Last year, the announcement of a new autumn fair to debut in 2017 rattled the Paris arts and antiques community. Called Fine Arts Paris, the fair drew criticism from dealers who felt it would draw attention away from the 2017 Biennale des Antiquaires. But as both fairs grow closer, it appears Fine Arts Paris promises something unique.
Organiser Louis de Bayser, owner of Paris-based rare drawing dealer Galerie de Bayser and President of the spring drawing fair Salon du Dessin, created Fine Arts Paris to fill the gap left when Paris Tableau moved to Brussels. As with Salon de Dessin, Paris Tableau had previously been held at the Palais Brongniart, an intimate space accommodating about three dozen booths. Bayser booked the newly vacant time frame left by Paris Tableau and conceived of a new type of experience, one in which exhibitors that normally specialise in one area, like drawing, sculpture or painting, or one period, like contemporary, modern or old masters, could bring other pieces that do not fit their usual mould and show all works together in one space.
Unlike the Biennale, Bayser hoped Fine Arts Paris might appeal to connoisseurs and curators, not investors. And the recently released list of exhibitors
, which showcases a wide range of interests and puts a premium on specialisation and expertise over size and prominence, suggests he is on target to achieve that goal.
Image caption: Palais Brongniart. Photo: JLPC / Wikimedia Commons, via Wikimedia Commons.