Guadalajara

Eduardo Abaroa

Arena Mexico

While in other Latin American countries artists toyed with Pop and Conceptualism, in Mexico they have stuck to painting. Only recently have young Mexican artists taken up “new” media: installation fever has infected even government officials, who are finally sponsoring such work. As might be expected, most of this celebrated “new” art can be seen as either a belated and unacknowledged evocation of the ’70s—call it naive conceptualism—or an updated package of the usual Sabor Latino or post-Tropicalismo tidbits. But these unusually propitious conditions do allow raw talent to develop unhindered by the constraints of “accepted” standards. A case in point is 27-year-old Eduardo Abaroa, who puts to good use the dingy tenements that house local “alternative” spaces, as well as the similarly dingy place Mexico has occupied in the history of cutting-edge art.

Transtornos evolutivos de la sensibilidad

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