ART FAIR FEVER
“Relicario” (2009) by Albarracin Pilar, on view at FIAC. Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
Paris will be invaded by contemporary art fairs beginning Oct 22. The main attraction is FIAC (Oct. 22-25), with two locations: in the Louvre’s Cour Carrée (open 1pm-9pm) and in the Grand Palais (open noon-8pm). The Louvre section features primarily younger galleries, while more-established ones, showing more “classical modern” works, can be found in the Grand Palais, Altogether, 198 modern and contemporary art galleries and six design galleries from 21 countries, will exhibit. Admission: €28.
Meanwhile, taking advantage of the crowds attracted by FIAC, smaller fringe fairs will also be held. ShowOff (Oct. 22-25), at the Port des Champs Elysées (on the quay near the Pont Alexandre III), will focus exclusively on contemporary art, with 21 galleries. Open noon-8pm. Admission: €10.
Slick (Oct. 23-26), with 70 contemporary art galleries, will be held in the vast spaces of the marvelous former mausoleum Le Centquatre (104, rue d’Aubervilliers/5, rue Curial, 75019 Paris 75019). Open Fri., 11am-8pm; Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., 11am-8pm; Mon., 11am-5pm. Admission: €10.
A brand-new entrant on the scene is Cutlog (Oct. 22-25). Focusing on emerging artists, it is being held at the Bourse de Commerce de Paris (2, rue de Viarmes, 75001 Paris) with 30 galleries. Open Thurs, 2pm-9pm; Fri., 11am-7pm; Sat., noon-10pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. Admission: €10.
“Paysage” (1954) by Nicolas de Staël, on view at FIAC. J.L. Losi