AO On Site – Paris: FIAC 2010 Art Fair Review and Final Photo Set

October 25th, 2010

Grand Palais FIAC 2010, all photos by Tiphaine Popesco for Art Observed

Events at the Grand Palais and Cour Caree du Louvre concluded Sunday afternoon as FIAC 2010 came to a close in Paris. Looking back on what happened in the city’s biggest week for contemporary art, the fair seems to capture many of the same trends that marked the hesitant atmosphere of the Frieze art fair in London. The fair unofficially opened last Tuesday, October 19th, to an ever growing VIP preview audience that this year numbered over 20,000.

Robust early sales at well established galleries suggested that dealers would enjoy even greater success than was seen in London in the same week, several high price tagged items, including Anish Kapoor’s $2.4 million Slug and Takashi Murakami’s $1.6 million Kiki, remained unclaimed well into this weekend. Even the French government toned down its own purchasing, as the cultural ministry spent $280,000 on eight works this year, down from 24 works for roughly twice as much last year. The market certainly isn’t dead but lavish spending akin to the 2007 boom hasn’t made an aggressive comeback.

At Gagosian, photo by Tiphaine Popesco

More text and images after the jump…

Adel Abdessemed, the only artist represented at David Zwirner Gallery, drew among the most noteworthy sales, selling and reserving two pieces–a wall of masks and “Taxadermie,” a block of taxidermied animals–at just under $400,00o dollars each. However, few could argue that anyone had a better week than US art behemoth Larry Gagosian, who in seven days time was named the most powerful man in art, honored with the Légion d’Honneur by culture minister Frédéric Mitterand, and opened a new gallery in Paris, almost immediately  selling $20 million dollars worth of  Cy Twombly works. Those artists that fared particularly well included the expected, like Lucio Fontana, who sold a piece for $2.8 million, as well as younger talent, like the street artist duo Faille, who sold two works, one of them, “Fashion”, priced at $45,000. Overall, buyers showed up to do business at FIAC but acquisitions remained calculated.

Among the guests at the fair’s two main venues were French billionaire Francois Pinault, owner of Christie’s Internation and american singer Lenny Kravitz.

Final Photo Set FIAC 2010, photos by Tiphaine Popesco for Art Observed

At the Grand Palais:

Sculptor Wang Ke Ping

Grand Palais FIAC 2010

Grand Palais FIAC 2010

Adel Abdessemed, Taxidermie, 2010,  photo by Tiphaine Popesco

Photo by Tiphaine Popesco

Laurent Strouk

Jerome De Noirmont

photo by Tiphaine Popesco

Melvina Mosse and Raoul Sao

Pierre Soulages

Le Corbusier, Pierre Soulages

Matthew Day Jackson, The Way We Were

Anish Kapoor

At Cour Carree du Louvre:

Ugo Rondinone

Shireen Gandhy

Johanna Chromix

Vladimir Kozin

Andrey Blokhin, Recycle

Mounir Fatmi, Mixology, 2o1o

Michel Journiac

Franck Perrin

Related Links:
France buys eight works at major art fair, spending down [AFP]
Gagosian Sells $20 Million Art in Paris, Planning Global Growth [Bloomberg]
The Art Market: FIAC sales [Financial Times]
Top 10 Things to See During FIAC Week in Paris [Huffington Post]
Pinault, Lenny Kravizt Browse FIAC Art Fair as $2.8 Million Fontana Sells [Bloomberg]
Five Must-See Displays at FIAC [Art Info]
The Five Best Booths at FIAC [Art Info]
AO On Site – Paris: FIAC 2010 Begins at the Grand Palais and the Cour Carree du Louvre Through Sunday Oct. 24TH [Art Observed]
AO On Site – Paris: FIAC 2010 Mid-Fair News Brief and Photo Set 1 OF 2 [Art Observed]

Obituary: Thomas C. Cuthbert

Deseret News (Salt Lake City) July 4, 2004 1926 ~ 2004 Thomas C. Cuthbert, age 78, passed away peacefully in the loving presence of his family on June 18, 2004, in Laguna Beach, CA, from complications following a ruptured aneurysm. this web site laguna beach ca

Tom was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 9, 1926, the son of Thomas Blair and Helen Crosbie Cuthbert. He married Joyce Snow on June 10, 1948, in Salt Lake City and together they raised six children.

Tom grew up in Salt Lake City and attended Westminster Junior College. At age 17, he enrolled at California Institute of Technology before enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving at Pearl Harbor, HI, during World War II. He returned to Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, where he was affiliated with the Sigma Nu Fraternity, was managing editor of the University of Utah Chronicle, and was student body president from 1948 to 1950. Tom also was inducted into the Skull and Bones, Owl and Key, and Beehive honor societies. He earned a law degree from the University of Utah, and later earned graduate degrees in business from the University of Washington and Stanford University.

Tom’s first occupations included serving as an attorney for the Utah State Tax Commission and as personnel director for the Salt Lake City Civil Service Commission. Tom also had a private law practice for eight years before joining First Security Bank as manager of the Trust Department in 1960. Under Tom’s leadership, the First Security Bank Trust Department grew rapidly and, at the time of his retirement in 1985, was one of the largest and the most profitable trust departments in the U.S. go to site laguna beach ca

Tom loved being with his family and friends, and was exceedingly generous with his time and talents. He valued both education and humor, and excelled at sharing a good joke. He loved his many pets over the years, and seemed to have a special rapport with all animals. He was also a man of changing passions: he had an early love for politics, tennis and basketball; a passion for gardening, camping and fishing in his middle years; and an interest in computers and computer games with his grandchildren in his later years.

Throughout his life, whatever Tom did he did exceedingly well.

Tom’s wife, Joyce, preceded him in death in 1992. He is survived by six children: Haven (Ada) Thomas of Union City, CA; Richard W. (Cheryl) Cuthbert of Seattle, WA; Sahana Barbara (Don) Wolvington of Santa Fe, NM; Julie Anne Ellis, Laguna Beach, CA; Steven S. (Georgia) Cuthbert of Salt Lake City, and David S. (Susan) Cuthbert of Irvine, CA; also a sister, Julie C. Allen, Salt Lake City; and eight grandchildren.

A graveside service is planned for July 9, 2004, at 11 a.m., at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes your thoughts and remembrances, or contributions in Tom’s memory to the Humane Society of Utah. On-line messages can be sent to Arrangements under the direction of Larkin Mortuary.