Art Paris celebrates female artists

The works of 25 women are put in the frame at this year’s art extravaganza

Figures 1856, Geological Structure, by Malala Andrialavidrazana, €10,000-€15,000 at Caroline Smulders
Figures 1856, Geological Structure, by Malala Andrialavidrazana, €10,000-€15,000 at Caroline Smulders | Image: Image Art Paris 2019

Art Paris is known for its thematic approach, and this year’s show – its 21st edition, running from April 4 to 7 at the Grand Palais – spotlights the work of female artists.

Michel I, by Ulla von Brandenburg, €20,000-€30,000 at Art: Concept
Michel I, by Ulla von Brandenburg, €20,000-€30,000 at Art: Concept | Image: Image Art Paris 2019

A Gaze atWomen Artists in France, curated by art historian Camille Morineau and her association AWARE (which aims to bring visibility to the work of female creatives), features 25 international artists from the postwar period to the modern day – all of whom were either born or now reside/resided in France. Galerie Oniris – Florent Paumelle will present Vera Molnár’s graphic Spirale- 1 (€15,000-€20,000), from 2006, featuring zigzagging lines of purple and black, while Art: Concept is exhibiting German artist Ulla von Brandenburg’s Michel I, (€20,000-€30,000), from 2018, a whimsical watercolour portraying a Pierrot figure. Galerie Lahumière also features among the line-up and will showcase late French painter Marcelle Cahn’s Untitled (under €5,000), from 1975 – an abstract geometric collage on silkscreen. Finally, Madagascan-born Malala Andrialavidrazana’s Figures 1856, Geological Structure (€10,000-€15,000), from 2018, is a cross-cultural exploration in joyous colour, shown by Caroline Smulders.

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“The 25 artists open up four points of view – abstraction, feminism, a focus on the ‘image’ (photographic and video) and the abstract notion of ‘theatricality’ – from a vast part of art history that tends to be forgotten: one created by the female gender,” says Morineau.

Spirale – 1, by Vera Molnár, €15,000-€20,000 at Galerie Oniris – Florent Paumelle
Spirale – 1, by Vera Molnár, €15,000-€20,000 at Galerie Oniris – Florent Paumelle | Image: Image Art Paris 2019

The fair will also highlight Latin American art from the 1960s to the present day, with around 20 European, Asian and Latin American galleries showing 60 Argentinian, Brazilian, Chilean, Columbian, Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian and Venezuelan artists.

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