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Art schools: the Artagon project regenerates the emerging artists’ market

Contemporary Art | For its fourth edition, Artagon IV pursues its international exploration among art schools. The recently founded organization focuses on the emergence of a young generation of international artists by organizing new spaces to showcase them, becoming an alternative to the emerging artists’ market which is increasingly rigid.

Ann Rotaenko, Real weapon, 2018 © Installation vidéo HD : animation 3D, 18:36 min.
Courtesy the artist, Rodchenko Art School, Moscow, and Artagon, Paris
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Ann Rotaenko, Real weapon, 2018
© Installation vidéo HD : animation 3D, 18:36 min. Courtesy the artist, Rodchenko Art School, Moscow, and Artagon, Paris

Anna Labouze and Keimis Henni, both curators under the age of thirty, created an unprecedented project in 2014 : Artagon, an initiative that articulates French and European art schools. A jury, composed by experts of the art world and its market, select two young artists per school (32 in total) who display their work in a final collective exhibition held in renowned Parisian cultural spaces.

In 2018, the exhibition Heading East at the Magasins Généraux in Pantin presented a new exploration route that included Eastern European schools : from the ENAS in Paris Cergy, to schools from the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, including the Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia in Moscow. In total, twenty schools from twelve European countries are systematically visited by Artagon’s jury delegations, who meet their students and select those who will participate in the project. Among the jury we find Christine Macel, Emmanuel Perrotin, but also artists such as Anne Imhof or Boris Mikhailov. The final exhibition portrays a generation and its universe, with recurrent themes such as the fluidity of identity and genders, the melancholy triggered by globalization and technologies or the questioning of the industrial society. The diversity of perspectives reflects, nevertheless, common issues from Paris to Moscow.

It is worth noting that institutions and collectors do not interfere with the selection led by the jury. By bringing these young artists together in an international committee, Artagon becomes a transversal and transcultural platform that differentiates itself from a pyramidal market for emerging artists built around prices, prescribing collectors and galleries. Artagon stands out by developing a collective synergy, creating international networks and organizing masterclasses focused on understanding the art market, a subject that is usually absent in art schools. To be continued.

Valentin Heinrich
Publié le 22/09/2018
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Ann Rotaenko, Real weapon, 2018 © Installation vidéo HD : animation 3D, 18:36 min.
Courtesy the artist, Rodchenko Art School, Moscow, and Artagon, Paris Jean Claracq, A view from an apartment, 2017 © Courtesy the artist, Beaux-Arts de Paris and Artagon, Paris Sarah Levy, Creature of habit – Booby-belt, 2018 © Photo. Benoît Béthume
Courtesy the artist, ENSAV La Cambre, Brussels, and Artagon, Paris Ula Lucińska & Michał Knychaus, Roses, 2018 © Photo. Felix Potzsch
Courtesy the artists, University of Arts, Poznań, and Artagon, Paris Ondřej Vicena, High Definition Blue Světlo, 2018 © Courtesy the artist, Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, and Artagon, Paris Jisoo Yoo, Les fantômes de ma maison (The Ghosts of my House), 2018 © Courtesy the artist, ENSA Paris-Cergy and Artagon, Paris

Ann Rotaenko, Real weapon, 2018
© Installation vidéo HD : animation 3D, 18:36 min. Courtesy the artist, Rodchenko Art School, Moscow, and Artagon, Paris

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