FIAC STORIES

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...

GALLERY FOCUS : GREEN ART GALLERY

GALLERY FOCUS : GREEN ART GALLERY

Several questions for Yasmin AtassiIntroduce yourself: Yasmin Atassi, Director of Green Art Gallery in Dubai, a contemporary art gallery that represents artists from ME, South Asia , Latin America and beyond. Which event has been the most crucial since you opened your gallery? I don’t think there is one single moment. The accumulation and work over the years has allowed our artists to be seen in major museums around the world in addition to forming some wonderful longstanding relationships...

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GALLERY FOCUS : SELMA FERIANI

GALLERY FOCUS : SELMA FERIANI

Several questions for Selma FerianiWhat is the most challenging part of running a gallery? Being able to define your program and work within it. How would you describe the relationship between your gallery and the artists you represent? The relationship between the gallery and our artists is based on continuous communication to develop projects on time and give them all the conditions to mature. It’s also based on trust and working together towards the same goal. What was your first FIAC like?...

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GALLERY FOCUS : AIR DE PARIS

GALLERY FOCUS : AIR DE PARIS

Several questions for Florence Bonnefous and Edouard MerinoHow has the role of galleries changed in the last decade? Has it really changed ? Representing an era, selling works by artists to whom our taste takes us remains our priority, one decade after another. What is the most challenging part of running a gallery? Finding a good balance between your own taste, the desire to represent an era, and the need for money to support the activities of both artists and the gallery.What is your best...

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GALLERY FOCUS : EDOUARD MONTASSUT

GALLERY FOCUS : EDOUARD MONTASSUT

Several questions for Edouard MontassutIntroduce yourself: I decided to open my gallery in 2015 in a typical Parisian passage in the 2nd arrondissement, in the continuity of my career as a critic. In 2019, the gallery expanded and moved to the ninth arrondissement, a few steps from the previous space. Today, the gallery supports the work of mainly up-and-coming artists. Why did you decide to open a gallery in Paris ? It’s a personal choice. Paris is the city where I was born and where I still...

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GALLERY FOCUS : MEYER KAINER

GALLERY FOCUS : MEYER KAINER

Several questions for Christian Meyer and Renate Kainer Introduce yourself: Since 1990 Christian Meyer and Renate Kainer focused on established artists like Hanne Darboven, Bruce Nauman or Rosemarie Trockel as well as on then emerging artists such as Andrea Fraser, Raymond Pettibon or Charles Ray. In 1999 Galerie Meyer Kainer was relocated to a new address in Vienna’s emerging gallery district Eschenbachgasse. Presenting shows by Vienna’s leading contemporary artists like gelatin, Florian...

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GALLERY FOCUS : MAX HETZLER

GALLERY FOCUS : MAX HETZLER

QUELQUES QUESTIONS À MAX HETZLER ET SAMIA SAOUMA How has the role of galleries changed in the last decade? For sure competition is more tough. What is the most challenging part of running a gallery? To remain close to the artists, curators and collectors you have been working with. How would you describe the relationship between your gallery and the artists you represent? We always put a strong emphasis on our relationship with every artist. We have been working for decades with quite a few...

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GALLERY FOCUS : MARTOS GALLERY

GALLERY FOCUS : MARTOS GALLERY

Several questions for Ebony HaynesHow would you describe the relationship between your gallery and the artists you represent? Like family: always loving and sometimes dysfunctional. What is your best memory of FIAC? My best memory of FIAC was our first year here in 2017. We presented a solo booth with Jessica Vaughn, a relatively unknown and new artist for us. The work was so well received at the fair, it couldn't have been better. And it set the stage for her first New York solo show the...

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GALLERY FOCUS : HUNT KASTNER

GALLERY FOCUS : HUNT KASTNER

Several questions for Camille Hunt and Katherine KastnerIntroduce yourself. We are Camille Hunt and Katherine Kastner a.k.a. hunt kastner, operating in Prague since 2006. Which event has been the most crucial since you opened your gallery? Taking the risk early on of participating in art fairs. How do you choose artists you represent? There is no set criteria beyond a belief that they are creating great work and are consistently challenging themselves and us at the same time. Why did you...

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GALLERY FOCUS : JTT

GALLERY FOCUS : JTT

Several questions for Jasmin TsouIntroduce yourself: My name is Jasmin Tsou, and I own JTT, a gallery in the Lower East Side that I started in 2012. Which event has been the most crucial since you opened your gallery? I’d say when I hired my director Marie Catalano. She runs the company on a day to day basis while I oscillate between panic and self-determination. Without her I’m pretty sure the gallery would just slip like sand between my fingers. With regards to crucial moments I’ve shared...

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GALLERY FOCUS : CAMPOLI PRESTI

GALLERY FOCUS : CAMPOLI PRESTI

Several questions for Emanuela Campoli and Gil PrestiIntroduce yourself: Campoli Presti is an art gallery operating in London and Paris. Our galleries are located at 223 Cambridge Heath Road in London and the historical Hôtel de Lagrange in rue de Braque in Paris. While exploring the historical and material condition of their medium, the gallery artists share an ongoing critical engagement with modes of display, notions of authorship, the economy of the digital and the body as ground of...

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