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November 2011: BRIC II São Paulo in New York Auction

 

BRIC II São Paulo has been consigned to the Latin American Auction at Phillips de Pury, New York on 04.11.11. This  annual auction represents the best of contemporary art from across the continent. The Lyon will be sold alongside works by Varejão, Muniz and Salgado. BRIC II, 2008 explores the exponential rise of the southern hemisphere’s largest and richest city from the rural obscurity of a town with 250,000 inhabitants in 1911 to the megacity of 21 million today. The print  is the 5th  from the edition of 10.

 

BRIC II – Centro, São Paulo, Brazil – 2008

São Paulo officially became a city in 1711 having been founded in 1554. Its origins as the urban powerhouse of Latin America date from the economic prosperity created by the coffee industry in the 19th century. Ever increasing waves, of predominantly European immigrants during the first half of the 20th century have swelled the city’s population from 250,000 in 1900, to 20.1m today. The late 20th century has seen São Paulo become the business hub of South America and enter the top 20 of the world’s richest cities. Its exponential growth has spawned a myriad of social problems including the dual urban evils of pollution and crime. Edition of 10.