September 9th to 13th, Booth F1

Other Criteria's inaugural booth for ArtRio 2015 will present an international survey of artists including Damien HirstEduardo SarabiaGary Hume, and Harland Miller

In celebration of our partnership, Other Criteria will launch a new release by Damien Hirst, which will only be available in our booth. Buyers will need to visit ArtRio 2015 to acquire the edition.

OTHER CRITERIA OFFER A CHANCE TO WIN TWO VIP 'BLACK COLLECTOR' INVITATIONS. The winners will also receive a Damien Hirst tote bag and a tour of Other Criteria's booth by one of our staff member.

The Black VIP pass gives access to Art Rio's whole programme:


1. Subscribe to our Newsletter if you haven't already.

2 . Send an e-mail to cc'ing 3 friends you think will be interested in subscribing to our newsletter to receive invitations to openings, events and alerts regarding new contemporary art books, prints and editions published by Other Criteria.

3. Emails to be in by 31st August at midnight GMT+1. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the 1st of September.


Reaching its 5th edition, the Brazilian fair has among its goals to be one of the main global business events in the art segment. Representatives of 11 countries besides Brazil will attend ArtRio 2015: Argentina, Spain, USA, France, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Portugal, UK, Switzerland and Uruguay.

ArtRio is the main endeavor of BEX, producer of cultural events specialized in the visual arts. BEX was founded in 2009, by Brenda Valansi e Elisangela Valadares to promote the production, dissemination and distribution of Brazilian art within and beyond Brazil's borders. The organization promotes fairs, publishes art-related materials and attracts international collectors, critics and curators to Brazil. In 2011, businesspeople Alexandre Accioly and Luiz Calainho joined the organization, bringing many new ideas and projects to the endeavor.

Since its first edition, ArtRio features unprecedented curatorial programs and two new curators will debut in PRISMA program in 2015. One of them is Carolyn H. Drake, Dutch independent curator and director of A Tale of a Tub, non-profit organization for debates on contemporary art based in Rotterdam. Drake is also an advisor of Young Stedelijk at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The other newcomer is Bernardo José de Souza, from Brazil, who was assistant curator of the

Mercosul Biennial and is a member of the boards of curators at Contemporary Art Museum of Rio Grande do Sul and Vera Chaves Barcellos Foundation.

"Among our goals for this year, we want to be the best fair for doing business, gathering, in the same place, the most relevant market players: gallery owners, collectors, curators, and artists. Our focus is on fostering the market, giving high visibility to Brazilian art and also bringing in the major highlights in the world scene,” Brenda Valansi says.

"ArtRio is today a great platform with actions at all different times and segments of the art market. These actions enable sponsors and supporters of ArtRio to be present at different times of the segment, and to influence the growth of art public in the country. We are strongly working in the creation of this new public by promoting exhibitions and interventions in open spaces and producing a web portal with all the information of the art segment. We also seek to give access to all social layers, promoting guided tours to museums and institutions for NGOs and public schools. We created a prize to encourage and give visibility to young artists, who present their works at the fair next to the already renowned artists of the market. With ArtRio, we managed to have Brazilian art in a global showcase, recognized by its importance and value," Luiz Calainho adds.