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Sunday September 29, 2013

Gallery Weekend Brings Contemporary Art to Mexico City

Gallery Weekend Brings Contemporary Art to Mexico City

Photo: "Log Dog" at Gallery Weekend

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Mexico City residents have an opportunity this weekend to learn about contemporary art at Gallery Weekend, organizers said.

The event “seeks to open contemporary art to the public, bolster the contemporary art scene and promote collecting,” Gallery Weekend representative Nora Silva said.

Gallery Weekend, which opened on Friday, features 15 participating art galleries from the boroughs of Roma, Condesa, Polanco, Anahuac, Juarez and San Miguel Chapultepec.

“Kurimanzutto,” by artist Danh Vo, who was born in Vietnam in 1975, is one of the most awaited works at the event.

Vo, known for producing works with a political content, uses “Log Dog” to draw attention to the problem of identity, cultural displacement and the search for freedom, all recurring themes in his work.

Mexican artist Renato Garza’s “Oferta y demanda” (Supply and Demand), which shows a line of piglets with the face of Bank of Mexico Gov. Agustin Carstens is being shown by the Altiplano gallery.

Enrique Rosas, another Mexican artist, deals with the subject of materialism with a work that puts money front and center.

Rosas created a giant red bill with an Aztec god welcoming visitors to the Le Laboratoire gallery.

Rosas’s exhibition, titled “Sell Your Money,” introduces the concept of a new transnational currency that reflects the values of the global economy, putting the faces of U.S. President Barack Obama and tech giants, such as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, on the bills.

Organizers have vans going from venue to venue every 15 minutes to make it easier for visitors to view the works on display at the participating galleries.

Gallery Weekend is expected to draw about 6,000 Mexico City residents and visitors this weekend, organizers said.

Organizers hope to make Gallery Weekend an annual event in the Mexican capital.

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