PARIS+ BY ART BASEL Review — Top Tier Euro-Centric Art

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Sean Landers, DARWIN-HEADED CERBERUS, 2016, Taka Ishii, Tokyo

 

 

 

At Paris+, Art Basel’s inaugural show in the City of Lights, a few outliers wore couture more in keeping with the LOOK-AT-ME! LOOK-AT-ME! scene of Miami Art Week (and Art Basel Miami) where contemporary art is a stone’s throw from bikinis and beer on the Miami Beach sandscape.

Here at the Grand Palais Éphémère, close to iconic Parisian museums, the scene is very different. The zeitgeist seemed instead to be saying LOOK-AT-ART! LOOK-AT-ART!

And indeed, there was much art to savor, in this photographer/writer team’s view.

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Henrique Oliveira, XILEMPASTO 24, Vallois Gallery
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Philippe Cognée, PRUNUS, 2022, Templon Gallery
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Hans Schabus, NICHTS IN DER HAND I, 2017, Galerie Krinzinger Vienna
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Adrian Ghenie, UNTITLED, 2022, Plan B Gallery
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Giulia Andreani, UN JOUR, 2022, Galerie Max Hetzler
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Sheila Hicks, HIMALAYAS HORIZON, 2022, Galerie Frank Elba

With the exception of the Emerging Galleries section, most exhibitors were largely the big name galleries you also see in Miami, Switzerland and Hong Kong’s Art Basel – and some of the same works on view in prior years’ shows.  Indeed, many of the works that stopped us in our tracks were from the 20th Century.

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Yaakov Agam, CONTINUITY (OR RENOUVELLEMENT) 1958
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Raymond Saunders, PRESENT OF MY PAST, 1989 , Andrew Kreps Gallery
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Annette Messeger, FABLES AND RECITS, 1991, Marian Goodman Gallery
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Pierre Klossowski, ROBERT AUX BARRES PARALLELES, 1990, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery
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Manoucher Yektai, UNTITLED 1960, Karma Gallery
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Wallace Berman, UNTITLED, 1968, Galerie Frank Elbaz

Similar to other Art Basel events, several booths are peppered with works by historic giants – Calder, Picasso, Modigliani, and more.

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Claes Oldenburg & Coosje Van Bruggen, SOFT SAXAPHONE SCALE A, Paula Cooper Gallery
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Pablo Picasso, BUSTE DE FEMME 1967, Pace Gallery
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Joan Miro, Galerie Zlotowski
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Alberto Giacometti, COMPOSITION 1927 1928, Kamel Mennour Gallery
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Alexander Calder, SPHERICAL TRIANGLE (MAQUETTE), Nahmad Contemporary Gallery

Politics and protest – sometimes the main headline in prior Art Basel fairs that Picture This Post has reported on – seemed, at least to this writer, to be relatively muted and comparatively cerebral conceptual presentations. Apart from a few notable exceptions, the lens was decidedly Euro-Centric.

One consistent highlight of Art Basel events is the skewering of colonialism and racism one sees in the works brought to these fairs by Mariane Ibrahim which has galleries in Chicago and Paris, and soon Mexico City too.

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Amoako Boafo, CROSSED LEGS, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
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Hilary Balu, FROM FANTASY TO ESCAPE II, 2022, Magnin-A Gallery

One could have sat for hours before a provocative video installation by Bertille Bak called Mineur Mineur at the Xippos booth, showing multi-ethnic children as miners burrowing like ant drones – a portrait of exploitation that moves into more and more dimensions exponentially as you succumb to its mesmerizing visual narrative.

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Bertille Bak, MINEUR MINEUR, Xippas Gallery
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Bertille Bak, MINEUR MINEUR, Xippas Gallery

While all the satellite shows during Miami Art Week that Art Basel Miami has spawned (Prizm, Art Miami, Untitled, Pulse, NADA, etc.) seem to give the elder statesman show a boost, no such constellation of add-on art fairs in Paris would likely have similar impact.

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Anish Kapoor, GREEN AND BLACK. MIST 2019, Kukje Gallery
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Jessy Razafimandimby, sans titre Gallery
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Yukimasa Ida, BULL, 2022, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
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Davide Balliano, UNTITLED 2018, Cardi Gallery
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Ai Weiwei, HANGING MAN, neugerriemschneider
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Léon Tutundjian, LT 137, 1928, Le Minotaure Gallery
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Marina de Caro, SANS TITRE 2021 2022, In Situ Gallery
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Éric Baudert, conCAV or, Gallery Christophe Gaillard
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Rineke Dijkstra, FORTE DU CASA PORTUGAL MAY 20, 2000, Marian Goodman Gallery

Paris – the second most visited city in the world – is ALWAYS densely packed with art museums and galleries. Parisians might take this for granted.

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Grazia Varisco, GNOM-ONE, TWO, THREE, a SITES exhibition at the Tuileries Gardens.
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Ugo Schiavi, SOULEVEMENT-EFFONDREMENT, a SITES installation in the Tuileries Gardens.
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Romeo Mivekannin, LES NOCES, SITES exhibit at Tuileries Gardens.
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Franz West, LEMURENKÖPFE 1992, SITES installation in the Tuileries Gardens.

You too might feel this most when you compare the Sites outdoor art exhibits in each locale. In Miami, this writer often felt that many of the people interacting with the Sites installations were experiencing contemporary art for the first time. There, fresh takes abound and it’s somewhat of a thrill to encounter them. Contrast that to Paris, where most of the people frequenting the Tuileries faced the fountains as they read their tablets or phones, scarcely giving the Paris+ installations around them much of a glance. The majority of the interactors with the Sites installations in Paris seemed instead to be toddlers and young children curious about how the usual do-not-touch rules were nowhere to be found.

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Approaching Grand Palais Éphémère,where the inaugural Paris+ by Art Basel was housed

Paris+ by Art Basel Inaugural Edition was Right-Sized

Relatively speaking, Paris+ is petite and its organizers, who had the unfortunate job of selecting which galleries to include, might have complained about leaving out too many worthy ones. But you might agree with the Picture This Post team that Paris+ skips the art overdose and snow blindness that comes with the territory of more supersized fairs. This one feels right-sized.

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Genevieve Gaignard, CHASING THE MOON 2022, Vielmetter Gallery
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Ron Mueck, WOMAN WITH SHOPPING, 2013/2015, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery
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George Condo, BLACK STANDING FIGURES 2000, Simon Lee Gallery

That said, you too might have the nagging feeling that somehow sculpture is underrepresented, and that smaller works are in greater density. More though, the Euro-Centric focus builds a nagging hunger for the Latin vibe of Miami Beach shows – both exhibitors and buyers in the crowd—and the greater number of provocative works born in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia too.

 

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Moffat Takadita, RUVARASHE/ FLOWER OF GOD (A), 2022
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CLOSE UP-- Moffat Takadita, RUVARASHE/ FLOWER OF GOD (A), 2022
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Chiharu Shiota, STATE OF BEING (DRAWINGS), 2022, Templon Gallery
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Akeem Smith, Heidi Gallery
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Waqas Khan, UNTITLED 2022, Galerie Krinzinger
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Suzy Lake, mfc - Michèl Didier Gallery
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Raymond Saunders, UNTITLED, 2000, Andrew Kreps Gallery

 

 

 

Paris+ gives an American in Paris the swoon-making magic of looking out the show’s café window to see the Eiffel Tower staring back at you.

If you are in an art buying (or savoring) mood and planning a trip to Europe, why wouldn’t you schedule it to overlap with Paris+?

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All photos by Peter Kachergis.

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