French Connections: At FIAC in Paris

28.10.2014
(c) Marc Domage
(c) Marc Domage

On the heels of the Frieze art fair in London, I was off to FIAC in Paris, a breather before November’s monster modern and contemporary art auctions in New York. FIAC, which has been spiffed up over the past decade and returned to its exquisite digs in the Grand Palais, ranks among the world’s longest running and most prestigious contemporary art fairs. It also happens to be celebrating its 40th birthday this year.

But 40 is the new 30, and FIAC marked the occasion with little fanfare, unless you count the erection of a 79 foot green inflatable Paul McCarthy sculpture in the posh Place Vendôme that was called Tree but could just as easily have been one of his monumental butt plugs. And Tree didn’t last long. Before the fair even opened, some unimpressed citizen had deflated the thing. This after someone reportedly slapped McCarthy (I can think of others in the art world far worthier of a slap) and told him, “You’re not French and this has no place in the square.” His crime would appear to be not being a French butt plug artist. All I can say is, in this case, at least people are reacting to the art, and not the auction results!   ... weiterlesen

French Fried

04.04.2013
photo: dpa
photo: dpa

French fried: the whole country will pay the price for the government's unilateral attack against the wealthy of french society. The ROW (rest of world) will benefit from the narrow-minded myopia of the french government; and, the zero sum game that is art, politics and economics will reward the U.K, USA, South America and Asia. As long as other regimes continue to stay on the right side of laissez fare business and taxation processes. A wealth tax on appreciated assets is beyond prohibitive, its punitive. They have it in Switzerland and true swiss residents take it as bad as anyone but I guess they are foo damn discrete to complain or raise a fuss. Poor Jenifer Flay who has performed such an outstanding job ressurecting FIAC (paris based art fair) and making it so vital the past few years. R.I.P. FIAC.

http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/885077/we-want-to-invent-a-new-model-why-jerome-de-noirmont-closed

More Art World Discontent

04.04.2013

We live in a time of increasing art world discontent and disillusionment with more than a handful of critics and dealers bowing out from art for sentiments that could only be defined as anti-market. These anti-marketeers bemoan the size of art and galleries and the wide attention to high prices, rather than finding ways to continue in the trenches without having to tow any corporate line. Why shouldn't Gagosian continue to go-go? Jerry Saltz wants to dicate the size and price of art and square footage of galleries. I personally don't buy it. The options are more of the same with a dose of find another way. 

I am not big on politics and can't recall a leader I ever felt strongly about in my life, but problems in France, social, political, and financial point to how politicians can get it so horribly wrong they end up chasing away all of the country's talent. How stupid and wasteful. FIAC has been on the rise for sometime, but surely there will be a negative impact on buyers within the country, that is certain and as a result, it will negatively impact on the fair. After so much hard work by Jenifer Flay, it's nothing less than a travesty. the options are more of the same with a dose of find another way.  ... weiterlesen

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