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February 20, 2020

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Mateo Pizarro

“Spirit Dance" (Conflict Resolution)

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It’s no secret the art world is changing. The professional field and market are growing new spaces and initiatives that dynamize and transform the ways of consuming information and content related to the art scene. We had a conversation with Mateo Pizarro, founding partner of Casa Pixán, one of the most outstanding projects this last season’s Art Fairs in Mexico City.

Catalina:Mateo, tell us a little about how Casa Pixán started.​

Mateo: My partner Fernanda Carri and I were invited to participate in an exhibition. We were promised heaven and earth, and two months later, one of the organizers stopped answering our calls. Carri and I were very disappointed. I asked her and we decided that we would continue with the project, we considered the possibility of inviting more artists to exhibit; The fundamental criteria being who we’d like to exhibit with. And so it was born.

For the curatorial process we asked...

February 20, 2020

El mundo del arte está cambiando, no es un secreto. Podemos ver que en el medio profesional y de mercado, se empiezan a dibujar nuevos perfiles de espacios e iniciativas que dinamizan y transforman las maneras de consumir información y contenidos, relacionados con la escena artística. Hablamos con Mateo Pizarro, socio fundador de casa Pixán, uno de los proyecto más destacados durante la pasada temporada de Ferias de Arte en la Ciudad de México. Catalina: Mateo, cuéntanos un poco cómo empezó casa pixán Mateo: A mi socia Fernanda Carri y a mí nos invitaron a participar en una exposición. Nos prometieron el cielo y la tierra, y como a los dos meses después, uno de los organizadores nos dejó de contestar. Carri y yo nos quedamos muy sorprendidos. Le pregunté a ella y decidimos que seguiríamos nosotros con el proyecto, nos planteamos la posibilidad de invitar a más artistas a exponer; el criterio fundamental era, con quien nos gustaría exponer. Y así nació. El proceso curatorial, co...

Catalina Restrepo: Patricia, what caught my attention when I saw your work was that although the creatures do not exactly have a human form —in a realistic way—, they seem to have personality. In addition to technical skills, I guess this also requires significant knowledge of psychology, anthropology or even body language. Are there other studies that you have combined with art? Patricia Piccinini: Before I went to Art school I completed a degree in Economic History, but tended to focus more on themes like philosophy and cultural studies. However, as an artist I’ve always had an enormous interest in the world that surrounds me, so I spend a lot of time doing more informal research, following scientific announcements that come to my attention. After Art school I spent a lot of time drawing anatomy in museums, and that has had a lasting influence on my work. I don’t really have any particular expert knowledge beyond that which I have gleaned for myself. I would not want to be considere...

December 27, 2018

On January 21st and 22nd, Barcelona will be hosting it’s 7th edition. Without a doubt it is an event that excites with simply reading through it’s invited guest list: a list that includes living legends whom will reflect upon relevant issues regarding the industry and the art market, topics that themselves paint a complex world. Social media, online platforms, and the overload of information are changing the rules of the game. The way we advise, collect, sell, and promote art has drastically changed from how it used to be only a decade ago.

September 5, 2017

Monterrey estos días está que arde, tanto en sentido literal, como figurado. Sabemos que la temperatura en esta ciudad es cosa seria, pero aquí me refiero especialmente a la oferta cultural del arte contemporáneo. No sé si se deba al reciente eclipse o a qué circunstancias, pero no recuerdo -desde el 2012 que llegué aquí- una temporada con más eventos, charlas, conferencias, inauguraciones de exposiciones y espacios.  

Y es que no es sólo la cantidad, sino la calidad. Por una parte han venido personas interesantísimas de diferentes ciudades a dar charlas, o impartir cursos y talleres; pero por otra, las iniciativas locales están muy prendidas, como si le hubieran metido turbo. Artistas  jóvenes y estudiantes de arte han organizado conversatorios y exposiciones como en las grandes ligas, hay exposiciones realmente sorprendentes, el ánimo está en su punto máximo. La verdad creo que este es un gran momento para estar en Monterrey.  

Me hubiera gustado empezar este listado con la inaugu...

 

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They’re not a novelty- Courses have always been there as an artist’s additional support, complementing "official" studies, so to speak. From my perspective, though, when the Coursera platform - pioneered by Stanford University academics - appeared, everyone who wished had access to the world's best universities’ free online classes, courses, and subjects, and the “seed”, the idea, was planted in today’s zeitgeist. Coursera aroused interest and provided the possibility for people to choose what they really wanted to learn. YouTube tutorials, open source communities, forums and online courses obviously preceded Coursera’s existence, and had even gained some ground which had previously exclusively belonged to universities.

Art Universities in crisis not as a business, but as an educational system.

The university education system in Latin America is in crisis, in almost all disciplines, but in this article we’ll focus on art education. Luis Camnitzer, the Uruguayan cri...

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No es que sean una novedad; los cursos siempre han estado ahí como un respaldo, un complemento a los estudios "oficiales", por nombrarlos de alguna manera. Sin embargo, desde mi perspectiva, cuando apareció la plataforma Coursera -impulsada por académicos de la Universidad de Stanford-, y cualquier persona tuvo acceso a clases, cursos y materias gratuitos en línea de las mejores universidades del mundo, se sembró en el ambiente una “espinita” muy importante. Despertó el interés y mostró la posibilidad de que las personas podían escoger aquello que realmente querían aprender. Está claro que los tutoriales de youtube, las comunidades open source, los foros y los cursos en línea empezaron a tomar mucha fuerza en internet varios años antes de Coursera, lo que implicó ganar un terreno que tradicionalmente le había pertenecido a las universidades exclusivamente.

Universidades del arte en crisis como sistema educativo, por supuesto no como negocio.

En Latinoamérica el sistema ed...

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Hay quienes dicen que los libros electrónicos o las publicaciones digitales van a desaparecer, que nunca le ganaran al libro, como si se tratara de una competencia. Existe una especie de rechazo y miedo hacia las publicaciones digitales que casi me recuerda la pelea de Uber vs Taxi, cuando en verdad se parece más a la transición del correo tradicional al correo electrónico, en cuanto a que el e-book cumple tareas que antes eran exclusivas del impreso, pero que ofrece otros beneficios. Cada formato tiene una determinada función y cada uno suple necesidades diferentes.

Estoy de acuerdo en que algunos libros deben ser impresos, pues generan una experiencia que se disfruta mucho. Más que libros, se convierten en objetos de deseo que vale la pena conservar. Sin embargo, creo que no todos los libros o revistas deberían imprimirse. Unos, por malos e innecesarios -que hasta duele pensar en los árboles que se talaron-, y otros porque son tan buenos que sería ideal q...

Cover by Catherine Bagnall Photo credit: Alicia Young

For me, being from Colombia and living in Mexico, it is hard to imagine what it would have been like to grow up in a peaceful context… a real peaceful one, and to live without fear of going out of my house and being robbed, to say the least. Through movies, the media, or even with the help of history books, one could make himself an idea of how life is in such places. However, it is probable that the people who live there have a different way of addressing general issues.

Many people think of peace as the opposite to war or violence. Despite that, in this new issue we try to deal with the concept of peace as an independent condition that stimulates one type of thought, sensibility and creativity that in most cases allows exploring the world from a perspective that goes beyond survival. As usual, we do not propose a thesis with this magazine, since pages and editing timelines are never enough. Conversely we want to invite the readers t...

VIOLENT CONTEXTS 

 

At first we had the idea of preparing two LARMAGAZINE issues that would complement each other: the first would review artistic production related to violent contexts, and the second related to peaceful ones. I imagined the difficult one would be the second, since peace in the world is something so scarce, but with the almost obvious preconception that conflicts and inconformity stimulate artistic creation, I thought I would be entering a tsunami of content; and yes, I found a lot of things, but not so much as expected.

I know the reviews of each subject set out on these pages represent a little grain of sand in the sea of the world’s artistic production, but in the end I had the feeling that the most committed artists who today are generating poetic, sensitive and rightfully critic content, are the same ones who’ve been doing it since always; and that maybe younger artists are tackling other equally interesting issues as nature, memory, space/time, but are not complete...

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