Photo Highlights from Brazil’s Thriving ArtRio Fair

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Aiming to attract the same crowd and acclaim as international counterparts Art Basel and Frieze, the second-annual ArtRio opens today to the public. The Rio de Janeiro-based fair showcases the best modern and contemporary Brazilian artists, featuring internationally recognized talent like Os Gemêos, Beatriz Milhazes, Ernesto Neto, Nelson Leirner, and Tunga. A sure mark of its upward mobility: the gallery lords at Gagosian are showing in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time ever, with the largest exhibition space of any participating gallery. Our Rio correspondent Patricia Malfitano was on hand to document the work of the 1,000 participating artists; her favorite shots are after the jump.

ArtRio entrance. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Gagosian Gallery space at ArtRio. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Tiago Carneiro da Cunha at Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Beatriz Milhazes at Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Os Gêmeos at Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Yinka Shonibare at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Henrique Oliveira at Galeria Millan, Såo Paulo, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Anna Paola Protasio at Galeria Athena Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Tomas Saraceno at Andorseng Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Tunga at Mendes Wood, São Paulo, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Anne Truit and Rivan Neuenschwander at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Antony Gormley at White Cube Gallery, London, UK. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Nelson Leirner at Galeria Silvia Cintra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Maria Nepomuceno at A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Angelo Venosa at Anita Schwartz Galeria de Arte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Ernesto Neto at Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Såo Paulo, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Jorge Mayet at Galeria Inox, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Adrianna Eu at Galeria Inox, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Mozart Guerra at Klaus Steinmetz Contemporary, San José, Costa Rica. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano

Rachel Kneebone at White Cube Gallery, London, UK. Photo credit: ©Patricia Malfitano