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