For 14 years, SP-Arte gathers in São Paulo the most important art institutions from the domestic and international scenario. In 2018, the Festival brought to this cultural epicenter more than 160 galleries, that were divided in three sectors: Main, Solo and Repertoire.
This is the most extent sector of the Festival, gathering galleries from all over the world. Works by renowned and newcomers artists spread alongside the curves of the epic building designed by Oscar Niemeyer during SP-Arte.
Dedicated to galleries interested in developing projects focused on a single artist, the Solo sector brought together creators of different generations and styles. The curatorship for 2018 was in charge of Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, who once collaborated with the Tate Modern gallery. This was Luiza’s third year at the helm.
In its second edition, the Repertório [Repertoire] continued to follow a chronological artistic period, focusing in artworks produced during the ’80s. The sector intended to create dialogues between international artists who are less known in Brazil and historically significant names for Brazilian arte. The space was curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti.
For the third time, SP-Arte reserved a sector dedicated exclusively to design. Pieces of furniture, lighting and antiques – signed by renowned designers as well as prominent youngsters – guaranteed the public an overview of what is produced in the sector.
It was possible to enjoy a wide selection of publications on modern and contemporary art, as well as artist books at booths of the best-known publishing companies in the business. This section also included a wide variety of new publications and autograph sessions with the participation of authors and creators.
Renowned Brazilian cultural institutions were at SP-Arte, with actions that strengthen visibility of their collections and understanding of art in general.
The Performance sector gained, for the first time, a specific curator. Brazilian artist Paula Garcia took on the role as curator, selecting, for this edition, five works which ran non-stop from the first to the last hour of each day of the Festival. The sector also occupied a space exclusively dedicated to performance art, where visitors could actively enter the area in order to watch the works.