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General presentation

For its sixth edition, artparis is reaffirming its position as a modern-contemporary art fair, defending traditional values while allowing new emerging galleries and young artists to make their debuts on the national scene. The fair also confirms its opening to international galleries with some fifteen from abroad: 4 Italians, 3 from New York, 2 German, 2 Belgian 1 Swiss, 1 Swedish, 1 Canadian, 1 Greek, and a breakaway towards the Latin American countries with 1 gallery from Venezuela and 1 from Chile.

Regional galleries are still well represented and 20 new galleries have swelled the ranks of the fair. The some 85 exhibitors will be presenting works ranging from the twenties to the most contemporary scene, although painting, whose return to the market has been announced for several years remains the flagship medium of the fair. Nevertheless, 5 new galleries will be offering an outlook on contemporary photography. As always very active, the Publishing sector will be proposing a number of engravings, limited edition sculptures or original ceramics, offering another means of collecting master works.

For this 2004 edition, the Société Générale, patron of arts since 1995, has become a partner of artparis and will be presenting some ten works from its collection, based on contemporary art. The bank has an active acquisition policy that has enabled them to purchase over 150 works including a majority of paintings and sculptures.

Another event and so as to come within the scope of the Polish Season, an exhibition on this country’s emerging artistic scene will be organised in partnership with the Polish Institute and the Atlas Foundation of Lotz. Under the direction of the commissioner Magda Danysz, the event will be showing the works of three artists.

artparis is thus maintaining its direction and is still defined as a non speculative fair where the public is able to acquire “valeurs sûres” or discover young artists whose prices remain affordable, for the moment at least…

The Exhibition Programmes

The new exhibitors:

The New York gallery Haim Chanin Fine Arts will be proposing polychrome ceramics by Fernand Léger dating back to 1952, as well as « graffiti » by Georges Noël. This French artist whose work follows in the footsteps of Dubuffet, Fautrier or Pollock, uses various media such as natural pigments or crushed flint stones, creating faded, rough surfaces that he engraves to obtain graffiti effects. As for Joachim Chancho, he works on the very matrix of the canvas, inspired by the Support-Surface movement. An important part of his work can be seen at the Fondation Caixa in Barcelona.

Another compatriot gallery, publishers Arts of this Century, will be highlighting new original drawings and a sculpture by Bernar Venet, exhibited for the first time, as well as a portfolio of engravings on the theme of cubism designed by Manolo Valdés and presented with Ménines in glass. Recent works of the subversive English sculptor Marc Quinn will also be exhibited, as well as a series of small lasercuts (aluminium) by Tom Wesselmann. Sculptures by Stephan Balkenhol, Richard Di Rosa, Jeff Koons or holograms by Louise Bourgeois will complete this series of works.

Among other foreign galleries, Italy will be particularly well represented with three new arrivals: San Carlo and Morone di Planart from Milan or De Nisi from Rome. The Galleria San Carlo will be proposing works stemming from the Cobra movement with paintings by Eduardo Arroyo including a Cheval, oil on canvas dating back to 1983 from a private collection, which had only once been available on the market beforehand and a work by Corneille, La Belle passante, particularly important since it was painted during the same period as the Cobra movement (1948-1951) and comes directly from the artist’s own collection. The Latin-American scene, very popular on the current art market, will also be present with artists such as Roberto Matta and Alfredo Lam. The Galleria Morone Di Planart will be proposing paintings by Poliakoff, together with contemporary Italian artists such as Mattia Moreni and Sergio Romiti. As for the Galleria De Nisi, it will be bringing works of major Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Giorgio Morandi, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Rotella or Giorgio De Chirico and in addition will be bringing contemporary artists to the forefront such as Franz Borghese or Alinari.

With the same Hispanic inspiration, the Galeria Minotauro, an establishment from Caracas, managed by Cecilia Ayala, will be presenting figurative artists from Latin-America. José Gamarras explores the Latino saga in landscapes revealing a certain naïvety while Edgar Sanchez reinvents reality through studies of deconstructed, transfigured bodies. Carlos Alberto Castillo works on repetition to obsession. A Chilean gallery owner, Cecilia Palma, will be proposing a one man show by Ernesto Barreda, a surrealist artist born in 1927 and exploring a dream-like fantastic world through figurative paintings and sculptures.

Another foreign gallery, the Swedish GKM will be revealing monotypes by the American expressionist painter Sam Francis. Between the late seventies and early eighties, the artist realised 53 original prototypes, using oil and coloured pigments on wood, from which he draw 53 unique monotypes. Although the monotypes have already been presented on the market, the prototypes had never been exhibited before 2003. One of them now belongs to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the GKM gallery will be presenting ten of them at artparis.

The Parisian dealer Samuel Art Conseil will be exhibiting a series of works on paper by major modern art artists such as Arp, Braque, Léger, Miró or Picasso, as well as a privileged regard on the Russian avant-garde movement of the twenties. The constructivists such as El Lissitski, Anton Pevzner or Ivan Kliun will be confronted with their female counterparts: Sonia Delaunay, Alexandra Exter, Natalia Goncharova, Lyubov Popova, and Anna Leporskaya, who was assistant to Malevitch, offering us the opportunity of admiring works of Primitive influence or of Suprematist construction. .

The gallery Idées d’artistes will be proposing a collection of drawings including recent works by Jean Rustin and allowing a rediscovery of the graphic works of Michel Macréau and Maryan, two artists having announced in advance the return to Narrative Figuration and New Figuration. Precursors of artists such as Combas, Basquiat, Jorn or Reyberolle, their works are still somewhat underestimated by the general public. The gallery will also be highlighting the work of a young Syrian painter, Sabhan Adam, who works on tent sheet and who will be exhibited for the first time in France.

The Jean-Luc & Takako Richard gallery, specialists in figurative and abstract pictorial art, will be putting the accent on Christophe Avella-Bagur. This young French artist, born in 1970, experiments the metamorphosis of liquefying bodies in landscapes that are falling to pieces and spaces stretching away towards infinity, fluctuating between photographic realism and evanescence. As for Hervé Heuzé, he explores high mountain landscapes where human beings do not have their place. At first sight, these landscape paintings, striking in their realism, actually take up the formal elements of portraits, revealing the fantasized archetype of European landscape, in the style of a local David Hockney. Other “landscapists” but this time from a very different point of view, the Anglo-German couple Stepanek & Maslin shows scenes of nature seen from close to the ground, where the spectator observes flowers and herbs climbing up towards the clouds. The German Stefan Hoenerloh, who only produces about ten canvasses per year, will be exclusively exhibited in France which some large format urban landscapes discovering views of streets without any human presence. Referring to our secular and contemporary fear of the Apocalypse, this artist has for a long time been fascinated by the decaying architectures of East Berlin.

Photography will also be in the fore with the gallery Martin du Louvre which has chosen to present large prints of Hollywood stars: Marylin, Greta, Rita or Marlene… will be rubbing shoulders with fashion photographs taken for Vogue magazine by Bert Stern or David Bailey. These pictures will be « confronted » with the handsome males of François Rousseau, author of the famous Dieux du Stade.

Peter Zupnik, at Arcturus, will reveal his night-time memories of Prague. Pictures taken during the eighties, according to a personal process, which is to “particularize banality”. In black and white photographs that had never been printed before 2003, he attacks the surrealist realism of the communist period, marked with the seal of Kafka.

The young Parisian Jungle Art Galerie will be presenting artists as young as itself such as Aurélie Ben Barek, endeavouring to explore the photographic rendering of various urbanistic and environmentalist expressions. Her fragmented pictures reinforce the representation of movement of the urban space. As for Eric Bottero, he experiments with “diffused” portraits that he interprets as figures of the “inner self”, radiographs of the soul.

The Galerie Christian Croset will be putting in the forefront a work on the body with a one man show by Lionel Bayol-Thémines, a French photographer who was born in 1968. Through photographs and three videos, the artist wonders about the role of the body in our time of genetic control and manipulation. How to build a bionic man? What is the role of our orifices and our reproductive organs when the continuity of the species is more linked with the evolution of science rather than sexuality?

Another young gallery, this time specialising in photography, Galerie Emotion will be proposing prints by Patrick Tourneboeuf, who made himself known to the general public through his assignments for the Centre Georges Pompidou and later for the Grand Palais in 1999. Recently, he gave some thought to the relationship between man and the city through the systematics of the urban landscape. Gilles Coulon, born in 1966, takes a look at Africa through landscapes and scenes of daily life around the Niger delta. For several years he was interested in the night life of cities from Bamako, New York and Paris to Marseille, seen through the undefined light of neon lights.

Suzanne Dalton, also a photographic agent, will be putting in the forefront the work of Louis James who made a name for himself in the eighties with portraits of artists such as Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat or Andy Warhol, before starting out on reporting. Recently, he spent two years following the daily life of the Dolganes, a nomad people living in the northern part of Siberia, only 200 survivors of which are still living .

Finally, the publisher Francis Delille will be presenting a selection of original ceramics, unique pieces or limited prints of artists such as Bram Bogart, Corneille, Gabriel Orozco, Folon or Jean Miotte.

The other strong points of the fair:

The Les Yeux Fertiles gallery, specialists in historical Surrealism (Masson, Matta, Picabia…) and post-war Surrealism (Svanberg, Cardenas, Laloy) will be placing in the forefront this year an oil on canvas by Roberto Matta Le Couple (1969), from the Jacqueline Delubac collection. A pastel by André Masson will present Amants (1945), and an oil painting dating back to 1950 by Augustin Lesage (1876-1954) will also be exhibited. This artist, originally a miner, starting painting after being introduced to spiritualism and working painstakingly as a miniaturist.

In this spirit, Espace Carole Brimaud will be proposing a path leading from Surrealism to abstraction, beginning with André Masson with a pastel on paper, Animaux, an erotic drawing dating back to 1929. An oil and plaster on canvas by Victor Brauner will present Portrait du côté végétal realised in 1959 and Nu à la fleur by Pierre Molinier, an oil executed in 1955, will offer another aspect of this artist, better known for his erotic photographs in which the artist dresses as a woman. Nevertheless, his oils explore a sexuality that is always omnipresent. Abstraction will be represented by Composition realised by Bram van Velde in 1978, and works of Henri Michaux or Jean Degottex.

Galerie Sonia Zannettacci will be presenting a one man show by Jacques Monory, with canvasses realised in 2003-2004 being presented for the first time and on the theme of sound, as well as more historical works from the nineties. Other one man shows will be placed in the forefront: large formats realised during the sixties by Hans Hartung at the Sapone gallery and a confrontation of old and contemporary works of Antonio Recalcati at Lucien Schweitzer. As for Galerie Gastaud, it will be proposing recent photographs by Georges Rousse, taken in Berlin in 2003 and exhibited here for the first time. This artist, who is always searching for closed-down factories, forgotten houses, places doomed to destruction, realises trompe-l’œil by creating an imagined decoration directly on the floor, walls or ceilings, which will materialise at a certain point of view where he will take a photograph. An atypical work somewhere between photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture. Galerie Marion Meyer will be playing on pairs with pieces by Jannis Kounellis and Takis.

The New York Denise Cadé Gallery will be proposing oils on paper by Jean-Pierre Pincemin. These works, inspired by a Chinese waistcoat discovered at an antique dealers shop, will illustrate the interest of Pincemin for various cultures as source of inspiration. Denise Cadé will also be exhibiting the work of a young American artist Kara Hammond, exploiting in a very realistic style the relations between media and politics. As for Japanese artist Rakuko Naito, she uses Japanese papers called “kozo washi”, which she rolls, bends, tears or piles up, to build abstract works that were chosen by the critic Barbara Rose for the Monocromos : De Malevich al presente exhibition at Queen Sofia’s Museum in Madrid.

Painting, whose return to the market has been announced for a number of years, has always been successful at artparis. Galerie Arnoux, specialists in abstract art of the fifties and presenting names such as Serge Poliakoff and Gérard Schneider or other less famous names such as Oscar Gauthier and David Malkin, will be putting the accent this year on a German artist, Helge Hommes. The latter, using a very thick paste quotes, evokes nature in a black and white abstraction.

Galerie Berthet-Aittouarès will be presenting the pictorial work of Shan Sa. Trained in calligraphic art and better known as the author of La Joueuse de go, she will be signing her new work published by Editions Albin Michel Le miroir du calligraphe. This artist exploits “inner landscapes” after having collected images from memory throughout the world, in a work linked with Tobey, Degottex, Zao Wou-Ki or Henri Michaux. The drawings of the latter will also be shown in an amateur collection with Pierre Bonnard or photos by Mario Giacomelli.

Christine Phal will be introducing to the French public the paintings of the German artist Jupp Linssen, born in 1957. His work is based on materials said to be poor, such as zinc or old strips of leached wood, supports for a thick paint, deadened by colours varying between grey and white. A work that is not without referring to Kurt Schwitters or Anselm Kieffer.

Galerie Sabine Puget will be placing the work of Anna Mark in the forefront. This artist was born in Hungary and specialises in abstraction through reliefs realised with marble powders and gouache on serigraph paper, giving silky material effects.

Galerie Véronique Smagghe, specialists in New Realism, will be presenting the works of the Poster Designers of the sixties: Dufrêne, Hains, Rotella or Villeglé. It has also chosen to highlight the latest works of Patrice Giorda, author of mental landscapes where everything is based on the study of the light, built in a thick, colourful paste. A painter who describes himself as transfigurative…

Jean-Pierre Pincemin, at Hélène Trintignan, has explored themes on subjects as varied as mediaeval engravings or Japanese prints, through large canvasses or small sketches. As for Pierre Buraglio, the artist has confronted his vision with the collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, through drawings called Autour de …Marie-Madeleine, D’après …Ubaldo Gandolfi or Autour de Paul Gauguin… Mounted papers by Robert Combas will also serve as re-examined classical art. The artist has shaken up, metamorphosed, caricatured academic drawings, busts or portraits in profile, in particular those of George Sand, Napoleon, Socrates or Brutus, which have become unrecognisable!

Pascal Polar will be showing recent works of the German artist Max Neumann, through a series of oil paintings and drawings, and will be highlighting the work of Karl Waldmann. This German-Russian artist, anti-Hitler and anti-Stalin, was born in 1890 and disappeared in a work camp un the USSR in 1955. Very close to Rodtchenko and Maiakowski, his work is solely composed of photocollages mixing constructivism and suprematism. These collages are considered as a real architecture, in the same way as the work of Schwitters, in a more politicised orientation. The gallery owner will also be highlighting the work of Mireille Desguin, who has not been presented in France for 8 years. This artist designs headstones, vestiges of life, virtual portraits of a person, after collecting locks of hair or perfumes sealed in small tied packets. She is close to Christian Boltanski in her evocations of personal and collective memories, in a work that could be described as poetical archaeology.

Sculpture lovers will appreciate the collection belonging to the Veranneman foundation which, in particular, will be presenting a bronze by Fernando Botero realised in 2000 Reclining woman and a sculpture in polished Soignies stone realised in 1977 by Eugène Dodeigne, a Belgian artist born in 1923. A Compression of a Jaguar dated 1971, signed César, and a work by José de Guimaraes, a Portuguese artist born in 1939, will complete the exhibits.

Very contemporary art will also be in the forefront, in particular at the Galerie Rachlin-Lemarié which will be exhibiting works where drawings, graphics and graffiti have the leading role. Béatrice Cussol, born in 1970, experiments in her watercolours a special world that is feminine, sexual and provocative, all at the same time. Cécile Brigand, born in 1971, elaborates large formats that she calls « mental landscapes », designed in the greatest detail, delicately, like a lace-maker. The new sculptures of Quentin Garel will also be exhibited, presenting animal heads in bronze, cast iron, terracotta or glued wood. These skulls, sometimes huge, seem timeless, vestiges of the past or decrepitudes of the present?

Galerie Seine 51 will be proposing a series of Electric paintings by Otto Muehl, canvasses repainted by the computer using images taken from videos of old and new actions. When the PC replaces brushes and colours … They will be confronted with the latest sculptures of Philippe Perrin and the photographic work of the American photographer Jeff Cowen from New York. This artist, who started out with Larry Clark and Ralph Gibson, will be presenting a series of prints taken during the late eighties in New York, that he had not yet explored and which are shown here for the first time. One of his “masters”, the American photographer Ralph Gibson will also be exhibited at the Galerie Lucie Weil-Seligmann, with very graphical prints taken during a trip he took to Brazil in 2003.

As for video, i twill be in the forefront at Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke, in particular with works by Santi Zegarra. His video Tian An Men Place, realised in 2004, questions the mystification of the person of Mao which still overlooks the square. What is the gap between the reality of the person and the image revealed by the government? A video-installation by Amparo Sard will remind us of another form of manipulation: that of genetics through the world of cloning.

And again… Narrative Figuration will be in the forefront at Galerie Laurent Strouk, with its pool of artists among whom Peter Klasen and Gérard Schlosser will stand out in particular. Galerie Rive-Gauche will be presenting a selection of recent works by the pop artist Tom Wesselmann and the Argentinian Antonio Segui. A work on the matter will be highlighted at Galerie Protée, specialists in the matter, with an exhibition entitled Mémoire et vertige which will underline the works of Bram Bogart, Cante-Pacos, Giancarlo Bargoni and Michel Potage. Galerie Vieille du Temple will be presenting the artists it usually follows, with sculptures by Agnès Bracquemond, recent drawings by Pierre Buraglio, the poetical representations of flowers by Guy de Malherbe or the abstract landscapes of Hollan. The sculptor Odile de Frayssinet will be supported by the Arlette Gimaray gallery which will also be proposing the work of Leopoldo Nóvoa. This Spanish artist, born in 1919, explores matter through thick, cardboard backed paper that he “sculpts” and various granular, powdery or pieced elements. Bernard Pras, whose work consists in recording “inventories” that are assemblies of objects from which he questions portraits and figures in the style of a modern Archimboldo re-examined by Pop Art, will be presented by Galerie Kandler. Finally, a Comic Section will be placed in the forefront by Galerie du Centre with works by Peter Saul, Daniel Authouart and Kriki. Stéphane Jacob will propose a selection of Australian artists, among whom Christian Thompson, who stages the gap between the traditional and stereotype representation that we have from the Aborigines and the moving reality of their life in the modern world.

The Publishers

As in previous years, some ten publishers will enable visitors to purchase original editions at very reasonable prices. Among them, Rémy Bucciali will be proposing recent editions by Tony Soulié, or Jacques Clauzel, in a very pure and geometrical style. Patrick Loste will be proposing a very poetical work, realised in full tone and in the earthy hues of his native Catalonia. Turmel will be presenting a more baroque work. Sculptor as much as he is engraver, he works on the play of lines from his own three dimensional works, in rich bright colours. Editions d’art Jacques Boulan will be proposing a multiple in bronze by Arman, silkscreen prints by Combas and lacerated, rebuilt posters by Villeglé. Paul Bourquin, who also works on supports such as plastic or iron and develops multiples, will be placing Miguel Chevalier in the forefront with black carbon plates on which flowers appear realised in fluorescent serigraphy. The more minimalist works of Vladimir Skoda, representing spheres and comets, will also be exhibited with majestic prints by Jean-Michel Othoniel measuring between 1 metre and 1.80 metre and taking up the work of Murano glass at the Palais-Royal metro station in Paris. Imprimerie Alsace-Lozère will be highlighting the work of the Catalan artist Joan Hernandez Pijuan, using mainly earthy colours, and the work of Henri Chopin, better known in the world of visual and sound poetry, made famous through his typist-poems. An ambiguous work between literature and image.

The Société Générale exhibits works from its collection at artparis

The Société Générale contemporary art collection was formed when the Tour Société Générale was built in Paris La Défense and finished in1996. This collection is part of a wider patronage policy and completes the actions developed by the Group since 1987 through Mécénat Musical Société Générale (MMSG).

Due to the variety of the works, movements, supports, this collection offers a large panorama of plastic creation between the late fifties and the nineties. It comprises over 150 works (paintings, sculptures, photographs...), and 650 lithographs, by artists such as Soulages, Favier, Honegger, Debré, Venet, Pagès, Garouste, Demand, Endo, Frydman, Cuisset … Some of these works were specially ordered.

The main vocation of this collection is to decorate the workplace of the 6.000 employees of the Tour Société Générale. In 2004, the Group decided to present part of its collection to the public in Paris and in the provinces.

Furthermore, the collection will gradually be adding new acquisitions of works of contemporary artists chosen by a board of independent experts.

The Société Générale collection is also visible on the Internet “Modern Art Gallery” ( HYPERLINK "", a real “virtual museum” in three dimensions.

The artists exhibited at artparis will be Pierre Alechinsky, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Eduardo Chillida, Thibaut Cuisset, Dominique Dehais, Thomas Demand, Toshikatsu Endo, Monique Frydman, Thomas Ruff, François Stahly,Taxis and Richard Texier.

The Polish Season at artparis 2004

For the France-Poland, artparis is organising an exhibition under the aegis of the Polish Institute and is presenting three artists chosen by the gallery owner Magda Danysz, having assumed the role of exhibition steward on this occasion. . Another side of Polish creation, still not very well known in France, within the scope of Nowa Polska.

Zbigniew Libera, born in 1959, is a much debated artist in his country where he has made himself known through works referring to the Holocaust. Through his series Positives & Masters, he reinterprets press photos known of the general public and diverted in an amused and acid way. As in this image of a little Vietnamese girl running and screaming, burnt by napalm, here the artist presents a young naked woman laughing, surrounded by other hilarious protagonists. He also realises fake magazine covers, like that of a veiled woman taking into her arms a GI and entitled Le rêve de Bush! This artist is presented by the foundation set up by Atlas, a company that produces, distributes and exhibits works in its space in Lodz, rather than to collect in a classical way. A catalogue is also published with each of their exhibitions.

Artur Zmijewski, born in 1966, will be represented by two videos. One of them, called KRWP (after the Polish army) shows a military parade where, all of a sudden, the soldiers find themselves naked and continue their march indifferently, while remaining armed, with their helmets on. An interesting work due to the distance between the martial aesthetics, credible with uniforms, but ridiculous in the nude. The second, Berek, which means “tig”, shows a cellar where men and women of all ages start playing tig, naked. The spectator may laugh at this, until he realises that it is a gas chamber. The laugh freezes and an uncomfortable feeling sets in, while the “players” seem to be really enjoying themselves. These two videos already belong to the collections of the Contemporary Art Museum of Warsaw.

The third artist is a woman. Elisabeth Jablonska, born in 1970, amuses herself in staging a Supermaman in a series of photographic prints and installations that transform the maternal character into a super-hero. In her kitchen or with a baby in her arms, the artist questions the vision of the European woman, both mother and cook, professionally successful and physically attractive. “Daily life sometimes becomes an interesting field of action. I have a personal but common theory, according to which even the decision to get up early is a heroic action. What fascinates me is the cyclical character of things, the repetition of daily activities, this apparent lassitude we must humbly accept”. Pressetext

artparis 2004 - modern + contemporary art fair

Ausstellungen der artparis:
- Société Générale - works from its collection at artparis
mit Pierre Alechinsky, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Eduardo Chillida, Thibaut Cuisset, Dominique Dehais, Thomas Demand, Toshikatsu Endo, Monique Frydman, Thomas Ruff, François Stahly, Taxis, Richard Texier

- The Polish Season at artparis 2004
Organisation: Polish Institute
mit Zbigniew Libera, Artur Zmijewski, Elisabeth Jablonska