FIAC 2016 The retreat?

After opening outposts across Paris in 2014 and 2015, Fiac has withdrawn to its stronghold at the Grand Palais in the face of strong competition and a sluggish economy.

Fiac’s off-site fair, Officielle, is no more. According to Fiac’s director, Jennifer Flay, there was “a feeling that the Cité de la mode et du design was too far away” and that stand rates were “excessively high”. She responded by creating a new sector for this year’s fair, On Site, in a fresh but no less impressive venue: the Petit Palais. On Site will be home to some twenty large-format works – sculptures and installations – made available for sale by exhibitors at the Grand Palais. But Fiac still has its sights set high. In the Grand Palais, the epicentre of the event, 186 galleries, including 133 foreign galleries from 27 countries in Europe and Asia, as well as Lebanon, Israel, India, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, will be showcasing some weighty, elegant works. Of the 53 French galleries present at Fiac, 11 are exhibiting for the first time. A total of 108 prestigious international galleries have chosen to share their most beautiful masterworks in the Nave, including Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Galerie Perrotin, White Cube, Jan Mot, Kamel Mennour, Thaddaeus Ropac, and many others. Modern art will be the center of attention at the Galerie 1900-2000, Landau Fine Art, Natalie Seroussi and Tornabuoni Art; the Salon d’honneur will be showcasing leading artists promoted by Balice Hertling, Peres Projects and Jocelyn Wolff; the Galeries Supérieures, meanwhile, will have a softer, more contemporary edge with emerging artists spotted by Marcelle Alix, Frank Elbaz, Gaudel de Stampa, Laurent Godin, Triple V and Valentin. The Salon Jean Perrin will be given over to established active artists represented by nine galleries. The Secteur Lafayette, Fiac’s partner since 2009, continues to put the spotlight on emerging artists showcased by ten galleries from seven countries including Allen (Paris), Experimenter (Calcutta) and Grey Noise (Dubai).

On Site, Fiac’s new outpost at the Petit Palais, will be giving an insight into the work of Etel Adnan at Lelong, Noël Dolla at Bernard Ceysson, Lee Ufan at Kamel Mennour, and Ange Leccia at Jousse Entreprise, among others. Anyone following the itineraries in the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musée National Eugène Delacroix and place Vendôme, on offer again this year, can expect some wonderful surprises. With its new festival, Parades for FIAC, which includes a fantastic program of music, poetry and dance, Fiac is strengthening its support for the performing arts and fostering a dialogue between the various disciplines of contemporary art.

Fiac 2016 
Grand and Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Chirchill, 75008, Paris
From 20th to 23rd october. 35€

Art fairs during Fiac week

From newcomers to established names, each off fair takes a definite stand, offering visitors a wide range of works to explore.

Change and contrast are the watchwords of Fiac’s Off fairs. Although Slick disappeared shortly after its 10th anniversary, some fairs have gained in confidence, while more recent arrivals clearly have a bright future ahead of them. They keep their promises and continue to attract exhibitors and collectors by offering something different and complementary and remaining loyal to their guiding principles. Examples include Art Élysées, a fair dedicated to modern art and contemporary classical art, which is growing at a steady pace, and the increasingly international Yia, which spotlights emerging artists. For the second year running, Paris International is back with a bigger show featuring 60 galleries in a 3,000 sq.m. space in Calouste Gulbenkian’s residence. With its low-cost stands and accessible works, it’s likely to set the cat among the pigeons. Another newcomer, Asia Now, specializes in emerging Asian artists in partnership with major European galleries such as the Ifa Gallery in Brussels and Magda Danysz in Paris. Another highly specialized fair, Outside Art Fair, focuses on art brut, while 8e avenue, launched last year and the younger sister of Art Élysées, is surfing the urban art wave. Lastly, the small Salon created by Bernard Zürcher in his own gallery sets the stage for young, box fresh American artists. With such a variety of fairs on offer, visitors should begin by finding their bearings and demand only the best.

Salon Zürcher. 18 to 23 october. 56, rue Chapon, 3e. www.galeriezurcher.com
Paris Internationale. 19 to 23 october. 51, avenue d’Iéna, 16e. http://parisinternationale.com
Paris Asian Art Fair. 20 to 23 october. 9, avenue Hoche, 8e. www.asianowparis.com
Outsider Art fair. 20 to 23 october. Hôtel du Duc, 22, rue de la Michodière, 2e. http://fr.outsiderartfair.com
Yia. 20 to 23 october. Carreau du Temple. http://yia-artfair.com
Art Elysées. 20 to 24 october. www.artelysees.fr
8e avenue. 20 to 24 october. Salon d’art contemporain et urbain. Pavillons, avenue des Champs-Élysées, côté pair, 8e. www.8e-avenue.com

By Anne Kerner. Photos : Martin Argyroglo / David Altmejd / Dvir gallery and Adel Abdessemed - Published the

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