Spotlight: Contemporary art meets 19th century grandeur in the inaugural edition of Offscreen

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What do you want to know: On the lookout for the Parisian art scene, a brand new entrant, off screen, will hold its inaugural edition this week at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, a grand 19th-century mansion just minutes from the Arc de Triomphe. Offscreen focuses on a curated collection of works and projects submitted by artists and supported by local and international galleries. Focusing on the regal venue, Offscreen is presented as a guided tour through the historic residence, with the art carefully installed amidst the opulent setting. british artist Anthony McCall is the special guest of this edition, with an entire floor dedicated to his minimal light projections. Yet, with all the works on display available for purchase, Offscreen exists “at the crossroads of a selection of artists and an art fair”, and promises to be an event not quite like the others. .

Why we love it: Although Offscreen is not specifically limited by medium, it focuses on the dichotomy between still and moving images – and an impressive array of mediums are represented, including immersive light installations, video, photography, digital artwork , etc. Featured artists include French photographer Suzanne Lafont, whose work explores the limits of visual representation, and Beninese multimedia artist Roméo Mivekannin, who questions Western representations of African people. By stripping away traditional art fair tropes like stalls and gallery boundaries, Offscreen’s global curation offers an intriguing and experiential way to see and learn new art. Thanks to its location within the sumptuous Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, the event is more like a first-rate institutional exhibition.

According to the organizers: “Offscreen is a unique artistic event, the ‘off-screen’ of art fairs and exhibitions, completely outside existing models. It is a radical approach based on a curation of works, and therefore of artists, supported by major galleries and exhibited in one place for a short time. The notion of a stand disappears, Offscreen thus offers an aesthetic approach closer to visiting an exhibition. Offscreen was born out of a strong desire to get back to basics – artists and their works – with a strong focus on galleries supporting their artists and bringing them to the public, to us, often taking risks on a daily basis. Our ambition is to make Offscreen and its unique format a recurring event, at different times of the year in France and abroad. —Jean-Daniel Compain and Julien Frydman, co-founders of Offscreen

See the works featured below.

Anthony McCall, Departure (with two minutes of silence) (2009). Courtesy of Galerie Martine Aboucaya and Galerie Thomas Zander. Photo: Francois Doury.

Suzanne Lafont, Industry (2018).  Courtesy of Erna Hacey Gallery.

Suzanne Lafont, Industry (2018). Courtesy of Erna Hacey Gallery.

Daisuke Yokota, Type-C Reversal (2019).  Courtesy of Galerie JKG.

Daisuke Yokota, Reverse type C (2019). Courtesy of Galerie Jean-Kenta Gauthier.

Roméo Mivekannin, Woman in a turban (2022).  Courtesy of Eric Dupont Gallery.

Romeo Mivekannin, woman with turban (2022). Courtesy of Galerie Éric Dupont.

Ellen Carey, Smash and Shoot (2019).  Courtesy of Miranda Gallery.

Ellen Carey, Crush and shoot (2019). Courtesy of Miranda Gallery.

off screen is open from October 20 to 23, 2022, at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris.

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