UVNT, the Madrid fair for new contemporary art, is back for its 7th edition during Madrid Art Week, with 34 galleries represented, half of them international galleries, focusing on painting as a medium to showcase emerging and mid-career artists from around the world.
The fair has evolved from its origins as a space for contemporary urban art to include more gallery-friendly formats but it remains informed by contemporary culture. This is evidenced by the selection of artists, many with urban and street art backgrounds.
UVNT stands out from other Art Week events for many reasons but mainly for its extraordinary setting. Housed in the lower levels of the Architects Registration Board (COAM) building, a stunning development around a landscaped courtyard, the event offers views to the courtyard and easy navigation thanks to the gallery connection of its two levels.
Some of the fair highlights were by Ela Fidalgo (Palma de Mallorca, 1993), Fausto Amundarain (Caracas, 1992) and Sergio Gomez/SRGER (Sevilla, 1983) –see pictures below.
Fidalgo, a trained fashion designer who uses embroidery and fabrics in her artworks, presented a bright and powerful series titled Why Should Anybody be Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue? with which she seeks to reconnect with the freshness that unfinished processes provide. Fidalgo is a prolific artist with an impressive artwork production.
Fausto Amundarian showcased a beautiful acrylic on canvas series that, in a sleek way, explores identity and childhood memories with children's icons and images related to comics, while Sergio Gomez –a graffiti artist whose practice now encompasses painting, photography, art installations, video-art, and mural painting– presented a solo show on the ups and downs of the creative process.
To support contemporary creation and give greater visibility to artists, UVNT hosts private collections, institutions, and foundations, who offer acquisition prizes by selecting an artwork that will become part of their art collections. The Bassat Collection from Catalonia has awarded their acquisition prize to Future, a sculptural-painting by Quintin Rivera Toro (Puerto Rico, 1978) that represents the collapse of ideas and their meaning –cover picture.
|Ela Fidalgo, Why Should Anybody be Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue? VI, (2023) | La Bibi Gallery, Mallorca
|Fausto Amundarain, Folding Gleam, (2023) | Galerie Heike Strelow Frankfurt
|Sergio Gómez/SRGE, Una palabra, 2023 | Swinton Gallery Madrid
|Ela Fidalgo, Why Should Anybody be Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue? V, (2023) | La Bibi Gallery, Mallorca