Are you ready for ArtRio? The four day international contemporary art fair will showcase more than 100 collections of galleries from around the world on September 13, 2012. "As one of the major art fairs in Latin America," ArtRio spans over an enormous 80,730 square feet and is spread throughout four different warehouses on the beautiful Guanabara Bay.
Created by Brenda Valansi, Elisangela Valadares, Alexandre Accioly, and Luiz Calainho, ArtRio has only expanded after last year's success. 120 galleries are expected at this year's fair, half of which will be international galleries, with over 60,000 visitors. As Luiz Calainho notes in the press release, "The annual calendar of events and initiatives of ArtRio will consolidate the position of the City of Rio de Janeiro among the most creative in the world, comprising a select group currently including Berlin, New York, Barcelona, and London as the most important destinations. More than merely an event, ArtRio will be present in the City’s daily routine, at every corner of Rio, in its landscaping, communication outlets, as well as its economic discussions. We will highlight the artistic value of Rio de Janeiro as a style of life, knowledge and investment.”
Participating galleries which were approved by a committee of curators include David Zwirner, White Cube and Gagosian Gallery, which will be taking 80 pieces by 30 different artists to the fair. "As Brazil’s contemporary artists passed the $1 million mark, Gagosian has seen an increase in inquiries from the country’s collectors about international artists in that price range" New York-based Gagosian director Victoria Gelfand-Magalhaes told Bloomberg News.
We've put together a slideshow of 10 Brazilian artists to know that should get you excited about Brazil's growing contemporary arts scene.
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Ernesto Neto creates incredible abstract installations that often take up entire exhibition spaces. Neto describes his work as "<a href="http://bombsite.com/issues/70/articles/2274" target="_hplink">contemporary sculpture</a>" that "<a href="http://bombsite.com/issues/70/articles/2274" target="_hplink"> speaks of the finite and the infinite, of the macroscopic and the microscopic, the internal and external...</a>" Find more information about his work <a href="http://www.artnet.com/artists/ernesto-neto/" target="_hplink">here</a>. The corresponding photo is from Neto's installation, 'Anthropodino,' at the Park Avenue Armory in New York May 15, 2009. (Photo courtesy of TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Muniz (b. 1961), is from Sao Paulo. He began his career as a sculptor but eventually turned to photography, incorporating unexpected materials into his photographic process. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/arts/design/24muniz.html?pagewanted=all" target="_hplink">Muniz has said of his work that</a>, "I am at this point in my career where I'm trying to step away from the realm of fine arts because I think it's a very exclusive, very restrictive place to be. What I want to do is to change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day." Find more information about his work <a href="http://www.vikmuniz.net" target="_hplink">here</a>. In the corresponding photo Muniz is seen with his work made of trash, portraying the sugar loaf in Rio de Janeiro, on June 16, 2012. (Photo courtesy of CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/GettyImages)
(b. 1963) The Brazilian-American neo-pop artist is well known for his iconic sculptures and illustrations. In the corresponding photo pedestrians walk past "The Best Buddies Friendship Bear," Britto's sculpture on display outside the Time Warner Center in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Find more information about his work <a href="http://www.britto.com" target="_hplink">here</a>.
(b. 1960). Milhazes considers herself a geometric abstractionist. She brings cultural imagery into all of her paintings. Richard Armstrong, the current director of the Guggenheim museum, has described her paintings as a result of "<a href="http://db-artmag.com/en/59/feature/no-fear-of-beauty-beatriz-milhazes/" target="_hplink">the mad struggle between baroque figuration and rigorous construction</a>." Find more information about her work <a href="http://www.artnet.com/artists/beatriz-milhazes/" target="_hplink">here</a>. The corresponding photograph is of Milhazes' painting, "578" on display during a preview of Christie's Latin American Art auctions, May 24, 2010 in New York. (Photo courtesy of EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
(b. 1964) <a href="http://www.adrianavarejao.net/" target="_hplink">Varejão</a> works in a variety of different mediums, including painting, drawing and sculpture, installation, and photography. Varejão has said that her work juxtaposes old traditions of art and contemporary life in Brazil: "<a href="http://www.artfacts.net/index.php/pageType/newsInfo/newsID/3285/lang/1" target="_hplink">...at one point, I belong to this very old tradition of art. But my art also wants to deal with parody, criticise history. So I use - for instance - the art history of Brazil: I use the same old painters but to tell different stories, and I mix elements and create fictions.</a>" Find more information about her work <a href="http://www.adrianavarejao.net" target="_hplink">here</a>. The corresponding photo is Varejão's "Pele Tatuada a Moda de Azulejaria," on display at Christie's auction house in New York 16 November 2007. (Photo courtesy of EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
(b. 1974) The identical twin brothers are Brazilian street artists who began painting in 1987. They paint murals around the world, often invoking political themes. Their most recent mural in Boston ignited a wave of bigoted commentary from the far-right after <em>Fox Boston</em> posted an article about the mural entitled, "<a href="http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/19196024/2012/08/04/controversy-over-mural-on-the-greenway" target="_hplink">Greenway Mural Interpreted as Little Boy, Terrorist</a>." Find more information about their work <a href="http://osgemeos.com.br" target="_hplink">here</a>. The corresponding photo is the mural the artists painted on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaime-rojo-steven-harrington/os-gemeos-and-the-giant-o_b_1753267.html" target="_hplink">Boston's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway at Dewey Square</a>.
(b. 1966) Koch's installation pieces explore architectural space: "<a href="http://www5.goteborg.se/prod/kultur/konsthallen/dalis2.nsf/vyPublicerade/7FF01EFDB14C1653C125700C00430D2A?OpenDocument" target="_hplink">through various interventions and additions she lays the ground for a reflection about the framework that the architecture itself constitutes</a>." She explores the 'experience' of architectural space, altering specific elements within various spaces to invoke a heightened awareness. Find more information about her work <a href="http://www.luciakoch.com" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Priscila De Carvalho
(b. 1975) Priscila De Carvalho is an installation artist who creates full fantasy worlds using an array of different materials and mediums, "<a href="http://momaps1.org/studio-visit/artist/priscila-de-carvalho" target="_hplink">I create fantastic worlds in which colors, forms and elements of fantasy all meld together. My work depicts the speed of global cities and overly populated urban environments...</a>" Find more information about her work <a href="http://www.priscilasoffice.com" target="_hplink">here</a>.
(b. 1948) Meireles is an installation artist and sculptor whose work is often a response to the military junta of the 60s and 70s. Meireles installations often encourage viewer participation: "<a href="http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/corners_and_crossroads/" target="_hplink">My work always searches for some kind of communion with this indefinable broad entity called the public</a>." Find more information about his work <a href="http://www.artnet.com/artists/cildo-meireles/" target="_hplink">here</a>. The corresponding photograph is Meireles installation, "Mission/Missions (How to Build Cathedrals)" at the Tate Modern in 2009.
(b. 1950) Néle Azevedo is a contemporary Brazilian sculptor. In 2005, as part of an 'urban intervention' project, Azevedo created a set of installations around the world known as "Melting Men." In public spaces Azevedo placed dozens of small sculptures in the shape of sitting figures carved out of ice. Azevedo has said that the piece was "<a href="http://www.greenmuze.com/art/interviews/641-nele-azevedo-interview.html" target="_hplink">conceived as a critical view of the official historical monuments</a>." Find more information <a href="http://neleazevedo.com.br" target="_hplink">here</a>.
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