Sunday, 16 October 2011
Brazilian art booms at Frieze and Brussels
(A Gentil Carioca)
Before I set off to Frieze, London's annual art fair, this afternoon, I read in The Observer that Latin Americans are "investing" in art. Frieze's co-founder Matthew Slotover said: "They buy more contemporary stuff by living artists under 50. And they live with the work, rather than put it into storage. It's not a trophy or an investment."
So, I made sure I visited all the Brazilian galleries exhibiting, and listened out for Portuguese-speaking visitors. There were plenty.
I know this blog focuses on Brazil's impact on the UK, but the Brazilian arts market is gaining such international recognition that I was asked by Belgian lifestyle magazine The Bulletin to write a feature about a three-month Brazilian arts festival in Brussels. The feature has just come out, so take a look here.
And take a look at some of the photos I took of works exhibited by the Brazilian galleries (whose names are in brackets above each set of photos) at Frieze. What do you think?
(Galeria Luisa Strina)
(Galeria Fortes Vilaça)