Jose Roco, PINTA curator, and Jose Carlos Martinat, artist. Photo Paul Laster.

November 14, 2013 @ 82 Mercer St

The seventh edition of PINTA, the Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show, opened Thursday to a packed house at SoHo's 82 Mercer St., its new venue.

Featuring nearly 70 exhibitors from 20 countries, this year's fair (through Nov. 17) offers work in a variety of mediums by more than 160 artists spread over two floors of the 50,000-square-foot event space.

"The new venue is completely different from our two previous locations in New York," director Ian Cofre told A.i.A. at the opening. "We have higher walls and larger booths, and we get better light pouring into this 19th-century cast iron building."

The new venue helped attract such high-profile exhibitors as Museo Gurvich, showing paintings and drawings by the late Uruguayan artist José Gurvich; New York's Salon 94 and Cristina Grajales Gallery, which collaborated to present new work by Carlos Rolon (Dzine) and Sebastian Errazuriz; and the Drawing Center, New York, exhibiting contemporary Argentinian artist Matias Duville.

"The Drawing Center has had a long relationship with Latin American artists," Drawing Center director Brett Littman told A.i.A. "Our curator Claire Gilman and I have been going down to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia for the past seven years. It's been a very fruitful part of the world to explore. I actually believe there is more going on in drawing there than in Europe, and maybe even the United States."