Those who fear that the addition of one more art fair will usher in an art-world Armageddon resulting from art fair over-population might find comfort in learning about a new fair that seeks to provide innovative programming alongside the commercial, all within a wonderfully innovative context that doesn’t involve bland conference halls or flimsy temporary tents. Paris Photo Los Angeles, which will run from April 26-28, 2013, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studio in Hollywood, offering visitors an ideal setting to explore photography and moving images from the 20th and 21st centuries.
A majority of gallery exhibitors will present group shows situated among three of Paramount Pictures’ legendary soundstages, which will also house the special sections Moving Images, dedicated to showcasing film and video; Young Galleries, providing a platform for galleries open less than six years, and Complete Series, offering a limited number of galleries to present one exceptional series of photographs by a single artist.
The New York Street Backlot section is dedicated to the presentation of about 20 cutting-edge solo shows exhibited in a replica of New York City Streets (above). Sound and Vision, the fair’s public programming organized by independent curator Douglas Fogle, will present a series of artist conversations, screenings of moving image works and a boisterous set of Pecha Kucha presentations where speakers deliver a presentation of 20 images for 20 seconds on a topic of their choosing. Speakers will include Doug Aitken, Gregory Crewdson, Sharon Lockhart, and Catherine Opie.
The partial list of participating exhibitors, with more to be announced next months, includes:
Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Daniel Blau, Munich
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles
Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, with a solo presentation of Man Ray
Galerie Perrotin, Paris, with a solo presentation of JR
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, with a solo presentation of Bruce Conner
Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, with a solo presentation of Gabor Ösz
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Kavi Gupta, Chicago
M+B, Los Angeles, with a solo presentation of Matthew Brandt
Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles
Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
— Yasmine Mohseni, ARTINFO Los Angeles
(Photo © Paramount Pictures Studios.)