LatAm artists take Art Basel Miami Beach by storm

Miami, Dec 6 (EFE).- Latin American art needs no passport at Art Basel Miami Beach, where once again it has landed in force at prestigious galleries and with a lineup of creators who fascinate the art market here and attract avid collectors.

The 22nd edition of the most important art fair in the Americas kicked off Thursday for the general public with the presence of 258 galleries from 31 countries and some 2,000 artists, including an overwhelming presence of Ibero-American creators.

"There's tremendous interest in Latin American artists, and we have important retrospectives of some whose works are exhibited at international museums and who have won prestigious prizes," Marc Spiegler, director of Art Basel Miami Beach, told Efe on Friday.

Galerie 1900-2000 is exhibiting a wide-ranging retrospective with 16 drawings by artist, writer and gallery owner Marius de Zayas (1880-1961), a kind of "human comedy" with works like "Bombita (bullfighter) a Portagayola," "Mr. Alfred Vanderbilt as Coachman," "Portrait de Femme" and more.

Another key artist present at the show is Colombia's Danilo DueƱas, 57, with his imaginative installations notable for an aesthetic bordering on readymades, artistic modifications of everyday manufactured objects.

Names like 39-year-old Teresa Margolles, with her disturbing references to violence and social unrest in her native Mexico, on show at the contemporary art gallery Labor, signify a steely censure of "what is inhuman about relations in our overpopulated contemporary societies," the gallery owner said.