In 2018, Art Paris Art Fair will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. True to its original vocation to support the French art scene, the fair will be juxtaposing the subjective, historical and critical perspective of an exhibition curator, with a selection of specific projects focussing on artists in France who, both in the past and today, have managed to preserve their independence from dominant trends, or were situated on the margin of mainstream art history. These projects, submitted by participating galleries, may include a monographic presentation, a duo of artists, or a themed exhibition and will be highlighted in the fair’s communication.
Guest curator: François Piron, art critic and exhibition curator
François Piron (b.1972) is an art critic and an independent curator. He has been a founding member of several alternative institutions in Paris, including Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2000-2006) and the independent art space castillo/corrales (2007-2015). He runs the publishing house Paraguay Press and is the director of the post-graduate program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon, where he has been teaching the history and theory of art since 2002.
He is the curator of the 5th Biennial of contemporary art in Rennes in 2016, and has curated the exhibition L’Esprit français. Contre-cultures 1969-1989 at La maison rouge, Paris, 2017.
He has curated a large amount of exhibitions: Bruit de fond, Centre national de la photographie, 2000 ; Subréel, Musée d’art contemporain de Marseille, 2002 ; Intouchable, l’idéal transparence, Villa Arson, Nice, 2006; Société Anonyme, Le Plateau and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2007-2008; Where The Lions Are, Para/Site Art Centre, Hong Kong, 2008; Habiter poétiquement le monde, LAM Museum, Villeneuve d’Ascq, 2010; Locus Solus,Impressions de Raymond Roussel, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and Serralves Foundation, Porto,
2011-2012; Nouvelles Impressions de Raymond Roussel,
Palais de Tokyo, 2013; Raymond Roussel.
The President of the Republic of Dreams, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin, 2013 and New York, 2015 ;
In These Great Times, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, 2014 ;
Mangelos, Miroirs noirs, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, 2013 and Peter Freeman Inc., New York, 2016.