Claire Fontaine
French, Founded 2004
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions
Dismantling the Scaffold,
Spring Workshop
Air de Paris at Art Basel 2016,
Air de Paris
if i can't dance to it, it's not my revolution,
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College

A Paris-based collective founded in 2004, Claire Fontaine is named after a brand of French notebooks and stationery. In an attempt to identify the transformed position of “the artist”, Claire Fontaine has conceived of the “readymade artist,” which considers the contemporary artist as equivalent to Marcel Duchamp’s urinal or Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box. The collective has developed a practice in which existing forms and materials—such as ephemeral-object sculpture, installation, video, painting, infographics, and neon—are crafted into works that critique political and aesthetic norms of the art world.