New drawing and sculpture fair shakes up Paris fine art world

New drawing and sculpture fair shakes up Paris fine art world

A new fine art, drawing and sculpture fair is due to open in Paris in November, filling the gap left by the Paris Tableau fair which folded two years ago. More than 30 international galleries—including Didier Aaron of Paris and Galerie de Jonckheere of Geneva—will participate in the Fine Arts Paris fair held at the Palais Brongniart (8-12 November).
 
Officials at the Salon du Dessin, Paris’s longstanding drawings fair which launched in 1991, are behind the new initiative. “Diversity and quality are the hallmarks of this new fair, whether in media, periods, subjects on view, but also budgets because museum quality works exhibited by major galleries can be shown alongside “discoveries” by young dealers presented at lower prices,” according to a statement.
 
Paris Tableau, which was also held at the Palais Brongniart, was founded in 2011 by a consortium of mainly Paris-based dealers. These included Galerie Eric Coatalem and Galerie Canesso who said at the time that no art fair catered specifically for the Old Masters market. Galerie Canesso is among the participants in Fine Arts Paris.
 
Paris Tableau closed its doors in November 2015, and merged with La Biennale Paris, formerly the Biennale des Antiquaires, which is held every September at the Grand Palais. Last year, 16 dealers from Paris Tableau took part in La Biennale Paris.
 
The Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA, the French association of antiques dealers) founded the Biennale in 1962. Asked about the latest developments, SNA president Mathias Ary Jan, tells The Art Newspaper that “La Biennale Paris is an international level fair held in a prestigious institution, the Grand Palais, with many specialties: furniture, decorative arts, contemporary and Modern Art etc. You can’t compare such different events.” He also points to the appointment of the Qatari prince, Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, to the fair’s honorary committee.
 
Jill Newhouse Gallery in New York, which specialises in 19th- and 20th-century US and European works on paper, is taking part in Fine Arts Paris. “I believe this fair is a reboot of Paris Tableau but that it will have a broader outlook,” Newhouse says. “I have always sold well in Paris and to European collections so when this opportunity arose, I jumped!”

Anish Kapoor’s Orbit Tower to Become World’s Biggest Slide

Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit (2012)
Photo via: Archdaily

Anish Kapoor‘s tower-sculpture for London’s Olympic Park, ArcelorMittal Orbit, was slammed by critics and citizens alike when it was first launched in 2012.

Even Kapoor acknowledged its clunky features, saying: “It’s an object with all its elbows sticking out and it is slightly awkward, but I think I made it for that reason, I wanted it to be slightly awkward.”

Used mostly as a high point to enjoy London vistas since the Olympics finished in 2012, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has finally found the best use for the humongous structure, which, at 115 meters (about 377 feet), is the UK’s tallest sculpture.

Artist's impression of the Orbit Tower as a slide<br>Photo: via @AMOrbit Twitter

Artist’s impression of the Orbit Tower as a slide
Photo: via @AMOrbit Twitter

From Spring 2016, the tower will be turned into a gigantic, 180-meter slide. According to the Telegraph, the helter skelter will be suspended 76 meters above the ground and wrapped around the metal frame of the tower.

For an affordable £5 ($7.8) entry fee, users will circle around the tower five times before sliding down a 50-meter toboggan towards the ground. Not fit for the faint-hearted, the ride will take around 40 seconds to complete, with users reaching a speed of 15 miles per second.

Artist's impression of the Orbit Tower as a slide<br>Photo: via @AMOrbit Twitter

Artist’s impression of the Orbit Tower as a slide
Photo: via @AMOrbit Twitter

“What more exciting way to descend the ArcelorMittal Orbit than on the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide?” Peter Tudor, director of visitor services at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said in a statement. “This slide really will give a different perspective of Britain’s tallest sculpture,” he added.

Carsten Höller, eat your heart out.

Anish KapoorPhoto via: BBC

Anish Kapoor created the tower-sculpture for the 2012 Olympic Games in London
Photo via: BBC

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