Antwaun Sargent is the guest curator of Paris Photo New York 2020

New York art critic and writer Antwaun Sargent will curate the sector dedicated to emerging artists at the first edition in New York of the famous fair Paris Photo.

Antwaun Sargent is an art critic and writer who has contributed to the publications of numerous magazines such as The New York Times and The New Yorker. He is also the author of essays for museum and gallery publications on Ed Clark, Mickalene Thomas and Arthur Jafa, as well as other artists.

He recently published his first book, The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture), which highlights a new international photographic movement led by a group of young black photographers including Tyler Mitchell, Campbell Addy, Micaiah Carter, Dana Scruggs, Quil Lemons, Renell Medrano and Awol Erizku.

Confronted with the conventions of fashion photography, these young image creators have conceived a new language that challenges representation, race, beauty and sexuality through unconventional styles.

“Antwaun Sargent is at the forefront of an international photography movement,” Paris Photo director Florence Bourgeois and artistic director Christoph Wiesner said in a joint statement. “As we approach the launch of Paris Photo New York, we are thrilled to introduce a new sector that highlights emerging photographers that may have otherwise been overlooked, and we look forward to the vitality that Antwaun will bring with him.”

Paris Photo New York

Presented with the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the new fair will create a transatlantic hub between the two historic centers for photography – Paris and New York thus forming a collective voice and international reference for the photographic medium. The new fair will capitalize on the strength of the American photography market by expanding and diversifying the fair’s representation of international and cutting-edge galleries and invigorating the community of curators and art professionals throughout the Americas and beyond. 

Drawing from the city’s thriving arts scene and rich network of museums and organizations, the New York edition will highlight their indelible impact on the history of the medium and the recognition of its artists. Invited guest curators will organize programming, including exhibitions, conversations, to connect international leaders in the field and advance the understanding and appreciation of fine art photography. 

Paris Photo New York will open its doors to the public from 2 to 5 April 2020 at Pier 94.

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