Roger Pailhas Prize

Paying tribute to the Marseille-based gallerist, known for his daring and innovative booths within the most prestigious art fairs, Art-o-rama organizes since 2015 the Roger Pailhas Prize. Awarded in 2019 by a committee of collectors and art professionals:


François Culioli

Josée Gensollen

Marc Gensollen
Hervé Lebrun

chaired by Benoît Doche de Laquintane and Sébastien Peyret


It rewards the best curatorial project by reimbursing the costs of participation at the fair.

Roger Pailhas

Roger Pailhas inaugurated his first gallery in Marseille (Cours Julien area) in 1986 with a group show that gathered Daniel Buren, Gilbert Della-Nocce, Toni Grand, Jannis Kounellis, Sol Le Witt, Mario Merz, and Bruce Nauman.
In 1990, he opened a second space in Paris with a solo show by John Knight. In 1996 the Marseille-based gallery moved to the Vieux-Port (old harbour central area) into a 1,000sqm space. He closed the Parisian gallery in 1998 and decided to focus on Marseille instead.
In 1996 he created Art Dealers, an original contemporary art fair where he gathered, within the gallery’s space, 8 new international galleries each year.
Meanwhile, he participated in some of the most prestigious international art fairs such as Art Basel, Fiac, and the Armory Show, where he offered, with the complicity of his artists, among the most ambitious and adventurous booths. Samuel Keller himself said that Roger Pailhas’ booths inspired the Statement section of Art Basel. The gallery and Art Dealers ceased to exist when Roger Pailhas passed away in 2005.

2019 laureate : VEDA, Firenze

Dominique White

Fugitive of the State(less), for this fair solo presentation, Dominique White continues to explore her practice creating structures made of natural materials manipulated by wind, sea, and the artist herself. Often exhibited in states of suspension, the artist’s assembling summons a range of presences and potentials (actual, virtual, historical, speculative) entangled with a Black embodiment.

Dominique White (b. 1993 UK) lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and presentations include ‘Flood-tide’, ‘Love Unlimited’ (Glasgow, 2018); ‘The Share of Opulence’; ‘Doubled’; ‘Fractional’, Sophie Tappeiner (Vienna, 2018); °c , ‘Clearview.ltd’ (London, 2018); ‘The Conch’ (April), ‘South London Gallery’ (London, 2018); ‘Signs | Beacons , Caustic Coastal’ (Manchester, 2018). White was an artist in-residence from the network Formerly Called at Wysing Arts Centre (UK) from March to September of 2018.




Roger Pailhas

Roger Pailhas Prize

2019 laureate : VEDA, Firenze ©Jeanchristophe_Lett