At Art Paris Art Fair, all galleries are not from Paris

While 18 of the 33 national museums are located in the Paris region, art galleries in French regions are more than elsewhere real cultural locomotives. This year at Art Paris Art Fair they represent 10% of the total number of galleries present at the fair. All very different, they present situations that vary according to their geographical situations and their history. For the  Petits Carreaux gallery which migrated to Saint-Briac in Brittany after being located for years in Paris, the displacement was not binding, quite the opposite. For his owner Philippe Benadretti, this has allowed them to get closer to their clientele with an unprecedented concept: “We work much more casually, we have relations with our collectors who feel much better because they visit us during the weekend or while on holiday, so much more relaxed. Moreover it allowed us to choose a space closer to our home and to display in our house and garden sculptures and canvases that remain on sale for collectors who come to visit the gallery or simply have a drink at home. In addition to these spaces we have a small house which allows us to welcome artists in residence. Thus we decided to present their work at Art Paris Art Fair. And the best thing about a fair like this is that the busy collectors do not say that they will come to see us at the gallery since it’s far away, so they decide right away on the stand.” Although located in a region, it is mainly Parisian clientele that still meets the Petits Carreaux Gallery. This is also the case with AD Gallery – located in Montpellier they participate at the fair for the 8th consecutive year. To quote David Garcia, the owner of the gallery, “The aim of this...

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Eighth lawsuit against former gallery Knoedler

Billionaire Frank Fertitta has lodged a lawsuit against the former director of the Knoedler Gallery, Ann Freedman, for selling him fake Rothkos, reports The Art Newspaper. This is the eighth complaint out of ten taken to court by collectors against the ex-gallery Knoedler. From 1994 to 2008, the gallery is said to have sold pieces for a global value of $70 million that are fakes of works by abstract expressionist and modern artists. Fertitta discovered that his work, purchased for $7.2 million in 2008, was not genuine… by reading The Art Newspaper in...

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Mike Kelley at Hauser & Wirth

Mike Kelley is, once again, going to be the object of an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth in New York, from 3 November to 23 December. This is the first time since 2001 that the Memory Ware works are being presented. Two dozen of the 100 works from the series created by Kelley between 2000 and 2010 will be exhibited, many now belonging to private collectors or museum collections. This series is inspired by popular art traditions in the black communities of America’s south and Britain’s Victorian era. To accompany the exhibition, a new catalogue presenting all the works from the series will be published, including an essay by Ralph Rugoff, director of the cin...

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Sanford Biggers joins artists at the Marianne Boesky gallery

New York gallery Marianne Boesky now represents artist Sanford Biggers, who will feature in an exhibition at the gallery next year. The gallery will also be presenting his work at its stand at Art Basel Miami Beach in December. A monographic Biggers exhibition is currently being presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, “Subjective Cosmology”. Recently, he was also shown at the Brooklyn Museum, the Sculpture Center and the MASS MoCA, and he took part in group exhibitions at the Tate Britain and Modern, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Studio Museum in...

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David Nahmad claims ownership of a Monet

Since July, American authorities have sought to recuperate a fortune valued at $1 billion, namely consisting of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, purchased by a Malaysian businessman, Jho Low, who used the money from a government investment fund. Recently, David Nahmad, a famous art dealer based in Monte-Carlo, has declared on oath that he is the owner of one of these paintings, Nymphéas avec des reflets de grandes herbes by Claude Monet, painted between 1914 and...

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