Q&A with Javier Peres, Founder of Peres Projects Art Gallery
With Paris+ by Art Basel making its debut in the French capital at the Grand Palais Éphémère from October 20 to 23, 2022, I meet Javier Peres, founder of Fathers Projects established in 2002, which currently has offices in Berlin, Milan and Seoul, to hear his thoughts on the very first Parisian edition of the world’s best-known modern and contemporary art fair. The gallery’s presentation at Paris+ will focus on painting and sculpture by a diverse group of up-and-coming artists exploring human experience and condition, including Shuang Li, Donna Huanca, Manuel Solano, Rebecca Ackroyd, Richard Kennedy, Tan Mu and Stanislava Kovalcikova.
What did you think when you learned that Paris+ by Art Basel would replace the FIAC art fair?
It’s an exciting development and further testament to the increased importance of Paris as a global art hub. We look forward to participating in the inaugural edition.
Why did your gallery decide to exhibit at Paris+?
Art Basel offers art fairs of the highest quality, both for the public and for us as exhibitors. We therefore have high hopes that this fair will be a great success and will become a central meeting point for the autumn artistic calendar in Europe. We expect the same service, introductions, etc. of high quality that we see through the Art Basel fairs in all of its other venues. We expose each of them in the main section. Peres Projects has always been focused on identifying, supporting and advocating for artists who we believe could expand the canon of art history, regardless of their background. The identity of the gallery, and what I think is special in our DNA, is that we focus primarily on showcasing artists at the start of their careers, giving audiences an early glimpse of the artists who will shape history. art, both now and in the future. Either way, we always aim to present the best artwork possible at all fairs.
What is the expected impact of Paris+ on the Parisian art scene?
We believe this is further confirmation of the importance of the Parisian art scene and the French art market as a whole. Paris is an important center and also a city that everyone likes to visit for its many interesting possibilities.
Who are the biggest buyers of modern and contemporary art today, and what types of collectors does your gallery target in particular at Paris+?
Our customers are completely global. We have major clients from all parts of the globe. In recent years we have seen a greater importance to our business from younger collectors, under 50 and even under 40. We have noticed that artists, collectors, museums, curators, writers, etc. have become increasingly connected and the overall size of the art ecosystem has expanded into many areas that were previously at the periphery. New regions have become prominent and new institutions have emerged, corresponding to a rise of new and younger collectors who support and establish these institutions. These changes are impacting our day-to-day business and that’s part of what makes what we do so exciting. We strive to work with new institutions, new artists, new collectors, etc., especially those from parts of the mainstream who have not always been included in the conversation. It’s an exciting time for us.
What categories of modern or contemporary art have you noticed that are attracting the most interest from collectors lately?
What interests us most when considering new artists is that they have a unique voice, whatever it is, and what they have to say is interesting, something we can all learn from. I want to be able to learn from an artist and share what they have to teach our audience.
Who are the three most interesting modern or contemporary artists exhibiting at Paris+ to collect today?
We will present major new works by Donna Huanca, Shuang Li and Rebecca Ackroyd. All three artists are incredibly gifted and committed in their practices and have a very clear direction in their work. They’re also getting a lot of well-deserved institutional attention with Donna Huanca having museum exhibits over the next 12 months in Mexico, Korea, Italy and Latvia; Rebecca Ackroyd in France and Germany; and Shuang Li in Switzerland, and his work is also presented at the Venice Biennale in Italy.