The dust is still settling on Frieze London and we’ve already moved onto Paris FIAC, the contemporary art fair in the heart of Paris. In the fair’s 42nd year, 177 galleries from 22 countries have brought the world’s top artists and galleries to the chicest city on earth. While the gallery regulars were all present, francophiles had plenty to marvel over from Sprüth Magers booth designed to look like an imagined French collector’s home to Hauser & Wirth’s booth curated around a stack of Charlie Hebdo newspapers.
So far, sales reports have been positive with a wide variety of works purchased from Alex Prager’s photographs to Sean Landers’s large sculptural installation “Maroon Bells (Deer).” Ossian Ward of Lisson gallery told Artinfo “I think Frieze felt more kind of like a feeding frenzy, you know. The first day was very busy and everyone wanted to buy things. I think here its very busy also but its a little bit slower. People making decisions a different way maybe.”
If like you’re like us and were unable to attend the fair, you likely have been trolling Instagram looking for glimpses of what’s the fair has to offer. We’ll save your thumbs some work and give you the most photogenic works on view (which we’ll remind you has absolutely nothing to do with what actually sells).
Gladstone Gallery’s sad hairy clown by Ugo Rondinone
Sadie Coles Gallery’s fruity toilet by Urs Fischer
Lisson Gallery’s giant gold vagina by Anish Kapoor
Sprüth Magers Gallery’s bipolar face portrait by George Condo
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery’s shiny gold disco ball thing by Olafur Eliasson
Perrotin Gallery’s killer headache sculpture by Daniel Arsham
Air De Paris Gallery’s purple-ish octopus by Carsten Höeller
There’s a lit more where this came from. Search #FIAC for more!