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A Flâneur’s Guide to FIAC’s Hors Les Murs

by Lara Atallah
With its annual Hors Les Murs programming, FIAC is once more transforming Paris into a tableau vivant with art spread citywide, well beyond the glass domes of the Grand Palais. Here you’ll find a suggested promenade replete with the best artful stops outside the fair’s walls. Follow my itinerary, or in the true spirit of Baudelaire’s flâneur, go ahead and wander, get lost, and see what you find—you’re sure to stumble upon some art! Dan Graham, Passage Intime, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: © Rebecca Fanuele Take... [more]
Posted by Lara Atallah on 10/21/15
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What Does Paris' Deflated Butt Plug Say About Art?

by James Loks
Is it possible that there is someone out there, in the admittedly rather narrow demographic of folk who read this and other art related material, who hasn’t heard of Paul McCarthy’s forceful insertion of a thirty foot high inflatable replica Butt Plug into one of Paris’ most desirable addresses? And yes, in case you were wondering, there is a fair chance that this puerile level of double entendre will continue throughout. If nothing else it gives me, the humble writer, a chance to palm off a hefty load of this kind of stuff. (Too much?) But what of it? What can be said of this impossib... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/23/14
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It's (OFF)icelle: FIAC Is Cool

by ArtSlant Team
There's something new happening at FIAC this year. Not exactly the quickest to catch on to a trend, the Parisian art fair has created its own satellite, with a focus on introducing new art and artists from the international scene through a showcase of 68 galleries from 14 countries. Judged by a selection panel of art historians and curators, the tangential fair's emphasis is on supporting the underdog—not only the up-and-comings, but also "outsiders" and artists who have been overlooked historically. (OFF)icielle, with its emphatic parentheses is part of a new drive to market the brand to youn... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/23/14
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Prix Marcel Duchamp: Favourites and Outsiders

by James Loks
As a corollary to FIAC the Prix Marcel Duchamp has had some pretty impressive winners in its time and is, as with all of these types of prizes, a great way for an artist to get some recognition, funding and actual cash. Not as old as the Swiss Art Awards, as prestigious as a Gold or Silver Lion, or as lucrative as some of the big private awards, it is still sufficient to spur on the career of any artist, not least in that it comes with a well funded exhibition at the Pompidou, and allows you to join a roll of previous winners that includes the likes of Thomas Hirschhorn and Dominique Gonzalez... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/22/13
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Berlin vs. Paris: We Ask The Galleries

by James Loks
Over the past fifteen years Berlin has carved itself a niche as the most vibrant artistic city in Europe, a place to find both galleries and working artists of all ilk. It has become synonymous with the type of creative energy that seems to push forward, always seeking new boundaries and forms. As such it makes an interesting contrast with Paris, a city that has previously taken this role but is now perhaps too stable, too comfortable, and maybe too expensive, to compete. In a way, within this context, it isn't surprising that FIAC has become a major commercial outlet for Berlin based galleries to s... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 10/22/13
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First Impressions: Crowd Control

by Christina Catherine Martinez
Bureaucracy is as much a part of France’s mythic national character as wine, cheese, or chicness itself. I began my month long stay in the City of Light (a light which, I’ve noticed, emanates mainly from the Eiffel Tower, twinkling dreamily through the upper-floor windows of those who merely want to sleep at night) prepared to dismantle these clichés with encounters and anecdotes testifying to their opposite. Unfortunately, the difficulty with which I finally breached the perimeter of the 40th edition of the FIAC art fair doesn’t seem to surprise anyone. During the afternoon pr... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 10/24/13
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The FIAC 40th Anniversary Show

by Briony Lewis
It’s that time of year again. As the Grand Palais opens its doors to host the annual Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, thousands of amateurs d’art, gallery owners and dealers flock to the cultural centre to gawp, gasp and gander. And this year promises even more as FIAC celebrates its 40th anniversary and welcomes 184 galleries from twenty-five countries. FIAC describes itself as “an opportunity to discover an exceptional artistic programme in Paris and in France.” Like James Thompson, who wrote of a similar sentiment in our FIAC special last year, I can’t help... [more]
Posted by Briony Lewis on 10/22/13
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International Offerings at FIAC 2012

by Char Jansen
FIAC is open to galleries from around the world, yet most of the stands are, inevitably, to be taken up by galleries already based in the capital itself, if not in nearby francophone nations (as James Thompson will tell you, that tendency may have to do with some facets of the French character). Whether the French will be receptive or not to the international offerings at this year’s fair – there is certainly scope to travel at FIAC. When approaching the fair as many shall do, as a gallery-goer, rather than a trader, surely one of the triumphs of such gatherings of contemporary art from around the world is... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 10/16/12