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FIAC PORTRAIT | Tessa Giblin

FIAC PORTRAIT | Tessa Giblin

Can you present yourself? I’m the director of Talbot Rice Gallery of the University of Edinburgh, and Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art. What project have you been recently working on? During lockdown/confinement I’ve been working with my colleagues at Talbot Rice Gallery (of Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh) to...

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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Claude Closky, “The Confinement”, episode 18

Claude Closky, “The Confinement”, episode 18

Claude Closky has been broadcasting his daily web series “The Confinement” since the beginning of April. It lies at the crossroads of a television sitcom and a short film. The series focuses on the exchanges between the occupants of a same apartment, confined together for what seems like an eternity. Each episode takes place in a different dwelling. The viewer follows the litanies of characters who rehash their anxieties and somber mind-sets, but also their love for each other. Off screen the...

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FIAC FLASHBACK | NOBUKO TSUCHIYA

FIAC FLASHBACK | NOBUKO TSUCHIYA

Nobuko Tsuchiya speaks about her work  "Silicon Sanpo Ruler" presented by SCAI THE BATHHOUSE as part part of FIAC Projects 2019 at the Petit Palais. Nobuko Tsuchiya was born in 1972 in Yokohama, Japan. She lives and works in London. Her work is composed of free assemblages of familiar objects and scrap materials. In the artist’s hands, these take on an entirely different aspect and role, far removed from their original purpose. They could appear as in- progress experiments, or broken-down old...

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FIAC FLASHBACK : GEORGE CONDO

FIAC FLASHBACK : GEORGE CONDO

George Condo was born in 1957 in Concord, USA. He lives and works in New York. The Standing Forms series represents a return to methods of sculpting he first explored with his earliest three-dimensional works, incorporating both figurative and abstract elements in bronze. He combines the concept of “simulated found object” using real found objects into new figurative forms in bronze. He works on plywood surfaces with angular figurative forms, applies layers of plaster, clay, paint, studio...

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