Cais do Oriente
For its second edition in 2012, ArtRio took over four of the city's port-side warehouses, filling them with row after row of contemporary art, each piece proudly presented by its respective gallery, each piece very much for sale. Riding the huge resurgence in interest in collecting art in Brazil, this year's edition goes precisely one warehouse bigger in terms of its size, but immeasuraby better in terms of infrastructure, making it easily the most important event of its kind on the continent.
Once again the space will be divided into categories, with the more established galleries, including New York's Gagosian and Gladstone, London's White Cube and Massimo de Carlo from Milan, falling under the 'Panorama' section. Seventeen up-and-coming galleries will present work especially curated for the fair under the banner 'Vista', including La Central from Bogotá, Koal from Berlin and Rio's own Amarelo Negro.
The annex of warehouse 4 will host 'Lupa', dedicated to oversized installations on show here for the first time, whilst warehouse 2 sees the return of 'Solo', curated by Julieta Gonzalez and Pablo Leon de La Barra and paying homage to Brazilian historian Sérgio Buarque de Hollanda's 1959 work Vision of Paradise, that looked back at the discovery of the Eden-like continent.
Elsewhere, an installation entitled 'Lost Then Found' presents a series of long-lost and remarkably raw portraits of Andy Warhol taken by photographer Steve Woods in a French hotel, the corridors of which are revisited for visitors to 'meet' the Pop Art icon one on one.
A series of talks will be also held throughout the four days discussing subjects including art collection and public display (Thu, 4pm), Latin American contemporary art (Fri, 4pm) and the madness or genius of Arthur Bispo (Sun, 4pm).