“Place Vendôme”

Oscar Tuazon or the necessity of sculpture

This year, Oscar Tuazon is taking over the Place Vendôme as part of the FIAC’s Hors les Murs programme. Using polyethylene pipe segments – usually employed for water-management purposes –, the American artist has come up with a (very) big-format work. Explanations. By using simple or everyday materials, Oscar Tuazon carries out experiments that are often connected with the environment. A practice which allows him to shine light to the ecological issues that are so dear to him. In this case, the theme of water, in relation with the history of Paris, a city where the artist lived for a few years. Tuazon takes a unique approach to his sculpture practice: he focuses as much on materials as he is nourished by his relationship to text and writing. Today represented in Paris by the Galerie Chantal Crousel, Oscar Tuazon lived in the French capital in the 2000s, and was cofounder of the gallery Castillo/Corrales in the Belleville district, along with critics Thomas Boutoux, François Piron and Benjamin Thorel. This research space – today closed, after eight years of existence – blended exhibitions and texts, debates and publishing. It was Oscar Tuazon who gave the venue its name, inspired by boxing fights. These days, the artist lives in Los Angeles, and continues to combine profoundly physical work with text, writing, poetry. For the carte blanche accorded to him by the Place Vendôme in Paris, he tells Art Media Agency that he immediately thought about a “horizontal monument. A human-scale monument that you can walk through. Like Gustave Courbet, who supported the demolition of the Vendôme column during Paris’ Commune period, this is the position I prefer for the column. It’s an ad hoc monument for water, in a city which was constructed around fluidity.” For the Place Vendôme, Tuazon has...

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Tree sculpture vandalised and artist attacked in Paris

The artist Paul McCarthy was attacked on Thursday whilst installing a sculpture in Paris’ Place Vendôme. The sculpture, entitled Tree, is part of FIACs “Hors les murs” programme, and comprises a 24-metre-tall green plastic canvas, which when assembled takes on an ambiguous form which some have compared to a Christmas tree, and others to a sex toy. McCarthy told Le Monde that “people may be offended if they want to refer to [it as a] plug, but, for me, it is more of an abstraction.” The sculpture has proved particularly divisive, some finding it amusing, and others accusing it of being an affront to French culture. A man hit the artist three times in the face, shouting that his work did not belong in the space. Witnesses say that although he was shaken by the attack, he did not appear to be visibly injured. Following these events, the work was vandalised on the night of 17 October. Investigations revealed that the the wind-blower was cut, and that one of the straps which kept the structure upright was also severed. Police have launched a further investigation but the artist does not wish for his work to be...

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Boucheron celebrates its 150th birthday with Sugimoto

Paris, 21 octobre 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Hiroshi Sugimoto is being exhibited, at the Maison Boucheron boutique in Paris, to celebrate its 150 years at Place Vendôme. The establishment has transformed part of its boutique into an art gallery in order to exhibit the series Revolution by the photographic artist. According to the magazine Connaissance des Arts, “the choice fell on this Japanese master for his work with light, which strikes a chord with the artisans of Maison Boucheron. When Hiroshi Sugimoto subjects the aquamarine jewels to the translucent, nuanced darkness, the jewellery artisans work to join, then reflect the light within their creations, as they did at the last collection of the boutique, which was entitled Hôtel de la lumière (Hotel of light)“. Born in Tokyo in 1948, Sugimoto carried out his studies at Saint-Paul University, Paris, before going on to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, finally settling in New York in 1974. He has exhibited his photographs, paintings and installations across the...

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FIAC 2013 dates announced

Paris, 3 June 2013, Art Media Agency, The 40th anniversary edition of FIAC is to take place from 24 to 27 October 2013 at the Grand Palais, Paris. The art fair is to feature 180 galleries from 23 countries, with each gallery specialising in modern and contemporary art as well as emerging tendencies. The fair will also feature the Lafayette Sector, a collaborative programme directed by FIAC and Groups Galeries Lafayette, official sponsors of FIAC. Launched in 2009, The  Lafayette Sector provides financial support to ten French and international galleries who represent emerging artists, with participants selected by an independent jury of international curators. The 2013 jury includes Guillaume Houzé (Art Patronage Director, Groupe Galeries Lafayette, Paris), Jean de Loisy  (President of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris), Emma Lavigne (Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris), and Scott Cameron Weaver (Kunstmuseum, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel). FIAC 2013 will continue to develop its off-site exhibitions programme ’Hors les Murs’. Outdoor works will be presented in the Tuileries Garden, in association with Domaine National du Louvre et des Tuileries, whilst the Jardins des Plantes is to host an exhibition focusing on nature and biodiversity. Following the success of the 2012 edition, the Place Vendôme will house large-scale outdoor projects in collaboration with Comité Vendôme. This year’s edition also features several installations situated along the newly-refurbished left bank of the Seine. Artists’ films and performances will be presented in collaboration with the Auditorium of the Louvre Museum, the Auditorium of the Grand Palais and the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard for the...

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