzacar - The 5 best events of the Art Week In Buenos Aires

Morir en el Intento, courtesy Ruth Benzacar

In another space, we can find a completely independent exhibition, Dying in the attempt: a five-artist group show proposed by the important gallery of Ruth Benzacar; – Flavia Da Rin, Marina de Caro, Carlos Huffmann, Eduardo Basualdo, Adrián Villar Rojas. The exhibition area is a canteen. This disturbing display reflects Argentine conceptualism and the empowerment of space and materiality; these five artists explore the imaginary of “dying in the attempt”. A subliminal and poetic text written by Carlos Herrera guides the exhibition describing a melancholic afternoon, where the death of some dahlias is the starting point for a meditation about life’s simplicity; and man’s desire for an eternal, timeless existence. An undeniable transversality occurs between the exhibited works and the curatorial text, encouragin us to look far beyond.
 

Galería Nora Fisch: Doble de cuerpo

WHERE: Avenida Córdoba 5222_ Buenos Aires_ Argentina.
Raul Flores, Malevo, courtesy Nora Fisch - The 5 best events of the Art Week In Buenos Aires

Raul Flores, Malevo, courtesy Nora Fisch

Nora Fisch gallery, in the heart of the city center, is presenting the controversial and aesthetic photography exhibition of Alberto Goldenstein (1951) and Raúl Flores (1965), two Argentine photographers. Photography arises in the human eye as well as the immortality of light and instant. Throughout the social evolution we faced all changes related to the role of this discipline and we increased the number and variety of intertexts to show in a photographic action. Double body just insinuates a new role: who is the subject photographed? What is his reality? Who he really is? Where does he live and how? The atmosphere of each image – as many of Goldenstein’s works – disturb the viewer; his sharp compositions intimidates the reflection. The irony created by the colour palette is the starting point of an interesting reflection on the individual and his image.