|Katy Grannan, Anonymous, Bakersfield, 2011|
Paris Photo, the world's most celebrated art fair for works created in the photographic medium, will take place at Paramount Pictures Studios offering Paris Photo Los Angeles the ideal setting to explore how artists have been and are using photography and moving images in their work in the 20th and 21st centuries. The unique creative environment of Los Angeles, where Hollywood and film inform contemporary art and culture, offers an extremely dynamic context for Paris Photo that is only enhanced by its close proximity to San Francisco, Latin America and Asian art markets. A majority of gallery exhibitors will present group shows, situated among three of Paramount Pictures' legendary soundstages, which will also house special sections: Moving Images, Young Galleries, and Complete Series.
The addition of the Moving Images section to Paris Photo Los Angeles pushes the boundaries between photography and moving images by showcasing film and video.These artworks will be selected by independent curator Douglas Fogle.The Young Galleries section welcomes presentations of photography and still images by galleries that have been open less than six years. As more prominent public and private institutions move to collect full sets of photographs, the Complete Series section offers a limited number of galleries the opportunity to present one exceptional series of photographs by a single artist. The Paris Photo Selection Committee will announce the galleries participating in these sections at the beginning of March. Beyond the soundstages, the New York Street Backlot section is dedicated to the presentation of approximately 20 cutting-edge solo shows exhibited in a one-of-a-kind setting on Paramount's backlot, a replica of New York City's streets. Each selected gallery will have an exclusive movie set within the section in which to create a solo exhibition.
A critical part of Paris Photo Los Angeles is the public programming, organized by Douglas Fogle, and titled Sound and Vision. Composed of a series of artist conversations, screenings of moving image works, and a raucous set of Pecha Kucha presentations (Japanese for 'chit chat'), this program offers visitors multiple intellectual perspectives on the use of images—both moving and still—in contemporary culture. Artist participants will include Doug Aitken, Gregory Crewdson, Sharon Lockhart, and Catherine Opie. Bringing together pairs of notable contemporary artists, the Conversations will allow for a free-wheeling discussion of the practice of image-making. The second aspect of Sound and Vision is the Screenings, a series of presentations of artist films and videos. All programs will take place in Paramount's Sherry Lansing Theater. Finally, attendees are invited for no holds barred rounds of Pecha Kucha presentations by a far ranging list of curators, critics, artists, filmmakers, writers, and thinkers from Los Angeles and beyond. This adaptation of Pecha Kucha will invite speakers to deliver a presentation of 20 images for 20 seconds on a topic of their choosing and will range from serious to playful.
What's on in Los Angeles during Paris Photo Many significant exhibitions reflecting strong themes within Paris Photo Los Angeles will be on view in the city during the fair: Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto and In Focus: Ed Ruscha, at the Getty Museum; Stanley Kubrick at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Urs Fischer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and Llyn Foulkes at the Hammer Museum. Also on view in San Francisco will be Garry Winogrand at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
The first edition of Paris Photo Los Angeles will take place from April 25th - 28th in the heart of the city at Paramount Pictures Studios. You can go to the Paris Photo LA website HERE