Luisa Strina

Venerable Brazilian gallerist, now launching her own art fair

Despite the fact that the Brazilian economy is still (slowly) recovering from its worst-ever recession, Strina is not one for hanging on and hoping for the best (this is a gallerist who has seen worse: when she founded her gallery, in 1974, Brazil was under a military dictatorship). While others looked primarily to overseas collectors to get them through the past few years (with other Brazilian galleries opening New York outposts), Strina sought to shore up the domestic market by cofounding (alongside gallerist Thiago Gomide) her own art fair in São Paulo. Semana de Arte featured 37 galleries – mainly domestic but with the likes of Galleria Continua and Luhring Augustine rocking up for good measure – and a whole week (hence the fair’s name) of less commercial activities. Back at the office, it was a busy year in terms of institutional shows for the likes of Leonor Antunes, Alexandre da Cunha and Alessandro Balteo-Yazbeck.