Georgina Adam is all over the migration to Paris first with a handy guide to FIAC’s two locations in the Financial Times. The galleries are split into two groups with art of the present day at the Cour Carrée and larger group of 114 dealers ensconced in the Grand Palais:
While the Cour Carrée is quite comparable to Frieze, the Grand Palais section is more like downstairs at Art Basel, with blue-chip works, more established artists and inevitably higher price tags. Victoria Miro is featuring Yayoi Kusama, Gladstone is showing Alighiero e Boetti and Hauser and Wirth has the current art sensation, Matthew Day Jackson. There is also space for early 20th-century work with Arte Povera at Kewenig and German expressionists at Henze & Ketterer.
Adam is also the lynchpin of Agence France Presse’s story on Gagosian gallery opening a Paris branch:
Paris was the heart of the art world for much of 20th century, but France currently has a fraction of the world market, says Georgina Adam, a market specialist at London-based journal The Art Newspaper.
She said Gagosian was likely drawn to Paris not so much by the revival of contemporary art in France as by the presence of rich art collectors such as Francois Pinault, the head of retail group PPR.
“It’s all about the big rich names. There are several very rich collectors in Paris so I imagine he wanted to have a gallery on their doorstep,” she told AFP.
After Frieze Comes FIAC (Financial Times)