Must-See Art Guide: Brazil

This week's guide includes Luiz Zerbini, Sonia Delaunay, Alfredo Jaar, and more.

Gisela Motta & Leandro Lima, Relâmpago (2015). Courtesy of Galeria Vermelho.

Let’s celebrate SP-Arte, the São Paulo International Art Festival. Now in its 13th edition, this fair provides an unbeatable platform for cultural and artistic exchange between curators, collectors, artists, galleries, and admirers of art, and it’s happening right now. For enthusiasts of Brazil’s art scene, this is the best time to explore the country’s galleries, too, as they put up some of their best shows of the year to coincide with the week’s festivities. In São Paulo, you won’t want to miss local artist Luiz Zerbini’s elegant, elegiac prints of plant life—they’re haunting in their specificity and loveliness. For a survey of bold, graphic works, head over to Galeria Raquel Arnaud’s group show “The Matter of Color” and discover exceptional pieces by Sonia Delaunay, Josef Albers, Yves Klein, and more. Meanwhile, over in Rio de Janeiro’s Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea gallery, check out the psychedelic painting of Pedro Varela that he uses to explore the connection between Latin America’s colonial past and its recent history.

And that’s just the beginning—find our full list of picks below.


Exhibition:Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima: Psicose
March 9–April 8, 2017
Galeria Vermelho, Rua Minas Geraais 350, São Paulo, Brazil

“Dissonate” invitation. Courtesy of 55SP Galeria.

March 21–April 22, 2017
55SP Galeria, Rua Barao de Tatui 195, São Paulo, Brazil

Luiz Zerbini, installation view. Courtesy of Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel.

Exhibition:Luiz Zerbini: Monotypes
 March 11–May 6, 2017
Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Rua James Holland 71, São Paulo, Brazil

Sonia Delaunay, P.H. Soupault (1961). Courtesy of Galeria Raquel Arnaud.

Exhibition:A matéria da cor (‘The Matter of Color’)
April 3–May 27, 2017
Galeria Raquel Arnaud, Rua Fidalga 125, São Paulo, Brazil

Pedro Varela. Courtesy of Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea.

Exhibition:Pedro Varela: Un Passé Qui Ne Passe Pas
March 22–April 20, 2017
Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rua Barão de Jaguaripe 387, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Erika Malzoni. Courtesy of Epicentro + Emma Thomas.

Exhibition:Erika Malzoni: Precisamente Imperfeitos
April 4–29, 2017
Epicentro + Emma Thomas, Rua da Consolação 3423, São Paulo, Brazil

Alfredo Jaar. Courtesy of Galeria Luisa Strina.

Exhibition:Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images
March 14–April 29, 2017
Galeria Luisa Strina, Rua Padre João Manuel 755, São Paulo, Brazil

Sergio Sister. Courtesy of Galeria Nara Roesler.

Exhibition:Sergio Sister: Pintura com ar, combra e espaco
March 23–May 20, 2017
Galeria Nara Roesler, Rua Redentor 241, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Exhibition:Renata Cruz: Forever and a day
April 1–May 27, 2017
Blau Projects, Rua Fradique Coutinho 1464, São Paulo, Brazil

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