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Art Paris Art Fair in a “Whole-World” context

Art Market | Parisian springtime fair, Art Paris Art Fair, differentiates itself from the FIAC, held in autumn, by exploring art scenes around the world through a local-global approach. Having focused on the discovery of the Asian continent in previous editions, this year, the European exhibitors will be joined by African galleries and artists from both the continent and the diaspora.

Namsa Leuba - Thumbs Up, from the series Zulu Kids, 2014 / Représenté par la galerie Art Twenty One (detail) © Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et Art Twenty One
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Namsa Leuba - Thumbs Up, from the series Zulu Kids, 2014 / Représenté par la galerie Art Twenty One (detail)
© Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et Art Twenty One

In its 17th edition, Art Paris Art Fair is bringing together 139 galleries from 29 countries. The selection has widen in comparison with last year (there were 22 countries in 2016) and it has become more international. European galleries represent 80% of the total participants (5 points less than last year) and French galleries constitute 52% of the exhibitors (4 points less than in 2016). It is also worthwhile to notice that half of the 139 galleries are participating in Art Paris Art Fair for the first time.
Among the 2155 exhibiting artists, 770 are french and 214 come from 27 African countries, including William Kentridge (South Africa), Romuald Hazoumé (Benin), Cheri Samba (Congo), Frédéric Bruly Brouabre (Côte d’Ivoire), El Anatsui (Ghana) or Mounir Fatmi (Morocco). Curator Marie-Ann Yemsi brings to light a young generation of artists (born in 1980/90) that represent the richness of the African continent while deciphering its present and creating new synergies : Mario Macilau, Mohau Modisakeng, Olalekan Jeyifous, Billie Zangewa ou Namsa Leuba
The Fair embraces the diversity of creation through the impulse of the dynamic African art scene. Edouard Glissant’s premonitory “Whole world” concept impregnates the exhibition.

Vincent Kozsilovics
Publié le 27/03/2017
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Namsa Leuba - Thumbs Up, from the series Zulu Kids, 2014 / Représenté par la galerie Art Twenty One (detail) © Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et Art Twenty One Namsa Leuba - Thumbs Up, from the series Zulu Kids, 2014 / Représenté par la galerie Art Twenty One © Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et Art Twenty One Billie Zangewa - Domestic Scene, 2016 / Représenté par la AFRONOVA GALLERY © Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et AFRONOVA GALLERY Mario Macilau - Boy with his toy pistol, Growing in Darkness series, 2015 / Représenté par la galerie Ed Cross Fine Art © Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et Ed Cross Fine Art Mohau Modisakeng - Endabeni 8, 2015 / Représenté par la galerie WHATIFTHEWORLD © Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et WHATIFTHEWORLD Olalekan Jeyifous - Onions are My Husband, 2016 / Représenté par la galerie 50 Golborne © Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et 50 Golborne

Namsa Leuba - Thumbs Up, from the series Zulu Kids, 2014 / Représenté par la galerie Art Twenty One (detail)
© Art Paris Art Fair / Courtesy de l’artiste et Art Twenty One

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