20 YEARS
An overview of the French art scene

20 YEARS
an overview of the French art scene

An overview of the French art scene: a selection of 20 artists to mark the 20th anniversary of Art Paris Art Fair by exhibition curator and art critic François Piron.

For its 20th anniversary and in reference to its initial vocation of supporting the French art market, Art Paris Art Fair asked exhibition curator and art critic François Piron to take a subjective look at the French art scene. The idea was to select 20 artists from among the projects presented by participating galleries and to produce an in-depth textual analysis of their work. His choice puts the spotlight on some unique figures from the 1960s to the present day, artists who have managed to preserve their independence, or stayed on the margins of mainstream culture and whose work today deserves both to be reinterpreted and enjoy greater visibility. Some monographic exhibitions will notably allow the public to revisit the psychedelic works of 70s counter-culture dandy Frédéric Pardo (Galerie Loevenbruck), Hessie's feminist embroideries and collages (Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre), stencil art by Blek le Rat, who was a pioneer of urban art in the 80s (Galerie Ange Basso), blue monochromes by Geneviève Asse (Galerie Oniris Florent Paumelle) or Vincent Gicquel's tragi-comic paintings (Galerie Thomas Bernard Cortex Athletico).

The 20 selected artists:

A.C.M. (1957) - J. P. Ritsch-Fisch Galerie
François Arnal (1924 -2012) - Sobering Galerie
Geneviève Asse (1923) - Galerie Oniris ● Florent Paumelle *
Bernard Aubertin (1934) - Galerie Jean Brolly
Blek le Rat (1951) - Galerie Ange Basso *
Pierrette Bloch (1928-2017) - Galerie Rosa Turetsky / Galerie Véronique Smagghe
Leonardo Cremonini (1925-2010) - T&L Galerie *
Hervé Di Rosa (1959) - AD Galerie *
Vincent Gicquel (1974) - Galerie Thomas Bernard -Cortex Athletico *
Hessie (1936-2017)- Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre *
Carlos Kusnir (1947) - Galerie Eric Dupont
Vera Molnar (1924) - Galerie La Ligne
Tania Mouraud (1942) - Galerie Rabouan Moussion / Galerie Claire Gastaud
Frédéric Pardo (1944-2005) - Loevenbruck *
Jean Raine (1927 - 1986) - Galerie Michel Descours *
Jean-Pierre Raynaud (1938) - Galerie Caroline Smulders *
Bernard Rancillac (1931) - Galerie Françoise Livinec
Roland Topor (1938 -1997) - Galerie Vallois
Yves Trémorin (1959) - Galerie des petits carreaux
Marie-Thérèse Vacossin (1929) - Galerie Wagner

* solo shows


François Piron (b.1972) is an art critic and independent curator. He has been a founding member of several alternative institutions in Paris, including Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2000-2006) and the independent art space castillo/corrales (2007-2015). Running the publishing house Paraguay Press, François Piron is the director of the post-graduate program at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lyon, where he has been teaching the history and theory of art since 2002.
He curated the 5th Biennial of contemporary art in Rennes in 2016, and the exhibition L’Esprit français. Contre-cultures 1969-1989 at La maison rouge, Paris, 2017.  
He also curated a large amount of exhibitions:  Bruit de fond, Centre national de la photographie, 2000 ; Subréel, Musée d’art contemporain de Marseille, 2002 ; Intouchable, l’idéal transparence, Villa Arson, Nice, 2006; Société Anonyme, Le Plateau and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2007-2008; Where The Lions Are, Para/Site Art Centre, Hong Kong, 2008; Habiter poétiquement le monde, LAM Museum, Villeneuve d’Ascq, 2010; Locus Solus,Impressions de Raymond Roussel, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and Serralves Foundation, Porto,
2011-2012; Nouvelles Impressions de Raymond Roussel,
Palais de Tokyo, 2013; Raymond Roussel. 
The President of the Republic of Dreams, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin, 2013 and New York, 2015 ; 
In These Great Times, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, 2014 ; 
Mangelos, Miroirs noirs, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, 2013 and Peter Freeman Inc., New York, 2016.