Carlos Slim

Mexico City's art scene is booming, but even with deep roots, political uncertainty keeps it fragile

Mexico City's art scene is booming, but even with deep roots, political uncertainty keeps it fragile

On a warm Friday evening, as the sky begins to turn a shade of orange sherbet, several dozen people decked out in trim suits and stylish dresses train their cellphones on a mound of garbage behind the Centro Citibanamex on the western flanks of Mexico City.

Inside the sprawling convention center is the Zona Maco art fair, featuring art and design from more than 160 international exhibitors. Outside by the loading area, the crowd of artists, curators, collectors and museum directors has gathered to watch a performance by Regina José Galindo, the Guatemalan artist known for staging visceral actions that grapple with issues of impunity and violence. (She once carved the word...

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