Another month is upon us and yet another massive art event of international import has chosen to woo and bed the Argentine capital.

Riding in on the tailwinds of the Performance Biennial and the international book fair is arteBA, the 24th installment of the annual art fair, open to the public from this Thursday in La Rural. Although focus remains on Latin-American production, almost 100 galleries from across the globe will be exhibiting and are expected to draw a crowd around 100,000 strong over the long weekend to check out the exhibits, from paintings and sculptures right out there to installations and lithographs.


ArteBA is an event where galleries and curators come to exhibit works for patrons, collectors, and the viewing public. It’s basically where retail therapy meets intellectual self-improvement, so, satisfied glows all round. Looking to browse? The space is divided into booths, and essentially functions as a tasting menu of galleries from across the globe. Looking to buy? It’d be worth scoping out the scene beforehand by browsing the online catalogue, so you know where you really want to spend your dollar (blue one could only assume).

For those of you who saw and <3’d Humberto Rivas at the Centro Cultural Recoleta late last year, a selection of his peeling-paint off-monochromes from the ‘Landscapes’ series will be up for grabs (booth E7). Mario Scorzelli (booth BJ3) has a small collection of ‘contemporary society criticism’ acrylics featuring crucified baby clothes and a Coca Cola still-life. A delicate 2015 selection of precise mixed-media neutrals comes from Nacha Canvas (booth BJ1), and Osías Yanov’s offering for Nora Fisch (booth C8) is what would happen if a fetishistic teacher were to force their art students into recreating the Stanford Prison Experiment in an old metalwork classroom. Also for Nora Fisch, Juan Becú’s still lives and portraits- streaked acrylic maelstroms and stumpy flesh- are perhaps the art pieces these kids would come out with in therapy years later. They’re both great exhibits.

Humberto Rivas, 'Londres. Homenaje a Man Ray'
Humberto Rivas, ‘Londres. Homenaje a Man Ray’

And, speaking of kink, Prime Time 2015- part of the arteBA Open Forum program of debates and discussions on contemporary art- is set to focus on fetish and psycholanalysis this year. The full Open Forum program is available here, but we’ve picked out a couple of highlights (and we picked you out something pretty and topical to wear, too).

Saturday, June 6, 18h: Panel III, “The Anxiety of the Choice“- Slovenian philosopher Renata Salecl discusses the effect the accumulation of tiny quotidian choices has on our power as broader, social thinkers. Don’t sweat the small stuff, you can do so much bigger and better. A good chance to take the ‘ya fue’ Argentine philosophy you adopted to the next level.

Thursday, June 4th, 16h: “Performative Mapping”– Elizabeth Vásquez, Victor Manuel Rodriguez and Carlos Motta give us their legal and cultural-activism perspectives on art, sexual, and gender dissidence. Build on the gender issues you will have addressed at the ‘Ni Una Menos’ demonstration you will be taking part in on Wednesday.

THE PLACE: La Rural, Avenida Sarmiento 2704.

THE TIME: Thursday 4th June- Sunday 7th June. 14h- 21h.

THE DAMAGE: Standard entry- $120ARS; students with accreditation/university card and pensioners/retirees – $60ARS. Tickets available from La Rural during the fair, or get them online at Ticketek.

THE DAMAGE CONTROL: Promotions: 2-day entry for $190ARS; 4-day entry for $240ARS; 50% ticket discount with Tarjeta Citi; plus, a limited number of tickets (200 each day) will be released 2-for-1 to Club La Nación members. Keep an eye on their facebook page, too- maybe they’ll put up another quiz with ticket prizes.