In November and December, the photography world sets up camp in Paris and Miami for a series of fairs attracting top galleries from around the globe.
The 19th edition of Paris Photo at the Grand Palais, November 12-15, hosts 166 exhibitors, including more than 30 who are there for the first time, from 33 countries. A highlight this year is an exhibition devoted to Enea Righi’s private collection of contemporary photography, one of the most important in Italy. New this year, a space at the Salon d’Honneur for video, large-format pieces, and complete bodies of work, including Nobuyoshi Araki’s Flower Love series.
“It really is an occasion for galleries to present works in their entirety, something that can be difficult or even impossible given the format of traditional fair booths,” commented artistic director Christoph Wiesner, who was appointed to the position this year, along with new director Florence Bourgeois.
November 13-15, Fotofever celebrates its fourth edition, with hundreds of galleries from around the world gathering at Paris’s Carrousel du Louvre. In keeping with its tradition of presenting a private collection with an original theme, this year’s Fotofever will feature “Chair,” an exhibit curated by François de Coninck and Christophe Dosogne. Photo Saint-Germain, meanwhile, launched its fourth edition November 7-22, with an itinerary of exhibitions and events at galleries, institutions, and cultural centers in Paris’s 6th and 7th arrondissements.
In Miami, no fair is bigger than Art Basel Miami Beach, which returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center December 3-6 with 267 galleries from 32 countries. Noah Horowitz, who previously served as executive director of New York’s Armory Show, will oversee the fair for the first time. Be sure to swing by first-time exhibitor Jenkins Johnson Gallery, which will be showing Roy DeCarava’s photographs of jazz legends and everyday New York scenes from the 1940s through the 1970s.
SCOPE Miami Beach, which runs December 1-6 at the Ocean Drive pavilion, will feature a special section, FOCUS, with photo-based works from eight galleries, including ClampArt. California’s C.A.V.E. Gallery will show work by South African director and photographer Ralph Ziman, L.A.’s De Re Gallery will exhibit photos by the celebrity and fashion photographer Brian Bowen Smith, and New York’s Emmanuel Fremin Gallery will show photographs from Julian Lennon.
After three years in the Wynwood design district, Miami Project, which runs December 1-6, is moving to a new waterfront pavilion on Collins Avenue at 73rd Street, just blocks from the historic Deauville Beach Resort, with 60 participating galleries, including Sasha Wolf Gallery.
“Our new location is extremely accessible for our visitors, and it definitely takes advantage of Miami Beach’s natural beauty. We’ll be running shuttles straight up from the Miami Beach Convention Center through the duration of the fair,” noted Kelly Freeman, the fair’s director.
Photography is also an integral part of PULSE Miami Beach this year, which takes place at Indian Beach Park December 1-5. Among the 80 exhibitors attending, some 15 specialize in photography, including Danziger Gallery, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, Von Lintel Gallery, Grimaldi Gavin, Pictura Gallery, Kopeikin Gallery, and De Soto Gallery. The majority of exhibitors will present three artists or fewer, and more than a quarter of the fair will be comprised of first-time exhibitors.
The fourth edition of Untitled Art Fair Miami Beach, which runs December 2-6, will feature 119 galleries, nonprofit exhibition spaces, and institutions from more than 20 countries. Benrubi Gallery, Andrea Meislin Gallery, and Aperture Foundation will be among the galleries showing photography.