The Art Paris Art Fair has announced that its 2013 Guest of Honor will be Russia, with a selection of 11 galleries from all over Russia. And we mean all over. Whereas past discussions of the Russian gallery scene have more or less exclusively centered on Moscow, Art Paris’s lineup includes organizations from cities as far flung as Vladivostok, Ekaterinburg and Rostov-on-Don.
With around 90 artists represented, Art Paris Art Fair will be an opportunity to discover or rediscover Russian art, with work made by leading talents from the diaspora of the 1920s and 1930s (such as Boris Grigoriev and Aleksandr Yakovlev), the non-conformists who opposed the Soviet power culture from 1960 to 1991 (Vladimir Andreenkov, Erik Bulatov, Igor Makarevich…) to the stars of the contemporary art scene (AES+F, Olga Chernysheva, Oleg Kulik, Boris Mikhailov, Pavel Pepperstein, Olga Kisseleva, Alexei Vassiliev…).
As an added bonus, the entry to the Grand Palais will be flanked by a massive installation from Moscow features Recycle, to be produced together with Paris gallery Suzanne Tarasiève. Recycle made a name for themselves using unlikely materials – non-biodegradable elements like styrofoam and canape forks – to create their sprawling sculptures and “stained glass” windows. (Check out more works here and here.)
The full roster of participating Russian galleries (with links to info pages) is as follows:
16th LINE Gallery, (Rostov-on-Don)
Arka Gallery, (Vladivostok)
Nadja Brykina Gallery, (Moscow, Zürich)
Erarta Galleries, (Saint Petersburg , London, Zürich)
Grinberg Gallery, (Moscow)
Heritage International Art Gallery, (Moscow)
Galerie Iragui, (Moscow)
Marina Gisich Gallery -Ural Vision Gallery, (Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg)
Orel Art (Paris)
Pechersky Gallery, (Moscow)
Pop/off/art Gallery, (Moscow, Berlin)
The fair will run March 28 – April 1, 2013. For more information, please refer to the website.