Looking Forward: Simon Castets

Curators from influential institutions predict their Frieze London highlights

simon-castets-1-ps.png

Mateo López, Nowhere Man, 2011, installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy: Casas Reigner, Bogotá; Photo: Oscar Monsalve 

Mateo López, Nowhere Man, 2011, installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy: Casas Reigner, Bogotá; Photo: Oscar Monsalve 

The stand of Bogotá’s Casas Riegner (H3) will provide a welcome glimpse into conceptual work from Colombia. With the new Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellín and spaces like FLORA ars+natura in Bogotá, the country has seen the growth of an increasingly energetic local art scene. For Frieze London this year, Casas Riegner has selected works that address memory and how it takes shape in the present – a theme that, maybe as a result of their place in historical narratives, Colombian artists frequently address with particular acuteness. Among the artists at Casas Riegner, I am particularly excited to see Beatriz González’s practice placed in a cross-generational dialogue with that of Mateo López. González came of age in Colombia during ‘La Violencia’, a period of political and social unrest during the 1940s and ’50s, which deeply influenced her conceptual practice. Born two decades later, López work speaks to these same narratives, though with a degree of removal. Exploring shared context and lineages alongside contrasting chronological perspectives, the gallery’s inclusion of both established and emerging artists offers their stand an all-too-rare degree of historicity.

Simon Castets is director at the Swiss Institute, New York.

Issue 3

First published in Issue 3

October 2016

Most Read

Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
From a short history of plagiarism to Trisha Brown's walk: what to read this weekend
Q. What is art for? A. To tell us where we are.
The work of filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins on the occasion of his inclusion in the 2017 Whitney Biennial film...
Trisha Brown has died, aged 80; two new appointments at London’s ICA; controversy at the Whitney
A round-up of the best shows to see in the city ahead of this week’s Art Basel Hong Kong
How should the artistic community respond when an art space, explicitly or implicitly, associates itself with right-...
Charlie Fox on a new translation of Hervé Guibert's chronicle of love, lust and drug-addled longing
Three highlights from the New York festival promoting emerging filmmakers
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
A report and the highlights from a show themed around fluidity, flux, botany and the subterranean
From growing protests over the gentrification of Boyle Heights to Schimmel leaving Hauser & Wirth, the latest from...
kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
The body is a troubled thing ...
Sir Howard Hodgkin dies aged 84; finalists for Berlin’s Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017 announced

From the Women's Strike to a march that cancels itself out: what to read this weekend
The most interesting works in the IFFR’s Short Film section all grappled with questions of truth, honesty and...
With the reissue of their eponymous debut album, revisiting the career of legendary Berlin art project / punk band Die...
Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, Brazil 

Tramway, Glasgow, UK
A work by self-taught artist Martín Ramírez
Munich’s Haus der Kunst embroiled in Scientology scandal; Martín Ramírez to inaugurate the new ICA LA
If politics today obsesses over the policing of borders, art in France is enacting multiple crossings
A new video installation from Richard Mosse investigates the refugee crisis
Gustav Metzger has died aged 90; director of the Met resigns
What draws us to certain stories, and why do we retell them? 
It’s time that the extraordinary life and work of Anya Berger was acknowledged

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

Nov - Dec 2016

frieze magazine

Jan - Feb 2017

frieze magazine

March 2017