Stephen Daiter Gallery (here): A smoke on cellophane abstraction, with pulling horizontal lines and bright highlights. 1960s Frederick Sommer, priced at €20000.
Patricia Conde Galeria (here): The symbolic melancholy of mourning a husband, with a mask, a candle flame, a black shroud, and the pouring light from the window. Kati Horna (fresh off her retrospective at the Jeu de Paume), priced at €16000.
Galerie Bertrand Grimont (here): A sinuous sidewalk leap that looks like swimming. 1970s Will McBride, priced at €2500.
Selma Feriani Gallery (here): Seeing Beirut through mismatched cameras and expired film, the sky covered in dusty floating fragments. Zaid Antar, priced at £8000.
James Hyman Gallery (here): A three wall installation of costumes and identities. Anna Fox, as a set of 22 prints, priced at €38000.
Grimaldi Gavin (here): Billowing colored smoke printed on mirror, with shifting reflections. Goldschmied & Chiari, priced at €2000 each.
Galeria Afa (here): Makeup, curlers, a football shirt, and humble bread – a sensitive social chronicle of male transvestites in 1980s Chile. Paz Errázuriz, priced at €9000.
303 Gallery (here): A continuation of Jane and Louise Wilson’s series on the aftermath of a nuclear disaster in Ukraine, merging an image of decaying ruins with an increasingly complex sculpture of collaged measuring sticks. Priced at £12500.
Galeria Asymetria (here): Three faces turned in different directions, in the dirty rubble strewn streets of late 1950s Poland. Marek Piasecki, priced at €4000.
+R Maserre (here): A layered architectural photocollage, constructed with combinations of building materials. Pep Duran, priced at €3800.
Andrea Meislin Gallery (here): This booth was devoted to a solo show of the work of Ilit Azoulay. This wall contained two “zones” from a larger installation of architectural details, each augmented with an audio guide explanation; the elaborate backstory of the cracked façade was emblematic of the additional layers of meaning buried in each image. The zones were priced independently, one at €10200, the other at €8000.
Galerie Eric Dupont (here): The elemental abstract forms of paired nudes. Nicholas Nixon, from 2000, priced at €4200 each.
Carlier | Gebauer (here): A grid of Richard Mosse enclosures (pens, sheds, outbuildings, shacks), seen in his signature surreal pink palette. Priced at $73000 for the set of 12.
Priska Pasquer (here): This lovely Modernist plant study by Albert Renger-Patzsch was hidden behind the printer in the back room of the booth. Full of tactile surfaces and priced at €15000.
Athr Gallery (here): This work by Ahmed Mater is part of his series ‘Desert of Pharan’, tracking the ongoing expansion and modernization of the holy site of Mecca. Like many of the other works in this project, the astonishing scale of the proceedings and facilities is matched by the size of the prints.
Galerie Françoise Paviot (here): A muddy road turned into a rutted, textural abstraction. Otto Steinert, priced at €6000.
David Zwirner (here): This booth was a solo show of the work of Christopher Williams. I was drawn in by the folds in this dented headlight, seen with Williams’ eye for precision. Priced at $65000.
Yoshii Gallery (here): This booth was a meditative, minimalist installation of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s theaters. In this display, the ornate theaters, with their rich curtains and velvet seats looked quietly overdone; this more modern example with its sleek honeycombed ceiling and curved screen seemed more at home. Priced at $50000 each.
SAGE Paris (here): One wall in this booth was covered by a complete set of Naoya Hatakeyama’s excellent River series, each image perfectly (sometimes disorientingly) bisected by the canal. The set was already sold (to a museum apparently), so no price was given.
Laurence Miller Gallery (here): This masterful composite by Ray Metzker combines sky silhouettes and endless grids into an active overlapped abstraction, filled with brightness and dense pattern. Priced at €33900.
Paci Contemporary (here): This booth was a tremendously smart solo show of the 1960s/1970s work of Les Krims. His bawdy conceptual nudes are full of humor, like this nude flying an airplane through the sky of the painting hung on the wall. Priced at €4500-€6500, with an accompanying catalogue (€20) worth buying as reference.
Eric Franck Fine Art (here): This was likely my favorite portrait in the entire fair; there is something just exactly right about the timeless slouch, the hair, and the tape recorder that makes this a nearly perfect 1970s period piece. Al Vandenberg, priced at €1500.
Yancey Richardson Gallery (here): This doubled body bedroom nude diptych is full of graceful lines. Zanele Muholi, priced at $6500.
Carlos Carvalho Contemporary Art (here): City buildings (and memories) literally erased from the urban architecture, the scraped shards caught on the shelf below. Carla Cabanas, priced at €1845 each.
Gallery Taik Persons (here): New work from Ola Kolehmainen, where the interior of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul is cut into a grid of intricate images to better capture its spacious light filled volume. Priced at €25000.
Galerie Polaris (here): The compositional balance of impossibly dense apartment blocks and the emptiness of the misty shipping lanes. Stephane Couturier, priced at €34000.
Vintage Galéria (here): The bulbous distortion of a water filled bottle. Gyula Holics, priced at €7500.
Nusser & Baumgart (here): Extremely dark, all over landscapes, where bushy evergreens and dusty hillsides become exercises in texture. Peter Schlör, priced at €4200 and very glossy.
Three Shadows +3 Gallery (here): This multiple exposure image blending the boards of the floor, a fallen dress, and a floral bush comes from a new project and book (entitled Tsumari Story) from RongRong and inri. Priced at €4000, including the artist-designed frame.
Little Big Man Gallery (here): This strong image combines the chaotic destruction of a sculptural overturned car with the crisp geometries of telescoping buildings receding into the background. It comes from a larger series of despairingly controlled works made by Keizo Kitajima (both coastline and urban areas) in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. And as an aside, these were some of the best color prints I saw at the fair in terms of depth, surface, and precision of printing. Priced at €4700.
Purdy Hicks Gallery (here): New work from Susan Derges, moving out of the rivers and coastlines and into the tidepools, layering drifting seaweed specimens over the top. Priced at £9500, including the artist-designed frame.