2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Art Paris Art Fair. Since its foundation in 1999, the fair has established itself as Paris’ leading modern and contemporary spring art event. The 2018 edition will play host to 142 galleries presenting more than 990 artists from 73 countries providing an overview of European art from the post-war years to the current day, while leaving room for the new horizons of international creation from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Open to all forms of artistic expression, including video art and design, Art Paris Art Fair offers a theme-based approach emphasising discovery and rediscovery. This year’s guest country is Switzerland and the fair will also be taking a close look at the French art scene with a new theme developed especially for the twentieth anniversary as well as the usual monographic exhibitions in Solo Show and emerging artists in Promesses.
An overview of the French art scene: a selection of 20 artists to mark the 20th anniversary of Art Paris Art Fair by exhibition curator and art critic François Piron.
For its 20th anniversary and in reference to its initial vocation of supporting the French art market, Art Paris Art Fair asked exhibition curator and art critic François Piron to take a subjective look at the French art scene. The idea was to select 20 artists from among the projects presented by participating galleries and to produce an in-depth textual analysis of their work. His choice puts the spotlight on some unique figures from the 1960s to the present day, artists who have managed to preserve their independence, or stayed on the margins of mainstream culture and whose work today deserves both to be reinterpreted and enjoy greater visibility.
Switzerland Guest of Honour
Art Paris Art Fair has forged its reputation by exploring foreign art scenes. After Africa last year, Switzerland is the 2018 guest of honour. The prolific and diverse Swiss art scene, with its taste for all things minimal and offbeat sense of humour, is like the country itself, lying at the crossroads of different European traditions and cultures. Art historian and exhibition curator Karine Tissot has been entrusted with the Switzerland Guest of Honour programme, which will endeavour to promote the wealth and diversity of the Swiss scene with a rich programme.
Promises: supporting young galleries and emerging artists
The Promises sector is host to 12 young galleries with less than six years of existence, which may present up to three emerging artists each. The L’art est vivant/ Promesses prize rewards a young talent represented by one of the Promises sector galleries at a key moment in his/her career.
Solo Show: 35 monographic exhibitions by modern and contemporary artists
A monographic exhibition offers a special moment in an artist’s career because it helps to develop a better understanding of his/her work and, in so doing, develops the artist’s reputation. Ever since 2015, Art Paris Art Fair has been encouraging the presentation of one-person exhibitions spread throughout the fair. The 2018 edition features an unprecedented number of 35 solo shows.
In Paris during Art Paris Art Fair
A wind of change is blowing in France as more than ever Paris asserts its place as the world capital of art. The ‘Springtime in Paris’ VIP programme, elaborated in partnership with the capital’s museums, will illustrate the Parisian art scene’s effervescence this spring
Making contemporary art accessible to all
Art Paris Art Fair 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. It presents a virtual visit of the Fair and filters allowing visitors to search for works by artist, price, geographical provenance and technique. Flyers for each gallery, providing information on the works, are available on location as a way to navigate the Fair.