Each year since Guillaume Piens joined the Art Paris Art Fair in 2012, the event has explored a different artistic field on a theme common to all the galleries on the itinerary. Dedicated to women, this twenty-first event has been organized in conjunction with the Aware Foundation (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions), co-founded in 2014 by Camille Morineau, an art historian specializing in women artists and Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Monnaie de Paris. The itinerary is divided into four themed sections. The first is devoted to abstract art. Although still not regarded as a highly feminized mode of creation, many women, such as Judit Reigl and Aurélie Nemours, helped to invent and develop this language. The second explores the feminist avant-garde, shedding light on the movement from the 1970s onwards, when radical practices and the feminist struggle went hand in hand. The third focuses on plastic approaches to photography in the late 1980s – a field that attracted an impressive number of distinguished female artists. Lastly, a younger generation explores issues related to theater and set design in both painting and installations.
The “Southern Stars: An Exploration of Latin American Art” tour presents the exciting Latin American art scene through a group of 60 artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.