Art and posterity
What a revolution ! Today, ARTS MAGAZINE Int. is available in a bilingual version to satisfy the international clientele of galleries and additionally doubles its pagination. This is possible thanks to the loyalty of our readership over the past 15 years, that is, yours. The entire ARTS MAGAZINE Int. team joins me in saying a big « thank you » for trusting us. Like every year, FIAC will set the tone for contemporary artistic creation. A creation characterized by price inflation and a tendency to provocation, sometimes extreme, like the installation Tetzahuitl by Mexican artist Fernando Palma, or the Prometheus Delivered by the Austrian Thomas Feuerstein, presented at the Lyon Biennial. Shocking ? Not any more than Marcel Duchamp’s La Fontaine (urinoir). Duchamp, who we often forget has learned painting and explored many different styles – from Impressionism to Cubism – is exhibiting his Nu descendant un escalier that divided the critics at the Salon des indépendants in 1912. A world where it is difficult to distinguish the talent of the artist from the talent of the communicator. But this matter is not new. All artists recognized today have been at odds with their time. El Greco, to whom the Grand Palais devotes a magnificent exhibition, is thus the last great master of the Renaissance but also the first great painter of the Golden Age. Peter Saul, who gave us an exclusive interview on the occasion of the retrospective devoted to him by the Abattoirs de Toulouse, is delighted to reinterpret the culture of the world, the United States, and also art history. One month after FIAC, the Fine Arts Paris exhibition, dedicated to Fine Arts « from Antiquity to the Present », is an opportunity to take a step back on the abundant but sometimes confusing current events in contemporary art. In a world where communication often counts more than talent, only posterity will prevail. Spread the word about ARTS MAGAZINE Int. if you like reading it as much as we like making it.
Gabrielle Gauthier et Christian Charreyre
Editors in Chief