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Mexico City’s Material Art Fair Doubles Footprint for 2017 Edition

And here's the exhibitor list



The Material Art Fair will turn four next year, and its organizers are planning to do something they have never done before. “We’re going to stay in the same venue for the first time ever,” Brett W. Schultz, one of the fair’s founders, told me yesterday during a Skype call from Mexico City, where the fair is based. As it did last year, Material will set up shop in the Expo Reforma convention hall near the city center. It will run from February 9 through 12, at the same time as the stalwart Zone Maco fair.

There are, however, some major changes in store for Material. “We’re doubling the size of the fair, but we’re not doubling the number of exhibitors,” Rodrigo Feliz, the fair’s director of exhibitor relations, said, sitting next to Schultz. “We’re remaining as a boutique art fair.” Material will stretch over two floors instead of one, but its exhibitors will total only about 50, a slight decrease from the 60-odd outfits that filled the space last year.

Material’s planners are also dropping the unusual, maze-like layout of the previous edition for a more conventional fair layout. “It will be a very distinct change,” Schultz said. “We had tried out this very experimental layout, with no hallways and ceilings on the stands. I think we took that as far as we could possibly take it.” The local firm APRDELESP is once again in charge of the design, which will feature a central courtyard for socializing, a bar, and space for a performance series called Immaterial, organized by Michelangelo Miccolis.

Among the galleries on tap for 2017 are hometown powerhouse LABOR, Chicago’s Shane Campbell, San Francisco’s Et Al., and Toronto’s Cooper Cole. About 20 percent of the galleries are from Mexico, including Lulu, Lodos, and (un cuatro), and some 15 countries are represented on the list. The selection committee was made up of Laura Bartlett Gallery (London), joségarcía (Mexico City), Natalia Hug Galerie (Cologne), and Michael Jon & Alan (Miami and Detroit).

The big question, of course, is how those dealers will do at this uncertain moment, with an American president president-elect who has used bellicose language against Mexico and its people, and caused the value of the peso to slump against the dollar. Schultz did not seem worried. “There’s this attitude that, no matter what happens in the United States, Mexico always gets the shit end of the stick,” he said, “so there’s not much of an argument yet that anything is going to change from the normal situation.” In any sense, he added, “Mexico’s domestic economy is really strong right now, and it’s got its own two legs.”


Alter Space, San Francisco
AND NOW, Dallas
Chez Mohamed, Paris
Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels
Document, Chicago
Eitoeiko, Tokyo
Emanuel Layr, Vienna
Et Al., San Francisco
Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles
Ginsberg Galería, Lima
Grice Bench, Los Angeles
joségarcía ,mx, Mexico City
Kinman, London
LABOR, Mexico City
Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
Lodos, Mexico City
Lulu, Mexico City
Maisterravalbuena, Madrid
Michael Jon & Alan, Miami and Detroit
Natalia Hug, Cologne
Neon Parc, Melbourne
Projet Pangée, Montreal
Shane Campbell, Chicago
SKETCH, Bogota
Springsteen, Baltimore
Sultana, Paris
The Pit, Los Angeles
Walden, Buenos Aires
Yautepec, Mexico City


(un cuarto), Monterrey, Mexico
206 Arte Contemporáneo, Tijuana, Mexico
Breve, Mexico City
City Limits, Oakland, California
cuatrotrece, Monterrey, Mexico
Exo Exo, Paris
Galerie, International
Good Weather, North Little Rock, Arkansas
Grimmuseum, Berlin
JAUS, Los Angeles
Kimberly-Klark, Queens, New York
Mascota, Mexico City
MEGA Foundation, Stockholm
Paraiso Bajo, Bogota
PIEDRAS, Buenos Aires
Roberta Pelan, Toronto
Syndicate, Cologne
Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver

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