AO On Site – Paris: FIAC Vernissage Photoset, Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

October 18th, 2012

FIAC Grand Palais, photo courtesy We Want Contrast for Art Observed

FIAC, one of Europe’s main three art fairs, held its vernissage last night in Paris at the Grand Palais. Dealers saw strong blue chip sales, including an $8 million Joan Miro panting, despite concerns over France’s proposed increase in wealth taxes and a strong Frieze and Frieze Masters in London the week before.

Gilles Fuches, President Prix Marcel Duchamp

All photos by Tiphaine Popesco for Art Observed unless otherwise noted

The crowd at FIAC

FIAC has added more contemporary work from the second half of the 20th century in the last two years, attracting big collectors like Francois Pinault, Bernard Arnault, Alberto Mugrabi and Omer Koc.

Left to right: Yoyo Maeght, Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr, Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr Jr., Benjamin Duban

Katharina Fritsch installation

Paul McCarthy, Static Brown, Hauser & Wirth

Gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin and Kaws sculpture

Antony Gormley, Standing Matter XXXV, 2011 at Thaddeus Ropac’s booth

Damien Hirst at Van de Weghe

Kamel Mennour

Artist Daniel Hourdé

Fairgoers at FIAC

Francesco Vezzoli sculpture, 2012

Fairgoer at FIAC

Fairgoers looking at Damien Hirst Dove

Sebastien Cambray-Pellegrin and Dimitri Koundourakis

Sarah Lucas, Yes 2012 at Sadie Coles’ booth

The fair opens to the public today and runs through the 21st of October.  Art Observed will continue with further coverage throughout the week.

Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill
Auditorium du Grand Palais, Entrée par la rotonde Alexandre III
Auditorium du Louvre, Entrée sous la Pyramide du Louvre
Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’évolution, 56 rue Geoffroy St Hilaire
Grand amphithéâtre du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, 57, rue Cuvier
Amphithéâtre de l’Institut du Monde Anglophone, Amphithéâtre anatomique de l’école royal de dessin 5, rue de l’Ecole de Médecine

-V. Artzimovich

Fair website: [FIAC]
Businessweek: ["Billionaires Snap Up $8 Million Miro, Fontana in Paris"]