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Paris Photo Recap and FIAC Coming Soon to LA
2014-04-28 08:38:35
By Carole Dixon

If you missed the successful Paris Photo exhibit at Paramount Pictures this past weekend, not to fret. The show will be returning this November 2014 and the wildly popular leading Parisian art fair FIAC has chosen LA for a May 2015 show.

If you tried to navigate the 81 exhibitor presentations, public programming, and rarely exhibited images from the LAPD Photo Archives, while mingling with  collectors, museum professionals, and celebrities (there was even a  Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow sighting – but not together), the four-day photographic Parisian event was all too short.  The show was set up on the back lot of Paramount Pictures that included art book dealers from 18 countries, private parties, food trucks and Champagne stands.

Prominent museum professionals, collectors, and other art world luminaries who attended Paris Photo Los Angeles included Quentin Bajac, Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art; Stephanie Barron, Senior Curator at Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Dan Cameron, Chief Curator at The Orange County Museum of Art; Joanne Heyler, Director of The Broad museum; Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Steven D. Lavine, President of CalArts; Roxana Marcoci, Photography Department Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art; Ann Philbin, Director of The Hammer Museum; Sandra Phillips, Curator of Photography at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Britt Salvesen, Curator of Photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to name only a few. Collector attendees included Maria Bell, Eli and Edythe Broad, Jan and Trish de Bont, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Danny First, Alan Hergott, Maja Hoffmann, Deborah Irmas, Richard Lovett, Scott Stover, Benedikt and Lauren Taschen, and Michael G. Wilson, among many more.
Many dealers shared positive results: Etherton Gallery sold Danny Lyon prints for over $200,000; Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery’s joint booth with Howard Greenberg Gallery sold several works from Edward Burtynsky’s “Water” series; 303 Gallery sold eight works by Stephen Shore on the fair’s first day alone; Magnin-A reported “enormous interest and good sales”; Gallery Nikolaus Ruzicska had numerous sales of works by Josef Hoflehner from $7,000 to $40,000; Guido Costa Projects sold a photo tapestry by Paul Thorel for $50,000; and, Black Ship Gallery sold 37 works by Cristina de Middel, among many other sales by exhibitors.

Additionally, Paris Photo Los Angeles and The Hopper Art Trust hosted a rare public screening of renowned actor/director and artist Dennis Hopper's 1971 film The Last Movie as part of a special Hopper tribute which was attended by Hopper's children Marin Hopper, Ruthanna Hopper, and Henry Hopper.

Left to Right: Jill Silverman von Coenegrachts, FIAC LA Director. Robert Fitzpatrick, Jean-Daniel Compain, Axel Cruau, Michel Filzi, Michel Vilair, and Councilman Tom LaBonge.

On the second day of the event, it was announced at luncheon at the ACE Hotel downtown, that FIAC LA “A New Point of View” will be coming to Los Angeles from May 27-31 of 2015 thanks to Reed Exhibitions. You can expect 130 international exhibitors, Modern Masters, contemporary art, architecture, design, prints and drawings.  A convergence of FIAC’s forty year history of dynamic growth and the city’s rise as a cultural capital, under the stewardship of Director Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, FIAC LA will establish a new paradigm for the international art fair. Set against the backdrop of one of America’s fastest growing neighborhoods, Downtown’s Los Angeles Convention Center. 

FIAC offers a world renowned visitors program, providing unparalleled VIP access to a wealth of museums and private collections. In addition, the fair transcends its walls to bring monumental art into the most iconic and historical public spaces throughout Paris. Collaborating with local institutions, universities, and artists organizationS, FIAC LA aims to be not only a celebration of the artwork it presents, but the city itself.