Review: Pinta London Art Fair

The cherries are still out there to be picked in the orchard

Pinta Art Fair London Showcases Modern and Contemporary art from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. They invite curators and museum directors to purchase work at the fair with grants given by Pinta which these institutions match. Also they celebrate a known artist and this year it is Luis Tomasello interested in light, and colour reflections. Very much art which plays with optical illusion. He reminds me of Bridget Riley with her earlier works. Op-art I suppose would be a way to describe it. He works with grids and shapes that are kind of base reliefs.

Art work by Luis Tomasello

Art work by Luis Tomasello

Pinta seems to be one of those things that has become important in respect of the art market and in its 4th year is valuable in many ways to galleries who wish to expand their business and create new opportunities. As fairs go it is well managed and the space is far more easier to move round than the Frieze. It seems to have more space that it makes sense; one is able to really see the work available even with many people around.

It offers a more interesting insight in what is available in respect of art outside of the UK. Personally I prefer it in many ways and clearly this is true because they have more galleries taking part than last year. So I cannot be the only one who thinks so. I feel that if one goes here you are getting more in the way of art that is of a high standard than at the Frieze. This is not to say that I liked all the work that was in the stands but this is the nature of a art fair.

Pinta I believe is a needed market place in London because it celebrates more than the usual that we get dripped fed by the English counter parts who seem to think they know what makes good art. Pinta offers what artists should be in quality and standards of art.

I would say the English need to improve their taste and thoughts on what makes good art because much of what we see in London is banal and meaningless that they have become too commercial with less attitude and quality. Especially when there are some great amazing artists in studios across London who lack the opportunities who open their doors annually for the public to view their work. Studios run by charities like Acava, EuroArt, Acme, Space, Cubbit, APT.

This in a way is a reflection of capitalist way of thinking. For galleries its easier to just to ask a friend than to look a little harder and find good artists. Artists who have just left school still require time to build up a real portfolio and count for nothing. The cherries are still out there to be picked in the orchard and yet no one seems to have cottoned on where to go and there are loads of them.







If you want to go to a good art fair then I would suggest Pinta London because here you will find cherries but they have already been plucked.

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