(São Paulo, Brazil)
The 14th edition of SP-Arte, the most important art fair in Latin America, starts this Wednesday, April 11th. Featuring over 130 galleries from 16 countries, 15 of them for the first time, the event promises non-stop art-related activities both in and outside the Biennial Pavilion at Parque Ibirapuera, where the show takes place.
– SP-Arte is the moment of the year to check the art market, which is constantly updating and reshaping itself, all in a single place – explains the curator Gabriela Davies, member of the PIPA Prize Nominating Committee in 2018, comparing the event to the São Paulo Biennial in terms of relevance. – Sales are obviously a matter, once this is the purpose of the fair. But the event presents a unique opportunity to not only observe the national market, which has been growing and developing in the last few years, but also to check on the international market, once some of the most interesting galleries from all over the world bring to São Paulo their best artists.
This year, the fair will be divided into four main sectors: Solo, Repertoire, Performance and General, besides a space dedicated to Design. Created in 2014 and curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas for the third time in a roll, the Solo section presents solo shows by 16 contemporary artists. Among them are Marina Weffort, who showcases the “Tecidos” series at Galeria Cavalo’s booth; Túlio Pinto, who displays sculptures at Galeria Baró’s space; and Pedro Wirz, presenting ceramic sculptures from the “Novos Amigos” series in the booth of South-African gallery Blank Projects. The work represents oddly-looking creatures, both living and inanimate, and was created from a 2012 performance in which the audience was asked by the artist to guess how the next sculpture would look like.
Curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, the Repertoire sector in its turn juxtaposes works by celebrated international artists still unknown in Brazil and artists relevant in the Brazilian art history panorama, but obliviated in recent times. This year, the section features names such as those of Chinese artist Chen Zhen, French Christian Boltanski, and Brazilian Ione Saldanha. Last, but not least, performances, which were randomly spread across the exhibition space last year, were given an entirely dedicated booth in this edition. Throughout the five days of the event, Paul Setúbal, Karlla Girotto, Brechó Replay, Gabriel Vidolin and Protovoulia (composed of Jéssica Goes and Rafael Abdalla) will be presenting simultaneous performances in the sector, establishing an intense dialogue both among themselves and the visitors of the fair.
Tired already? Believe it: there’s much more. Besides the daily program of open Talks and guided tours inside the Biennial Pavillion, SP-Arte also yearly inspires galleries, museums and even some of the most aficionado collectors to house events parallel to the fair. Lost among so many options? Here are some tips by curator Gabriela Davies:
– There are some exceptional institutional exhibitions going on right now – she says, mentioning “Hilma Af Klint: Mundos Possíveis”, on view at Pinacoteca de São Paulo, all of the four shows currently on display at Instituto Tomie Ohtake, and Sara Ramo’s and Rodrigo Matheus’ solo shows which open today at Galeria Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel. – These are museums and galleries which are looking forward to bringing into their own exhibition spaces shows that talk about incredibly important topics.
SP-Arte – International Art Festival of São Paulo
On view from April 11th through 15th, 2018
Wednesday, April 11th: guests-only preview; Tuesday through Saturday, Abril 12th through 14th: 1 pm to 9 pm; Sunday, April 15th: 11 am to 7 pm
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/n (Parque Ibirapuera, portão 3)
Tickets: R$45 (full ticket) and R$20 (half-ticket)