The annual art fair, the biggest in Brazil, does the interior of the Bienal building justice with dozens of stands packed with artworks. With dozens of stands and an increased, four-day programme, the international fair also features book launches and an art magazines section, and draws in heavyweight national and international galleries alike.
This year, the SP galleries Pilar, Jaqueline Martins and Paralelo join the Brazilian pack, while the stands also feature a growing set of internationalist galleries, each with a number of overseas branches and more than one of which must be eyeing SP with interest – especially since White Cube (London, Hong Kong), became the first of the foreign galleries to open a branch here last year.
Think Gagosian (New York, London, Los Angeles, Rome, Athens, Paris, Geneva, Hong Kong), Hauser & Wirth (Zurich, London, New York), Continua (Beijing, San Gimignano [Italy], Le Moulin [France]) and Sprüth Magers (Berlin, London). SP-Arte may be a make or break moment for some of them, as far as any Brazilian ambitions are concerned. Admire the art, watch the people, and scent the money and interest, hanging heavy in the air.