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Patricia Pearson-Vergez and Juan Vergez

Patricia Pearson-Vergez and Juan Vergez

Buenos Aires

Pharmaceuticals

Argentine art; International contemporary art; International modern art

Overview

Pharmaceutical businessman Juan Vergez and his wife Patricia Pearson-Vergez are staples of the art scene in Argentina and related satellites like Art Basel Miami Beach, and for good reason. The two have stocked a former Buenos Aires ink factory with their private collection, which includes a wide array of Latin American and international modern and contemporary art that they have acquired over the last 25-odd years. In fact, the couple has been instrumental in the careers of several Argentinian artists. Vergez and Vergez-Pearson count among their holdings works by Martin Creed, Jorge Pardo, Ana Mendieta, and Tomás Saraceno, in addition to works by international contemporary artists including Monika Sosnowska, Ernesto Neto, Elmgreen & Dragset, and Olafur Eliasson.“When you see a good piece, you start vibrating,” Juan Vergez once said in a video interview recorded for Art Basel. “It’s a mix of happiness and that you’re very nervous.” 

In 2016, the Vergezes bought a former ink factory in Buenos Aires’ San Telmo district and opened Espacio Tacuarí, which now operates as a permanent exhibition space for some of their more monumentally-scaled artworks. “Don’t be managed by the space, be free to buy the size you want,” Vergez has said. A Wall Street Journal article reported that at Art Basel Miami Beach, the couple “spotted a $27,000 bubble-like balloon sculpture by Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno in the booth of Copenhagen gallery Andersen’s Contemporary… Instead of taking it home, they told the dealer they’d rather commission a similar sculpture at ‘double the size.’”

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