On my way home after a fun art walk with these cool gals from Germany,
Art Walk Guests: Sarah & Isi from Germany
I stumbled on new mural by David de la Mano.
La Mano is a Spanish mural artist who paints all over the world. I’d seen a mural he’d done recently in neighboring Uruguay but didn’t realize he was in Argentina. He also paints on canvas and draws on paper. His aesthetic is minimalist in line but here in this mural, the silhouettes accumulate obsessively, suggesting something larger and darker and more complicated.
Anyway, I like it. It’s off the beaten track a bit in San Telmo so it’s not on the tour itself at the moment. However, I would be glad to show it and some of the other scattered work in the neighborhood to interested folks with some time on their hands.
There’s more art in the barrio than I can easily show on the walk.
Over the past year a few guests have expressed disappointment with the exhibitions at Mamba, Buenos Aires’ Museum of Contemporary Art. Admission to Mamba is included in the walk.
Although I don’t share that disappointment, I agree that there hasn’t been a show designed to “wow” visitors for quite a while.
Well, the new two-floor retrospective of the three-person collective known as Mondongo might just amaze you, as a guest from Turkey said it did her the other day.
The downstairs hall is curated by Kevin Power, who worked with Ai Weiwei, among other artists, and the newly opened upstairs hall is a unified exhibition called Argentina. It consists of large landscape panels made with some unusual materials, manipulated to create a relief or 3D effect. They’re impressive and contain a couple surprises if you look closely, and you will want to. They surround the viewer in the hall and their depths and textures beg for close inspection and even interpretation.
Downstairs, the gigantic portraits also reward getting close to the surface of the works. The artists expertly convey light and shadow on human skin with uncanny verisimilitude, particularly considering the materials used.
Come and see the exhibition on the San Telmo Art & History Walk and discover it with us.
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I used to take guests down into the little park below Parque Lezama on the edge of La Boca. There was a graffiti wall there that used to show some nice stuff. But it’s long been tagged over.
Walking by one day on my way to Coffee Town, I saw a new mural being painted but didn’t have my camera. I came back the next day and captured this:
And here’s the detail:
Murals appear on the walk all the time and I often don’t know who the artist is. That’s the case with this one I saw a couple weeks back.
But thanks to Buenos Aires Street Art, I know who they are — street artists from Uruguay, THEIC and Fitz.
Nevertheless, I think I caught it just right.
We lucked out on the Art Walk last week and ran into Poeta, one of Buenos Aires’ most well-connected street artists.
There had been a mural of his on the wall of this parking garage before but it had been tagged to hell. It was nice to see a new and improved one go up.
Thanks to Joe and Nicole for sharing these with me and for making the walk so much fun. And yes, the Coffee Connection in the market has some of the best coffee I’ve tasted in Buenos Aires.
Check out Poeta’s flickr photostream.
I had the privilege of guiding two San-Fran based acrobats on Friday’s art through San Telmo. They were smart, athletic and also, eager to please.
When we encountered some new street art I wanted to photograph, instead of just standing there and posing, they suggested that they could “do something special.”
I had no idea what they meant until Paula climbed up on her boyfriend’s shoulders and announced her agility to the world. Or at least, to the appreciative folks who clapped for her on Humberto 1°.
Paula and Tyler on my art tour in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
The new street art is a collaboration, I think, but includes San Telmo stalwart street artist, ene ene. Atypically bold colors for him and some expert, lithograph-like shading.
Check out their Web site here, and their blog here.
Abandoned building on Chile in San Telmo has been taken over by Malegría and friends. Happy to see this because it was just a wall full of shredded billboard advertisements. El Odio is visible again, too.
Street art in San Telmo
Street art in San Telmo
Street art in San Telmo.