ABOUT GALERIE XII
Galerie XII Los Angeles was founded by
Valerie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing in 2018. The LA gallery is the brand’s third
international space, following the debut of Galerie XII Paris in 2007 and
Galerie XII Shanghai, which opened in 2017.
The editorial line of the gallery
centers on contemporary figurative photography and its programming aims to
exhibit established European and Asian photographers and artists who have not
previously shown on the West Coast. The gallery organizes five or six solo
exhibitions each year and participates in several art fairs.
LA’s famed Museum Row on Miracle Mile, the gallery is just one block from the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
ABOUT VALERIE-ANNE GISCARD D’ESTAING
Valerie-Anne, the daughter of former French
President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, founded her first book publishing company,
Compagnie12, in the 1980s at the age of 27.
Named after her lucky number, the
company went on to edit and publish hundreds of illustrated books before
expanding its scope to the management of photographers’ archives under the Photo12
brand. In what seemed like a natural evolution, Galerie Photo12 opened its
doors in Paris in 2007 before moving to its current location in Le Marais in
2010. Since its conception, the gallery has received critical acclaim and
consistently showcases six solo exhibitions a year while also participating in multiple
internationally-renowned art fairs.
Valerie-Anne’s family has a strong
history with China and she came to see Shanghai as an important place to be for
contemporary art. Galerie XII began participating in PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai in
2014 and went on to establish a more permanent presence there in 2017.
Valerie-Anne and her husband, publisher Bernard Fixot,
moved to Santa Monica in 2012 and set up a space for private viewing in their
house. Valerie-Anne also hosted a stand at the annual photo l.a. art fair and
set up pop-up exhibitions for artists in various spaces. In 2018, after years
of searching, she finally found the perfect space for a Los Angeles gallery.
Upon opening the LA
location, Valerie-Anne also decided to rebrand to Galerie XII in recognition of
the evolution of contemporary photography, reflecting the role of the digital
age in increasingly blurring the distinction between photography and other
The galleries have showcased the
works of top international photographers including Willy Ronis, Guy Bourdin, William Claxton, Benno Graziani.
Jean-Marie Périer, Anja Niemi, Mona Kuhn and Paolo Ventura.