Vidicom Founder Christy Ferer shares her thoughts on her latest trip
Paris is on exhibit at every corner right now – from the hors d’oeuvres at a party at Fiac, the annual art fair, to it’s new museums and art installations.
There’s always some controversy brewing in Paris. In the month of October, it was Paul McCarthy. The retailers of Place Vendome invited him to create his artistic take on a Christmas tree. The three store inflatable tree he created was so similar to an anal plug (although most admit they’d never actually seen one before) that protesters popped it and deflated it! One french man walked up to him and slapped him three times – a French kiss is 2 sides, a French slap must be three – and screamed “vous etes pas Francais!”
Across the Seine, Tom McCarthy happened to be doing an installation at the Paris Mint near the Pont Neuf. His installation of a five room chocolate factory actually created real chocolate. Pieces included replications of the plug Christmas trees and Santa Claus holding them. It was billing. Projected on the walls was a timely video of the artist scribbling four letter words and phrases like “F— Paris” as a response to reaction against his Place Vendome installation. Friends of his say what was originally planned would have been even worse – video of him defecating!
There’s lots blooming in Paris, but for my money the most stunning is the LVmH Foundation – Bernard Arnault’s art collection housed in a jewel designed by Frank Gehry, situated in the Bois de Boulogne. The architecture is so beautiful, it competes with the art!