Brazil's contemporary art scene is benefiting from domestic patronage and a growing worldwide reputation
Most things Brazilian are hot – from the Copacabana to the carnival. Art is no different. Brazilian artists are known for making sensuous work, like Cildo Meireles and Ernesto Neto, who has a major solo show coming up at the Hayward Gallery in London this summer.
(…). "It is easy to spot a growing interest in contemporary Brazilian art, as more up and coming artists are being taken on by London galleries," said João Carlos Guarantani, who runs the Brazilian embassy's Gallery 32 in London.
"I've been to Russia, China and Brazil in the last few years and Brazil is the most interesting one of the Bric countries," said Frieze co-director Matthew Slotover. "It has an incredible history of architecture and design through modernism, and that has really fed into the art scene."
Brazil's contemporary art scene, already vibrant, took off after major corporate tax breaks were introduced in the 1990s. Companies can get back up to 100% of their cultural investments in tax rebates. As a result, banks and telecoms companies have emerged as big cultural sponsors.
Experts say that Brazil has become a much more exciting place for young artists than more experienced ones.
The more commercial SP Arte fair, which is held in the Biennial building in São Paulo, has been growing every year since its creation in 2005. It will host 70 galleries, including some from the UK, US, France and Spain, in April.
"If you go to São Paulo," Volz added, "you'd be surprised how many young artists there are who are producing very interesting work."
Publicado em 5/3/10
Fonte: The Guardian