28/10/2011

Paris Photo 2011

Paris Photo celebrates its 15th anniversary by moving to a new location, the Nave of the Grand Palais, a spectacular venue like no other in the French capital for presenting works by photographic artists, thus marking a major turning point for this important international event.

Brancolini Grimaldi will be present for the 8th consecutive year, showcasing a selection of our new and established artists. You will find us at booth B30.

Paris Photo 2011
Roy Arden - One of Canada’s most celebrated artists, Roy Arden’s latest work brings together collage, digital collage, painting, drawing, sculpture and video installation (current exhibition at Brancolini Grimaldi until 12 November). Driven by personal necessity, Arden delves into the trash heap of history for images that reveal something about how and why we arrived at our present predicament. Arden’s paper collages are intimate in scale and seem to channel the history of collage while entertaining various subjects through their kaleidoscope of cut and torn fragments. His digital collages are generally  more orderly and speak of the need to archive and its attendant folly. 

Roy Arden was born in Vancouver in 1957 and completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree under Jeff Wall at the University of British Columbia in 1990. His work can be found in numerous public collections in North America and Europe.  Earlier year his work was included in the major exhibition Jeff Wall – The Crooked Path at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium and The World as Will and Representation was included in Les Recontres D’Arles.



Peter Fraser came to prominence in the mid 80s with work which bridged the gap between documentary and conceptual photography, with a particular emphasis on the use of colour. However, unlike many of his contemporaries, Fraser’s work reflects a more private and poetic sensibility. We will be showing two stunning images from Deep Blue (1997) and vintage prints from Two Blue Buckets (1988).

Dan Holdsworth - Since the late 90s, Dan Holdsworth has developed a reputation as one of the most innovative British photographers currently working with landscape. Holdsworth’s photographs reveal a sense of the contemporary sublime – his expansive landscapes create a vertiginous pleasure in the immensity of what we do not comprehend.

Sophy Rickett - Working with photography, and more recently video installation, Rickett’s work explores the tension between the narrative tendencies and the abstract possibilities of photography and the moving image. Her work goes against recent trends in contemporary photography that have stressed a realist approach to the world; instead her photographs create spatial plays and ambiguities that often draw attention to the material nature of the photograph, as a picture plane. Paradoxically, perhaps, her photographs generate a powerful atmosphere, one that is consistently infused with the desire, uncertainty and expectation associated with darkness and the unseen.

Born in 1970, Sophie Rickett came to prominence in the mid 90s with her celebrated body of work Pissing Women and Office Interiors. She has exhibited her work at many public institutions including the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea and Ffotogallery, Cardiff; Courtauld Institute, Somerset House, London; Galleria Civica, Milan and the Centre Pompidou, France.  Most recently her work featured at ArtSway’s New Forest Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale.


Another artist being introduced by the gallery to the fair is Clare Strand. On display at Paris Photo will be Aerial Suspension from the series Conjurations, Skirts, a new black and white typology, depicting a series of tables dressed with material and Ten Least Most Wanted, a vitrine featuring the artist’s favourite images taken from her research scrapbooks to make up a coherent series. However, Strand refutes this coherence by turning the pictures over to display the images’ reverse - revealing only chosen fragments of images.

We will also be showing some of the artists whose work we have supported over many years including Massimo Vitali whose latest series of large format images focuses the natural – monumental rocks, cliffs, waterfalls, caves and quarries. Holidaymakers have been reduced to mere dots, hovering uncomfortably on the shore, as if attempting to take shelter.