KEVIN POWER / OSVALDO SÁNCHEZ / CUAUHTÉMOC MEDINA / MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA
Mexico has become one of the world's most vital countries for contemporary art, and this overview shows why. Collected from Mexicos participation in Madrids ARCO art fair as the featured guest country in 2005, the works here, according to curator Osvaldo Sánchez, were chosen simply on the basis of individual merit: "It deals neither with a generation or historic heritages nor debts of the language." This philosophy allowed the curators to display a full panoply of the best work to have emerged from Mexico in recent years, both by established and up-and-coming artists.~ Contributors range from photographers like José Dávila, Teresa Margolles, Rubén Ortiz Torres, and Gerardo Suter to sculptors like Betsabeé Romero to cutting-edge installation artists like Santiago Sierra. Vibrant scenes in Monterrey, Guadalajara, Oaxaca, and Mérida, in addition to the long-established one in Mexico City, have resulted in rich, varied, and often controversial work.