PRINT April 1996



THE BRAZILIAN CONTEMPORARY ART world seems to be experiencing something of a boom. Over the last five years Rio de Janeiro has become a hotbed of museums and alternative spaces, and, despite the lack of market support, now boasts two new art galleries—run by Paulo Fernandes and Joel Edelstein—which have revitalized an art scene pronounced dead not so long ago, as gallery after gallery either moved, or threatened to move, to São Paulo. This upswing is less the result of the recently stabilized Brazilian currency than of a newly awakened desire in artistic circles to stimulate artistic production on the home front. Admittedly, the rising interest on the part of European and North American dealers and curators in Latin American art has not been without its effect either—particularly in São Paulo. Conscious of the shifting tide, Marcantonio Vilaça and his partner Karla Camargo, opened a São

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