This year marks the 44th edition of FIAC. Taking over the Grand Palais, the fair boasts a selection of exhibitors from 29 countries, the largest contingent being French. From France are galleries presenting modern work including Le Minotaure, Natalie Seroussi, and Galerie Zlotowski; contemporary spaces such as Almine Rech, Thaddaeus Ropac, and Daniel Templon; and dealers with an eye for emerging talent like Balice Hertling, among others.
With a continuing strong presence from such European powerhouses as Sadie Coles HQ, Lisson, Victoria Miro, Sprüth Magers, White Cube, and more, this edition also sees an increase in blue-chip North American galleries like Paula Cooper, Gagosian, Marian Goodman, Metro Pictures, and Pace. First-timers from the U.S. include David Kordansky, Karma, Shane Campbell, and Queer Thoughts. Ten emerging galleries are highlighted in FIAC’s Lafayette Sector, while On Site (which launched last year) exhibits special installations and sculptures at the Petit Palais and on Avenue Winston Churchill. Be sure not to miss a FIAC favorite: the Hors les Murs program of public projects.
ASIA NOW ART FAIR
The boutique fair for contemporary Asian art, ASIA NOW returns to Paris for a third year with approximately 30 galleries. Artists from more than10 countries are represented, offering a microcosm of today’s Asian art scene. Director and co-founder of the fair Alexandra Fain aims to create a platform to further the exchange of ideas across culture and encourage reflection among sophisticated collectors via a rigorous selection of influential exhibitors.
A section of ASIA NOW is dedicated to an in-depth discussion of the Korean creative scene, with special programming chosen by Joanne Kim in collaboration with the curatorial team of the Busan Biennial. ASIA NOW is also associated with Christie’s for the Design Project, presented by Studio MVW.
Outsider Art Fair
This year the Outsider Art Fair is celebrating its fifth anniversary in Paris, returning to the Hôtel du Duc. The unique organization showcases outstanding work from 34 international exhibitors, specializing in self-taught art, art brut, and Outsider art. New exhibitors to the Paris edition of the fair include Donald Ellis Gallery, La Fabuloserie Galerie, and the Outsider Art Museum at the Hermitage Amsterdam, which will be showing work by Willem van Genk.
The fair’s Curated Space will pay homage to Daniel Cordier’s collection of art brut. Other highlights include works by Venice Biennale artists Lubos Plny, presented by Cavin-Morris Gallery, and Dan Miller and Judith Scott, both exhibited by Creative Growth. The fair also welcomes returning exhibitors of classic art brut, Galerie Chave, Les Yeux Fertiles, and Galerie du Marché. OAF Talks 2017 is produced in collaboration with Hôtel Drouot, hosting two panel discussions. The first will feature a conversation between Daniel Cordier and Valérie Rousseau. A second panel, organized by art critic Paul Laster, will examine Karel Appel and the influence of art brut and the CoBrA movement in 1950s and ’60s Paris.
With its defining collaborative spirit, Paris Internationale debuts its third edition. The fair supports emerging galleries and is a collaborative endeavor from five such spaces: Antoine
Levi, Crèvecoeur, High Art, Sultana, and Gregor Staiger. This year Paris Internationale moves from Avenue d’Iéna to the Haut-Marais for a more industrial setting, previously known as “The Screw,” on rue Béranger. An international mix of 54 galleries includes 13 newbies, such as Aoyama|Meguro, Antenna Space, The Approach, Company Gallery, Lefebvre & Fils, and more.
Dedicated to developing advancement for new art-market models and initiatives, the fair also offers complimentary slots for seven invited nonprofit organizations. Free programming is open to the public, and not to be missed throughout the site are artistic interventions dreamed up with Fondation d’entreprise Ricard.