“If it does not work, I will close it next month.” That’s what Luisa Strina thought to herself back in 1974, when she opened a gallery in São Paulo. Galeria Luisa Strina was one of the first commercial spaces in the country, at a time when “the Brazilian art market was virtually nonexistent.” In the intervening four decades, the gallery has been central to the development of both a local and national scene, as well as to that scene’s recognition internationally. Fernanda Lopes tells this story in her review of the gallery’s fortieth anniversary exhibition, “Secret Codes,” curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio.
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