New Gallery Offers Platform for Emerging Artists
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
A new gallery/restaurant/mezcalería opened it doors on Friday, Oct. 13, with an eye to promoting emerging artists from some of Mexico’s most-maligned neighborhoods.
The new cultural Playa Escandón forum — located at Progreso 92 in Mexico City’s up-and-coming Colonia Escandón — launched with a collective exhibition of 19 paintings, sketches, collages, lithographs and sculptures by young artists from some of the capital’s poorest neighborhoods, including Tepito and Guerrero.
“The idea is to give these artists a platform to reach a broader audience, and also to allow people with limited means to be able to purchase art,” said Samuel Reyes, one of the three directors of the project.
Reyes said that the works, all of which are available for purchase, run the gamut in price from 500 pesos to 17,000 pesos. The participating artists are: Julio Alarcón, Berkanas, Diego Chacón, Brian Guzman, Jorge Izquierdo, Nicolás Marín, Gilda Medina Bruno Ramirez, Luixant Ramuiz KER, Guadalupe Reyes, Noel Rodriguez, Diana Rosas, Oscar Vallejo, Alfonso Zárate, Karla Bautista. Ingrid C. Morgan, Jysus Ramírez and Rosa González.
The exhibit will remain on display at Playa Escandón early December, and then a new collection will be presented.