During the past decade or so, contemporary art from Brazil has become a vital presence on the international art scene – whether in museum collections and exhibitions, or in commercial gallery shows and art fairs. Yet the artworld has often misunderstood or been ignorant of the context in which Brazilian art is produced. Published as two of the country’s three key art events take place – the long-established São Paulo Bienal and Brazil’s newest art fair, Art Rio (the third, the nation’s longest-running fair, SP Arte, takes place next April) – AR:BR seeks to correct this.
São Paulo Gallery Guide, Inhotim, Artist Profiles, Off-Spaces, Listings
At once a guide to the country’s artistic landscape and an overview of recent developments in Brazilian art, this supplement takes you on a journey from the burgeoning gallery scene in São Paulo to Inhotim, a unique art park in the mining country of Minas Gerais. Along the way you’ll find profiles of six established and emerging artists, as well as comprehensive listing information for the galleries and museums that populate Brazil’s two main art metropolises, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
The second of ArtReview’s country-focus supplements, AR:BR takes its place as part of the magazine’s ongoing mission to encourage its readers to look at the overlooked, and to keep a sense of the specific and the national no matter how global and international the artworld – as we so glibly term it – seems to be. And it’s part of an extensive programme aimed at giving critics and artists from around the world a voice and presence in international debates on the subject of art.