Reflections on Art, Paris FIAC 2016, Grand Palais
Georges Clemenceau [1841 – 1929] was a French political leader born in Paris. This commemorative art stands at the corner of the Champs-Élysées and the Grand Palais.
Each year, the Paris International Contemporary Art Fair brings the world together to witness the expositions of 174 art galleries from 25 countries. This year includes 47 French and 34 American galleries to present their best-known artists as well as those emerging talents in contemporary art.
Installation at the Gagosian Gallery.
“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
I suppose if one were ‘art,’ it could be normal to receive a puzzled expression.
During this fair, I was particularly drawn to shapes, space, light and motion. The object in regard by these visitors was a concave circle composed of triangular reflective material – such as mirror.
At one point, at a certain angle, it reflected entirely gold.
An unusual view, always appreciated by my radar.
“The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.” ~ Max Eastman
Paris FIAC 2016, Grand Palais
I appreciated very much this contemporary art.
“Reflective thinking turns experience into insight.” ~ John Maxwell
Each object or sculpture made space, colour and form available to pause for reflection.
I was compelled by the apparent texture of this concave circle, the colour, so subtle, whispered velvet.
“I myself am quite absorbed by the delicate yellow, delicate soft green, delicate violet of a ploughed and weeded piece of soil.”
~ Vincent van Gogh
The fair offered unlimited opportunities to reflect on reflection itself.
A semblance of our moon while highlighting her phases. One could be occupied here to infinity discovering microcosms of life as visitors ebbed and flowed!
“One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
At times life is a mix of matter. Some pieces have been lost, and a few bits have been cracked.
It is confirmed: Art is Living and Living is Art.
Home sweet home.
“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe
Paris FIAC 2016, Grand Palais
Looking directly into this drum with sound waves was endless, leading to an infinite abyss of darkness, yet from any other angle it was a lively melody of cheery delight!
“A work of art is a scream of freedom.” ~ Christo
“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” ~Anais Nin
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” ~John F. Kennedy
“Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more humane world.” ~ Andre Maurois
The light on the pieces drew me closer, yet I stopped here… and this is my piece.
Peaceful pond, ever reflecting… white shoes are ‘in.’
Splashes of colour and people create the art scene.
Departing the Grand Palais, on a beautiful Parisian day, a lovely view of the Petit Palais.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Cheers to a wonderful week of mindfulness and perhaps a little reflection 🙂