Art Paris will celebrate its 21st edition in spring under the dome of the Grand Palais from 4 to 7 April 2019. With 150 participating galleries and 20 countries represented, the unmissable fair will host the best of European creations from the post-war era to the present day, all the while maintaining its penchant for exploring new international art scenes.

Judit Reigl, ‘Burst’, 1956. Photo: © Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts Judit Reigl, ‘Burst’, 1956. Photo: © Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts

This year, the focus is centred on the creations of women artists and the territories of Latin America. Faced with these two themes, the participating galleries are willingly and happily contributing accordingly, paying particular attention to the balance of genres present, and offering selections extending well beyond these categories.

The number of women artists represents in the fair is up 50% compared to 2018, and as for the exhibitions included in the Solo Show project, 43% of them are going to be devoted to visual artists.

Pierre Ardouvin, ‘Each Man Is An Island Unto Itself’ (JG Ballard), 2014. Photo: © Praz-Delavallade Pierre Ardouvin, ‘Each Man Is An Island Unto Itself’ (JG Ballard), 2014. Photo: © Praz-Delavallade

Since 2015, the Solo Show initiative has been intended to make, discover or rediscover the extent of modern and contemporary artists, disseminated by monographic exhibitions throughout the fair. In 2019, and with the support of Barnebys, the project returns with 46 monographic exhibitions on offer, ten more than last year, and a new record in the history of the fair.

Kiyoshi Nakagami, ‘Untitled’, 2018. Photo: © Richard Gallery Kiyoshi Nakagami, ‘Untitled’, 2018. Photo: © Richard Gallery

The selected artists have considerable visibility throughout the duration of the event, and, as stated by Art Paris, the high number of exhibitions announced in 2019 is an "indication of the selection of work that drives all galleries to propose tight and precise projects for the fair".

Focus on Leonor Fini and Mikiya Takimoto

The surrealist painter Leonor Fini and the space photographer Mikiya Takimoto (respectively represented by the Weinstein Gallery / Galerie Minsky and Clémentine de la Féronnière) found their place in the Solo Show project, each of their practices bringing diversity, novelty, and a corpus of works worthy of being discovered or rediscovered in more detail.

Leonor Fini, ‘A Great Curiosity’, 1983. Photo: © Weinstein Gallery / Minsky Gallery Leonor Fini, ‘A Great Curiosity’, 1983. Photo: © Weinstein Gallery / Minsky Gallery

Born to an Italian mother and an Argentinian father, Leonor Fini spent his childhood and adolescence in Trieste, Italy, with his mother and his maternal family. In 1937, he settled in Paris, where he met André Breton and the circle of surrealists. The world of Leonor Fini is characterised by staged women, androgynous characters who evolve in a dreamlike atmosphere, both erotic and cruel. Fini is part of the handful of artists that fit into the two main themes of the fair, and will be honoured through an exhibition of nine works.

Mikiya Takimoto, ‘Space 06’, 2010. Photo: © Clémentine de la Féronnière Mikiya Takimoto, ‘Space 06’, 2010. Photo: © Clémentine de la Féronnière

The monograph dedicated to the photographer Mikiya Takimoto opens with a photograph of a space shuttle, the ultimate symbol of human technological excellence. Takimoto takes us to the edge of the earth, with photographs taken over the sea, like a bird in flight, up the slope of a volcano veiled toxic in fumes, or drowning his eyes in the immensity of the polar cap crumbling. Takimoto's work highlights the paradox between beauty and cataclysms, and analyses the mechanisms of our planet. The space photographer questions the position that man is stubbornly maintaining on the margins of reality of the world.

The path of the 46 artists of the Solo Show is full of surprises and, more than ever, allows Art Paris to go upmarket, while remaining true to its primary mission: the support, creation and continual discovery of new horizons.

All information relating to the Solo Show can be found here, and the programme of the fair can be found on the Art Paris website.