The French Revolution
In the art world the great masters have come from France; Van Gogh, Cezanne´, Monet, Manet, Picasso, and the list continues. But as of the last few decades France seems to have suffered an artist slump. Contemporary Art in France has been literally dead. With a state run system who has chosen who get notoriety and who does not, France fell behind. Now with the opening of the Palais de Tokyo and the International Contemporary Art Fair, France is trying to make a come back. But with so many new and emerging markets is there room for dominance like the days of yore?
The LA Times takes a look into France’s entries into the Contemporary art word.
PARIS —When Théo Mercier talks about his work — sculptures with tribal masks sticking out their tongues or flora sprouting around fleshy pink, bulbous posteriors — he does it with a straight face. His sculpture, "The Loner," is "a kind of monster monument," he said, then paused. "In spaghetti."
The 27-year-old's sculptures can be disturbingly funny but beautiful creatures to look at. "We never know … if we are dealing with something amusing, or something sad," he said of his creations. They include human body parts dressed in street wear, latched onto indigenous artifacts, with intricately arranged fruits and seashells, that all transform into beings fit for some crazed Neverland.