The 11th edition of SP-Arte, welcomed 140 participating galleries from 17 countries (83 Brazilian and 57 foreign) and featured about 2000 artists across its five sections: Main, Showcase, Solo, Performance and Open Plan making it the largest and most international edition to date. With more than 23,000 visitors during the five days of the fair, including collectors and VIPs, art professionals, academicians and institutions from around the world, such as TATE Modern, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Kunstwerk Berlin, MALBA, Buenos Aires; and Museum of Old and New, Tasmania & Australia, this edition has been a success.
Fair Director, Fernanda Feitosa said “I am very thrilled for the results of SP-Arte 2015. With a very strong national and international participation and commitment from the galleries and collectors we are more engaged than ever in making the Brazilian market a more international and strong one. Working together with other Museums and galleries in São Paulo we have made SP-Arte week the most exciting in Brazil. Now we need to keep working not just on SP-Arte 2016 but on promoting the São Paulo art scene as well as working with other institutions in improving the conditions on the Brazilian art market.”
SP-ARTE’s newest sections, Open Plan, a section dedicated to installations curated by XII Cuenca Biennial curator, Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, which included installations by Julio Le Parc, Sphère Blue; Daniel Buren, A Cabana explodida, obra in situ, Homenagem à Oscar Niemeyer. Daniel Buren, abril 2015, São Paulo, made specially for Open Plan, where the artist dialogues with the architecture of the Bienal Pavilion building, by Oscar Niemeyer; as well as works Maja Bajevic, Diango Hernández and Attila Csörgó amongst others. In addition to Open Plan, the Performance sector was also a highlight with performances by emerging artists alongside reenactments of performances by important artists like Marina Abramovic and the 1968 performance by James Lee Bayer, Breathe (Two in a Hat), the sector drew attention from visitors of all ages and consolidated the program on the third floor of the Bienal Pavilion with its interactive works.
This edition also hosted the Talks program – Art as a Value, a collaboration with Arte!Brasilerios magazine. Participants included Paulo Herkenhoff (Artistic Director of the Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR), Thomas Galbreith (Director of Global Strategies, Paddle 8), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA (13) and draughtsperson for the 14th Istanbul Biennial), Ivo Mesquita (former Director of Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo), Marcio Fainziliber (Chairman of the Board of the Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR), Don and Mera Rubell (The Rubell Family Collection), Simon Watson (art consultant and journalist) and Sarah Thornton (writer and sociologist of art) who launched the Portuguese version of 33 Artists in 3 Acts at the fair.
SP-Arte continues with a strong programme of partnerships with institutions creating and reinforcing its relationships to support art initiatives throughout the year. This includes the Illy Sustain Art Award, founded in 2007 which supports Latin American artists under the age of 35. This year’s Illy Sustain Art Award at SP-Arte was given to artist Ivan Grilo, represented by Casa Triângulo and Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea.
For the second consecutive year SP-Arte and ICCo – Instituto de Cultura Contemporânea granted an artist the possibility to participate in residency programs abroad. This time awarding an additional artist, for a total of three artists to participate. The residencies were given to Beto Shwafaty, represented by Galeria Luisa Strina; Mayana Redin, represented by Galeria Silvia Cintra + Box4; and Pedro Motta, from Celma Albuquerque and Galeria Luisa Strina. Shwafaty will be received by Residency Unlimited (RU), NY, United States, while Redin and Motta will go to FLORA arts+natura, in Honda, Tolima, at Colombia.
SP-Arte works closely with institutions in Brazil and galleries to support an extensive programme of donations. This year the 19 donations were given to Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna – MAM-SP, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand – MASP, Museu de Arte Contemporânea – MAC-USP and Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR.