Visit FIAC, bump into some friends, discover unknown artists, surprise yourself with the array of sublime works to covet, explore galleries from countries rarely visited, hone the finesse of the gaze with one exhibitor or another, approve of their loyalty to some artists that we see less often and their intensity with respect to some newcomers who have earned their trust. Admire the monumental installations, reproach yourself for not having noticed sooner a promise clearly kept and now inaccessible. In short, art lovers, knights of the empty purse, the wealthy, humble art lovers who weigh up the price of their passion then take this reckless step, or simply beholders, FIAC is for everyone and even if this time they are only images, a few of these pleasures remain for us in this virtuality.

Choosing is a beautiful exercise in which, no doubt, good and bad reasons are combined. Long-frequented and beloved artists Philippe Parreno, Alain Séchas, Dewar and Gicquel, Trisha Donelly, Jean-Marie Appriou, Marguerite Humeau; those who we haven’t had the chance to know, or too little, and who we admire, David Hammons, Wolfgang Tillmans ; those who we have followed a little and hope to continue to: Sammy Baloji, Mohamed Bourouissa, Leonor Antunes, Liz Magor, Ashley Hans Scheirl;those who we’re discovering and imprudently banking on, based on a handful of great images Ana Silva, Sandra Gamarra, Marie Losier; those who we blame ourselves for not having followed sooner and supported; and others, some caprices, and loyal friendships…

Why pretend to be more rigorous and abandon emotion? All of these artists, whose talents I’ve wished to highlight in this selection request, are inventors and poets. None of them disappoint me, each one deserves our gaze and while I have various reasons to love them, they all share this characteristic of being explorers, passionate seekers, and of managing to combine within their works the quest for a deep meaning and an unexpected form. I am not wrong!

Jean de Loisy

Jean de Loisy

Jean de Loisy is the Director of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was President of the Palais de Tokyo from 2011 to 2018, and has occupied different functions in various cultural institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris or the Cartier Foundation. As part of his curatorial activities, Jean de Loisy has participated in number of international events such as the Venice Biennial in 1993 and 2011, or the Gwangju Biennial in 1995, along with historical exhibitions of which ‘Hors Limites – l’art et la vie’ (1995) and ‘Traces du sacré’ at the Centre Pompidou (2008) or ‘La Beauté’ in Avignon (2000), ‘Monumenta/Anish Kapoor’ at the Grand Palais (2011), ’Les Maîtres du Désordre’ (2012) at the Musée du Quai Branly, ‘Formes simples’ at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (2014), ‘A Brief History of the Future’ at Musée du Louvre (2015) and ‘Monumenta/Huang Yong Ping’ at the Grand Palais (2016).

Crédit photo : Renaud Monfourny

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