Bertrand Scholler or the Bellechasse spirit

More than an address, 55Bellechasse is a unique place: Parisian but not excessively so, a place where talents from afar cross paths. A contemporary-art gallery whose founder, Bertrand Scholler, seeks to “rehumanise the art market”. In the 7th arronidssement in Paris, a district favoured by embassies, not far from the former Dames de Bellechasse convent, a gallery with a very contemporary slant is tucked away. Here, the master of the premises, Bertrand Scholler, has devoted himself, since February 2013, to “combining certain traditions from the art-dealing profession with an international and entrepreneurial vision of the issues shaking up this profession in the last decade or so”. The aim is ambitious, and demands a few explanations. An encounter with a man of art, a defender of new talents, and an artisan who weaves together exclusive stories. 55Bellechasse is a pretty address, but what else makes this gallery special? We must be the only gallery crazy enough to present artists who are unknown to the fair world. Generally, gallerists present works that come from the secondary market, confirmed names or else very commercial objects. This isn’t our case, and I think that this is where our singularity lies. This is a strategy which is also associated with long-term commitment, in favour of emerging artists whose signatures are still relatively unknown. I get these artists together twice a year, I re-explain to them the aim which is to work as a team. Niloufar Banisadr, Pascal Vochelet, Christiann Conradie, Vladimir Sulyagin… They’re all very different and in my mind, very complementary. The common denominator is that they’ve decided to dedicate their lives to art, wholly committing themselves, to such a point that they no doubt would be unable to do anything else. So is commitment the basis of the “Bellechasse” spirit? It’s true...

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Prizm Art Fair announces its 2016 exhibitors

The fourth edition of the Prizm Art Fair in Miami is presenting over 40 artists from eight countries including France, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, Saint-Martin and Trinidad-and-Tobago, divided into two sections. Founded in 2013 by Mikhaile Solomon, this year’s theme explores the global impact of African culture. The section supervised by the director will be welcoming artists including Alonzo Davis, Alexandria Smith, Amber Robles-Gordon, Cleveland Dean, Cosmo Whyte, James A Rush, Wesley Clark and Wole Lagunju. Meanwhile, the second section, Spirits in the Material World, supervised by William Cordova, includes Leslie Hewitt, Onyedika Chuke, Nyame Brown, Asoka Goto, Derrick Adams, Firelei Baez, Adriana Farmiga, Yanira Collado and Horton Humble among 18 selected artists. Prizm Art Fair, from 29 November to 11 December, is the other big event in...

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Gallery Diet renamed The Nina Johnson Gallery

The Gallery Diet in Miami, which has moved from the city’s arty district of Wynwood, to a larger space in Little Haïti, has been renamed after its owner as The Nina Johnson Gallery. The first exhibition in this rebaptised space will feature paintings by Seth Cameron, a founding member of the Bruce High Quality Foundation. This will be Cameron’s first solo exhibition to be held independently of the...

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Opening of the Bellechasse gallery in Miami

The 55Bellechasse Gallery is opening in Miami at the 7111 North Miami Avenue Studio Complex. To celebrate this event, an opening night entitled ”Beautiful Night n1” was organized on 21 June, following the model of the French Fête de la Musique. Accompanied by the group Millionyoung, the saxophonist Leon Morley, and Rara Roots Rock Rasin, the event was organized by the JAMM Project with support of Next Level Fairs. The opening of the new space displayed the artist Jon Davis, who is represented by the gallery. The 55Bellechasse Gallery represents 13 artists such as Niloufar Banisadr, Christiaan Conradie, Jon Davis, Olsen Groiseau, Frederic Hégo, Tomasz Kaniowski, Elodie Pierrat, David Ramirez Gomez, Hui Shen, Sun Moqing, Pascal Vochelet and Vladimir...

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Death of Zaha Hadid (1950-2016)

Born on 31 October 1950 in Bagdad, Zaha Hadid was a major architect of our era and a figure of the Deconstructivist movement inspired by philosopher Jacques Derrida, a movement that refused the linear order of modern architecture. She passed away on 31 March 2016 in Miami, at the age of 65 years. The daughter of Muhammad Hadid, a wealthy Iraqi businessman and liberal politician, she spent her childhood in France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom where she met Rem Koolhaas, in 1972, who became her teacher and mentor. Graduating in 1977, she parted ways with Rem Koolhas in 1979 to set up her own agency. A multiple prize-winner, she was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Prize in 2004, one of the most prestigious architecture awards, as well as the gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2015. Having constructed buildings on every continent, she often created controversy from making clumsy remarks as well as from some of her projects — that she sometimes abandoned — always extremely ambitious and uncompromising, at the limits of possibility. She was responsible for the MAXXI in Rome, the Canton Opera House, the Cardiff Opera House, the BMW plant in Leipzig. An international architect, her constructions stand in many world cities including Basel, Strasbourg, Beijing, Seoul, Taiwan, Naples, Milan, Barcelona, Rabat, Baku, Montpellier and Marseille. Her architectural work reflected her character: impetuous, unpredictable, a type of controlled chaos, like “challenges to gravity” or “explosions fixed in space” or “the combination of enormous energy and infinite delicacy”, in the words of Rem Koolhaas. Her “revolutionary” concept of architecture being intended to reconfigure the nature of social links, Zaha Hadid stated that “an architecture vanguard transforms public space into civic...

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