Art Matters: San Juan’s New Wave


Alex Hawgood (The New York Times “T Magazine Blog”) writes about the alternative exhibition spaces that are thriving in Puerto Rico, despite the harsh economic crisis the island is going through. He says:

If the annual art fairs that zigzag through New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong are now on the verge of being greeted with a collective Champagne-soaked yawn, San Juan has emerged as a breath of fresh tropical air.

Despite Puerto Rico’s current economic crisis, a handful of boundary-pushing exhibition spaces are thriving, such as Espacio 1414, housed in a former Royal Tire warehouse; Roberto Paradise Gallery, which is showing the work of the painter José Lerma through April 5; and Galería Agustina Ferreyra, which operates out of a garage. “Art goes beyond geography,” Ferreyra says. “The minute we start thinking about geography, we close each other off.”

For more information, see Espacio 1414 at; Roberto Paradise Gallery at; and Agustina Ferreyra at

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