The CASV is honored to have been taken under the wing of esteemed art collector, Gilles Fuchs. As President of ADIAF (The Association for the International Diffusion of French Art), Mr. Fuchs has generously extended his support for contemporary artists, and French artists in particular, by founding the acclaimed Prix Marcel Duchamp, France’s answer to the U.K.’s Turner Prize. Each year four nominees compete for the Prize, showing together at FIAC in front of an international audience, culminating with a single winner being chosen from a jury of notable figures in the art world, including Fuchs himself. The winner goes on to a solo exhibit by a major French art institution, the Centre Pompidou and receives a sizable financial endowment.
In the main room is a piece by critically acclaimed French artist Christian Boltanksi, who represented France in the 2011 Venice Biennale. What first appears to be a coffee table, at closer inspection is a vitrine of curious archived objects and mementos, one of his “Vitrine of Reference” works. As is typical of Boltanski’s unique style, an air of tragedy is evoked in this work. His photo-installations often recall the horrific tragedy of the Holocaust, a personal reminder of his Jewish father and a global reminder of the scars incurred by many countries. Christian Boltanski’s poignant voice still resounds strongly today as one of France’s best artists.
A collector’s true commitment to their passion for art is often seen in a site-specific installation in one’s home; in this case, a dining room designed by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren. Integrating his bold black and white lines, Buren’s work pairs perfectly with the signature grids of his French contemporary, Jean Pierre Reynaud. Once a part of “La Maison” in la Celle Saint Cloud, a project in the mid-70’d where Reynaud covered an entire house in his signature black and white tiles and later destroyed it because it was “too beautiful”, some of the remnants are now in the private collection of Mr. Fuchs. Beautifully curated, Fuchs dining room seamlessly integrates the works of Buren and Reynaud while complimented by the more obvious, yet also gridded work of Gilbert and George’s “Crazed Growth”.
Holly Marie Armishaw
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Holly Marie Armishaw is a contemporary artist, art writer, francophile, and world traveler. Through rigorous exploration of inspiration from international sources of art and culture, she infuses her insights with a critical eye as she discusses global trends. Both her art and writing are informed by attending a continuous array of art exhibitions, lectures, fairs and biennales, both at home and abroad.