Pinta arrived in London this weekend, the major art event showcasing the best in contemporary and modern art from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, with galleries from a number of countries. This must be one of the last shows to be held in Earl’s Court before it is demolished, so there is a slight sadness about the event. There were a few highlights in the sculptural and 3-dimensional works but somehow the show didn’t have the fire, colour, vibrancy and spirit of previous years, and which is a characteristic of Latin American art. Perhaps the demise of Earl’s Court had cast a shadow over the art on show. There are good artists and galleries on display but overall it lacked the spark one expects, and I’m not sure that Lorenzo Quinn’s work really counts as Latin American art, though he now lives in Barcelona. It did however give the show a boost at the entrance.
Later in the year, the Royal Academy has an exhibition on Latin American art – Lets hope that has more vibrancy and that Pinta 2015 in its new home, wherever that will be, can re-energise itself.