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Art Paris: A fair that focuses on passion rather than speculation

Art Paris: A fair that focuses on passion rather than speculation

Every spring, 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. 

Art Paris has a strong editorial line that is expressed throughout the fair’s different themes and sectors and which aims to encourage discovery and rediscovery. In so doing, it fosters passion for art in all its forms in a beautiful and convivial setting.

An overview of the French art scene: Common and Uncommon Stories

Art Paris supports the French scene by associating an exhibition curator’s subjective, historical and critical point of view with a selection of specific projects by French artists presented by participating galleries. For Common and Uncommon Stories, Gaël Charbau will select twenty artistswhose works highlight narrative notions and tell unique and universal stories. The selection will favour solo and duo shows. 
This overview of the French art scene will have a prominent position in the fair’s promotional materials and communication.

Guest curator: Gaël Charbau, independent curator and art critic 
In 2003, Gaël Charbau founded the contemporary art journal Particules. He curates the Audi Talents awards and is the director of the Bourse Révélations Emerige, which supports emerging artists working in France. He regularly organises exhibitions in Europe and Asia and works with various institutions, programmes and patrons. He is the artistic advisor for Universcience (Palais de la Découverte and Cité des Sciences) and was the artistic director for Nuit Blanche 2018.

Southern Stars: Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid and Porto

After Latin America, this edition of Art Paris is looking towards the Iberian Peninsula and the remarkable revival of the Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid and Porto art scenes. The focus will showcase the specific personality of each of these flourishing cities with a selection of galleries, artists and additional projects, such as a video programme, conferences and installations, which will combine to illustrate the artistic awakening of Spain and Portugal.

Guest curator: Carolina Grau, independent exhibition curator Carolina Grau has been working as an independent curator specialising in contemporary art for the last two decades. She has produced exhibitions for a wide range of institutions in the public and private sector in the United Kingdom, the USA, France, Portugal, Brazil, Italy and Spain, working both with established and upcoming artists. Grau was co-founder and co-curator of the Biennale of Jafre (2003 to 2015) and associate curator at the Arquipélago Centro de Artes Contemporaneas (Azores) in 2017. In 2019, she curated the mid-career retrospective of Spanish artist Angela de la Cruz at CGAC Santiago de Compostela and she is currently working on the solo exhibition of Portuguese artist Vasco Barata for the MAAT (Lisbon).

Solo Show: encouraging monographic exhibitions

Monographic exhibitions are a special moment in an artist’s career. They help develop a better understanding of their work and, in so doing, add to their reputation. Ever since 2015 and thanks to a subsidised tariff, the "Solo Show" sector has been encouraging the presentation of some forty monographic exhibitions spread throughout the fair.

Promises: supporting young galleries and emerging artists

“Promises” is a section located in the central part of the Grand Palais that plays host to 14 galleries with less than six years of existence. The participating galleries may present no more than three emerging artists. 
The fair finances 40% of the galleries’ participation costs.

Paris, the world art capital

With the opening of private foundations, bold new architecture, dynamic institutions and an active art market, Paris is more than ever a World art capital. The fair’s special VIP programme, “Springtime in Paris”, illustrates the effervescence of the Parisian art scene this spring.

Making contemporary art accessible to all

Art Paris is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to the widest audience, offering some 80 guided tours of the fair as well as a number of specific tools, in particular its elaborate yet eminently practical website which presents a virtual visit of the fair and filters allowing visitors to search for works by artist, price, geographical provenance and technique...