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Prudencio Irazabalís SIT #3Q3 (Leda and the Swan) (2005) at the booth of Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid
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by Walter Robinson

One of the more festive parties celebrating ARCO í06, Feb. 9-13, 2006, was thrown by the hip Spanish art magazine, Art.Es, at a hip Madrid nightclub called Alegoria. The décor was Baroque potpourri, with overscaled ship models and copies of famous paintings sharing space with ornate clocks and wooden medallions carved with the Stations of the Cross. Early in the evening, a classic flamenco troupe performed, complete with guitarists, dueling dancers, singing, clapping and foot-stamping, enacting the traditional battles of sexual jealousy, possessiveness and revenge. The hip art-world crowd loved it.