New vice-president for Sotheby’s France

Cécile Verdier, a specialist in 20th century design and an auctioneer, has been appointed vice-president of Sotheby’s France. In 2008, she joined the group as director of the design department before becoming, in 2011, European director of the same department. Ever since her debut at the auction house, Cécile Verdier has pushed up sales of the design section and overseen historic sales, such as that of the Félix Marcilhac collection in 2014, reaping a global sum of €24.7...

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Roger Tallon, industrial-design aesthete

The exhibition “Roger Tallon, le design en mouvement” (Roger Tallon, Design on the Move) will be held from 8 September to 8 January at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. After passing away in 2011 at the age of 82 years, Tallon is considered one of the greatest French designers. A homage… Françoise Jollant-Kneebone is co-curator of the exhibition, alongside Dominique Forest. An author of reference works such as Atelier A. Rencontre de l’art et de l’objet, published by Éditions Norma, or La Critique en Design, published by Jacqueline Chambon, she was director of the École Camondo and the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle from 1998 to 2001. Head of design at the Centre Georges Pompidou, she was long acquainted with this industrial-design aesthete. The organisation of this exhibition dates back to 2012, on the basis of a proposal by Béatrice Salmon, the then director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Olivier Gabet, her successor, brought the exhibition into being. How will this exhibition be different from the 1993 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou ? During the 1993 exhibition, Roger Tallon was still alive. This retrospective was at that time based on personal choices, in terms of content as well as scenography. The exhibition that we present is free from the influence of the artist’s view of his own work. We are thus able to open up new perspectives, namely his collaborations with artists. We wanted to put an emphasis on his transport-related works, especially projects that didn’t see the light, but that were springboards for thought for companies such as the RATP. What was the role of the exhibition’s partner SNCF, a company closely linked to Roger Tallon’s career? Guillaume Pepy himself (editorial note: president of the SNCF) made the decision to support the exhibition. The...

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Tajan ArtStudio shows François Rouan

Until 20 September 2016, Tajan ArtStudio in Paris is presenting the exhibition “Art et Design sans frontières”, on the works of François Rouan, including his  “trotteuses” and a selection of woven works. It is also an opportunity to show some of the top names in international design, with Dutch designers Aldo Bakker, Frank Tjepkema, and Marcel Wanders, the Italian-Spanish duo Barberini Gunnell (Francesco Barberini and Nina Alexandra Gunnell), young American Mischa Kahn and Briton...

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SP-Arte launches a new section for its 12th edition

The Brazilian fair SP-Arte (São Paulo) is launching a new design section at its 12th edition, taking place from 7 to 10 April 2016. This section aims to showcase the design tradition in Brazil, with special attention to local production. The country’s first designs during the colonial period were heavily worked pieces of wood. And still today, Brazilian designers use wood, continuing this tradition, while adding a layer of reflection on the environment. As of the second half of the 20th century, Brazilian design entered the international arena with the modernism of Sergio Rodrigues (1927-2014), Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), Jorge Zalszupin, Lina Bo Bardi (1914-92) and Joaquim Tenreiro (1906-92). We can also find the experimental designs of Luciana Martins, Gerson de Oliveira and OVO. Exhibitors in the new section are almost all based in São Paulo: Coletivo Amor de Madre, Artemobilia, Baraùna, Belas Artes, Carlos Motta, DPOT, Jader Almeida by DPOT, ETEL, Firma Casa, Hugo França, Itamar Musse, Legado Arte, LLUSSA, Maneco Quinderé, Marton, Mercado Moderno, OVO, Passado Composto Seculo XX, Pé Palito, Sandra e Marcio, Teo, Jacqueline Terpins, Thomaz...

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The First Edition of AKAA Postponed for 2016

The art fair of African contemporary art design, AKAA – Also Known As Africa – which was to be held from December 3 to 6 2015 at the Carreau du Temple in Paris, is postponed to 2016 – notably because of the attacks that took place in Paris on November 13. This inaugural edition of AKAA was to be the first African art fair held in the French capital. The fair was to bring together 54 galleries from both Morocco, South Africa, Italy, France, Mali, Kenya and England, presenting artists from different backgrounds, with a common denominator inspiration for Africa. Recent international events had not hindered the will to organize this fair, so that “the arts and cultures of the world can communicate freely,” according to the words of the director and founder of the fair, Victoria Mann. However, the terrorist attacks of 13 November in Paris, added to those of 20 November at the Radisson Blu Bamako and the state of emergency declared in Brussels on 21 November ultimately led to a final cancellation – particularly caused by the withdrawal of many...

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