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Bernardo Ortiz at Art Basel Miami

Bernardo Ortiz at Art Basel Miami

Bernardo Ortiz at Art Basel Miami

As part of the Salon talks at Art Basel Miami the Colombian artist gave a presentation on “Low Resolution Stories” whereby information can be transformed and a new story created by the interpretation of images based on low resolution… almost like a game of visual chinese whispers…!  One example he gave was of the story where a “reptilian” formed part of Barack Obama’s secret service bodyguard retinue … obviously later debunked.


Ortiz also forms part of the artists selected for this show at Art Basel Miami by the Casas Riegner gallery.

Bernardo Ortiz art at Art Basel Miami

Bernardo Ortiz art at Art Basel Miami

He has worked as a professor of the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, the Universidad del Valle and the Departmental Institute of Fine Arts in Cali. His work is present in outstanding collections inclusding those of Tate Modern Collection, London, UK; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA; CNAP Center National des Arts Plastiques, France; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, Germany; Patricia Phelps of Cisneros Collection, New York, USA; Modern art museum Tertulia, Cali, Colombia; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France.

ArtBo 2016


It’s art month in Bogotá, and for three days, from October 27 to 30, the capital hosts the 12th edition of the International Art Fair of Bogotá (ARTBO), one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Latin America.

The City Paper

This year 74 galleries from 28 different cities from across the world have been invited to present their works, with 500 artists in attendance, as well as buyers, curators, and publishers. After more than a decade of opening up the Colombian capital to art, this year’s fair brings back respected galleries as well as newcomers Peter Kilchmann (Switzerland), Galerie Jérome Poggi (France), Rafael Pérez Hernando (Spain), and Johannes Vogt Gallery (United States). In addition, Latin American galleries El Apartamento (Cuba), Walden Gallery (Argentina), and AFA Gallery (Chile) will showcase their artists for the first time at ARTBO.

The ‘Projects’ segment of the fair will be curated by writer and exhibition-maker Jens Hofmann, deputy director of New York’s Jewish Museum and artistic director of the Cleveland-based FRONT International.The focus of “Projects” for this 12th edition is to explore the role of the figurative in the works of two leading women of Colombian art – Débora Arango and Beatriz González.

Mexican Pablo León de la Barra, curator of Guggenheim Latin America, has been commissioned for the ‘Referentes’ section where artists exhibit on a specific theme. And the up-and-coming talent salon “Artecámara,” in the hands of Colombian curators Maria Belen Saénz and Fernando Escobar, will present the works of 24 promising young Colombian artists, including award winners José Alejandro Restrepo and Sandra Rengifo.

This year’s fair also includes a new space titled “Talks with collectors” led by Abaseh Mirvali, an Iranian-American curator of contemporary art.

“With this edition we reach 12 years of supporting our artists and gallery owners, offering support for improving their competitiveness and supporting the circulation of the arts,” said Monica de Greiff, president of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce.

Last year’s fair attracted more than 35,000 visitors and consolidated ARTBO as the most important showcase for the art market in the country. The fair covers 13,000 square meters of the Corferias exhibition grounds and with each edition welcomes more visitors, proving that Bogotá is a vital arts capital in the Americas. The fair launched back in 2005 with 29 galleries from seven countries.

Among the high-profile Bogotá galleries at ARTBO 2016 are El Museo, La Cometa, Nueveochenta, Doce Cero Cero, and Beatriz Esguerra Arte. Two Manhattan galleries that specialize in Latin American art, Leon Tovar Gallery and Y Gallery, return this year, as well as the Los Angeles-based Steve Turner and Mama.

With a recently launched new website and hashtag #ARTBO2016 to follow the art happenings on your mobile, the fair expects to receive 45,000 visitors, marking a new record in attendance for a fair that continues to position itself as an essential meeting place for artists, collectors and curators, but also a window on the Colombian capital.

Corferias  – Ave La Esperanza with Cra 39

Doors open noon until 8:00 pm.

Tickets: $32,000 (adults), $15,000 (students). Children under age 10 free admission.

Written by Richard Emblin, The City Paper

Frieze !

Frieze! – an art show that will definitely stop you in your tracks

Frieze Art Fair 2015
Casas Riegner Gallery - Frieze 2015

Under a cloudy October sky Frieze London entertains Londoners and its London’s visitors to a host of art presented by galleries from around the world. Here only one gallery was to be found representing Colombian artists: Casas Riegner fronted by its International Curator and Director Paula Bossa. This is Casas Riegner’s fifth consecutive year at the Frieze London art fair and it has had a tremendous reception.

One of the more important artists represented by the gallery is Beatriz Gonzalez who’s work is important enough to be in the latest exhibition of pop art at the Tate Gallery in London titled “The World Goes Pop”. (Click here to read Beatriz Gonzalez “The World Goes Pop” Tate interview)


Other artists whose work is presented by the gallery are: Johanna Calle, Adolfo Bernal, Bernardo Ortiz, Alex Rodriguez, Jose Antonio Suarez Londoño.

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Alex Rodriguez - Casas Riegner

Alex Rodriguez – Casas Riegner

Casa Riegner Visitors


Frieze Art Fair Itself

Tracey Emin Bath

Tracey Emin Bath

Frieze London is a great event situated in Regents Park in the heart of London. Within the park is the London Zoo and the park itself is dotted with wood sculptures, trails and paths, football and rugby field where local kids and adults come to exercise and now, as part of their cultural diet they can include a visit to over to the Sculpture Garden which is going to remain in-situ till January 2016. It really is a perfect place for the event and the shuttle buses provided by BMW to ferry people between Frieze and Frieze Master were a definite boon on what was a rather cold Saturday when I visited.

Unfortunately Freize (not Frieze Masters) has introduced a new cloakroom policy  whereby all medium to large bags are not permitted inside the fair and so such items will need to be left at the cloakroom inside the fair at a cost of £5 per item. Coats and smaller items can be checked free of charge. Not a good idea!!!  I think as people pay £30 pounds a head and may wish to bring their kids along in a stroller that another £5 is a bit much, especially when for many families it may be an unexpected additional surprise cost – even for a small rucksack which many people use when visiting London but were asked to check creating a long line. However, the event is free for accompanied children under 12 and that is a policy to be lauded and encouraged as are the free Art Talks and the availability of art tours and bespoke art tours.

Colombia at Frieze London 2015

mauricio zequedaWell, its the time of year for Frieze London and there seems to be only one gallery representing Colombia: Casas Riegner

They have already done Colombia proud as they have been awarded a Special Commendations for their stand presentation! The main stand presentation prize was won by Stuart Shave Modern Art.

I’ll soon be down there in London and hope to get a few photos to publish here!

At this time of year everyone is in town as there are other parallel fairs to rival Frieze such as the Sunday Art Fair where artworks can be obtained at a lesser price.

Also, David Zwirner Gallery is presenting an exhibition by Oscar Murillo at the same time – and why not! Murillo’s work is also part of the Frieze fair’s Sculpture Park presentation which takes place in Regent’s Park. There he will debut social anomalies from a factory (2013), a sculpture comprised of a series of stainless steel fruit crates. The artist also has a solo show at the South London Gallery which includes a unique “lottery ticket” project, and winners will be chosen on Friday, October 18.

I have seen similar lotteries or raffles as they are also known in the UK done at the Cero Gallery in Bogota with the renowned artist Mauricio Zequeda allowing the visitors to his exhibition to win an artwork…and why not. It’s all part of the fun of art and it’s theirs to give to whom they please!