Cédric Fauq's Curated Highlights from Art Brussels
Cédric Fauq is currently chief curator at Capc musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux. From 2020 to 2021, he worked as curator at Palais de Tokyo, where he developed the exhibitions Antibodies and Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema.
Previously, he worked as exhibitions curator at Nottingham Contemporary where he set up shows (Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance; Sung Tieu: In Cold Print; Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio), performances (Okwui Okpokwasili; Steffani Jemison; Lou Lou Lou Sainsbury) and publications. He also writes, and develops freelance projects.
Below, discover Cédric Fauq's selection of highlights from Art Brussels 2022.
"I admire these two artists; I would have never thought to have them – albeit virtually – side by side, although they both share an animist approach to sculpture."
"Artists making works about other artists’ exhibitions is often a treat! Here, Olivier Foulon’s work is part of a series of drawings he made after his fifth’s visit to “Picasso & Les Femmes d’Alger” at Museum Berggruen in Berlin last summer (2021). Louise Lawler’s photograph is from her series of pictures taken at MoMA at night of Donald Judd’s retrospective, which took place in 2020/2021. Great works."
"In various ways, the above works manifest a thinking on architecture, and specifically the relationship between body and the built-space. They all look great on screen but I can’t wait to actually see and negociate space with them."
"Rindon Johnson and Gray Wielebinski are part of a new generation of artists I am following very closely. These two works are beautiful manifestations of their complex practices, which should lead everyone to dig deeper and see more from them."
"Claude Viallat, Pierre Buraglio and Heimo Zobernig all have works in the collection of Capc. I’ve been recently researching about their practice and keep learning more! I wish we also had a piece (or more!) by Jef Geys, who had an exhibition at the museum in 2016 / 2017 and who I deeply admire."
"Entanglements between black music and visual arts are many! Here Jay One Ramier, who was both the subject and conductor – together with curator Hugo Vitrani – of an exhibition at Palais de Tokyo in 2021 / 2022, quotes female rapper Mc Lyte (Keep on, Keepin’ on). It is also pure joy to see Milford Graves’ paintings as part of the works on display at the fair. Such an important figure that we lost in 2021, whose work as musician and polymath were celebrated at Artist’s Space recently."
"I met Remy Jungerman back in 2019 when I was invited to be part of the jury for the Stedelijk Museum’s Proposals for Municipal Art Acquisitions. It was such a joy to get to know him! His survey, “Behind the Forest”, which looked wonderful, just closed at the Stedelijk."
"William Klein keeps popping up in my research, more recently as I have been working on Grace Jones for Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio at Nottingham Contemporary or Sarah Maldoror for her expanded retrospective at Palais de Tokyo which I co-curated with François Piron. This work, part of his painted contacts, is definitely a must-see of the fair."
I actually just encountered Sandra Vasquez de la Horra’s work at the Venice Biennale, as part of Cecilia Alemani’s main exhibition The Milk of Dreams. Definitely made me want to learn and see more.
I am closing this selection with three works by artists who take and borrow images that exist in the world to make them their own. I already know I’ll be touched by the textures of these works.
–– Cédric Fauq