Design Gallerist presents exclusive news about Grand Palais de Paris, the 43rd edition of FIAC 2016 exhibits 175 galleries from 26 countries around the world.
The main fair of contemporary art in the city, FIAC, is once again lacking works to admire. We share below 10 standout booths, with works of art ranging from hyper-colored paintings by Katherine Bernhardt to the dynamic, great sculptures of Guan Xiao.
The Coles booth resembles an installation of a museum show, composed almost entirely of works by Urs Fischer – except for a piece of Sarah Lucas’s chair of a figure in turquoise trousers from Coles’ personal collection, which Fischer asked for To be included.
Best of all, there are two incredible seat sculptures – made of urethane foam and deliciously soft to the touch – that resemble pieces of clay or drawn objects from The Flintstones.
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Kudo’s fascination with the intersection of technology, ecology, sexuality, and humanity is well represented. There are fluorescent prints, lesser known cage works – including a miniature penis, the rainbow in a small barred enclosure – a wall work in a plastic showcase and an early portrait piece made up of a large mold and plastic eggs.
Los Angeles-based gallery Cherry and Martin devoted her booth to Ericka Beckman, with incredible results.
At the fair, the projected video is shown in a dark room with a kinetic white, painted door that opens and closes theatrically, echoing the images onscreen.
If you want to know what Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara has done in recent years, this booth is the answer to your dreams.
The presentation is cheerful, cartoony and melancholy all at the same time.
KP Brehmer is the starting point for a booth full of landscape representations.
These works are joined by an early green painting by Yayoi Kusama, and a rampant wild painting of Prince Richard from 1996’s tumbleweed-like black drops and abstract green circles above a text about picking up the hitchhikers and scaring them For the fun of it.
The huge sculptures of Guan Xiao almost spilled out of the Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler booth in the Berlin gallery. Guan’s work examines the complexity of the story, as well as the circulation of digital images and how we understand the world.
Outside, the booth looks like a pair of identical locker rooms, each with blue curtains drawn sideways, revealing a stool and mirror.
However, as you enter each space, you realize that the same setting is multiplied all over – repeating the everyday scene so that a viewer strolls through what becomes a single, endless room.
Arte Povera is in the air these days, with great shows by Pistoletto and Penone happening with increasing regularity.
The four great works – three on the walls and one on a skirplate – combine an iron base, a wardrobe, as well as rope tying things up.
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The Ghebaly booth is a strong display of three-person, multi-generation Los Angeles artists. The plays on display largely play with materiality and body ideas.
It was accompanied by Patrick Jackson’s plasticine wall sculptures, and Kelly Akashi’s remarkable bronze, orange and black pillow sculpture that resembles an alien backbone.
Arcade dedicated its entire stand to the London artist Caroline Achaintre, who showed at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Tate Britain and Castello di Rivoli.
A great tufted carpet wall work and three ceramic pieces on display expand all over the face idea.
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