Paris: FIAC Highlights

Fiac 14

The 41 Edition of the French International Art Fair (FIAC) started with a bit of scandal. The ‘Christmas Tree‘ by Paul McCarthy on Place Vendome which was supposed to officially launch the FIAC was destroyed before the opening by vandals as it looked too much like a butt plug.

Paul McCarthy
(photo Bertrand Guay)

While French Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opened the Fair, they bumped into former escort girl turned muse Zahia Dehar for Pierre & Gilles (Galerie Daniel Templon).

Fiac 14 - Fleur Pellerin & Manuel Valls Fiac 14 - Manuel Valls     Fiac 14 - Takashi MurakamiFiac 14 - Zahia / Pierre et Gilles

Berlin-based neugerriemschneider was showing sculptures by Olafur Eliasson including ‘The new planet’, an oloid sculpture made from painted glass and aluminium and halogen. On the Gagosian booth visitors could see a series of sculptures by John Chamberlain. 

Fiac 14 - Olafur EliassonFiac 14 - Olafur Eliasson     Fiac 14 - Olafur EliassonFiac 14 - Chamberlain     Fiac 14 - Chamberlain

Many artists were also on site during the VIP opening including UK artists like Tracey Emin, Gilbert & George (at Thaddaeus Roppac),  French artist Orlan or NY based Ugo Rondinone (for Glastone Gallery).

Fiac 14 - Tracey EminFiac 14 - Gilbert & GeorgeFiac 14 -Elmgreen & Dragset     Fiac 14 - Orlan Fiac 14 - Kirsten Pieroth  Fiac 14 Ugo Rondinone   Fiac 14 - Tobias Rehberger

Artist Kirsten Pieroth created a brick wall for Galeria Franco Noero, while a marble gas mask by Ai Weiwei was on view at Galeria Continua, and Yayoi Kusuma polka dots sculptures were displayed at David Zwirner gallery and Victoria Miro. 

Fiac 14 - Ai WeiweiFiac 14 - Carsten Holler     Fiac 14 - Yayoi KusumaFiac 14 - Yayoi Kusuma

New York’s Nahmad Contemporary and Helly Nahmad Gallery were showing a $20 million oil-on-canvas Picasso from 1972, as well as a drawing by Basquiat priced at $2.4 million. Two more works by Basquiat “Made in Japan”were reunited since a very long time for an undisclosed price.

Fiac 14 - Keith Haring     Fiac 14 - Jean Michel BasquiatFiac 14 - Jean Michel Basquiat

Hauser & Wirth was showing portraits from actress Isabelle Huppet by artist Roni Horn, while French dealer Yvon Lambert was featuring a neon installation by Mounir Fatmi for his last FIAC before closing his gallery.

Fiac 14 - Roni HornFiac 14 - Mounir Fatmi     Fiac 14 - Stefan Nikolaev     Fiac 14 - Hans Peter FeldmannFiac 14 - Andrea Bowers     Fiac 14 - Ricci Albenda     Fiac 14 - Stefan Brueggemann     Fiac 14 - Massimo Minimi

View the full set of pics here

FIAC
23-26 October 2014
Grand Palais, Paris

 

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