Sixteen solo shows spread throughout the fair allow visitors to discover or rediscover in depth the work of modern, contemporary or emerging artists.
As far as historical figures are concerned, Galerie Dina Vierny showcases the work of Robert Couturier (1905-2008), who was one of the leading representatives of figurative sculpture in the post-war years together with Germaine Richier and Alberto Giacometti. The exhibit comprises around twenty pieces from different periods.
Alexis Lartigue Fine art revisits lyrical abstraction in the person of Gérard Schneider (1896-1986) with a retrospective of works produced between 1950 and 1980 that reflect the correlation between music and colour, whereas Galerie Françoise Livinec rediscovers biomorphic abstraction as practiced by pioneering feminist artist Louise Barbu (1931-2021), whose work was first exhibited in 1974 by the legendary Iris Clert. Galerie Trigano pays tribute to one of the masters of geometric abstraction, Jean Dewasne (1921-1999), with a series of vivid and intensely coloured works from the 1960s-1970s painted using industrial lacquer. Galerie Dutko has given over its space to a major French post-war artist, Jean-Pierre Pincemin (1944 – 2005) for a solo show that brings together works from his Support/Surface period, large-format abstract compositions from the end of the 1970s and 1980s, some exhilarating figurative paintings and engravings.
Solo Shows devoted to contemporary artists include land art pioneer Nils Udo (1937) at Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier with a selection of historical photographs dating from 1978 to 2022, as well as some previously unexhibited recent paintings. Galerie La Forest Divonne presents a retrospective of work by Vincent Bioulès (1938) curated by Catherine Millet. The exhibit brings together a selection of major works that retrace the significant periods in the career of this painter who has been emblematic of the French scene since the 1970s. Galerie Tanit celebrates Arcangelo (1956), a key figure of the Italian school in the 80s with a mini retrospective. And Claire Gastaud showcases the paintings, drawings, videos and installations of Alain Josseau (1968), who questions media images from every angle: their reality and exponential development, lies and manipulations.
The current buzz around figurative painting is illustrated on the stands of Anne-Sarah Bénichou with seven new canvasses by Yann Lacroix (1986) focusing on his recurrent themes (landscapes, architecture, the sky and tropical vegetation) and Atelier 21, whose booth features portraits of crowds by Nabil El Makhloufi (1973) that address questions of displacement and the anonymity of the social being. Gestural abstraction provides common ground for two French artists from different generations: Jérôme Boutterin (1960) - who is known for his play of lines, multiples perspectives and exuberant use of colour - at Galerie Marc Minjauw and talented young artist and ECAL graduate Luc Min Yang (1994) at Galerie A Palazzo.
Visitors to the booth of Galerie Fabienne Levy will discover an immersive installation by Andrea Galvani (1973) that combines photography, video, drawing and a neon sculpture to question the notion of time, whereas Alexandre Benjamin Navet (1986) invites visitors to discover a vivid, colourful and timeless atmosphere with his immersive in situ presentation on the theme of the “Parisian studio” for Galerie Derouillon. Finally, Yann Kebbi (1987) brings his imaginary museum “Fondation Kebbi” to the stand of Galerie Martel, a series of large-format drawings that foster reflection upon our relationship with images.