Erró | Art Paris, France.
Art Paris, 16th edition
31st March – 3rd April 2016
Grand Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
Art Paris is a contemporary and emerging art fair now in its 16th edition, the highlight of the electric Paris Art Week. During the inauguration on March 30, President Hollande appeared engaged and animated as he did the rounds of some of the 143 galleries from over 20 countries that come together for this dynamic rendezvous in the enormous main hall of the Grand Palais.
As told by France Today: “Quite a treat this year is the collaboration with the Vienna Angerlehner Museum, Ernst Hilger Gallery that brought Icelandic artist Erró’s Femmes Fatales. Painted in bright, bold colours, Erró gives a Pop twist to the myths of beautiful and deadly superwomen, mashing together timelines and themes, from Joan of Arc to Catwoman.”
“In 2016, the fair continues to concentrate on parts of Europe” says Director Guillaume Piens,”with the singular art scenes of cities like Marseille, Milan and Zurich, and also looking further afield to places like Azerbaijan, Colombia, and Iran, and of course Korea, this year’s guest of honour.”
Part of the appeal of an art fair as opposed to a formal art exhibition is that most of the art on display is for sale. It is a great place to start or expand an art collection and makes for an unforgettable souvenir de voyage. The gallery owners and sometimes the artists are present – that invaluable personal touch that makes all the difference. You not only will have a work of art, but also a great story to go with it. There’s no need to break the bank, you can buy your first piece from an emerging artist for a couple of thousand, and your purchase can be shipped anywhere in the world. A word of warning: it’s a lifelong addiction. Once they buy an artwork at a fair, collectors come back year after year.
Guðmundur Guðmundsson (b. 1932), better known as Erró, is without a doubt the best known contemporary artist of Iceland. After studying in Iceland, at the age of 20 he was admitted to the Oslo Academy of Fine Art, Norway. In 1954 he studied at the Florence Academy of Art and later in Ravenna, Italy, where he focussed on mosaic technique. In 1958 he moved to Paris in 1958, where was accepted by the local Surrealists with open arms. In 1963, Erró travelled for the first time to New York and came into contact with Pop Art, which was coming into vogue at the time. For the next few years he worked in different media, such as performance art and experimental cinema, in addition to painting. He quickly became one of the pioneers of Pop Art and European narrative figuration. Erró has lived in Paris for more than fifty years; he usually spends part of the winter in Thailand and in summer he stays at his house in Formentera, Spain.
In 1989 Erró gave the City of Reykjavík a large collection of his works, a total of about 2,000 items, including paintings, watercolours, graphic art, sculptures, collages and other works spanning the artist’s entire career from his youth. In addition to the art works, Erró gave the city an extensive collection of private correspondence and other documents relevant to his artistic career. These rich sources are of great value for all research on the artist Erró and his time. The collection has grown steadily over the years; Erró has continued to add to the gift and in addition works have been purchased for the collection, which now numbers about 4,000 works of art.
Exhibitions from the Erró collection are a regular fixture at the Hafnarhús site of the Reykjavík Art Museum, with the purpose of giving as clear an image as possible of the diverse character of the artist’s works.