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22 February 2010
ARCO día cinco: paisaje de distinción.

Paloma Checa

ARCO se constituye como un espacio en el que las piezas de arte pierden su exclusividad y adoptan una actitud uniforme. Todas ellas, algunas antes admiradas o aborrecidas en otros entornos, pierden lo que fuera que las hizo únicas. Se convierten en los elementos de un paisaje que otorga distinción a lo que de verdad ocurre.

La feria se hace imprescindible como episodio de reunión de los diferentes agentes vinculados al mundo del arte contemporáneo. Artistas, comisarios, y demás se sirven del evento para mapear la situación del nuevo ciclo: cómo se sitúan los veteranos, por qué camino apuestan los jóvenes y qué aires traen los nuevos.

La semana de las ferias en Madrid reafirma su importancia como oportunidad para que todos puedan reconocerse en el rostro del otro y comprobar que, efectivamente, no se ha perdido la humanidad. Quizá lo único que se pueda afirmar hoy, pese a su obviedad, es que estos días de excepción funcionan sólo como un episodio necesario de reafirmación de la pertenencia de los individuos al grupo.

Paloma Checa-Gismero is Assistant Professor at San Diego State University and Candidate to Ph.D. in Art History, Criticism and Theory at the University of California San Diego. A historian of universal and Latin American contemporary art, she studies the encounters between local aesthetics and global standards. Recent academic publications include ‘Realism in the Work of Maria Thereza Alves’, Afterall, autumn/winter 2017, and 'Global Contemporary Art Tourism: Engaging with Cuban Authenticity Through the Bienal de La Habana', in Tourism Planning & Development, vol. 15, 3, 2017. Since 2014 Paloma is a member of the editorial collective of FIELD journal.

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