SP-Arte presents its 15th edition gathering galleries, artists, designers and special projects at São Paulo’s iconic Bienal Pavilion. While extending its program throughout the city, SP-Arte also strengthens its exhibitors list with galleries and institutions from across the globe.
“Throughout these 15 years, SP-Arte expanded its mission and collaborated to the professionalization of Brazil’s art market and to the growth of its collectors’ base, boosting the local art scene,” says SP-Arte’s Founder and Director Fernanda Feitosa.
15th edition news
SP-Arte attracts a number of international exhibitors. Amongst the confirmed names are David Zwirner (New York), Lisson Gallery (London), neugerriemschneider (Berlin), Alexander Gray Associates (New York), Galleria Franco Noero (Turin), Galleria Continua (San Gimignano), Galería Elba Benitez (Madrid) and espaivisor (Valencia). New participations from Brazil’s neighbor countries include Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo (Chile), IK Projects (Peru), Walden Gallery (Argentina) in addition to its Latin American regulars, like Galería SUR (Uruguay), Piero Atchugarry Gallery(Uruguay) and Aninat Galería (Chile).
Well-established galleries from Brazil’s market exhibit at SP-Arte and help to build an intense week of cultural events. This edition’s list of galleries includes Galeria Nara Roesler (São Paulo), Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel (São Paulo), Mendes Wood DM (São Paulo), Luciana Brito Galeria (São Paulo), A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro), Galeria Luisa Strina (São Paulo), Galeria Jaqueline Martins (São Paulo), Vermelho (São Paulo) and many others.
Latin America at Solo Sector
SP-Arte’s 15th edition celebrates Latin American artistic production through its curated sector Solo, featuring single-artist booths selected by Chilean curator Alexia Tala.
The Solo project aims to challenge the colonizing influence that shapes Latin America’s self-recognition as a land whose "discovery" and civilizing process only began to come about through the interaction with Europe. The presentation inverts this view with the support of architecture and culture history, anthropology and ethnography, to introduce critical concepts that unite different regions of Latin America.
Artists confirmed to date include: Paraguayan Feliciano Centurión (via Walden Gallery, Argentina), Peruvians Fernando Bryce (via espaivisor, Spain) and Nicole Franchy (via IK Projects, Peru), Brazilians Randolpho Lamonier (via Periscópio Arte Contemporânea, Brazil), Ayrson Heráclito (via Portas Vilaseca Galeria, Brazil), Rafael Pagatini (via OÁ Galeria - Arte Contemporânea, Brazil) and Manata Laudares (via Sé, Brazil), Chileans Maria Edwards (via Galería Patricia Ready, Chile), Sandra Vásquez de la Horra (via Bendana-Pinel Art Contemporain, France) and Alejandra Prieto (via Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo, Chile) and Guatemalan Luis González Palma (via Galeria de Babel, Brazil).
Marcos Gallon, creative director of Vermelho’s annual Performance Art Festival Verbo, curates SP-Arte’s Performance sector exploring the plurality of such practice and inviting reflections on the challenges of collecting performances. Five different practices will take place around the pavilion and some of the presentations will leave traces behind as tangible records of the performances left throughout the space.
Repertório [Repertoire] Sector
Curator Tiago Mesquita takes the lead on the Repertório sector focusing on historical projects from post-World War II until the 80’s, an essential period for the understanding of contemporary art practices.
Issues related to that time are explored by artists including Lygia Pape (via Almeida & Dale Galeria de Arte, São Paulo), Analívia Cordeiro (via Aninat Galería, Santiago) and Letícia Parente (via Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo).
SP-Arte presents iconic items of Brazilian design, from vintage pieces by designers including Joaquim Tenreiro, Sérgio Rodrigues, Lina Bo Bardi and Jorge Zalszupin to modern reeditions by Zanine Caldas and contemporary works by Hugo França, Jacqueline Terpins and Ovo.
The Independent Designers section returns as a platform dedicated to promoting their participation independent from gallery representations, supporting new designers’ growth in the market. Confirmed names to date include Brazilians Noemi Saga, Bianca Barbato and British Form Bureau, among others.
A new section features booths dedicated to furniture designed by renowned architects, like Dado Castello Branco, Lia Siqueira and Rodrigo Ohtake.
Marked by a steady growth since it was founded in 2005, SP-Arte has achieved a leading position in Latin America. The 2018 edition welcomed exhibitors from over 15 countries and featured more than 2000 artists.