Art Press : 2020-07-21

RENDEZ-VOUS DE RENTRÉE : 5 : 5

RENDEZ-VOUS DE RENTRÉE

05 RENDEZ-VOUS DE RENTRÉE ——— During the months of lockdown, museums, fairs and galleries switched their activities to their websites; it would have taken several lifetimes to pore over them. Some galleries actually published previously unseen content (like Xavier Hufkens and Cabinet Gallery), instead of just communicat­ing about their artists (and hoping for a potential sale). But sharing a space with works is a condition of the aesthetic experience. This is why in this issue we are dedicating a section to the need to frequent them in “real life”. For now, and now that they are able to re-open, which they are doing in dribs and drabs, the atmosphere in galleries is synergisti­c, to the tune of “unity is strength”. Which, at first glance, is rather pleasing in such a competitiv­e sector. Under the title [ the Galérie Perrotin is organizing in the Impasse SaintClaud­e four sessions up to August 14, in collaborat­ion with 26 Parisian galleries. This first edition, “very soberly” entitled invited the Balice Hertling, Benichou, Crèvecoeur, Frank Elbaz, Antoine Levi and Sémiose Galleries. The result is quite pleasant, resembling an improvised mini-fair.The reliefs by Isabelle Cornaro and the neo-Mexican sculptures by Stefan Rinck are quite beautiful. Too bad that this exhibition remained closed on Sunday May 24, which saw the galleries of the Marais open exceptiona­lly. David Zwirner is doing something quite similar, but neverthele­ss remains in the virtual world since he has opened his website to lesserknow­n galleries in New York, Paris and Brussels. That very establishe­d galleries should share their fame with others less fortunate is commendabl­e, but one cannot help thinking that there is all the same something a little vampiric there. The Galérie Mennour is presenting an exhibition entitled A question put to a large number of children, who drew their visions. These drawings are on sale for the benefit of the Abbé Pierre Foundation and the Necker Hospital for Children. I don’t have much to say about this. But the next time some-one says of a work that their “5-year-old son could do that,” we’ll really have to think hard to find good arguments. And it would seem that being a young artist is happening earlier and earlier. We jest, but the era that is opening before us is an abyss.The coming economic crisis is going to be very tough. It will be dirty. Among the galleries, some will fare well, but many will suffer. It will undoubtedl­y be several months before the fear of dying currently occupying people’s minds dissipates. Only then will we perhaps witness a renaissanc­e, and if by chance we ask ourselves the right questions. In a recent interview given to our colleagues from (1), the patron Antoine de Galbert considered that there were now “too many galleries, too many fairs”, and the art world is not extensible to infinity. In the meantime, these initiative­s bear witness to a survival instinct that is awakened by appalling uncertaint­y. This is what makes them touching, but also eminently sad. Restons Unis Let Us Stay United], Emmanuel, Anne-Sarah How do you see the world after this? Le Journal des Arts Richard Leydier Translatio­n: Chloé Baker (1) “Antoine de Galbert: there are too many galleries, too many fairs”, interview by Christine Coste, n° 546, May 22, 2020. (1) « Antoine de Galbert : il y a trop de galeries, trop de foires », interview par Christine Coste, n°546, 22 mai 2020. Le Journal des Arts, le Journal des Arts,

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