Every year, SP-Arte gathers in São Paulo the most prestigious art galleries from the domestic and international scenario. Presenting an overview of modern and contemporary art, and serving as thermometer of the creative economy, it brings in 2017, to Brazil’s cultural epicenter, more than 120 galleries and multiple artists – translated in all different formats, such as painting, sculpture, print, photography, installation and video.
Works by renowned and burgeoning artists alongside the curves of the epic building designed by Oscar Niemeyer during SP-Arte. The audience will come face-to-face with experiences of multiple formats and scale, getting a taste of the current and enriching mosaic of the arts.
In this sector, galleries showcase up to three names in the contemporary scene. With this, it draws people to new talents and their trajectories, providing interesting combinations and discoveries.
Through individual exhibitions, the project develops as a platform of artistic reflection and research, combining voices of creators from different generations and promoting a rich mixture of artists and forms. The space is curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas – an independent curator who worked at the Tate Modern gallery in 2008, and was assistant curator of the 3rd Marrakech Biennale in 2009.
This year we debut the Repertório [Repertoire] Sector, which was conceived with the objective of introducing Brazilian and international artists fundamental for understanding contemporary artistic practices, some of which not yet duly recognized. The selection follows a chronological period – the artists selected were born before the 1950s, and the works presented were produced before the end of the 1980s.
Artists selected include Pino Pascali, linked to Art Povera; Richard Long, one of the most important British artists of the second-half of the 20th century; and Lothar Baumgarten, German artist whose work is highly influenced by the landscape, history and culture of Brazil’s Amazon. The space is curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, curator of artist retrospectives like Héctor Zamora (CCBB-SP, 2016), Sean Scully (Pinacoteca-SP, 2015) and Leda Catunda (MAM-RJ, 2014), and the 12th Bienal de Cuenca (Ecuador, 2014), among other exhibits.