Paris and London, in Their Annual Art Showdown
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Paris and London, in Their Annual Art Showdown

Paris and London, in Their Annual Art Showdown

PARIS — October is the month when London and Paris, with their respective Frieze and FIAC fairs, compete head-to-head as international destinations for buying contemporary art. Back in the early 2000s, when Britannia — and the movement of brash young artists it had produced — was considered cool, Frieze London became Europe’s must-visit fair for emerging art. But since 2010, under the New Zealand-born director Jennifer Flay, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain here, with its mix of new and 20th-century art, has become a compelling rival. “People come to Paris and they focus on the fair,” the New York art adviser Candace Worth said at the Wednesday preview of the 42nd edition of FIAC at the Grand Palais. This year’s edition, which closes on Sunday, features 173 galleries from 23 countries. Frieze London and Frieze Masters had a total of 294 booths. “In London, there’s so much going on, it’s a distraction,” Ms. Worth said. “You get pulled in more directions. You don’t have nearly as much in […]

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