• 22 Oct 2018

On Wednesday October 17th 2018, Art-Trope was invited to the 45th edition of the FIAC at the Grand Palais in Paris which lasted until October 21st 2018. After offering you a an exclusive preview, we give you more details about this impressive edition.

 Xavier Veilhan's sculpture at the Galerie Perrotin's booth at the 2018 FIAC

Xavier Veilhan’s sculpture at the Galerie Perrotin’s booth at the 2018 FIAC © Claire Dorn

The 2018 FIAC: an ambitious edition

From October 18th to October 21st 2018, the Grand Palais hosts the 45th edition of the FIAC, the Contemporary Art international Art fair which became a reference for Collectors and Art professionals in Paris. This year, the Art fair selected 195 galleries from 27 different countries including three new guests: Greece, Peru and Ireland. Among the exhibitors, 30% were French which reflects the international DNA of the Art fair. We also note the return of significant galleries such as Hauser & Wirth and The Breeder which shows the growing international influence of the Art fair. Also, 18 new galleries were present for the first time including 7 in the Lafayette Sector. The 2018 edition also spread its wings beyond the Grand Palais. Indeed, the FIAC Projects section presents 40 sculptures at the Petit Palais while 20 works are showed at the Jardin des Tuileries and that the Place Vendôme hosts a carte blanche by Elmgreen & Dragset. Of course, the FIAC also organized a series of conferences and conversations about the Fine Arts market.

Alex Hubbard's Artwork at the 2018 FIAC

Alex Hubbard, Untitled, 2018, Regen Projects Gallery, 2018 FIAC © Art-Trope

Color is the queen of the 45th FIAC

Going down the aisles of the 2018 edition of the Parisian Art fair, we couldn’t help notice the essential role of colors on all the exhibited mediums. The American gallery Regen Projects based in Los Angeles is one good example. The work of Artist Alex Hubbard displays a singular liquidity in the way he treats colors. The observer is invited to dive in a canvas that is on the border of painting, ink work and sculpture. On the other hand, the London-based gallery Skarstedt presents, among its Artists, a huge painting by Georg Baselitz measuring 1182/8 inches by 981/2 inches. Like a mastered explosion of colors, the Artist simply named his Artwork “Orangenesser” which means “Remix”. This very personal interpretation of the interactions between colors questions our relation to the notion of mixing. On the sculptures side, the Perrotin gallery welcomes the visitors at the entrance of the Grand Palais with a giant mobile of Artist Xavier Veilhan. Fantasized characters coming out of a dream are sitting next to a mobile that looks like a solar system.

Georg Baselitz's Artwork at the 2018 FIAC

Georg Baselitz, Remix, 2005, Skarstedt Gallery, 2018 FIAC © Art-Trope

The Lafayette Sector: the emerging galleries selection by the FIAC

For its section dedicated to emerging galleries, the FIAC received close to 150 applications. Only 10 were selected for this edition. Created in 2009 in partnership with the Galeries Lafayette, the Lafayette Sector’s goal is to encourage the young galleries by offering a financial support in order to facilitate their participation to the FIAC. Such an initiative reminds us of the statement of the great Art dealer David Zwirner when he suggested experienced galleries should financially support the participation of more modest galleries. Art-Trope talked about it in an article dedicated to the discussion between Larry Gagosian and Edward Dolman about the current situation of the Fine Arts market. As a result, the 10 selected galleries by the FIAC to be part of the Lafayette Sector benefited from a financial support up to 50% of the participation fees of their 25 meters square booth. Coming from 5 countries including France, the United Kingdom, Greece, the United States and Switzerland, galleries presented young emerging Artists offering them an important visibility. The 2018 edition of the FIAC is a true success for an Art fair that keeps growing in terms of prestige.

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