Art Paris brings together some 150 galleries from twenty different countries in an art fair that combines a regional exploration of European art from the post-war period to the present day with a cosmopolitan approach to art from other geographical horizons: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
This year Art Paris presents a 100% digital edition that takes place from May 27th to June 20th, 2020 in collaboration with artsy.net
Here’s a selection of the exhibiting galleries and some artists they presenting.
193 Gallery (193, as the number of countries in the world) is an art gallery that aims to do a world tour of contemporary art through exhibitions dedicated to countries and its emerging artists. Over the last months, the gallery has presented artists from Japan, Chile, Cuba, Morocco or Mexico. On show, Hassan Hajjaj (Morocco), Aldo Chaparro (Peru), Wylda Bayrón (Puerto Rico), Sebastien Mehal (France), Samuel Cueto (France), Demian Schopf (Germany), Kitikong Tilokwattanotai (Thailand), Jean-Mard Hunt (French Caribean), Yoriyas (Morocco).
Galleria Anna Marra presents the works of artists Faig Ahmed, Veronica Botticelli, and Bertozzi & Casoni. Faig Ahmed experiments with traditional materials and colours, such as Azerbaijan’s rug weaving, ir Indian embroidery. He is well-known for his conceptual works that utilise traditional decorative craft and the visual language of carpets, that he translates it into contemporary sculptural works of art. On the other hand, Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Del Monte Casoni, better known as Bertozzi & Casoni, stand out for their original and innovative ceramic sculptures. The gallery proposes a dialogue between the textile installations, ceramic sculptures, and paintings to foster reflections on the artists’ relationship between the materials they use and their culture.
Through a perspective that unites tribal symbols and volume forms, Daniel Mattar evokes angelic creatures from a mythical sphere that emit their own writing. Using organic forms of both bodies and parts, they echo signals from these celestial characters in a psychography of the subtle spheres captured, but not yet translated.
In his technique, the artist uses paint drops that are conducted on a small surface of 4 cm and immediately photographed with a macro lens which reveals the three-dimensionality through the recording of light and shadow. These images are finished as large format prints, resulting in the change of the scale of these chromatic volumes and occupying an area of dialogue between photography, painting and sculpture.
The gallery unveils the installation of Soly Cissé “Cotton field” referring to the transatlantic slave trade. The hanging brings together works that explore the artist’s social and historical themes, served, among other things, by forgotten mediums like tar, the symbol here, of animal suffering. Soly Cissé succeeds in rallying in his work, ancestral forces and innovative artistic language by freeing himself from cultural constraints so that all the paths of artistic creation are practicable.
The gallery presents artists Anton Alvarez, B.D. Graft, Caroline Denervaud, and Maximilien Pellet. In Alvarez’s objects the primordial and futuristic meet. Oscillating between expression and constraint and advancing technological innovation while also utilising traditional craftsmanship, Alvarez’s sculptural forms challenge our perception of weight and gravity and appear both of this world and utterly separate from it. The glazed coloured objects can seem like they have landed from a far-flung place, while the unglazed and dyed stoneware remind us of archaeological remnants from a more ancient time.
The gallery presents artists Shepard Fairey, Erro, Marko Tadic, Jakob Kirchmayr, and Assunta A.A.M. Erró, produces scathing, humorous visual indictments of war, autocracy, mass consumerism, and economic and cultural hegemony.
Galería Freijo presents Dario Villalba, Mateo Maté , Carlos Pazos, Maria Maria Acha-Kutscher, Ramon Mateos, and Juan Cuenca. Spanish contemporary conceptual artist, Mateo Maté creates sculptural and performative spaces which, although seem familiar to us, are also profoundly unsettling.
Gowen Contemporary presents artists Joana Vasconcelos, Wassem Ahmed, Ma Sibo, Marta Zgierska, and Sebastien Mettraux. Marta Zgierska’s works are characterised by specific usage of staging, her Post series, comprising photographs and objects, was created in the wake of a horrific car accident that the artist suffered.
H Gallery presents artists Caroline Le Méhauté and Paul Vergier who work with nature and with the traces that man leaves on his environment.
Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, one of the few Modern and Contemporary galleries in Europe with a continuous history of more than 90 years is participating for the first time at Art Paris. The fair highlights the Iberian Peninsula, and the gallery has decided to present 3 Portuguese artists: Michael Biberstein, Miguel Branco and Rui Moreira, together with a few selected works by Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, whose artistic life story is intimated linked to the gallery. The Spanish painter Fermin Aguayo (1926-1977), which the gallery has represented since the 1950s is also exhibited.
Since its creation, Galerie Loft stands up for some of the most outstanding artists of their generation and takes part in the promotion of French artists, in France and on the international scene. For this edition of Art Paris, Galerie Loft presents monumental projects with artists Wang Keping, Yazid Oulab, Marino Di Teana, Hiquily, Guillaume Piéchaud, Claud Gilli and Quentin Garel, a selection of unexpected or familiar sculptures in extraordinary dimensions.
Mark Hachem Gallery represents artists Hamed Abdalla, Hussein Madi, Helen Khal, Alfred Basbous, Jesús Rafael Soto, Dario Perez-Flores, and Carlos Cruz-Diez. Egyptian artist Hamed Abdalla left behind a great number of paintings, drawings and lithographs.
Founded in 2018, the gallery specialises in contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora. The gallery presents Dagmar van Weeghel, a Dutch filmaker and photographer who tell stories through quiet, emotionally charged portraits.
The gallery presents artists Shirley Jaffe, Fiona Rae, Joris Van de Moortel, Benoit Maire, Rosson Crow, Valerie Belin, Carole Benzaken, Laure Prouvost, Hoda Kashiha, and Nu Barreto. American painter Rosson Crow is known for her lush large-scale canvases that depict, with nostalgia, interior spaces informed by a diverse range of historical and theatrical references.
Pigment Gallery promotes contemporary art ranging from modern figurative to the purest abstract art. Dominica Sánchez, Rosanna Casano, Manu vb Tintoré, Anke Blaue, Marta Fàbregas, and Rosa Galindo are on show during Art Paris. Rosa Galindo’s paintings are large-scale, dreamed-up images, representing an imaginary world. Experimenting with the possibilities of different techniques and materials, the artist often works on the reverse of Plexiglas, finding a way to play with transparency and opaque surfaces.
Galerie Renate Bender is showing works of Peter Weber, born in 1944 in Kollmar/Elbe, Germany. He lives and works near Munich, Germany. Weber’s early years as a painter focused on Op-Art with its imaginary space but soon after, became fascinated by the practice of folding and the mathematical diversity of this technique. Folded works in paper, cotton, felt and synthetic materials and even steel now dominate his artistic work.
The Gallery represents three artists in search of our origins and what defines us: Christine Mathieu, Fabien de Chavanes and Bertrand Robert. The result of hours spent pouring over collections from various national museums in France, Christine Mathieu’s photographs feature intricate needle lace, the humble labour of women whose names are lost to history. Fabien de Chavanes explores how Man became a sign and unit of time – how sign and meaning, the definer and the defined, the person and the universe, inform each other. Bertrand Robert, through the intimacy of identity, shows how we struggle to communicate and define ourselves beyond our boundaries in an era of over-communication.
Galerie Taménaga showcases an original panorama of the Japanese artistic scene, bringing together the artists Naoya Egawa, Shingo Muramoto, Kengo Nakamura, Takehiko Sugawara, Daiya Yamamoto and Tamihito Yoshikawa. Each in their own way adopt complex modern and ancestral techniques, and deal with themes ideated while in close contact with nature.
The gallery showcases a selection of recent works by Tulio Pinto, Thomas Hauser, Sebastien Reuzé and Tore Rinkveld aka EVOL — a distinct group of emerging artists whose selected pieces create a dynamic dialogue between the sceneries of city and nature. They bring together different artistic approaches inspired by urban and rural environments, encouraging us to redefine our perception of the surrounding. The works of Tulio Pinto and EVOL explore the architecture of our cities, Thomas Hauser populates the urban environment with his large-format portraits, and Sébastien Reuzé defines an imaginary geography through his photographs that are saturated with landscape colours and sunsets.
Dedicated to contemporary art and design, the Véronique Rieffel Gallery presents works by artists from the Middle East and the African continent, as well as Western artists who have built strong relationships with these regions. For its first participation in Art Paris, Galerie Véronique Rieffel recently installed in Abidjan, offers a selection of works by emerging and confirmed artists who each express in their own way and in a plurality of forms, the infinite creativity of the African Continent.
IN / OFF is a collective exhibition, representative of the trends carried by the Wagner Gallery. The title of this exhibition was to refer to IN / in the gallery and OFF / at the Art Paris fair. IN /OFF is like a mini exhibition of concrete, kinetic, and urban works of art usually promoted by the gallery with international artists of unique talents.
The gallery presents artist Steeve Bauras. In this solo show, Bauras imposes a part of his research, specific to his artistic practice. Each piece is the reflection of hypotheses poetically materialising the fragility of our humanity. The artist claims each work as a unique moment conducive to a spectral introspection of light and the multiplicity of possibilities it offers.
Art Paris has been postponed to 7-11 April 2021.