Art Brussels (2016)

Last weekend was one of the most hectic weekends I’ve ever experienced. On Saturday I went to Independent Brussels, an art fair that originated in New York. If you want to know more about this you should read Céline her previous blogpost.

On Sunday I went to Art Brussels. It was the first time ever experiencing an art fair fully and I was exhausted at the end of the day. Not only because of the amount of people walking around but also by all the visual information. In high school, a few years ago, I did visit Art Brussels once and I remember that I wasn’t that extremely interested back then. A few years later and packed with a lot more knowledge and criticism, I set foot in the booths once again. The building of Tour & Taxis looked great with all the booths in it.

It sure is an experience in itself. There are a lot of different types of visitors. The curious youngsters, the young families, the elderly couple, the art collectors, and so on. The fact that I was surrounded by art and accompanied by my favourite person, made this a very fun birthday.

This post isn’t a list of my top 10, it’s more a summary of all the work that caught my eye.

 

BUGADA AND CARGNEL 

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I absolutely adore this work by Claire Tabouret. These portraits are so captivation, her colours are perfectly used and the combination with the fluo works. This work is one that stayed with me the most.

 

GALERIE JOUSSE ENTREPRISE

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Photo by Jousse Entreprise

The simplicity of this presentation spoke to me the most. So different artforms, but they keep each other in balance. Everything worked, every artist was interesting on their own, but the overall presentation of the booth was, personally, very strong.

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Tim Eitel painted these little portraits, which have a sculptural appearance. The contrast between the tininess of the canvas and the monumentality of the wall made my eyes immediately focus on the paintings.

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And lastly in this booth, the geometrical sculptures of Julien Prévieux

 

 

JENKINS JOHNSON GALLERY

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The inspired by the old masters- portraits of Hendrik Kerstens caught my attention. The influence is undeniable, but these photos have a strong contemporary and new vibe over them.

 

GALLERIE PETER KILCHMANN

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Loved this roughly painted work by Marc-Antoine Fehr.

 

AEROPLASTICS

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A change of scenery was the Brussels based gallery Aeroplastics, with work by Roger Wagner.

 

BRAND NEW GALLERY

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They presented a solo exhibition with work by Ori Gersht. The weirdness of the installation, the transformation of the portraits with the accompanied sound, made me stand there for a few minutes to stare at the screens.

 

TIMOTHY TAYLOR

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Lastly, to end this post on a high note. This painting, by Armen Eloyan, at the booth of Timothy Taylor gallery made me laugh so much.

 

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