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FIAC FLASHBACK | Ryan Gander

FIAC FLASHBACK | Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander was born in 1976 in Chester, in the United Kingdom. He lives and works in London. The work presented is a tombstone created for an imaginary artist, placed outside and partially invaded by the surrounding vegetation. The inscription “Abbé Faria, 1940-1999” can be distinguished as well as an incomplete epitaph. OUR TIME IS LIMITED...

FIAC FLASHBACK | Erik Dietman

FIAC FLASHBACK | Erik Dietman

Erik Dietman was born in 1937 in Jönköping in Sweden. He died in 2002 in Paris. Hailing from Europe’s Far North, the Swedish artist is fond of weird-looking creatures, such as the reindeer living deep in the forest, half-animal, half-vegetable, with horns that can...

FIAC FLASHBACK | Ryan Gander

FIAC FLASHBACK | Ryan Gander

Ryan Gander was born in 1976 in Chester, in the United Kingdom. He lives and works in London. The work presented is a tombstone created for an imaginary artist, placed outside and partially invaded by the surrounding vegetation. The inscription “Abbé Faria, 1940-1999” can be distinguished as well as an incomplete epitaph. OUR TIME IS LIMITED (PROPOSAL FOR THE GRAVE OF ABBÉ FARIA), 2016FIAC Hors les Murs 2017 Engraved stone3 x 130,5 x 80 cmgb agency, Paris Courtesy the artist and gb agency,...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Erik Dietman

FIAC FLASHBACK | Erik Dietman

Erik Dietman was born in 1937 in Jönköping in Sweden. He died in 2002 in Paris. Hailing from Europe’s Far North, the Swedish artist is fond of weird-looking creatures, such as the reindeer living deep in the forest, half-animal, half-vegetable, with horns that can also be interpreted as a ribald wisecrack about cuckoldry. The primitive, animal nature of the sculpture is not only a piece of self-criticism but also a critique of modern sculpture, which Erik Dietman is always ready to challenge....

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Marcel Duchamp

FIAC FLASHBACK | Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp was born in 1887 in Blainville-Crevon. He died in 1968 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. “In 1935, Marcel Duchamp commenced an inventory of his earlier creations in the form of miniature reproductions. Consisting of a cardboard box in a leather valise, the first copies of the Box in a Valise were completed in 1941. This portable museum would be produced in six other editions (without the valise) from 1941 to 1968. This version is one of the 30 unnumbered copies signed by Duchamp that...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | Alina Szapocznikow

FIAC FLASHBACK | Alina Szapocznikow

Alina Szapocznikow was born in 1926 in Kalisz in Poland. She died in 1973 in Praz-Courant, in France. Autoportret – Zielnik is part of her last corpus of sculptures. In 1971, following the incorporation of her “death mask” in Tumeurs personnifiées, Szapocznikow made a radical move back to a figuration, reworked through the merging of the body with the form and material of her sculptures. Imprinting the body in the material before it set, she created excruciating and fragile images of herself...

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FIAC TIPS: Kenneth Goldsmith, “Duchamp Is My Lawyer”

FIAC TIPS: Kenneth Goldsmith, “Duchamp Is My Lawyer”

Introduction: The Back Door There’s a back door to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City that few know about. Invisible to the bustling crowds at the main entrance on Fifty-Third Street, it’s desolate except for the occasional noisy school group or quiet academic researcher entering and exiting. There’re no admission fees or snaking queues, only a lonely intern sitting at a desk. If you sign in and take the elevator to the top floor, you’ll find the MoMA Library. It was there in the...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | THU-VAN TRAN

FIAC FLASHBACK | THU-VAN TRAN

Thu Van Tran speaks about her work "Pénétrable - Allégorie de la forêt" presented by Almine Rech as part of FIAC Projects 2019 at the Petit Palais. Born in Ho Chi Minh City in 1979, Thu-Van Tran lives and works in Paris. Pénétrable - Allégorie de la forêt can be situated somewhere between a painting and a sculpture, an allegory of the elements that surround and compose us. A structure made from hevea wood and steel supports a double layer of rubber, separating - like a stage curtain - the...

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FIAC FLASHBACK : TOMI UNGERER

FIAC FLASHBACK : TOMI UNGERER

Tomi Ungerer was born in 1931 in Strasbourg, France. He died in 2019 in Ireland. Internationally recognized for his work in illustration, in a parallel fashion throughout his life, he pursued a sculptural oeuvre, playing with found or commercially available objects in a spirit similar to his drawings.For over thirty years, both as an artist and as a farmer, he worked with shovels. As a farmer, the shovel served as a direct line of communication with the earth. As an artist, each could be...

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FIAC TIPS: “Rose Wylie: painting a noun…”, David Zwirner Books

FIAC TIPS: “Rose Wylie: painting a noun…”, David Zwirner Books

Text by Michael Glover Rose works big, on unstretched, unprimed canvas, and usually in units of six feet by six feet. “I do like big work. I like billboards. I like very early decorated churches where the paintings go from floor to ceiling and up arches and around the door. . . . I find it more exciting and it can expand.” Several canvases quite often come together as a single work at a certain point in their realization. This may be the result of a chance meeting, side by side, on floor or...

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FIAC FLASHBACK : FALKE PISANO

FIAC FLASHBACK : FALKE PISANO

WONDER-WHAT-TIME-IT-IS, 2017 Performance, installation, video220 × 600 × 600 cmEllen de Bruijne Projects, AmsterdamIn collaboration with Playground Festival; Mondriaan Fonds Falke Pisano lives and works in Amsterdam and Sao Paulo. The performative installation WONDER-WHAT-TIME-IT-IS takes as a starting point a short story by Edgar Allan Poe to address the limits that modernity, as a frame of thinking, has set for the possibilities of conceiving of change outside its normative framework....

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Alex Katz

Alex Katz

Une oeuvre, un regard : Alex Katz For the series "Une oeuvre, un regard", Alex Katz talks about Monet's Water Lilies, from which the American artist was inspired to create "Homage to Monet" whose series of paintings was presented last year at the Musée de l'Orangerie.   The artist’s work "Chance" (2016) has been presented by Thaddaeus Ropac at FIAC Hors les Murs 2019 at the Jardin des Tuileries. CHANCE, 2016 Porcelain enamel on shaped steel and mounted on a polished stainless steel base...

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