Pinta Miami celebrates its sixteenth iteration in The Hangar, the new venue in the artistic community of Coconut Grove. The Fair presents Latin American and Spanish modern and contemporary art at geographical crossroads. During Miami Art Week, new visitors will connect with larger national and global art enthusiasts and collectors in this landmark building of singular distinction.

The Hangar, as we know it today, is located on Dinner Key, once a small island in Biscayne Bay that was connected to the mainland in 1914. The original hangar was built in 1918 during World War I to serve as a training field for the U.S. Navy. That building was destroyed in a hurricane in 1926. A few years later in 1930, the newly launched Pan American Airways selected Dinner Key as its base for its inter-American operations. The following year in 1931 Pan American opened the first hangar and expanded the facilities on Dinner Key with the construction of the Pan American Terminal Building, now City Hall, and additional hangers. Pan Am’s seaplanes, also known as flying boats, revolutionized air travel by offering Flying Clipper service for the first time to Latin America. 

At the Hangar, Pinta Miami embraces the artistic and historical sites of a landmark community and its historical connections to Latin America. In exchange, the Fair offers a dynamic showcase of premier art created in the Americas and Spain. 

Text by Julia P. Herzberg, Ph.D. art historian and curator specialised in contemporary and modern art


In these sixteen editions of Pinta, a revisionist endeavour has been clearly manifested, offering very specific and special curatorial views from a historical perspective, where the Latin American tradition of Concrete Art, and its drifts from Op Art, or Kinetic Art, as well as the first Conceptual, and the legacy of the investigations in Geometric Abstraction, or in Object Art, have opened paths that, to this day, continue to be a foothold of interest for artists, collectors, curators and historians of current art, and for our general public.

Being one of the distinctive aspects of our fair, in some way, this approach to "our ways of abstracting ourselves". Thus, it is natural for our public to find in Pinta “historical jewels” of Latin American abstract art, be them concrete, post-concrete or kinetic. Giving conceptual form to a vision that connects our past with our present, around this obsessive sign with the abstract as "something" that distinguishes us, is what CUBE intends to do as a first, this time, naming it.

The section brings together two galleries, which will present three artistic proposals as gabinets or suittes. The Miami Sammer Gallery will present a selection of works by the Argentine masters Martha Boto and Gregorio Vardanega where the sculptural prevails, and elegant and nostalgic modernity fosters an intimate dialogue, in a low voice, almost in silence, like whispers that denote how they understood and expanded the linguistic investigations of avant-garde non-representation. To which is added the Peruvian Galería del Paseo, with a set of exquisite works by the young Argentine artist Azul Caverna, who will present a riot of color; this time, contained, controlled color, tied short, color tied up in that beautiful cage that Art sometimes knows how to be, as sensory and poetic beauty.