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October 27 2008 2 27 /10 /October /2008 17:05

The four main Parisian art fairs are the superheroes of this end of October. The press is excited, the art collectors are under tight scrutiny, the art galleries are stressed and art is… worried ?

Slick : the Thing.

Benjamin Jacob Grimm, alias the Thing, is a human being with a strange appearance and a nondescript form. He also benefits from incredible physical strength. Obviously, Slick took advantage of its move to the 104, a gigantic place adapted to a great fair, a mix between the Grand Palais and the Porte de Versailles space. But the new monster is a giant with clay feet. A lot of space and a vague sense of filling. An unclear intention: popular, serious, young, established? The Thing does not know what to incarnate. Colorful (the Cinthya Corbett stand, Vanessa Suchar and Duplex galleries); flirting with (W Gallery) or crashing into (Studio 55, Eugenio Merino at the ADN Galeria) ridicule; interesting (Catherine Issert, Vf Gallery, Corbett Projects) or honest to god great (the perfectly coherent southern folk at the Red Truck Gallery); but, also, so so (Addict), Burp (Una Gallery, China Beauty), bling bling, skulls and bullshits (Art Jingle Contemporary), or Wow (LHK, Norbert Pastor). Slick swims between hot and cold waters. It would make sense, next year, to offer ab actual selection, seriously, and to profit from the potential of some pertinent galleries. Well, unless they decide to do a popular art party, a kind of cultural bedlam… but that’s another Thing.

> 1. FIAC
> 2. ShowOff
> 4. Diva

[Photo : Chris Roberts-Antieau, Devil in a blue dress, 2007. Fibre appliquée sous du verre, châssis peint. Courtesy Red Truck Gallery et l'artiste] 

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