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From left to right: Katanga Bub, Anne de Vries, 2011 (Courtesy Anne de Vries and Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam) ; John Stezaker, Interior Mask II, 2013 ; Wangechi Mutu, Girl Specimen, 2013 ; Marina Abramovic ; Etienne Chambaud, Contre-Dépouille, 2012 (Courtesy Galerie BUGADA & CARGNEL)
The Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) – the annual Parisian gathering for contemporary art collectors – has just come to an end in the Nave of the Grand Palais. This exceptional location allows artists to exhibit gigantic and breathtaking works of art, such as Ai Weiwei’s “Iron Tree.”
From left to right: Ai Weiwei, Iron Tree, 2013 ( copyright Marc Domage); Jaume Piensa, Marianna W, 2013; Kaws
Art has always been used as a form of expression. Many art galleries are currently displaying works that convey powerful messages, such as the neon art installation from the talented Kader Attia , or “Soap Sculpture” from the committed Palestinian artist Taysir Batniji. At Kamel Mennour, I fell in love with the mirror signed by Anish Kapoor, an artist that I’ve always found thrilling. At FIAC, mirrors, reflections, illusions, and distortions are everywhere. They are even found on works using raw materials, such as Jaime Plensa’s beautifully sculpted bust in linden wood. It is almost like a game of Consequences, where you never know what to expect.
From left to right: Kelley Walker, Untitled, 2002 ; Kimsooja, To breathe ; a mirror woman, 2006-2008; Anish Kapoor
From left to right: Doug Aitken, Sunset, 2012; Taysir Batniji, Droits de l’homme, 2013; Alfredo Jaar, M'illumino d'immenso, 2009 (copyright Alfredo Jaar, Photo. Fabrice Seixas); Ida Tarsic & Wilfried Mille
There are works where artists have experimented with collages, photographs, and prints, where they’ve made a chair from wood and quartz crystals (Marina Abramovic), or done a painting in the style of Basquiat. Similarly to the world of jewelry, the accent is on technique and fine craftsmanship, embroidery, cut-out paper by Georgia Russell, recycling and repetition effects using dice and straws, or eye-catching beetle wings by Jan Fabre. Damien Hirst, an artist who receives a lot of media coverage, created an art piece with a whole army of scalpel blades.
From left to right: Jan Fabre; Walter Oltmann, child Skull, 2013; Eliott Hundley, Mask, 2013; Damien Hirst, Hounds Tooth, 2012
FIAC is not only a must-see and inspirational event for any designer, it’s also a chance to rediscover artworks by the grand masters such as Picabia, Poliakoff, Dubuffet, Louise Bourgeois, and many others… This year, art installations have also invaded the city. I love the idea that art can enhance daily life!
From left to right : Jean Dubuffet, Welcome Parade, 2008 (copyright Marc Domage); Louise Bourgeois; Martial Raysse, Verte pour toujours, 1963 (Courtesy Galerie Zlotowski, Paris © photo: Jean-Louis Losi / ADAGP, Paris 2013) ; Picasso