What Are Top Dealers Bringing to FIAC in Paris?
It's one of the strongest showings yet.
Art dealers are flocking to Paris this week with hopes of enticing international collectors to drop even more money in the wake of Frieze London.
With the inclusion of 170 galleries from 22 countries, it is clear that FIAC director Jennifer Flay has been busy. For the 42nd edition of La Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC), which runs from October 22-25, Flay has put together an exciting program of blue-chip exhibitors and young galleries from around the world.
Only a week after Frieze London several blue-chip dealers are making the voyage over the English channel to set up shop in the majestic Grand Palais, which is without a doubt the most picturesque venue on the international art fair calendar.
Hauser & Wirth will show an exciting booth by star-curator and partner in the gallery’s upcoming Los Angeles venture, Paul Schimmel. A thoughtful presentation inspired by January’s tragic attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo includes works by Isa Genzken, Wilhelm Sasnal, Fabio Mauri and controversially, Paul McCarthy, who is known in Paris for creating one of the most inflammatory Christmas tree sculptures in recent memory.
During this time, Hauser & Wirth will present two performance pieces related to the theme of free speech and artistic expression: artist Rashid Johnson will stage Shea Wall, a “re-invention” of Sweet Wall (1970), and octogenarian artist Ida Applebroog will present a piece she originally debuted at Documenta 13, What is lovely never dies (2012), involving performers with sandwich boards wandering around the fair and depositing their signs on booth walls.
David Zwirner’s booth will likely to be built around an eye-catching red-and-white polka dot fiberglass pumpkin sculpture by Yayoi Kusama in addition to new paintings by the artist. The gallery will also offer works by Luc Tuymans and Donald Judd.
Hometown heavy-hitter Galerie Perrotin will show works by French figurative sculptor Xavier Veilhan, who was exhibited by the gallery in a highly-rated solo show in New York in April—as well as works by the Parisian photographer and conceptual artist Sophie Calle. There will also be works available by gallery favorites Takashi Murakami and KAWS.
Local rival Kamel Mennour—who dazzled with a fantastic solo booth at Frieze London dedicated to French artist Camille Henrot—will unveil works by Alicja Kwade, Anish Kapoor and Lee Ufan at this year’s edition of FIAC.
Seasoned collectors surely will be looking forward to checking out Sprüth Magers‘ booth. The Berlin gallery will bring works by a strong lineup of female art stars including Jenny Holzer, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman and Rosemarie Trockel, among others from the gallery’s roster such as the irrepressible painter George Condo.
In September, the gallery included the aforementioned female artists in its critically acclaimed group show during Art Berlin Contemporary.
New York’s 303 Gallery will undoubtedly attract a lot of attention for Jeppe Hein’s Breathing Watercolors (2015) a wallpaper designed by the artist in an edition of three. Also on view is a lightbox called Earth Cube by Doug Aitken, and works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster coinciding with her show at the Centre Pompidou, which is on view until February 1, 2016.
Make sure to swing by Regen Projects’ booth, who travel all the way from Los Angeles to display a series by the young multimedia artist Elliott Hundley. Also on view will be the distinctly California-flavored works by Raymond Pettibon, James Welling, and works by Ryan Trecartin, whose works are also included in a group show taking place concurrently at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
Don’t miss Saõ Paolo-based gallery Mendes Wood DM, which is showing small-scale abstract landscapes by the increasingly popular artist Lucas Arruda, who has a loyal following in Latin America and sold out his last solo show.
And away from the hustle and bustle of the fair, be sure to check out the Hors les Mures program; an ensemble of outdoor works will be presented in the idyllic Tuileries garden at Place Vendôme, while a special exhibition focusing on biodiversity comes to the Jardin des Plantes and the Museum of Natural History.