When you hear the name Coachella you’d be forgiven for your mind leaping to one thing; the famous annual Coachella music festival. But the Coachella Valley is also making waves on the contemporary art scene as the home of Desert X, a biennial contemporary art show now in its second edition. Desert X was founded in 2015 ‘to bring the finest international artists to the Coachella Valley to create art, engage viewers and focus attention on the valley’s environment.’ The first edition was held in 2017.
Running February 9 to April 21, 18 artists have created site-specific installations in an area spanning 55 miles, influenced by the varied, often barren landscape, its people, history, architecture and economics in an effort to explore how art behaves outside of institutional walls. Neville Wakefield, the Desert X artistic director, said, “What’s exciting about a site-specific show, which is what this is, is that really the place is the curator. The place creates and curates the objects, and I think the experiences.”
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It’s early February which can only mean one thing; the contemporary art spotlight falls again on Mexico City, playing host to two of Latin America’s major art fairs from 6-10 February.
The bi-annual Zonamaco is running its 16th edition showcasing over 180 galleries from the Americas, Europe and Asia. Expect to see big names, new galleries, innovation and experimentation in the exhibition spaces and the concurrent conference program. Zonomaco will also be holding its Diseño, Salón and Foto exhibitions alongside the main event at the Centro Citibanamex.
Now in its sixth year, the Material Art Fair will be once again holding court at the Frontón México after a hugely successful 2018 edition in the same location. 73 exhibitors from 37 cities in 22 countries will be representing next generation, emerging and established commercial galleries, as well as not-for-profit and artist-led exhibition spaces. As artists, galleries, buyers and celebrities alike descend on CDMX, there are parallel events, gallery openings, talks, conversations and performances all against the stunning backdrop of Chilangolandia, the City of Palaces.
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