3 Must-See Events at Paris Gallery Weekend

By art critic Ingrid Luquet-Gad

We asked art critic Ingrid Luquet-Gad to highlight her 3 must-see events at Paris Gallery Weekend, which will take place in the days between 26 – 27 May, 2018, all around the city of Paris.


“A Study in Scarlet”, from 17 May to 22 July at FRAC Île-de-France Le Plateau

Cosey Fanni Tutti is known as a member of Throbbing Gristle, an industrial music pioneer in the late 1970s. What is less known is that this magnetic, poisonous and highly subversive figure is first and foremost an artist, active within the COUM collective. A master in the art of infiltration, Cosey Fanni Tutti’s works are at the borders of performance and music, but also the pornographic industry. Curator of the exhibition Gallien Dejean produces both an elective genealogy of young French artists and a archival work for this pioneering work.

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Henrik Olesen installation view. Photo: Florian Kleinefenn, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Henrik Olesen, “6 or 7 new works”, from 28 April to 27 May, gallery Chantal Crousel

In the huge book “Queer Art” written by the artist and researcher Renate Lorenz and published in French this spring, a case study was dedicated to her. Still little known in France, Henrik Olesen, a Danish artist based in Paris, has undertaken with “Some Faggy Gestures” a long-term research on the representation of homosexuality in art history. This methodology, that of an Aby Warburg fond of atlases and typologies, is the one found in his exhibition at the Chantal Crousel gallery, where the artist presents a more abstract and conceptual work around the idea of the construction of modern affective communities.

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Courtesy of the artist and Ceysson & Bénétière gallery

Claude Viallat, “Cerceaux, Filets, Objets”, from 24 May to 23 June at the gallery Ceysson & Bénétière

Claude Viallat, his raw paintings and the form he has obsessively cultivated for over forty years, the famous “all-over bean”, do not need to be presented anymore. On the other hand, the whole part of the objects, that is to say the hoops, nets and canvases, adding to the deconstruction of the painting a shutter which unfolds in space, remains as for it much less known. By taking the decision to gather only this part of his work, the gallery Ceysson & Bénétière makes burst the ultra contemporary ecological preoccupations which emerge in that which saw itself, when it carried out its ropes of knots, in the skin of a shaman in direct communion with nature.

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About Ingrid Luquet-Gad
Ingrid Luquet-Gad is an art critic and member of AICA. She has studied philosophy and art history at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University Paris I Sorbonne with a focus on the reconfiguration of the artistic landscape under the effect of new technologies and their influence on the individual.

This article has been published as part of a collaboration between Paris Gallery Weekend and Artland.

More information
Paris Gallery Weekend takes place in the days between 26 – 27 May, 2018, all around the city of Paris.

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