This year as well Artissima renews the appointment with the Walkie Talkies program, “guided visits” walking trough the fair booths, with curators, collectors, museum and foundation directors, journalists.
ATPdiary chose some appointments for you in its usual diverse and interesting offer. The series is coordinated by Nataša Venturi and realised with the support of Lauretana.
Walkie Talkie with Igor Ramirez Garcia – Peralta, founder and editor-in-chief of Solar Magazine, first lifestyle magazine in Spanish (Madrid e New York) and José Noe Suro, Mexican collector and patron, great promoter of the cultural life of his native city, Guadalayara, heart of cultural and contemporary production of the country.
The focus of the visit is centred on three artists that share a personal relationship with the collector and a strong sense of humor, desecrating and biting.
The first stop is at Franco Noero’s booth, to talk about Jim Lambie’s work Summertime (potato bags, acrylic paint, expanding foam, on canvas, 2016). José Noe Suro, heir of a big ceramic firm, one of the most important ones in Mexico, got to know the artist thanks to the request of Lambie to reproduce for him some crockery belonging to his mother, objects that became generators of memory and feelings. The work by Lambie actually focuses on the use of objects and daily materials, on pop culture and music, building a new perspective that affirms the existence of these things as art objects, daily objets trouvés, on the trail of pop art.
We go on to the booth of Isabella Bortolozzi for the work by Oscar Murillo, Untitled (oil on canvas and linen with steel railing, 2015-2016), a big wall work composed by white torn cloth, which the artist intervenes on with paint and action. It is already a while that the Mexican collector and the Colombian artists living in the UK (as he is a big fan of James Bond’s character) collaborate for common projects, as the one with which Murillo created laboratories in some schools, covering the desks with white cloths that the kids could then decorate, paint, color. Since his début, Murillo works on participatory art, and an example is the first one he developed in Colombia, where he organised guided visits to the sweets factory where his parents worked, to help people fascinated by this place to enter it.