Artists without a gallery also have space at the 18th edition of SP–Arte

The newest sector Radar SP-Arte has the participation of special projects that expand the scope of the Fair's activities.

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Audience at SP–Arte 2021. Credit: SP–Arte Disclosure

In addition to over 100 art galleries, 30 design galleries and 12 publishing houses, the largest art fair in Latin America now it is consolidating its role as a catalyst for the national visual arts market and as a driver of the city's creative economy.
In the first edition, during the 18th SP–Arte, Radar SP–Arte will bring an exhibition and a set of institutional stands from collectives and autonomous art spaces. 

The exhibition, entitled “Hora Grande”, is curated by Felipe Molitor, who selected nine artists based on certain criteria: those who do not have commercial representation; who live or had some relationship with the city of São Paulo; and who had a career of a maximum of 10 years without having ever exhibited at SP-Arte. One of the objectives is to present rising names to the market and the general public, favoring their professional insertion in the entire art system.

The selected artists were: Allan Pinheiro (1993, Rio de Janeiro, RJ), Anitta Boa Vida (1985, Rio de Janeiro, RJ), Felipa Queiroz (1995, Porto Alegre, RS), Luisa Brandelli (1990, Porto Alegre, RS ), Natalie Braido (1996, São Paulo, SP), Raphaela Melsohn (1993, São Paulo, SP), Simon Fernandes (1982, Fortaleza, CE), Tatiana Chalhoub (1987, Rio de Janeiro, RJ) and Yhuri Cruz (1991 , Rio de Janeiro - RJ). Both do not work with traditional languages, investigating non-noble materialities or the displacement of objects, and exhibit poetic works of lesser commercial appeal. 

Yhuri Cruz, Monument to the Voice of Anastasia, 2019. Credits: Reproduction

Behind the selection of autonomous spaces and NGOs, there was also the criterion of opting for initiatives of a maximum of 5 years, namely: 01.01 Art Platform, Casa Chama, GDA, MT Projetos de Arte and Nacional TROVOA. These already bring more commercial presentations that contribute not only to the artists, but also to the project.

“Afro-Brazilian Flag (in dialogue with David Hammons)”, Bruno Baptistelli, 2020 | GDA Group

The sector as a whole seeks to bring the market and the public closer to autonomous agents (artists, self-managed spaces) that constitute the art system. It is a promotion and contact platform, which expands the Fair's strictly commercial activities by encouraging other forms of connection and dialogue, from the center of the art market.

Furthermore, in an unprecedented partnership with the Inclusartiz Institute, SP–Arte will award one of the participating artists a two-month residency grant in Rio de Janeiro. The jury will be formed by Fernanda Feitosa, director of SP–Arte, and Frances Reynolds, founder of Inclusartiz.

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