“Art Contemporain”

David Nash, time and nature

Wood, erosion and seasons… David Nash’s art is rooted in our planet Earth. We met him in his home in Wales, where he’s hidden himself away in a former chapel. This is where he sculpts his life-size works with the help of a chainsaw and welding torch, watched by an audience of trees. “They look at me…” David Nash was born in 1945 in Surrey, England. Today acknowledged as one of the most illustrious British exponents of Land Art, he works relentlessly with his material of choice, wood, to create installations or sculptures. While his creations are exhibited in museums all over the world, his largest formats have been created for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield, or his own home, in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales. Here, Nash resides in a former chapel, impressive in its dimensions and brightness. It houses some of his oldest pieces, which Nash is fond of reworking, attesting to a cyclical approach to time. This summer, David Nash’s work is being shown at the Fondation Fernet-Branca near Basel, while another exhibition has recently wrapped up at the Museum Lothar Fisher in Neumarkt, Germany. The Galerie Lelong which represents him in Paris is also unveiling his new works on paper until 13 July.   After you finished your studies, you decided to settle here, in this former church in Blaenau Ffestiniog. Why? I bought it in 1968 for 200 pounds and as I didn’t have to work to earn money, I was able to devote myself to my art. But I taught in different schools from 1970 onwards, working with students experimenting with all types of mediums. For me, creativity is one and the same whatever the medium, and what I’d teach them in particular was to develop confidence in themselves, whether in painting, sculpture or...

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Exploring Frame, Art Basel’s newest satellite fair

Art Basel is the behemoth of the art world, with 290 galleries exhibiting 4,000 artists. Can satellite fairs benefit from the influx of collectors, channelling a different value proposition? Of the seven 2018 satellite events, some specialize in a topic (books, photography) and other seek to offer a whole new experience for collectors: such is the ambition of newcomer Frame. Defined as a collective art space, the fair relies on the collaboration of thirteen international galleries, pooling resources and expertise to offer an event catering to their business needs – and for the benefit of curious collectors. “We are currently witnessing the end of an era” advocates Bertrand Scholler, French gallerist and co-founder of Frame. “Big fairs spend most of their resources selling ever more expensive space to galleries instead of focusing on content and quality. At the same time, fairs are like drugs to galleries: they need them, even though they are destroying them. Satellite fairs are barely scrapping by, and often inconsistent.” Frame is looking to reverse the trend, one city at a time. Instead of addressing all sectors, it focuses on young galleries showing emerging artists. Frame is hardly alone in this segment however, as at least three satellite salons (Liste, Volta and Scope) make similar claims. Frame bets on several strategic choices to stand out. The 800 m2 of the fair are located in Basel Art Center, where all exhibitors will occupy similar booths, giving collectors breathing space. This “less is more” philosophy is translated in the VIP events program and solo shows offered by the organizers. Will this complementary experience attract visitors and locals? This first edition will...

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Edgar Sarin wins the Bourse Révélations Emerige

As part of its exhibition “Une inconnue d’avance” from 4 to 20 November, curated by Gaël Charbau, the Bourse Révélations Emerige announced its winner on Thursday 3 November. Created in January 2014, the grant is an initiative conducted by the Emerige endowment fund in support of visual artists living in France, as yet unrepresented by any gallery. This unique Bourse — set up by Laurent Dumas — allows the winner to hold a first solo exhibition in an internationally renowned French gallery, and to receive financial support for his or her production of works. The third edition of the competition presented the works of twelve artists including two duos: Johanne Benaïnous and Elsa Parra, as well as Thomas Guillemet and Olivier Alexanian. During a ceremony organised at the Villa Emerige in Paris, Edgar Sarin, born in 1989 in Marseille, was named the new winner of the Bourse, and will be exhibited in 2017 at the Michel Rein gallery in...

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“Tate Sensorium” to revolutionise contemporary art

From 26 August until 20 September 2015, the Tate Britain in London, United Kingdom, will host an exhibition entitled “Tate Sensorium”. This exhibition aims to make use of all the viewer’s senses in an effort to alter their experience of contemporary art. The Tate Britain is launching a new type of exhibition, whose desire is to make use of the spectator’s five senses, believing that contemporary art should not just be approached from a visual plane. In order to do this, the gallery has enlisted the help of a master chocolatier, a perfume specialist and a sound expert. The exhibition uses reliable technological devices to diffuse the smells, recreate the sense of touch and spread the sounds in three dimensions. The reasoning behind this exhibition is to show that the senses can influence the reception of a painting. As director of the 2015 IK Prize, Tony Guillan stated in an interview with The Independent, that painters are not only influenced by what they see, but also by what they smell, taste, touch and hear. The exhibition will showcase the work of British artists of the 20th century such as Francis Bacon, David Bomberg and Richard Hamilton. “Tate Sensorium” won the IK Prize in 2015, rewarding the work of the Flying Objects agency, which contributed to the creation of the...

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The International Design Biennial in Saint-Étienne in 2013

Saint-Étienne, September 11, 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). The next International Biennial Design Saint-Etienne will take place from March 14 to 31 2013. The theme chosen for this edition is “Empathy or experience of the other.” Empathy is a mechanism by which an individual can feel, experience, understanding the emotions, feelings or even beliefs of others. This theme thus suits well with artistic work. Biennial International Design Saint-Étienne will broadcast throughout the country, with the participation of different actors: Museum of Modern Art, Museum of mine, Museum of Art and Industry, Le Corbusier site in Firminy. Exciding this territorial resonance, Biennale will shine beyond borders: Commissioners, visitors, exhibitors and foreign journalists are invited to participate in exchanges. Cities from the UNESCO Design Creative Cities Network will particularly be honoured. According to the press release, this eighth edition will be firmly focused on innovation, forecasting and research by design. Thus, designers, firms, and students (including those of the Graduate School of Art and Design in Saint-Étienne), economic and institutional actors are invited to present their projects and achievements, their lifestyle proposals related to our current or future...

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