Paris Gallery Weekend: Exhibitions to See in 2020
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Summer, Almine Rech, Paris (13 June–1 August 2020). Courtesy the Artists and Almine Rech. Photo: © Rebecca Fanuele.
Between 2 and 5 July 2020, Paris Gallery Weekend brings together the best of the city's art scene for its seventh edition. This Ocula Lowdown presents a selection of highlights to catch.
Almine Rech, 64 Rue de Turenne, 75003
13 June–1 August 2020
Colourful and jubilant, this group exhibition at Almine Rech brings together a collection of the gallery's most iconic artists, including Karel Appel, John M Armleder, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Taryn Simon, Tamuna Sirbiladze, and more. Taking traditional art historical motifs, such as landscape, flowers, and portraits, the artists in this exhibition upend their strict categorisation to create fresh imagery.
Marc Desgrandchamps: Barcelona
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, 13 rue de Téhéran, 75008
18 June–24 July 2020
At Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris' space on rue de Téhéran, Marc Desgrandchamps presents a series of scenes of Barcelona, which were commissioned for the Louis Vuitton Travel Book collection. Wandering the streets of the city, Desgrandchamps captured landscapes and scenery with his camera before returning to his studio to recreate the scenes. The resulting works on paper emanate the heat of the summer, seemingly suspended in time and space.
David Zwirner, 108 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
23 May–25 July 2020
An exhibition of watercolour drawings by Marcel Dzama will open at David Zwirner on 2 July, on the occasion of Paris Gallery Weekend, accompanied by an exhibition of photographs by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. DiCorcia's images constitute 11 editorial projects commissioned by W magazine between 1997 and 2008, capturing models in myriad settings across the globe. Their ambiguous visual narratives set them apart from formulaic representations of fashion and beauty, making for a 'delicate balance between glamour and grit, imagination and irony.'
DEMAIN EST LA QUESTION
Galerie Chantal Crousel, 10 rue Charlot, 75003
27 June–25 July 2020
Featuring works by Danh Vo, Anri Sala, Haegue Yang, Melik Ohanian, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Jean-Luc Moulène, David Douard, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, and Abraham Cruzvillegas, this group exhibition departs from feminist author Ursula K. Le Guin's short essay, 'The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction'. In the text, Le Guin recounts the story of human origin, positing technology as a 'cultural carrier bag rather than a weapon of domination'.
Chiharu Shiota: Inner Universe
Templon, 28 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, 75003
13 June–1 August 2020
Woven work by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota fills Templon for Inner Universe, which includes a collection of signature sculptures of red, white, and black threads, along with an installation of sheets of paper that have been drawn apart in net-like structures and suspended from the ceiling. Presenting death as a cycle of life, the spiralling sheets are accompanied by bronze sculptures on the floor, which represent parts of Shiota's and her family's body parts.
Niele Toroni: Un tout de différences
Galerie Marian Goodman, 79 rue du Temple, 75003
16 May–31 August 2020
Niele Toroni applies the single, minimal gesture of a 50 mm-wide paintbrush repeated at intervals of 30 centimetres across a variety of surfaces in a range of colours—a practice that he has maintained since 1966. In its simplicity, Toroni's painting is 'at home everywhere. Whatever the place, the surface, the space that is offered to them, the imprints fluently, surreptitiously, elegantly and unemphatically find their place'.
Gabriel Rico: Nature Loves To Hide
Jean-Philippe Delhomme: Los Angeles Language
Perrotin, 76 rue de Turenne, 75003
23 May–14 August 2020
An experience of 'delirium and dialectical tension' takes over Perrotin's galleries at 76 rue de Turenne for Nature Loves To Hide—Gabriel Rico's solo exhibition comprising two wall installations, seven assemblages, and a mural made up of different objects and symbols. Also on view at Perrotin is Los Angeles Language, a solo exhibition of small-format paintings by Jean-Philippe Delhomme exploring the urban landscape of Los Angeles.
Ceroli and Mambor: Profiles and Shadows in Roman Pop
Tornabuoni Art, Passage de Retz, 9 rue Charlot, 75003
4 June–25 July 2020
Sculptor Mario Ceroli and painter Renato Mambor are members of the Italian pop art movement, Piazza del Popolo, which informed the Roman art scene for a number of decades. This exhibition brings their works together, demonstrating the influence of Arte Povera on their practices and Italian pop, which utilises more subdued materials and subject matter than its British or American counterparts.
Kristina Jansson: The Veil
Andréhn-Schiptjenko, 10 rue Sainte-Anastase, 75003
25 June–1 August 2020
Kristina Janssen continues to explore the boundary between the image and the material in painting—a space of inherent friction, which leads to heightened visual experience. There is an inherent theatricality to Janssen's paintings, as they seek to reveal an image through their material properties, while dealing with 'the images' emblematic relationship to human undercurrents and desires, such as money, power, and lust.'
Galeria Mayoral, 36 Avenue Matignon, 75008
6 February–24 July 2020
This exhibition is developed from a first iteration that took place at the gallery's outpost in Barcelona, situating Antoni Tàpies as an artist whose visions remain as important in the 21st century as they were during the post-war period. Curated by Arnau Puig, the exhibition presents works dating from the second half of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1970s.
We Are The Painters
In Situ - fabienne lecerc, 43 Rue de la Commune de Paris, Romainville, 93230
27 June–7 August 2020
The second iteration of artist duo Nicolas Beaumelle & Aurélien Porte's solo exhibition at In Situ - fabienne lecerc will open on 27 June, containing a fluid display of paintings that shift between landscape and portraiture. In some images, landscape and portraiture merge completely to allow pure expressions of colour and form, pointing to a medium that is difficult to contain—as emphasised in paintings rendered on dislodged chair seats.
Eliza Douglas: Lord of the Fucking Wasteland
Brice Dellsperger: Solitaires
Air de Paris, rue de la Commune de Paris, 93230, Romainville
20 June–30 July 2020
Located in Romainville, in the eastern suburbs of Paris, Air de Paris presents an exhibition of works by Eliza Douglas in parallel with Brice Dellsperger's debut exhibition at the gallery. Dellsperger's new films, shot during lockdown, aim at disrupting normative sexual genres—a continuation of the artist's 'Body Double' film series that has been developed since 1995. Eliza Douglas, meanwhile, presents a series of loud photographs of illustrated T-shirts, focusing on the world of heavy metal and its sub genres.
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, 3 rue du Cloître Saint-Merri & 18 rue du Bourg-Tibourg, 75004
22 May–31 July 2020
Looking Forward brings together works by the gallery's diverse roster of artists, including Laure Prouvost, Wang Keping, Mickalene Thomas, and Rina Banerjee, spread across the gallery's spaces on rue du Cloître Saint-Merri and rue du Bourg-Tibourg. An exhibition of drawings by Jérôme Zonder can be found at the former, continuing the artist's exploration of identity and figuration through his fictional graphite and charcoal world.—[O]