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MONUMENTAL BOLTANSKI

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Christian Boltanski at The Grand Palais : A cold heart in an ephemeral hell

Two frenzied exhibitions

Christian Boltanski, a French artist born in 1944 who will represent France at the Venice Biennale in 2011, is burning rubber as he rings in the new year 2010 with two simultaneous exhibitions: Personnes (People) at The Grand Palais and Après (After) at MAC / VAL of Vitry-sur-Seine. In an interview given for January’s edition of the magazine Art Actuel, Christian Boltanski explains that "the common inspiration [for the two exhibitions] is very vast, and is to be found in Dante's Inferno. There is no visual or formal relationship between them. They are two circles. They are two totally different projects that at the same time, correspond; but very briefly: the Grand Palais is the place of the killing and MAC / VAL is purgatory. Themes to ponder (...):God's choice and chance. "

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Monumental Boltanski

Two years before the opening of Monumenta at The Grand Palais (Jan. 13 – Feb. 21 2010), Christian Boltanski (born in 1944) already imagined that it would be amusing to empty out a place like The Grand Palais and “to present a small quavering tape recorder, but he admitted that it wouldn’t be very honest considering people would have paid to enter. I sincerely feel an obligation towards the public, one that doesn’t deceive.”

How much do the visitors who are also collectors have to jeopardize during auctions in order to acquire a piece of work from the artist and not be disappointed?...

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Catalogues raisonnés: The fine line between responsibility and unreasonable authority

Catalogues raisonnés, sometimes referred to as artist works catalogues, have considerable influence over the art market. Take for example Bob Calle’s catalog, which identifies Christian Boltanski’s early work. It has become the standard for determining the authenticity of Boltanski's works during sales, studies, and auctions. Calle has even intervened as a Boltanski expert in order to prevent the sale of a counterfeit piece, and then had it extracted from one of his recently published catalogues.



GIACOMETTI: AT THE MUSEUM, AT AUCTION AND BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT

Joyeuses Fêtes artistiques !

IMPRESSIONS DE FIN D'ANNEE

SPECIAL JAPON

LA PHOTOGRAPHIE EN LIGNE DE MIRE

DES EXPERIENCES VIRTUELLES MAIS DES VENTES BIEN REELLES

LUCIAN FREUD OU L'INCONSCIENT DE LA CHAIR

MATISSE/RODIN DEUX GENIES AUX MULTIPLES TALENTS

MONUMENTAL BOLTANSKI

JENNY HOLZER : LIGHT AND DARKNESS

GENTLY DISCOVERING ART BRUT

FROM RIO TO PARIS, JR'S PARTICIPATIVE ART