Look back of Art Paris Art Fair 2022, France

Art Paris 2022, a art fair that confirm Paris’ unique dynamic and its place in the world contemporary art market, last from 7-10 April at the Grand Palais Ephémère on the Champ-de-Mars. The 2022 edition of very high calibre that reflects the growing momentum of this major spring event for modern and contemporary art in Paris. Art Paris 2022 faithful to its tradition of artistic diversity and openness. New galleries, established artists, upcoming talents: the entire spectrum of contemporary art was represented at the fair.

Art Paris 2022 with a strong selection of 130 modern and contemporary galleries from some twenty different countries. Both regional and cosmopolitan, this 24th edition counts 30% new exhibitors. Thanks to a dazzling selection of exhibitors marked by the arrival of leading art galleries. Both regional and cosmopolitan, Art Paris plays host to large, prestigious galleries alongside small independents mainly from Europe, but also from such far-flung locations as South Korea, Colombia, the Ivory Coast, Guatemala and Uruguay. The brilliant younger generation of gallerists also features prominently, thereby confirming the fair’s vocation to discover new talent.

Art Paris encourages the presentation of monographic exhibitions spread throughout the fair. These solo shows allow visitors to discover or rediscover in depth the work of modern, contemporary or emerging artists. The “Solo Show” sector is specifically highlighted in the fair’s communication and promotional materials. Seventeen solo shows spread throughout the fair allow visitors to discover or rediscover in depth the work of modern, contemporary or emerging artists

Art Paris also encourages the presentation of monographic exhibitions. “Promises”, a sector focusing on young galleries created less than six years ago, provides a forward-looking analysis of cutting-edge contemporary art, whilst supporting young galleries and emerging artists in the “Promises” section, which provides a forward-looking perspective with cuttingedge contemporary galleries. In 2022, this sector play host to nine galleries around half of which are new for this edition.

In 2022, Art Paris is also characterized by its commitment in favour of the environment with two themes – “Natural Histories” and “Art & Environment”- combined with an innovative and sustainable approach to organising an art fair.

Paris is in the midst of an exceptional period of cultural and artistic renaissance illustrated by the opening of new galleries and venues, the renovation of existing cultural institutions and the inauguration of new ones. More than ever before, the City of Light is asserting its role as the place to be for contemporary art. The activities on offer as part of the VIP programme, reserved for collectors and art professionals, bear witness to the transformation of Paris’s art scene, whilst showcasing the sustainable initiatives of its cultural stakeholders.

The Grand Palais Ephémère, a provisional 10,000-m2 building conceived by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux. Located on the Plateau Joffre on the Champ-de-Mars, the Grand Palais Ephémère is written into the history of this site, recalling the place it occupied during the great Universal Expositions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The architectural choice of a curved double-vault framework confers on the building a scale and presence in keeping with the Champ-de-Mars and blends seamlessly into this prestigious venue.

Holding these events in a central, prestigious space in the capital during the renovation works at the Grand Palais ensure their success, as well as preserving the role of Paris as world capital of art and culture. With the Grand Palais Ephémère, the ambition of the Rmn – Grand Palais and Paris 2024 is to propose a model that is exemplary in terms of simplicity and environmental responsibility, and emblematic of the cultural, environmental and sporting aspirations of our time. Its architecture and design, together with the international events it host, combine to express this ambition.

Focusing on discovering and rediscovering artists, Art Paris puts the spotlight on independent and emerging galleries such as Backslash, Félix Frachon, Ibasho, Eric Linard, Irène Laub and Oniris.art, which will all be joining the fair in 2022. Art Paris also encourages the presentation of monographic exhibitions, whilst supporting young galleries and emerging artists in the “Promises” sector that brings together around ten exhibitors

Returning heavyweights Continua, Lelong & Co, massimodecarlo, kamel mennour and Perrotin are joined by Max Hetzler (Berlin, Paris, London) and Bernier Eliades (Athens, Brussels). As far as French galleries are concerned, gb agency, Christophe Gaillard, Catherine Issert, Pietro Sparta, Praz Delavallade and Denise René will be exhibiting for the first time at Art Paris alongside international newcomers such as Fernando Pradilla (Madrid), Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels) and Xippas (Brussels, Geneva, Montevideo, Paris, Punta del Este)

This edition also sees the arrival of Brame Lorenceau, Galerie des Modernes and Galerie Jacques Bailly who will be enhancing the modern art offer. The African art scene takes root at the fair with 1957 Gallery (Ghana), Loft Art Gallery (Morocco) and Véronique Rieffel (Ivory Coast), who are joined by Parisian galleries 31 Project, Magnin-A, Templon, Anne de Villepoix and Carole Kvasnevski. The latter will be devoting its stand to South African artist Zanele Muholi.

French Scene
Since 2018, Art Paris has consistently supported the French contemporary art scene by inviting curators to lend a subjective, historical and critical eye on a selection of specific projects by French artists presented by participating galleries.

With Natural Histories, a focus on the French scene, independent exhibition curator Alfred Pacquement will share his perspective on the French scene with a selection of 20 artists from different generations, whilst considering the way in which these artists see the natural world and how plants and animals have once again found their place in the contemporary aesthetic.

According to Alfred Pacquement: “From exploring, observing and taking stock of nature, to noting how it is transformed or endangered, showcasing it and recounting its every aspect… today, the interest of artists in the plant and animal kingdoms never ceases to confirm its vitality.”

Art & Environment
Independent exhibitor curator, environmental specialist and Art of Change 21 founder Alice Audouin, will orchestrate a selection of seventeen French and international artists (selected from amongst the exhibiting galleries), whose work tackles environmental issues such as global warming and the loss of biodiversity. According to Alice Audouin: “A new generation of artists born into the period of ecological crisis puts environmental issues at the heart of its practice. For these artists, ecology is not just a theme, but rather an expression of their relationship with the world. They are reinventing both ways of living together and the collective values of society. From ecofeminism to post-anthropocentrism, they are asserting their role as the avant-garde to the full and optimistically initiating a future where cooperation prevails over competition”.

Solo Show
Seventeen solo shows spread throughout the fair allow visitors to discover or rediscover in depth the work of modern, contemporary or emerging artists: Alia Ali (193 Gallery) • Shagha Arianna (Septieme Gallery) • Jean-Charles Blais (Catherine Issert) • Marion Boehm (Loft Art Gallery) • Julien Colombier (Le Feuvre et Roze) • Thomas Devaux (Bacqueville) • Alina Frieske (Fabienne Levy) • Philippe Hiquily (Patrice Trigano) • Vincent Laval (Sono) • Carlos León (Fernando Pradilla) • Antoine de Margerie (Eric Linard) • Zanele Muholi (Carole Kvasnevski) • Ernest Pignon-Ernest (Art to be Gallery) • Rao Fu (Vazieux) • Hala Schoukair (Bessières) • Tyler Thacker (Pact) • Tony Toscani (Stems Gallery)

“Promises”, a sector focusing on young galleries created less than six years ago, provides a forward-looking analysis of cutting-edge contemporary art. In 2022, this sector will play host to nine galleries around half of which are new for this edition: Double V Gallery (Marseille, Paris), Galerie Felix Frachon (Brussels), Hors-Cadre (Paris), La Galería Rebelde (Guatemala City), Fabienne Levy (Lausanne), Gallery M9 (Seoul), Septieme Gallery (Paris), She BAM! Galerie Laetitia Gorsy (Leipzig), Galerie Sono (Paris)

The car manufacturer Alpine and the art collective Obvious present the result of their collaboration at Art Paris 2022. This original artwork, created entirely with algorithms, explores the creative potential of artificial intelligence and questions its use in our society. Researchers and artists have worked together to exploit the capabilities of machine learning (which consists of allowing computers to «learn» from data) and GANs, a class of unsupervised learning algorithms.

Alpine is a trailblazer in the field of motor racing and also the first manufacturer to win a world rally championship. The brand has built its legend by harnessing the power of technical innovations to enhance performance and sensations. This collaboration continues this dialogue between technology and our emotions. Obvious art collective is a pioneer in the use of AI in the field of art and the originator of the first work of this type to be auctioned.

Art Paris adopts a sustainable approach that’s a first in the world of art fairs. Art Paris, organised by France Conventions, is a regional art fair that gives pride of place to proximity, drawing local visitors and favouring local transport solutions. In 2022, the fair commits to developing an environmentally responsible approach to organising an art fair

Karbone Prod, founded by Fanny Legros, will join forces with environmental consultants Solinnen and Art of Change 21 to assist Art Paris with the implementation of a life cycle assessment-based sustainable approach in what will be a first for an art fair. This pioneering initiative is supported by French environmental agency ADEME. In the longer term, the aim is to develop a tool for designing environmentally friendly art fairs.