All Articles
All Articles

Miami Art Week 2013: Brazil ArtFair


Miami Art Week 2013: Brazil ArtFair

The debut of a new festival composed entirely of contemporary Brazilian art and design

by David Graver
on 04 December 2013

A new fair has entered the landscape of Miami's ever-expanding art week. Opening today, 4 December 2013, the Brazil ArtFair is housed in a spacious 25,000 square foot exposition tent, located near the Wynwood Art District. There, 15 Brazilian galleries, 20 leading design studios and hundreds of artists are showcasing works across the fine arts, culture and design. From innovative twists and traditional furniture all the way through to a dreamlike experiential installation, the fair brings global attention to established, emerging and also local talent.


"The Brazilian art market has been growing consistently over the last few years. Contemporary artists are being sold for over $1 million while doing the major art fair and gallery circuits," Brazil ArtFair director, Michel Serebrinsky tells CH. "It's a matter of maturity and timing. This is a place to discover, beside what's already been established by larger, global galleries." Serebrinksky explains that he wants attention to be placed on fledgling work that introduces a new Brazil to those not so familiar. Most of the pieces shown display an artistry and sensibility not seen in the popular culture that's already filtered into the world market and consciousness. The director accomplishes this and offers "a sense of what Brazil for Brazilians is really about through imaginative selections and a refined representation of contemporary work."


Among the work, we found plenty of inspiration in the furniture and household items, becoming especially smitten with the 2013 "Hybrids" series by design house Marton Estúdio. Colorful, banded patterns formed the basis of multifunctional tables and lamps, each incorporating plants or mirrors, coat-hangers and more. Each piece sits at the crossing of whimsy and well-thought usage.

In a centrally located presentation from Brazil's leading design studio Orchestra Brasil, artist Domingos Totora displayed a rounded bench formed from cardboard. Beyond sustainable, the item (one of many he creates in this manner) is also light, functional and pretty. It is not what you'd expect of compressed particles, because it isn't: Each piece is molded by hand and dried in the sun. Orchestra Brazil also presented Faro Design's "Cabideiro Laco" hangers. Drawing inspiration from tradition leather rope hangers, these bright cotton and carbon steel core iterations are both fully functional and unlike anything we've used in our closets before.


We were also taken by Sao Paolo artist Sesper's collage-like, colorful, large-scale paintings. But the show stealer was Toz, whose "Metamorfose" series (2013) centers around the development of a character he refers to as Happiness. The series culminates in a black-lit room titled "Metamorfose 7" where the character not only occupies the walls, but bauble-like elements have taken over the entire space. The occasional street artist, based in Rio, balances ethereal developments through six portraits, until a point of full-on explosion, complete with sound effects.


Among the other exhibition highlights, Multiplique Boutique delivers the opportunity to buy editions of famous Brazilian artwork, functioning as another entry point to this world. And recognizing that Brazil has a vast Asian immigrant population, a stunning presentation by The Brickellian, titled "West Encounters East" reveals a window into Brazilian artists whose heritage stemmed from Japan. Altogether, for the culture it delivers and the experiences it provides, the freshman fair—running until 8 December 2013—is worth a visit.

Photos by David Graver

The CH25 is a showcase of creators and innovators from a broad range of disciplines who are currently working to drive the world forward.

Roxie Darling

From un-shampoo to transgender identity, the NYC colorist boldly defining the next chapter of hair

Read More
Hair color is as much a science as it is a craft

George Arriola and Monohm

An heirloom electronic for the post-smartphone era

Read More
We agonized during the design process as all hyper-obsessed craftspeople should

Meredith Perry

How searching the Internet helped a 22-year-old invent wireless electricity

Read More
It’s not about where the information is, it’s about how you use the tools

Douglas Riboud + Justin Guilbert

How a mission to create great coconut water led to a whole new way of doing business

Read More
We’ve made a conscious decision to be as transparent and honest as we can, and let people decide for themselves

Sabine Seymour

A future where smart clothes are as ubiquitous as zippers

Read More
In the future you will not buy a piece of 'functional' clothing without SoftSpot

Jonathan Sparks

Reinventing electronic music by inventing multi-disciplinary instruments

Read More
Recorded music is becoming so cheap, so the value of music is now in live performance

Melissa Kushner

Addressing the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi through microenterprise

Read More
Poverty is complicated, there is an increasing temptation and pressure in the development space to oversimplify things

Marcus Weller

Using technology to turn motorcycle helmet design on its head

Read More
I was taken aback both by the number of people that doubted it, and by the equally large number of people that got behind it

Cynthia Breazeal

How an emotional, empathetic robot named Jibo stands to revolutionize communication

Read More
The thing that's so provocative about social robots is that it's fundamentally a community technology

Pauline van Dongen

The Dutch designer blazing the wearable technology path

Read More
I’m fascinated by concepts of change, movement, energy and perception; since they are closely related to the way we experience the world

Alex Kalman

The tiny museum in Manhattan that’s redefining museums

Read More
The mission is to put this small simple and powerful tool into the hands of as many people as possible

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey

A quest to make the future brighter—underground

Read More
We both share a passion for groundbreaking technology and a shared love of New York

Matt Kenyon

Fusing art and technology to disrupt concepts of corporate America

Read More
I want the work to live in the world and circulate, so it can generate more dialogue

Vanessa Newman

Redesigning pregnancy for the post-gender generation with Butchbaby & Co.

Read More
I want my customers to feel comfortable and unchanged, in that becoming pregnant didn't take away from or compromise their identity

Joshua Harker

Pushing the boundaries of sculpture with intricate 3D printing

Read More
My intent was to explore and depict the architecture of the imagination, to interpret and share forms evident in the mind’s eye

Lulu Mickelson

A civic leader bringing change to NYC through design

Read More
Human-centered design is one of the many tools that we can use to better engage the public

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Documenting the slow, troubling change in Braddock, Pennsylvania

Read More
I am not a journalist, I am a conceptual documentary artist using my visual expression for building narratives that are unseen and unheard

Sarah Kunst

The entrepreneur single-handedly changing the landscape for women in tech

Read More
People who live on a planet that is half women but can never seem to find any when they need one, I have solved your problem

Kegan Schouwenburg

Revolutionizing orthotics through 3D-printed insoles

Read More
What orthotics do is they effectively change the geometry of what your alignment is like

Kathleen Supové

The NYC performance artist who’s radically reinventing the piano recital

Read More
I like pieces that are virtuosic, that show off the piano and what it can do, and are awe-inspiring

Corinne Joachim Sanon

The chocolatier bringing social change to Haiti and bean-to-bar chocolate to the world

Read More
Seeing the poverty surrounding me and the lack of jobs and opportunity bothered me

Eelke Plasmeijer

The locally driven restaurant that’s upending Balinese food culture

Read More
We really try to keep things simple and let the produce do the talking

Tal Danino

The bioengineer who’s programming DNA to fight cancer

Read More
[Manipulating genes] is very new, people are just learning how to program these organisms

Tarren Wolfe

The next-generation appliance making kitchens greener—literally

Read More
Our goal is to provide food for everyone in the world, and the best place to start is in our very own community

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes

The young filmmaker and non-profit founder who just wants people to follow their dreams

Read More
I feel confident and ready to accomplish so much more, the movement is on
Loading More...