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The 46th edition of FIAC takes place at the Grand Palais, bringing together 197 galleries from 29 countries. Among the returning exhibitors are Lisson, hunt kastner, Campoli Presti, Galerie Papillon, Sprovieri, and Baronian Xippas.
There are 25 galleries new to the fair this year, including Lévy Gorvy, The Box, Dastan Gallery, Kate MacGarry, Simone Subal, Cécile Fakhoury, Mariane Ibrahim, Soft Opening, and others. Design galleries will also return, including Jousse entreprise, Galerie kreo, LAFFANOUR—Galerie Downtown, Eric Philippe, and Galerie Patrick Seguin.
FIAC Projects will include around 30 sculptures and installations throughout the Petit Palais and on the Avenue Winston Churchill, a collaboration with Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, the curator of the next Riga Biennial. Over 20 outdoor pieces within the Jardin des Tuileries, and a solo show of Glenn Brown at the Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, will make up the always-anticipated Hors les Murs 2019 program. Hors les Murs will also include a carte blanche invitation for Yayoi Kusama for a site-specific piece on Place Vendôme. As part of Hors les Murs there will also be a selection of architectural works on Place de la Concorde, including pieces by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Odile Decq, and Jean Prouvé.
Also not to be missed are the emerging galleries in the Lafayette Sector, including Jenny’s, PMS, Weiss Falk, LOMEX, Gianni Manhattan, and more.
ASIA NOW Art Fair
The fifth edition of ASIA NOW will take place at 9 avenue Hoche, October 16–20. It is the first art fair in Paris devoted to presenting Asia’s contemporary art scene. More than 50 galleries will come together this year, presenting over 250 established and emerging artists. Of note will be a larger focus on younger galleries, as ASIA NOW invited several under five years old to participate.
Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell, assistant curator at the Guggenheim, is behind the Curatorial Platform, “IRL (In Real Life),” focused on the next generation of artists whose lives revolve around the digital world. From a similar theme, the Unboxing section—which takes its name from the popular genre of YouTube videos—features special projects to be revealed by art fair visitors.
Highlights for this edition also include a dedicated section devoted to design, focused on alternative, modular, and multifunctional objects; as well as performances by Qinmin Liu and other artists making up the performance series, “Hyperlink.”
Outsider Art Fair
The art fair devoted to self-taught art, art brut, and outsider art will hold its seventh edition. The Outsider Art Fair takes place October 17–20, returning to Atelier Richelieu, just a short distance from the Grand Palais. On view will be presentations from 40 exhibitors from 12 countries, showing a focus on photography, women artists, and Middle Eastern work.
Returning to the fair are spaces like Cavin-Morris, Les Yeux Fertiles, Galerie du Marché, and Creative Growth Art Center. New exhibitors this year include James Barron Art, Elisabetta Zangrandi, Vera Girivi, Lawrie Shbibi, BigTown Gallery, Arthur Borgnis, Kunstraum, Outsiderville, and Siniya 28. Visitors can also expect to see work by celebrated artists like Henry Darger, Aloîse Corbaz, Bill Traylor, Anna Zemánková, and Adolf Wölfli.
Bruno Decharme has curated “Art Brut—Photos,” featuring photographs and photo collages from artists included in “Photo Brut: Collection Bruno Decharme & Company,” which will be on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York next summer. Don’t miss the Women Collecting Art Brut evening program, in support of the Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Friday night, October 18.
The 23rd edition of Paris Photo, the largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, returns to the Grand Palais November 7–10, 2019. With over 200 exhibitors—179 galleries and 33 art book dealers—from over 30 countries, the fair is broken down into sectors Main Galleries, Book, PRISMES, and Curiosa.
Highlights include Hauser & Wirth’s solo presentation of August Sander, as well as Dirimart’s group show featuring Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Isaac Julien, Shirin Neshat, and Julien Rosefeldt. Other solo presentations include Chema Madoz at Galería Elvira González, Steven Arnold at Fahey/Klein Gallery, Jim Goldberg at Casemore Kirkeby, Adrian Sauer at Klemm’s, and Nancy Burson at Paci.
Osei Bonsu has curated the Curiosa sector, featuring emerging artists. The British-Ghanaian curator and writer has chosen the theme of photography’s unstable relationship with today’s world, illuminating the human experience both seen and unseen. And don’t miss the third edition of the film program, curated by Matthieu Orléan and Pascale Cassagnau, exploring the moving image through documentary, fiction, and digital projects.