Fiac is back! In its 43rd edition, this international meeting of art-world inhabitants–also known as Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain– is once again showcasing at its annual october home of the Grand Palais exhibition space in Paris. As an intersection between the industry's sectors, fiac brings out a massive crowd from gallerists and collectors to museum directors and art-lovers. It is of the most important art fairs in the world, and continually growing, with this year's exhibitions is spilling onto the grounds of the Petit Palais where large-scale sculptures from the fair are curated along the museum's permanent collection.
Tackling Fiac might appear to be an easier feat given its single enclosure, but that doesn't take concentration into account... We're still talking about 186 galleries from over 27 countries and representing 4,000 artists, all to see amid a crowd of 72,080 visitors... along the course of five days at least.
Among the top featured artist's this year included Maurizio Cattelan, Claude Closky, Jimmie Durham, Olafur Eliason, Elmgreen & Dragset, Urs Fischer, Peter Fischli, Joana Hadjithomas, Michel Houellebecq, Leandro Erlich, Peter Greenaway, Karen Kilimnik, Jannis Kounellis, Yoshitomo Nara, Ugo Rondinone, Laure Prouvost, Michael Sailstorfer, Jacques Villeglé, Yan Pei-Ming, Cathy Wilkes and more...
But we're digging deeper to find the best, the unusual and the most unexpected from of tho year's crop of fiac 2016 creatives...
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Jürgen Klauke is a German artist who, in the 1960s, used his own body as a subject of his photographs. He also experimented with minimalism and surrealism and various vintage photographic practices.
Conceived in 1998, Galerie Zlotowski has devoted itself to the Avant-garde movements of the beginning of the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on Cubism and its followers. François Morellet was featured as part of the gallery's collective this year's Fiac. The French contemporary painter, sculptor, and light artist is known for his prominent role in the development of geometrical abstract art.
WHITE CUBE LONDON
White Cube is a contemporary art gallery owned by Jay Jopling with two branches in London: Mason's Yard in central London and Bermondsey in South East London and one in Hong Kong. The gallery has hosted top artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn and more. Their featured artists at this year's Fiac include Damien Hirst, Miroslaw Balka, Eddie Peake, Georg Baselitz, Imi Knoebel, and Theaster Gates.
ANNELY JUDA FINE ART
Annely Juda Fine Art is based in London and represents contemporary British, European and International artists. The gallery also exhibits masters of the 20th-century avant-garde, specialising in Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus and De Stijl. Their featured artist's at this year's Fiac included French geometric artist François Morellet and David Nash
VICTORIA MIRO GALLERY
The Victoria Miro Gallery is a leading British contemporary art gallery based in London, with an international reputation and is directed by Victoria Miro, one of the "grandes dames of the Britart scene", who first exhibited Chris Ofili and the Chapman Brothers. For Fiac 2016, Victoria Miro gallery featured an installation by artist So-Ho-Suh.
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