From 25 February to 1 March, thousands of art collectors, curators, artists, and galleries gathered in Madrid for the 34th International Contemporary Art Fair known as ARCOmadrid. Curator Carolina Grau remarks on new developments:
You could sense some changes in ARCOmadrid 2015, with more international galleries participating—29 countries with a total of 218 galleries represented. One of the main changes is the number of gallery booths dedicated to just one or two artists in the curated sections #ArcoColombia, #Opening, #SoloProjects and #SoloObjects.
The newest feature is #SoloObjects where galleries give a solo show to one of their artists. Among the highlights of #SoloObjects: Cristina Guerra Contemporary (Lisbon) brought the performance of the Brazilian artist Adriana Barreto, Galerie Lelong presented an installation by Jannis Kounellis, and Projectesd (Barcelona) showed the work of photographer Xavier Ribas.
The #Opening section maintains its focus on exploring artists and their work in presentations by one or two artists of their galleries. The American gallery Michael Jon, Miami – Detroit spotlighted the textile collages of Yann Gerstberger, and the Parisian gallery Marcelle Alix presented new works by Gyan Panchal and Laura Lamiel, while London-based Waterside Contemporary presented the duo Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson.
Related: Fresh Talk: Carolina Grau and ARCO Madrid 2012