Spotlight on ArtRio 2013

This week, Rio de Janerio is set to host one of the largest art fairs in Latin America, drawing over 120,000 visitors from all over the world. The city touted by the New York Times as the top destination of 2013, will surely deliver a great fair experience for collectors, professionals, and art lovers alike. Entering its third year, ArtRio, held September 5–9, will feature over 100 galleries from around the world at Píer Mauá, Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The impressive roster of internationally renowned galleries was carefully selected by a discerning committee that includes art world luminaries such as Alexandre Gabriel, Anita Schwartz, Cecília Tanure, Greg Lulay, and Matthew Wood. Artists like Beatriz Milhazes (Brazilian, b.1960), Brazil's highest paid artist who just had a major retrospective open at the Paco Imperial Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro, will have works included in five gallery booths, including Galeria Fortes Vilaça.

Flowers the Bloom Tomorrow (L) by Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, Flowers the Bloom Tomorrow (L), 2010, Victoria Miro, London, UK

Sand Castle by Adriana Varejao

Adriana Varejao, Sand Castle, 2011, Victoria Miro, London, UK

In addition to established galleries such as Victoria Miro, showcasing works by Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b.1929) and Adriana Varejao (Brazilian, b.1964) among others, there are two new programs this year. VISTA will feature emerging galleries showing experimental works, and LUPA, curated by Abaseh Mivali, will feature monumental pieces.

Sitting Couple by Lynn Chadwick

Lynn Chadwick, Sitting Couple, 1990, Blain|Southern, London, UK

Also in its third year is the SOLO program. Artists chosen by Pablo León de La Barra and Julieta Gonzalez will be displaying their creations inspired by the literary work Vision of Paradise by renowned Brazilian writer Sergio Buarque de Holanda. Artists featured here will include Ricardo Alcaide (Venezuelan, b.1967), Manuela Ribadeneira, Pedro Barateiro (Portuguese, b.1979), Erika Verzutti, and Lothar Baumgarten (German, b.1944).

Grito de Carnaval by Tiago Carneiro da Cunha

Tiago Carneiro da Cunha, Grito de Carnaval,Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil

Additional events include art book launches held at Blooks Bookstore and free workshops on the art market, including Contemporary Collecting: From Private to Public, featuring panelists Ella Cisneros, Joao Carlos Figueredo Ferraz, and Axel Stein. For those art enthusiasts who enjoy exploring the scene with family, ArtRio will also offer a kids area with workshops tailored to children of all ages coordinated by Daniel Azulay.

Dourada My Mother-Thousand War by Rodrigo Bueno

Rodrigo Bueno, Dourada, Gallery Nosco, London, UK

ArtRio
September 5–9, 2013
Pier Mauá
Avenida Rodrigues Alves, 10
Praça Mauá, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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