Maxwell Alexandre, Untitled, 2019

O Public announcement that two ArtRio partners would leave the fair took many people by surprise and could cause some apprehension about the course of the event in Rio. The institutional change, however, did not affect relations with the galleries nor did it cause uncertainty in new exhibitors. The fair features new galleries, such as Verve (São Paulo), Steiner (São Paulo) and Simone Cadinelli (Rio de Janeiro). Now, only businesswoman Brenda Valansi is at the head of the fair, who has the support of partner companies for the ninth edition, scheduled to take place between the 18th and 22nd of September.It will be the third time that ArtRio is held at Marina da Glória, something that was consolidated in the previous edition of the fair. If in the first time there were still doubts as to whether the new place would be welcomed by both exhibitors and the public, in the second the satisfaction of everyone who passed through made this issue resolved.

In the main program, Verve's newcomers are keen to expand their participation in fairs across the country, according to Ian Duarte Lucas, partner-director of the gallery. “We already have very good relationships with collectors and critics in Rio. It made a lot of sense for us to strengthen these ties”. For the fair, Verve  will curate, designing the stand around an axis, as he did at SP-Arte by associating the entire space with a work by Leonilson. This time, the bookcase project was designed around works that address “the relationships that occur in the consumer society and the urgency of an affective response in times as turbulent as the current ones”, says Ian. In this vein, works by artists such as Giselle Beiguelman, Dudu Garcia, Lyz Parayzo, Élle de Bernardini and Marco Paulo Rolla will be exhibited. “Relationships of affection and trust are more than ever necessary. Art has the power to communicate these urgencies in a very forceful way”, he points out.

In activity for more than half a century, the Ipanema Art Gallery has a special task in this ArtRio: to honor the Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, who died on July 27th. Working together for more than 20 years, the gallery's director, Luiz Sève, says that he should bring important works by the artist. The Carbono and MUL.TI.PLO Espaço de Arte galleries will also exhibit works by the Venezuelan. In addition to him, prestigious names such as Alfredo Volpi, Tomie Ohtake and Cícero Dias should also appear at the Ipanema stand.

 Filipe Massini, from Galeria Athena, comments that the intention this year “is to take some of the most recent production of the artists when it comes to the contemporary part”. According to him, there will be some highlights, such as André Griffo, who will be on display at the gallery at the same time as the fair, and Raquel Versieux, one of the artists participating in the 36th Panorama of Brazilian Art. Matheus Rocha Pitta, artist participating in the Conversas ArtRio held in August, is another name for the stand, presenting more current works. The artist has two international exhibitions scheduled for early 2020. Athena's secondary market for ArtRio will be formed by Frank Stella, Di Cavalcanti, Hélio Oiticica and Wifredo Lam, among others.

In turn, the gallery A Gentil Carioca should arrive at ArtRio with a majority of works — or even all — unpublished works produced by the artists they represent, says Márcio Botner, the gallery's founding partner. Arjan Martins, Laura Lima, OPAVIVARÁ!, Jarbas Lopes and Maxwell Alexandre are some of the artists who have works confirmed at the stand. “The idea is to bring a freshness”, points out Botner. The highlight is a set of works by Maxwell Alexandre that discuss the series Most beautiful thing, which debuted on Netflix streaming in March. The artist works on the possibilities of women who could star in the production, where three of the four protagonists are white women.


A section of the fair that emphasizes video art productions, MIRA will be guided by the title New Horizons. This year, the curator is Victor Gorgulho, independent curator, journalist and researcher. The films chosen by him will range from the 2000s to the present, with works already included in the list. RISE (2018), by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, and ZERO (2019), by Luiz Roque. This is the third year that ArtRio has carried out a program especially focused on video art.

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