New Convention Center of Puerto Rico
San Juan
Isla Grande
+1 787 279 7675
Circa 06
dal 24/5/2006 al 27/5/2006

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Antoine Vigne

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Circa 06

New Convention Center of Puerto Rico, San Juan

First International Caribbean Art Fair. To demonstrate the strength of local and international art, 9 Puerto Rican galleries will join over 20 foreign galleries and other organizations related to the arts, as highlight museums, non-for-profit institutions and alternative venues.

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CIRCA Puerto Rico 06, the first international Caribbean and Central American art fair will be held from May 25-28, 2006 at the New Convention Center of Puerto Rico featuring over 50 exhibitors from Latin America, the U.S., Europe and Australia. To demonstrate the strength of local and international art, 9 Puerto Rican galleries will join over 20 foreign galleries and other organizations related to the arts, as highlight museums, non-for-profit institutions and alternative venues.

As said by the art directors of the event, Elvis Fuentes and Celina Nogueras, “CIRCA represents an opportunity to highlight the work of international artists and to corroborate the cultural richness of the region". One of the main objectives of CIRCA is to narrow the links between gallery owners, collectors and both local and international artists, while attracting the interest of art critics, curators, scholars and public interested in art. The fair will display a multidisciplinary art program including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video.

As main features, CIRCA will organize two curated exhibitions: 10 x 10, a show by 10 internationally reknowned artists curated by Elvis Fuentes that will exhibit works by Andre's Serrano, Nari Ward, Miguel Luciano, Dean MacGregor, Edin Velez, We will have the presence of the artist Reynold Rodriguez, Antonio Martorell, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado and Glexis Novoa; and In the Spot: States of Anxiety, which ­curated by Paco Barraga'n- will show the work of emerging artists whose work embarks upon the theme of anxiety and on how this sensation manifests in our interpersonal, sexual relations, in our search for status, in architecture and in contemporary history, among other aspects. Each year, the section In the Spot will have a guest curator.

Other sections that will also be as part of the event are: SOLO, presenting the work by 5 previously selected independent artists, and Distrito CIRCA, where museums, art schools, publications and institutions linked to the art world will offer information on their products and services.

The exhibitions at CIRCA Puerto Rico 06 will have a complimentary series of panels, conferences and seminars. Among the panels are Fairs and Biennials, examining the dynamic scenario of fairs and biennials and their relation with contemporary international art. This panel will be moderated by the Spanish curator Paco Barraga'n and will count on the participation of Anton Vidokle, artist and curator of Manifesta; Hedwig Feijen, director of Manifesta; Paul Greenaway, gallery owner and founder of the SALA festival (South Australian Living Artists); and Deborah Cullen, curator of The (S) Files/ The Selected Files, the biennial at El Museo del Barrio, and director of the curatorial program of that museum. Other activities included are the symposia Collecting Today: Artistic Practices in Puerto Rico and The Art of Appreciation: Collecting Latin American Paintings and Sculptures, in charge of specialist Mari'a Bonta de la Pezuela from the auction house Sotheby’s. It will take place at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) during an activity titled “Breakfast at the Museum".

Programmed to be held shortly after the Buenos Aires art fair, arteBA, and opening briefly after the Latin American art auctions in New York, CIRCA Puerto Rico ’06 will bring the best of modern and contemporary art to the local and international public. This will be the first and only fair of its kind in the Caribbean and Central America. CIRCA Puerto Rico 06 rises in moments in which multiple specialists are keeping themselves informed on the artistic currents of this region and where a large number of new collectors are rising.

CIRCA all through Puerto Rico

Throughout Puerto Rico, several institutions related to cultural and artistic promotion have organized activities paralell to the fair. Among them: The Uses of Painting II, an exhibition curated by Julieta Gonza'lez to be held at Espacio 1414 where a selection of works from the private collection of Diana and Manolo Berezdivin will be shown to the public. By means o fan innovative re-reading of emerging contemporary art, The Uses of Painting II will feature works by Franz Ackermann, Brian Alfred, Mark Bradford, Bernard Frize, Flavio Garciandi'a, Federico Herrero, Guillermo Kuitca, Beatriz Milhazes, Sarah Morris, Anselm Reyle, Chemi Rosado, Yinka Shonibare, David Shrigley, Adriana Varejao, Suling Wang, and Christopher Wool.

Meanwhile, the MAPR will show The (S) Files / The Selected Files, the fourth edition of the biennial at El Museo del Barrio. As its main feature, this project shows a series of sarcastic works produced by emerging artists based in New Cork. It was curated by Deborah Cullen, director of the curatorial program at El Museo del Barrio, and by Miki Garci'a, director of Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum. Marisol Nieves, ex curator of contemporary art at MAPR also participates as guest curator.

In addition to MAPR’s offer, two recent videos were presented by Puerto Rican artists Allora & Calzadilla. With a rigouros conceptual creativity, their works ­titled Amphibious (Login-Logout) (2005) and Under Discussion (2005), challenge the fragile line that separates art from life and politics.

The Public Art Project of Puerto Rico invites fair visitors to enjoy over 75 works distributed all through the island. A large number of local and international artists take part in this initiative financed by the Government of Puerto Rico, among them: Liliana Porter, Antoni Muntadas, Ann Hamilton, Ada Bobonis, Devorah Sperber, Charles Juhasz-Alvarado, Carlos Rivera Villafane, Rafael Ferre' and Jorge Pardo.

Circa Puerto Rico 06

CIRCA Puerto Rico 06 is an event organized by Portfolio FIAC, Inc., a company founded by Roberto Jose' Nieves destined to the production of cultural events to a large scale. It has the support of Caribbean Merchandiser Services, ArtNexus, El Nuevo Di'a, Telemundo, MCS, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Radio Universidad de Puerto Rico, Onelink, Compani'a de Turismo de Puerto Rico, Sheraton Hotel, Sony, Nocta'mbulo, Capitol and Art Premium.

For further information please visit or call (787) 279-7675

Opening: 25 May 2006

New Convention Center of Puerto Rico
Isla Grande - San Juan

Circa 06
dal 24/5/2006 al 27/5/2006

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