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Three days after the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris that rattled the world and left 129 innocent people dead, the city is attempting to restore some semblance of normalcy by reopening its museums and cultural institutions. Landmarks including the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, and Grand Palais, which was in the midst of hosting Paris Photo when the attacks broke out, have been shuttered since Friday as part of a general state of emergency.

By reopening its storied museums, monuments, buildings and libraries, Paris has expressed that its spirit will not waver in the face of these despicable acts. The attacks, which took place at six locations throughout the city, including the Bataclan, a 19th century concert hall in the 11th arrondissement, two...

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Paris Tableau—the Old Master fair that closed two days early this year after the terrorist attacks in the capital on 13 November—will become part of the Biennale des Antiquaires, which will be held annually at the Grand Palais.

The 28th edition of the Biennale—the historic jewelry, art and antiques fair—is scheduled to open next autumn (10-18 September 2016) with Henri Loyrette, the former president of the Louvre, at the helm. 

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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:29

Paris Photo Releases Its 2015 Exhibitor List

Paris Photo, the premier international art fair for works in the photographic medium, has announced a list of 168 exhibitors from 35 countries including 147 galleries and 26 art book dealers for its 19th edition which take place at Paris’s Grand Palais from November 12-15.

This year’s fair includes 30 solo and duo shows, including: Bruno Serralongue and Torbjørn Rødland, presented by AIR DE PARIS, Paris; Brassaï, presented by KARSTEN GREVE, Paris; Jean-Baptiste Huynh presented by LELONG, Paris; and James Welling, presented by PETER FREEMAN, New York.

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On May 21, as the star lot of its sale of American Art, Christie’s will offer "Two Puritans" by Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Painted in 1945 at the height of Hopper’s career, "Two Puritans," one of only three canvases by the artist of that year and the only one in private hands, is estimated to bring in excess of $20 million when it appears at auction for the first time this spring. The painting has been included in nearly every major exhibition and publication on the artist and, most recently was on view in Paris at the Grand Palais, where the Hopper exhibition broke attendance records, proving that the artist has arrived on an international stage.

Elizabeth Beaman, Head of American Art, states; “Edward Hopper's masterwork 'Two Puritans' can be considered at once an intimate and revealing portrait of the artist and his wife, as well as a testament to his dogged dedication to realism in the face of a changing visual world that increasingly championed abstraction.

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One of the most comprehensive displays of works by Diego Velázquez is opening this week at Paris’s Grand Palais. Showcasing 119 artworks from museums around the globe, it will cover the breadth of his career. But pulling together this large retrospective of the influential 17th-century Spanish painter was no easy feat for curator Guillaume Kientz.

Mr. Kientz, the chief conservationist for Spanish paintings at the Louvre, which is jointly producing the exhibition, spent the past two years negotiating with private collectors and museums to assemble some of the Spanish master’s most famous works in what will be the Grand Palais’s blockbuster show of the year.

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On April 8, 2015, Doris and Donald Fisher’s inimitable collection of twentieth-century art will go on view at the Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition marks the beginning of a small international tour that will include another stop at the Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence, France. When the exhibition concludes, the Fisher Collection will return to its new permanent home -- the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

In 2010, SFMOMA announced an unprecedented partnership to house and display the art collection of Donald Fisher, the founder of the Gap, and his wife, Doris. Comprising over 1,100 works by 185 American and European artists, the Fishers’ collection is one of the greatest private collections of modern and contemporary art in the world.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:22

The Director of Paris Photo Steps Down

Julien Frydman, head of the French and Los Angeles-based art fair Paris Photo for the past four years, has announced that he will leave his post as director in late January 2015. The announcement comes just a month after the 18th edition of Paris Photo, and five months before the third edition of Paris Photo Los Angeles.

“The reason why I am leaving at this particular moment is because I've had a job offer," Frydman told artnet News over the phone on Tuesday morning. "Paris Photo hosts a fair every six months, so it was always going to catch me in between fairs."

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:08

The Inaugural Edition of FIAC LA has been Postponed

The inaugural edition of FIAC LA has been postponed for a full year to the beginning of 2016, according to an official statement released by fair organizers today. The L.A. edition was originally to be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from March 27 to 29, 2015. This comes just after the 41st edition of FIAC in Paris, which ran from October 22 through 25 at the Grand Palais and featured 191 exhibitors, wrapped to mostly positive reviews.

A report from artnet News earlier today suggested that the fair’s organizers had canceled the Los Angeles edition all together, citing some possible reasons for the change such as a less than full exhibitor list and “that FIAC had not engaged the right staff on the ground to pull off such an ambitious fair in a short period of time.”

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Monday, 10 November 2014 11:12

Paris Photo Opens this Week at the Grand Palais

This week, the Grand Palais will host the 18th edition of photography's top art fair, Paris Photo.

"The fair turns 18 years old this year, so it's a time of maturity," Paris Photo director Julien Frydman told artnet News. "Paris Photo has played a big role in integrating photography in the history of art, putting it in relation with other artistic disciplines, such as writing, moving image, painting, and performance. This year is going to be really representative of the diversity of approaches and the vitality of artists using the medium."

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German painters Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz sold works for more than $2 million each, and American artist Mike Kelley’s mixed media that used buttons, beads and shells fetched more than $1 million, as the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain ended on Sunday in Paris.

Organizers said 74,567 people attended the main fair at the Grand Palais and more than 14,000 visitors went to (Off)icialle, a new sister event with 68 galleries that focused on younger or overlooked artists on a dock along the Seine in east Paris.

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