SP-Arte, the São Paulo International Art Fair, which ran from 2–6 April 2014 and celebrated its 10th edition this year, drew record attendance and was widely considered by dealers, collectors and curators alike to be the best edition of the fair to date. SP-Arte/2014 benefitted from leading international galleries attending for the first time such as Marian Goodman, Michael Werner and kurimanzutto. Under the leadership of Executive Director, Fernanda Feitosa, SP-Arte/2014 featured 136 of the best Brazilian and international galleries from 18 countries across the globe.
Solo, the new sector for this year which included galleries selected by Director of Inhotim, Rodrigo Moura and a strong programme for Dialogues and the Curatorial Lab, organized by renowned Brazilian curator Adriano Pedrosa.
Both Brazilian and international galleries in attendance for SP-Arte’s 10th edition reported strong sales for work by local as well as international artists. Sales at the Fair this year illustrated that Brazilian collectors are increasingly more interested in acquiring work by both emerging and established international artists. Work sold at the Fair by Brazilian artists included that of Mira Schendel, Cildo Meireles, Helio Oiticica, Alfredo Volpi, Sergio Camargo, Abraham Palatnik, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti and Lasar Segall as well as contemporary artists such as Vik Muniz, Beatriz Milhazes, Jac Leirner, Adriana Varejão, Rivane Neuenschwander, Erika Verzutti, Sandra Cinto, Valeska Soares, Janaina Tschäpe, Miguel Rio Branco and Renata Lucas. Highlights of works by international artists sold included Anish Kapoor, Gabriel Orozco, Damian Ortega, Antoni Tàpies, Geta Brătescu, Michelangelo Pistoletto, William Kentridge, Oscar Murillo, Richard Serra, John Chamberlain, Alexander Calder, Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Allora & Calzadilla, Georg Baselitz, Robert Longo, Lucio Fontana and Pino Pascali as well as work by innovative emerging artists in the Solo sector including Jose Dávila, Néstor Sanmiguel, Voluspa Jarpa, Nathan Peter, David Zink Yi, Arnaldo Dias Baptista and Virginia de Medeiros.
For 2014, SP-Arte received 22,000 visitors over the course of the Fair including the strongest ever attendance for the VIP Preview day and more international visitors than ever before. Leading collectors in attendance at the Fair included Martin Margulies of the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation (USA), Raymond Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum (USA), Maxine and Stuart Frankel of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation (USA), Lewis & Sue Nerman (USA), Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson (USA), and leading art professionals included Franklin Sirmans Curator, LACMA (USA), Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, MoMA (USA, Venezuela) and Tanya Barson, curator of International Art at Tate Modern (UK). For the first time this year a collector’s group was brought to the Fair by AXA Art insurance. A group of professionals brought to the Fair by Latitude: Platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad included Beverly Adams, curator of Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas (USA), Fanni Fetzer, Director of the Kunstmuseum Luzern (Switzerland), Milovan Farronato, Director of the Fiorrucci Art Trust (Italy), Pauline Yao, Curator at M+ (Hong Kong) and Andrea Viliani, Director of the Madre Museum, Naples (Italy).
The first edition of SP-Arte Brasilia, which took place June 5-8 at the Shopping Iguatemi Brasilia in 2014, guaranteed its place in the Brazilian capital’s art scene. With a public of over 6,500 visitors, the Fair counted with the participation of 35 galleries that invigorated the cultural scene of the city. During the week collectors organized receptions in their homes and gallerists provided guided visits of the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Itamaraty and Museu Nacional.
The Fair organized many special visits and conversations, including the presence of prestigious art professionals: journalist, Leonor Amarante from the magazine Arte!Brasileiros, Nathalie Lenci and Candida Sodré from Christie’s, curators Ivo Mesquita and Wagner Barja and the artist João Castilho, winner of the Prêmio Zum Revista de Fotografia.
The first edition of the Fair was also notable for its book launches including Duplo Olhar by the Brazilian collector Sérgio Carvalho, followed by a debate with curators Denise Mattar and Marília Panitz; and Fortuna- the cartoonist of cartoonists, launched by Pinakotheke.
Almeida e Dale Galeria de Arte, São Paulo, Brazil
AM Galeria de Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Arte 57 – Renato Magalhães Gouvêa Jr., São Paulo, Brazil
Athena Galeria de Arte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galeria de Babel, São Paulo, Brazil
Baró Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Bergamin, São Paulo, Brazil
Carbono Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil
A Casa da Luz Vermelha, Brasília, Brazil
Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Celma Albuquerque, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Galeria Clima, Brasília, Brazil
Dan Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil
Espaço Eliana Benchimol, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galeria Estação, São Paulo, Brazil
Fólio Livraria, São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria de Arte Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galeria Leme, São Paulo, Brazil
Lemos de Sá Galeria de Arte, Nova Lima, Brazil
LURIXS: Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Manoel Macedo Arte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Galeria Murilo Castro, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; New York, USA
Paulo Darzé Galeria de Arte, Salvador, Brazil
Paulo Kuczynski Escritório de Arte, São Paulo, Brazil
Pinakotheke, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Fortaleza, Brazil
Referência Galeria de Arte, Brasília, Brazil
SIM Galeria, Curitiba, Brazil
Simões de Assis Galeria de Arte, Curitiba, Brazil
Vermelho, São Paulo, Brazil
Zipper Galeria, São Paulo, Brazil