PINTA MIAMI – CROSSING CULTURES returns to Miami Art Week with new programs and initiatives for its 11th edition. These new programs look to further PINTA’s mission and encompass galleries from around the globe while maintaining a conceptual dialogue across all countries, cultures and genres. This year, the fair will be held from December 6 through the 10, 2017.
During its 2016’s edition and thanks to its impressive programming, PINTA Miami reached record attendance of over 30,000 visitors. Its curatorial committee expanded its project to include galleries from around the globe, thereby crossing barriers and permeating through all corners of the globe. Our curated sections featured not only works by a range of legendary artists, but also recreations of historical performances. The fantastic selection of participating galleries built new relationships with international collectors and directors of art institutions, which in turn enabled significant sales.
For 2017, PINTA MIAMI, the customary “solo project” turns into a “Solo-Duo” project. Errant Geographies is the result of the collaboration world-renowned curators Dan Cameron and Jesus Fuenmayor. The premise of the exhibit proposes an exchange between Latino and Latin American artists. It seeks to confront the truths and fictions that exist in the widespread use of these geopolitical categories. The works presented will showcase their different ways of dealing with their context and cultural backgrounds regardless of their place of residence, generational belonging, gender or nationality.
New to this edition of the fair will be PINTA PLATFORMS. Curated by Roc Laseca, this innovative section will be devoted to providing additional visibility to modern and contemporary art contributions. Pinta Platforms will serve as a distinctive stage for galleries to showcase their represented artists in a unique way.
Another new feature of PINTA MIAMI 2017 will be the PINTA COUNTRY SECTIONS. These sections were created with intention of becoming a stage for works that are representative of their countries of origin. As the other sections of the fair, these segments will be curated. In the case of Argentina, the fair welcomes Florencia Battiti. As the curator for the Argentinian section, Florencia aims to highlight that the influence of the market in the artistic production does not prevent the production of conceptual and formally powerful works that manage to move to trigger an experience. Also as part of the PINTA COUNTRY SECTIONS, the fair will also feature Brazil. Under the guidance of curator, Luisa Duarte, the exhibit will focus on artists born after 1980, focusing on the Brazilian art in the 2000 and its ample scope, where there is no language restriction or barriers. The curatorship searches for a pluralistic art form in these years, which have made Brazilian contemporary art diverse and potent. Peru will also be part of this section.
"PINTA MIAMI 2017 will be more international and interdisciplinary. In our second year of ‘crossing cultures’, we look to continue featuring the best of modern and contemporary art within the contexts established by our curatorial team,” explained Diego Costa Peuser, the founder and director of PINTA Miami. "As we continue to grow and expand our reach; PINTA MIAMI becomes a landmark in the artistic scene not only during Miami Art Week, but throughout the year.”
Diego Costa Peuser is a cultural promoter specializing in Latin American art. He has played a leading role in this field through different initiatives focusing on culture production which have had a significant influence on the understanding and the promotion of Latin American art in the global market.
Costa Peuser is the Director of Arte al Día International magazine, founded in 1980 and currently considered a leading publication among the specialized media devoted to the coverage of Latin American art. In this capacity, he has contributed to the recognition of the movements that allowed the development of modern art in Latin America, as well as to the awareness of contemporary artistic practices on the American continent, covering the activities of established, mid-career and emerging artists.
As co-founder and current director of the influential art fair PINTA New York, created in 2007, which has since 2014 moved to Miami and is presented as PINTA Miami in December, he has promoted a shift in the gaze of the global epicenters of cultural activities, to the nature of and historical importance of artists from Latin America. Costa Peuser has contributed to open a window for re-readings of art history, working to transform the recognition of essential figures of modern Latin American creation, in some cases, helping to unveil fundamental works in the panorama of contemporary Latin American art. In addition to his contributions through the conception and production of an event such as PINTA, Costa Peuser is one of the founders of Buenos Aires Photo and Lima Photo, the fairs that bring each of these cities in contact with the great photographers who were the founders of the continent's Modernism. These fairs establish a dialogue between the work they showcase and the powerful artistic language of photography all over the world.
In 2010, Costa Peuser was distinguished as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in Florida. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Board of the Miami TECHO Foundation, and during the previous editions of Art Basel Miami Beach, he organized the event Art Techos, which convenes distinguished artists with the aim of raising funds for the construction of homes in poverty-stricken sectors in Latin America.
In 2012, he inaugurated the first edition of Perú Arte Contemporáneo (PArC), the first contemporary art fair in Lima. It constituted a turning point for Peru, linking its art to the art of other continents, and also creating an extremely interesting space for reflection on key issues related to the production and circulation of present-day art. The fair also supports artistic exchange through an outstanding artist residencies program.
Costa Peuser's work as a promoter and disseminator has been one of the factors leading to the growing attention of Latin American art in the second millennium, in which the gazes of the world have transcended the confinement of borders.