Some 17 solo shows are spread throughout the fair allowing visitors to discover or rediscover in depth the work of modern, contemporary and emerging artists.
Among the historic artists, on the occasion of the retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, Galerie Patrice Trigano pays tribute to Jean Hélion (1904-1987), a painter who was a major figure in abstract art in the 1930s, before later turning towards a more personal form of figuration. Galerie Capazza presents a mini retrospective of works by the pioneers of contemporary French ceramics, Jacqueline Lerat (1920-2009) and Jean Lerat (1913-1992), which is part of the Art & Craft focus curated by invited guest curator Nicolas Trembley. And Galerie JP Ritsch-Fisch showcases the work of Italian artist and emblematic representative of art brut (outsider art), Carlo Zinelli (1916-1974).
Contemporary artists in the spotlight include Samantha McEwen (b. 1960 in London) with a solo show on the stand of the Modesti Perdriolle Gallery that takes another look at the career of this British American artist who was friends with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibit presents exceptional works from the 1980s to the present day. Huberty & Breyne has a Gilles Barbier solo show that gives centre stage to works from four closely related series - “Still Memories," "Still Man", "Equilibrium" and "Entre les plis les souvenirs" (In between the pleats the memories)- whereas Nil Gallery presents Goodbye Nubia, a solo show by Fathi Hassan, who was the first artist to represent Africa at the Venice Biennial in 1988.
At Galerie Dix9-Hélène Lacharmoise, Columbian artist Leyla Cárdenas unearths the hidden stories of urban buildings by unravelling the textiles on which her photos have been printed to explore the different strata of which the constructions are composed. Sophie Zénon has devised an exhibit for Galerie XII that evokes the traces left by war with a selection of photograms of “obsidional plants”, photos of trees printed on tulle, sculptures and books.
On the stand of Galerie Fabienne Levy, the theatrical installation by Dominican artist Lucia Hierro is composed of digital collages of everyday objects printed on fabric that blur the boundaries between sculpture and photography, while playing with the symbols of Pop Culture and consumer society. At Galerie Valérie Delaunay, Franco-Moroccan artist Mohamed Mekleti, whose work is driven by his rewriting of stories and myths, presents a series of drawings and sculptures made especially for the fair. The work of Franco-Algerian artist Katia Kameli on show at 110 Galerie Véronique Rieffel shares these same inspirations, as illustrated by the dialogue she establishes between her projects Le Cantique des Oiseaux (The Canticle of Birds) and Stream of Stories. These two projects combining different techniques (musical ceramics, works on paper, tapestry, painting on textile and film) explore the symbolic and spiritual dimensions of birds.
At Galerie Maria Lund, the abstract, India ink “body landscapes” of Korean artist Min Jung-Yeon appear on drawings and canvases, whereas the Belgian artist Stijn Cole brings together painting, sculpture and photography to create an immersive, multidimensional landscape experience at Galerie Irène Laub. First time exhibitor 22,48m2 presents recent works by French artist Ellande Jaureguiberry, whose drawings and ceramics inspired by the world of science fiction and an animist vision of the world combine to form a composite landscape. Echoing the two themes of Art Paris 2024, Fragile utopias and Art & Craft, Galerie Anne-Laure Buffard has given over its entire stand to the sculptural textile installations of Pauline-Rose Dumas, a young French artist who trained at Chelsea College of Arts and whose work combines metal forging, photography and textile.