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  • Culture

    New art Seine

    By Frances Atkinson 26 October 2015
    Image – Marc Desgrandchamps

    WHILE Paris is known the world over for a single artwork featuring a woman with an enigmatic smile, it also attracts an exciting range of contemporary artists who work across materials and genres. For forty-two years the Foire International d’Art Contemporain has celebrated artists whose work captures the spirit of now. This year’s festival took place all over the city, including in the impressive Grand Palais, and featured 175 galleries from 22 countries, with thousands of visitors and international buyers hoping to discover the next Jean-Michel Basquiat or Marina Abramovic.

    Highlights included works by Polish born Alicja Kwade (who says she knew she wanted to be an artist by age five) and her improbably striking statue that fuses taxidermy and brass instruments. Another standout was the Sound By The River, a new work curated by Anne-Laure Chamboisser that includes recordings of “nature and the city”. The sound installation will drift on the evening air along the banks of the Seine from the Tuileries Garden to the Grand Palais until November 2nd.

    For a virtual FIAC experience go to fiac.com