Fierro Loves Soho: Art Galleries

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The Soho art scene is vibrant, colorful and alive! Check out the following galleries on your next tour round the Palermo neighborhood and start thinking about Christmas gifts while you’re at it!

Hollywood in Cambodia: Set atop a Palermo bar this hip space specializes in street art and is run by street artists. The gallery produces monthly shows and hosts many art related activities. Thames 1885, 1st floor. Palermo.

Pabellon 4: Founded in 1996 by architects and visual artists this gallery is one of the oldest in the area and received backing from renowned architect Clorindo Testa. Uriarte 1332, Palermo.

Dacil: This contemporary art gallery opened in 2006 and has since been promoting local contemporary art both locally and internationally. Soria 5125, Palermo.

Galeria Mar Dulce: Offers small to medium sized paintings, drawings, engravings and photography. Uriarte 1490, Palermo.

Galeria Thames: This popular Palermo gallery showcases works by both local and international contemporary artists.  Thames 1776, Palermo.

Gachi Prieto Gallery: Seeking to promote local art abroad, this gallery focuses on contemporary Latin American art. Uriarte 1976, Palermo.

Fierro Loves Hollywood: Palermo’s Hottest Blocks

Palermo is divided into all sorts of funny sub categories (most unofficial) and new ones keep popping up all the time. Some of the better known ones include Palermo Viejo (or “old” Palermo), Palermo SOHO (where all the designer shops are), and Palermo Hollywood. New sub-Palermos also include Palermo Botánico (where the Botanical gardens are, you guessed it!), Palermo Zoo (another self-explanatory one), Palermo Queens (better known as Villa Crespo but rebaptized by some because it is supposedly one of the city’s transvestite epicenters), and Palermo Freud/Sensible (because a lot of psychologists have their practice in the area). Regardless of names, it is important to know that the popular neighborhood is divided into North and South of Juan B. Justo, Between Libertador Avenue and Santa Fé, and between Santa Fé and Avenida Córdoba.

Fierro Hotel is located in the glamorous Palermo Hollywood, which coined its name after radio stations and production companies began to open up in the area in the nineties. Its limits are Av. Córdoba, Santa Fé, Dorrego and Juan B. Justo and it is one of the liveliest areas in town in terms of dining, nightlife, shopping, art and more. Over the following weeks we will be reviewing the hottest spots for coffee, drinks, and why not even a manicure. Of course, brunch and dinner are always best at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, but there are some pretty great neighbors to get to know too.

Top 5 Art Tours in Buenos Aires

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San Telmo Art & History Walk: The perfect way to learn the who is who and what is what of San Telmo’s art-ridden streets. The three-hour walk includes a tour of both the street art and galleries; a great way to get to know the current Buenos Aires art scene whilst getting to know the charm of San Telmo neighborhood. More information here.

Graffitimundo:  This off the beaten path tour of the city streets aims to promote the booming urban art scene in Buenos Aires. Those interested in learning more about the local street art and the political and social context that is behind it should definitely pick this great option to get to know another side of Buenos Aires. More information on meeting points and prices here.

Foto Ruta: Professional photographer Jocelyn Mandrake and her associate Becky Hayes have taken tourist photography to a whole new level on their Saturday Foto Ruta tours.  What they propose is to get to know the city from another point of view, taking their travelers through off the beaten path locations and setting creative guidelines for the photographs to explore from a new perspective. More information on upcoming tours here.

Artist Atelier Tour: Meeting the artists and catching a glimpse of what their workspace is like and what they’re currently working on is one of the perks of these private tours which take you into the ateliers of four artists ending in a light lunch.  Book your place here.

Crème de la Crème: Whether it’s design, vintage finds or local art crème de la crème knows where it’s.  Their art scene tour takes you through the who is who of emerging and established argentine artists. More information here.

Buenos Aires Art Galleries

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Buenos Aires is scattered with galleries that represent the city’s booming art industry, and they are well worth visiting for collectors and art lovers. Most of the galleries can be found in three main areas, the Retiro and Recoleta circuit, Palermo, and San Telmo.  Monthly gallery nights are held in different areas of the city and are a great chance to get to know this flourishing aspect of it.

Some recommended galleries include:

Retiro area:

Ruth Benzacar: founded in the sixties, it is one of the most prestigious galleries in the city and deals in contemporary Argentine art. Florida 1000, Buenos Aires. 4313 8480. info@ruthbenzacar.com.

Palermo:

Braga Mendez brings together thirty top-level artists producing independently and collectively, valuing a commitment to the idea of art stripped of a commercial focus.   Humboldt 1574, Palermo. 4775-5577. info@galeriabm.com.

Hollywood in Cambodia: Set atop a Palermo bar this hip space specializes in street art and is run by street artists. The gallery produces monthly shows and hosts many art related activities. Thames 1885, 1st floor. Palermo. hollywoodincambodia@gmail.com.

Arte x Arte: is a 1800m2 space dedicated to photography, video art and new media. They work to promote both the local artists in Argentina and abroad, and to introduce foreign artists to the local scene. Lavalleja 1062, Villa Crespo. 4773-2738.

Mar Dulce: Paintings, drawings, prints and photography by Argentine and Uruguayan upcoming artists are presented at this Palermo centered gallery. Uriarte 1490, Palermo. galeriamardulce@gmail.com

San Temo:

Arte Pampa: This gallery is dedicated to contemporary artwork that reflects the local traditions and heritage. It is a great place to buy gifts or something with a local feel to take back home.  Defensa 917, San Telmo. 4361-1138.

Zavaleta Lab: Also dedicated to contemporary Argentine art, they are intent on discovering and promoting new talents and are constantly renewing their program. Venezuela 571, San Telmo. 4331-2439.

Autumn in Buenos Aires

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As autumn creeps up, the city resumes many of its activities after a summer of fun. Schools and universities kick-off the academic year, theatres and museums renew their programs and exhibits, football season picks up and some of the city’s main events, such as the Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), the Quilmes Rock Festival and the monthly Gallery Nights, liven it up.

During autumn, the weather is mild, ranging between 10-20°C (50-68°F).  Many consider this to be one of the best seasons to visit the city and rightly so; it is less rainy than Summer, the weather is perfect for asados and sailing, there are many cultural activities going on and the cooler afternoons are perfect for hot chocolate with churros at some of the city’s charming traditional bars.

Some of the events to look out for this autumn are:

Ciudanza: 29th March-1st April: Ciudanza combines contemporary dance with urban settings bringing this expressive art form out of the theatre and into the streets for everyone to admire. This year the event will take place in the Barrancas de Belgrano Park, in Parque Lezama in San Telmo and in Parque Chacabuco. More information here.

Quilmes Rock Festival: 3rd-4th and 7th April: This annual rock festival brings both local and international acts to the stage. This year the international line up includes Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkey and MGMT, amongst others. Big time local names such as Charly Garcia and Fito Paez will be staging shows on the 7th. Tickets here.

BAFICI: 11th-22nd April – The BAFICI film festival, held in various cinemas in Buenos Aires offers a wide range of independent local and international films. The full program for 2012 is not yet up but we will keep you posted.

Gallery Nights: Once a month from April-December the city’s art galleries open to the public during the night and welcome an enthusiastic crowd of art lovers.