10 works that mark the 2021 Fiac edition

Until the 24th of October, Fiac takes place in the French capital and brings together more than 170 galleries in its face-to-face version, in addition to 43 more in its digital space with viewing rooms

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From the 21st to the 24th of October, in its 47th edition, FIAC brings together more than 170 galleries from 25 countries in the Grand Palais Ephémère and Galerie Eiffel, which was specifically installed for FIAC as an extension of the Champ-de-Mars structure. The selection includes modern art, contemporary art and design galleries, with representatives from around the world.

The physical fair, which returns in this edition, is enriched by viewing rooms, where in addition to the exhibitors presented in the face-to-face space, there are 43 more galleries that present projects exclusively online. The Jaqueline Martins and Mendes Wood DM galleries represent Brazil at the most important fair in France.

Tracey Emin, Its a crime to live with the person you don't love, 2021

Tracey Emin, Its a crime to live with the person you don't love, 2021

Success on social media when the hashtag with the artist's name is searched for in the magnifying glass, this work by Tracey Emin is on Fiac at the White Cube stand! Emin is also the subject of a major exhibition that has ties to research at the Munch Museum in Oslo. The show features her works in painting, sculpture and neon over the past decade alongside 16 works by Edvard Munch personally selected by her, which runs through January 2, 2022.

Lynda Benglis, zero snake, 2020

Lynda Benglis, zero snake, 2020

With sculpture as a main focus, Benglis creates pure, abstract works that are typically inspired by natural, organic forms, such as this one featured on the Xavier Hufkens gallery stand. She seeks to combine a kind of visual seduction with unusual forms, blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture and their respective modes of presentation. In the 1960s, the artist began exploring these questions by pouring brightly colored liquid latex onto the floor to create large “poured” works that expanded the dominant discourse around minimalism and the legacy of abstract expressionism.

Maaike Schoorel, panda selfie, 2021

the gallery DM Mendes Wood presents at Fiac a selection of works supported by the Mondriaan Fonds, a public fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. Here, the work of the Dutch artist Maaike Schoorel, whose theme is family experiences and daily encounters. Schoorel uses the immediacy of photography to gather source material for his paintings, which in turn are rooted in the artistic-historical genres of landscape, portraiture, and still life.

Alexander Calder, flying dragon, 1975

Installed on Place Vendôme by the gallery Gagosian, Alexander Calder's flying dragon has been to many places! In addition to celebrating the return of FIAC in a face-to-face format, as part of FIAC Hors les Murs, the installation of the work also marks the opening of the new Gagosian headquarters in Paris at 9 rue de Castiglione. It is one of the last large-scale works Calder produced. And, despite being static, it transforms and gains movement according to the angle from which it is observed by the spectator.

Tyna Adebowale, # Jermain, 2020

Tyna Adebowale, # Jermain, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Ellen de Bruijne Projects. PHOTO: Jeroen of Smalen

Having herself gone through an emigration process, Adebowale presents two works next to the Ellen de Bruijne Projects. The artist is interested in understanding home and community. An exiled body is a moving home; a strange exiled body is a particularly besieged body. In the nomadic obstacles that displacement entails, the desire to be socially anchored implies the need for community. Tyna was born in Nigeria and now lives in Amsterdam, working with her network of gender and sexual fluid friends and family, resulting in an intimate body of work. In this work, Jermain is portrayed in two different versions, male and female, holding a newspaper, referring to his profession as a journalist.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pink Elephant with Fire, 1984

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pink Elephant with Fire, 1984

This work by Basquiat, taken to the fair by the gallery Van de Weghe, brings the characteristic energy of Jean-Michel Basquiat, extravagant and grandiose. Abstract expressionism gains some punctual features from the figurative. It ends up addressing a series of themes that surrounded the artist during his career, exposing the artist's vision of displacement and duality. Here, the painting ends up juxtaposing an essentially abstract background with vaguely represented figurative signs.

Works by Ana Mazzei at Jaqueline Martins

For Fiac Paris 2021, a special selection was prepared by Jaqueline Martins Gallery of the works of Brazilian artist Ana Mazzei. On the stand, a new selection of wall and floor sculptures is being displayed. In addition to composing formal exercises, these objects evoke hidden and impenetrable archetypal stories and structures – they are like pieces and fragments of myths, lives, architectures and landscapes that build, in themselves, a fiction that connects them. 

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1961

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1961

Argentine artist Lucio Fontana was a strong advocate of abstract art and is considered a powerful force in 20th-century movements. He mastered the concept of Spazialismo (Spatialism), which he introduced in his 1946 manifesto. In 1949, the artist introduced his canvas technique perforated with holes, which was followed by cutting techniques, which you can see in Concetto Spaziale, Attese de 1961, which has an example presented at the Van de Weghe.

Etel Adnan, Staring at the Sun, 2021

Etel Adnan, staring at the sun, 2021

Presented at Lelong & Co gallery, Lebanese artist Etel Adnan has a career spanning over six decades and spans a wide range of media including painting, drawing, tapestry, film, ceramics and artist books! She was the first author of poetry and prose, often speaking and protesting the turmoil of the Vietnam War and Lebanese Civil War. The landscape, his own story, and his emotional and physical response to it informed his writing and, later, his artwork as well. For the artist, landscape is intertwined with memory, especially a feeling of displacement, as she was born and raised in Lebanon, but has lived, studied and worked in France and California throughout her life.

Michel Blazy, tapis d'accueil, 2021

Michel Blazy, tapis d'accueil, 2021

Since his studies at Villa Arson in the 1990s, Blazy has worked with organic materials and is interested in exploring the beauty of decay and the poetic possibilities of the passage of time as these materials deteriorate over the course of an exhibition.

The artist's repertoire, which includes works presented at the art concept gallery, so far includes a large mushroom-like shape made entirely of soy noodles; sculptures constructed from squeezed orange halves; mashed potato and beetroot paintings; pizza paintings and pasta sculptures, and a sculptural grotto in which mung beans sprouted and grew during the exhibition period.

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