Inexhaustible Collector Frédéric de Goldschmidt Takes Us on a Tour of Brussels’s Ultra-Cool Emerging Art Scene
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Inexhaustible Collector Frédéric de Goldschmidt Takes Us on a Tour of Brussels’s Ultra-Cool Emerging Art Scene

Frédéric de Goldschmidt shakes hands with Slovenian artist Ištvan Išt Huzjan at Mexico City gallery Proyectos Monclova. Photo by Naomi Rea. The collector Frédéric de Goldschmidt goes radio silent the night before we are due to meet at Art Brussels, his “local” art fair. It’s gallery night in the Belgian capital, and after a hectic evening touring galleries, he is hanging out with the cool kids at an art party at Jane’s Bar in the Ixelles district. Thanks to a tip-off, and a direct message via Instagram, we arrange to rendezvous the following morning ahead of the VIP preview of the fair. I make my way at the agreed-upon hour to a beautiful building in Brussels’s old port district and wait for him to come downstairs. Dressed in jeans, a jacket, and de rigueur sneakers, de Goldschmidt arrives accompanied by his friend, the Brussels-based, US artist Will Kerr. He is presenting an experimental work at the fair on the booth of one of the cooler galleries, Counter Space, which is exhibiting in the fair’s new “invited” section. Kerr jokingly compares the new section, which offers cheaper booths to galleries subverting the traditional model, to sitting at the “kid’s table” […]

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