Some 140 international galleries from 20 countries will come together at the Grand Palais in Paris to present a wide-ranging panorama of modern and contemporary art, including photography, design and art publications. Building on the success of the 2013 edition, Art Paris Art Fair will be featuring China as guest of honor. From Louise Alexander Gallery, artists exhibited include: Miguel Chevalier, Pascal Haudressy, Marco Tirelli, Jay Shinn, EYES IN Magazine Featured Creator Arik Levy, Sabine Pigalle and Laurent Bolognini.
EYES IN Magazine featured artist Arik Levy: Arik Levy Sculpture: Iconic, Serene Brilliance.
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“Creation is an uncontrolled muscle,” according to Arik Levy (born 1963). Artist, technician, photographer, designer, filmmaker, Levy’s skills are multi–disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures – such as his signature Rock pieces – his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels “The world is about people, not objects.”
Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel–Aviv in 1988, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris.
His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as his art and graphic design studio, took up much of his time back home. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991.
After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas producing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to Europe where he contributed his artistry to another field – contemporary dance and opera by way of set design.The creation of his firm then meant a foray back to his first love, art and industrial design, as well as other branches of his talents. Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levy also creates hi–tech clothing lines and accessories for firms in the Far East.
Considering himself now more of a “feeling” artist, Arik Levy continues to contribute substantially to our interior and exterior milieu, his work including public sculpture, as well as complete environments that can be adapted for multi use. “Life is a system of signs and symbols,” he says, “where nothing is quite as it seems.”
The selection of galleries for 2014 goes one step further towards confirming the event’s new identity and direction adopted three years ago: a European fair that explores Eastern lands (Central Europe, Middle East and Asia.)
Alongside the galleries that came as part of last year’s invitation to Russia as guest of honor, a number of galleries are coming in response to the invitation of China this year. Several Asian galleries are also joining such as Hua Gallery (London), Adler Subhashok Gallery (Bangkok) and 313 Art Project (Seoul).
Although Art Paris Art Fair is becoming increasingly international (50% of foreign galleries this year compared to 43% in 2013), the fair remains committed to supporting those who constitute its foundations in Europe and France where it is deeply anchored. Among the new participants are Feizi (Brussels), Ditesheim & Maffei Fine Art (Neuchâtel), Alessandro Bagnai (Florence) as well as Mario Mauroner (Vienna) who returns to the fair this year. Among the French, Camera Obscura, Bertrand Grimont are returning while others are coming for the first time, including Françoise Besson (Lyon), In Camera (Paris), Françoise Livinec (Paris), and in the design section, Jousse Entreprise (Paris), Armel Soyer (Paris) and Galerie NeC nilsson et chiglien (Paris).
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