Paris Photo New York announces Sector curator for inaugural edition

Art Critic and The New Black Vanguard author Antwaun Sargent to highlight emerging and re-emerging talent

Courtesy of Paris Photo New York

Paris Photo, the world’s largest international art fair dedicated to the photographic medium, is pleased to announce New York-based art critic and writer  Antwaun Sargent as the curator for  Paris Photo New York’s emerging artist sector. The first edition of Paris Photo New York, presented with the  Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), will take place this  April 2-5, 2020 at  Pier 94.

“Antwaun Sargent is at the forefront of an international photography movement. 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,” said  Paris Photo Director Florence Bourgeois and  Paris Photo Artistic Director Christoph Wiesner.

For Paris Photo New York, Sargent will spotlight young talent and overlooked and rediscovered photographers. Sargent is an art critic and writer who has contributed to The New York Times and The New Yorker, and has contributed essays to major museum and gallery publications on Ed Clark, Mickalene Thomas, and Arthur Jafa, among other artists. He recently published his first book, “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion” (Aperture), a book that highlights a new international photography 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. Confronting fashion photography conventions, these young image-makers have crafted a new language that challenges representation, race, beauty, and sexuality through unconventional styles.

“I am excited to be joining Paris Photo’s New York edition as the curator of the emerging art sector. Today, there are so many exciting emerging photographers and galleries affirming what is possible with photography. I look forward to showcasing these artists and galleries’ concerns and practices,” said curator Antwaun Sargent.

Building on the history of New York as the epicentre of the photography industry, Paris Photo New York will draw from the city’s thriving arts scene and a rich network of museums and organizations. The fair will highlight New York City’s impact on the medium and the recognition of its artists, and expand and diversify the representation of cutting-edge international galleries and image-makers.

Paris Photo New York will open its doors at Pier 94  from April 2 – April 5, 2020, to welcome photography collectors, art dealers, art curators, and photography enthusiasts from New York and around the world.