Galleries celebrate milestone anniversaries during the Art Paris Art Fair 2016

The year 2016 marks the milestone anniversaries of three galleries that are presenting at the Art Paris Art Fair. Founded in 1966 in Paris, Galerie Daniel Templon has gained recognition by exhibiting many artists who have since become part of art history. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, it will be hosting solo exhibitions of the artists who have contributed to its success throughout the rest of the year and will publish an anniversary catalogue in October. At the Fair, one can see a combination of both old timers and new joiners to the gallery’s 50-year old legacy.  On the outside walls, the gallery pays homage to the late Jules Olitski and the late Anthony Caro.  There are pieces of Cesar and Arman who have been important artists in the gallery’s history, as well as Jim Dine’s abstract paintings and two new large scale paintings by Gerard Grouste. The gallery also exhibits Chiharu Shiota, Atul Dodiya, Pierre Et Gilles, and Oda Jaune. J.P. Ritsch-Fisch Galerie opened its doors to represent art brut 20 years ago when there were no other galleries specialized in this genre in France.  Ritsch-Fisch recalls, “When I saw my first piece of art brut, I did not even know what it was, but I was drawn to it immediately for its intensity, expressiveness and ability to paint the inner struggle.  Then I started researching, meeting the artists and collecting their works with a determination to be the top Art Brut gallerist someday.”  Today, J.P. Ritsch-Fisch Galerie is recognized as one of the leading art brut gallery in the world that offers art works with definite line of quality and intensity.  For Art Paris Art Fair 2016, he spent two years researching and obtaining difficult-to-find works such as a sculpture by Judith Scott, A.C.M. and Hervé Bohnert...

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Jean-Pierre Ritsch-Fisch celebrates 20 years at the Art Paris Art Fair

The gallery Jean-Pierre Ritsch-Fisch (Strasbourg) will be celebrating its 20th birthday at the Grand Palais (Paris), at the Art Paris Art Fair from 31 March to 3 April 2016. After beginning his collection in the 1960s, Jean-Pierre Ritsch-Fisch set up his gallery in 1996, specialising in art brut and outsider art. For the gallery’s birthday, a large-scale exhibition has been scheduled, presenting works by major art brut figures. This selection will gather works by Judith Scott, Aloïse Corbaz, Morton Bartlett, Augustin Lesage, Auguste Forestier, Paul Goesch, Pascal-Désiré Maisonneuve, Martin Ramirez, Guillaume Pujolle, Aloïse Corbaz, Shinichi Sawada, A.C.M., Laure André, Hervé Bohnert, Kashinath Chawan, Francis Marshall, André Robillard, Mitsuru Tateishi and Hideaki Yoshikawa. The exhibition represents an important rendezvous for the gallery as well as art brut lovers. As Jean-Pierre Ritsch-Fisch likes to say repeatedly: “I don’t sell a work, but a...

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Palazzo Grassi: 10 years already 

May 2005. The newspaper Le Monde published a commentary by François Pinault:  “Je renonce” in capitals, I give up. What was the big collector giving up? The building of a contemporary art museum to house his collection on Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt, just west of Paris. “Administrative obstacles” had got the better of the project, launched in 2000.But François Pinault, being the businessman that he is, would not let the giving up of this project gnaw away at him. Less than a year later, in April 2006, he inaugurated the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. He brought out the big guns for the occasion: the acquisition of a building for €27 million, five months of renovation entrusted to Japanese Tadao Ando for €5 million. In 2007, the Fondation Pinault extended its empire to the Punta della Dogana, having obtained the green light from Venice to invest in and develop the site. This April, the Palazzo Grassi, made over by Pinault, will be ten years old. At the latest Art Media Agency dinner-debate, its director Martin Bethenod retraced “this fine adventure at a frenzied pace”. It was in 2010 that Martin Bethenod joined the frenzied pace, as chief executive officer and director of the Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana. François Pinault obviously knew who he was dealing with. Martin Bethenod was behind the FIAC’s return to the spotlight — he was its General Director from 2004 to 2010 —, but also a critical success thanks to his artistic direction of the Paris Nuits Blanches event in 2010. So what’s the Bethenod recipe? Solid knowledge of the world of art and its workings. Knowledge that he acquired at the French Ministry of Culture as deputy head editor of Connaissance des Arts, and also at the Centre Pompidou where he was head of the...

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Fine-tuning of the 10th edition of Drawing Now

The contemporary-drawing fair Drawing Now is celebrating its 10th edition from 30 March to 3 April 2016 at the Carreau du Temple. The fair is planning a tour titled “Master Now”, including a dozen galleries, each of which will select a work signed by one of the great contemporary artists that they represent and that they consider a masterpiece. We also find the exhibition “Now is our future”, presented by Philippe Piguet, the fair’s artistic director. The selected galleries include Christian Berst Art Brut, Jean Fournier, Bernard Jordan, Lelong, Claudine Papillon, Catherine Putman, Sémiose, Suzanne Tarasiève and Galerie Philippe & Nathalie...

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Christie’s celebrates turning ten in the Middle East by creating its new “Elements of Style” department

On 7 February 2016 in Dubai, Christie’s celebrated its tenth year in the Middle East and set up a new department for its sales: “Elements of Style”. It was the occasion for Jussi Pylkkänen, President of Europe and the Middle East, to take stock of the last decade: “I clearly remember the moment just before our first auction in Dubai… We all knew it was a risk. At the time there were only a handful of galleries in Dubai, none of the great Museums had been envisaged, we were even unsure if the auction concept and the bidding process would be embraced by our new clients. But what we did have was great art and that is always the secret wherever we do business. It is a great tribute to Dubai, the UAE, to the government bodies, collectors, fairs, gallerists and most importantly the artists, that we have collectively built a market that back in 2006 when I stepped into the rostrum, I could only have dreamt of.” The event took place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai. It was an opportunity to devote this evening to art in the Middle East through a selection of works presented in the context of the sale “Now and...

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