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L’art s’affirme comme valeur refuge        (15.06.2011 by Mazel & Jalix)
 

BÂLE | Pour sa 42e édition, Art Basel affiche son optimisme face à un marché de l’art en plein essor. Son programme exigeant lui permet de ne pas subir trop durement la crise, selon les exposants.

Publié par Tribune de Genève | ATS | 15.06.2011

Le gotha de l’art contemporain, réuni jusqu’à dimanche à Bâle (Suisse) pour la 42e édition d’Art Basel, affiche son optimisme, alors que la crise semble ne devoir être bientôt plus qu’un souvenir pour le cercle privilégié des amateurs d’art.

“Le marché de l’art est en très bonne santé en ce moment, nous l’avons vu dans les salons récents, dans les ventes aux enchères (…), ça n’est pas paralysé comme il y a un an, un an et demi (…) Les gens vont de l’avant, ça accélère”, affirme Marc Spiegler, co-directeur, avec Annette Schönholzer, de la plus grande foire d’art contemporain au monde.

Preuve selon eux de cette santé retrouvée: la hausse significative du nombre de candidatures pour le secteur “Art Unlimited”, et les investissements consentis par les galeries participantes.

Section phare d’Art Basel, Art Unlimited permet depuis sa création en 2000 aux galeries de présenter des travaux artistiques de dimension muséale. Cette année, elle offre aux regards sur 16.000 m2 62 oeuvres monumentales, dont une bonne part créée spécialement pour l’occasion.

Pointures incontournables

S’y côtoient les oeuvres d’artistes émergents comme de pointures incontournables, tels le Britannique Anish Kapoor, l’Américain James Turrell ou le Français Daniel Buren, dont la pièce “Autour du retour d’un détour – Inscriptions” (1986-1988) utilise dans un retournement ironique les palissades couvertes de sarcasmes qui entouraient ses célèbres colonnes du Palais royal.

Face au Hall 1, qui abrite “Art Unlimited” et les artistes émergents d’Art Statements, le Hall 2 déroule sous les pieds des visiteurs plus ou moins excentriques des kilomètres de couloir feutrés, où se bousculaient dès mardi, à la veille de l’ouverture au public, collectionneurs, représentants d’institutions et journalistes.

“On note plus d’enthousiasme, d’envie. Nous présentons des valeurs sûres, ce qui nous a permis de ne pas subir trop durement la crise, mais il est certain que cela va mieux”, note Lara Blanchy, de la galerie parisienne Chantal Crousel. “Solar Catastrophe II” – une oeuvre constituée de panneaux solaires cassés collés sur toile – y avait déjà trouvé preneur pour 110.000 dollars mardi matin.

“Ca démarre fort. On trouve qu’il y a beaucoup d’énergie. Et il y a des points rouges sous les tableaux”, se félicite aussi Tzila Krugier, de la galerie genevoise Krugier, qui n’hésite pas à exposer à côté d’un Picasso une artiste française inconnue, Gene Mann.

“Certains sont de plus en plus pauvres, d’autres de plus en plus riches. Nous travaillons pour des gens riches”, note-t-elle. La plupart des galeristes, au demeurant, sont trop affairés pour répondre aux questions des journalistes, et ne souhaitent pas divulguer leurs prix.

Marché en forme

Côté collectionneurs, un amateur belge qui souhaite conserver l’anonymat estime que le marché s’est “bien repris”, même si “c’est moins le rush qu’il y a trois ou quatre ans”.

Art Basel attend cette année encore plus de 60.000 visiteurs, qui pourront admirer les oeuvres de 2.500 artistes, représentés par 300 galeries venues de tous les continents avec, pour la première fois cette année, des galeries venues du Liban, de Hongrie ou de Thaïlande.

Des conférences, une programmation cinématographique, un forum du design, des performances seront aussi offerts à la curiosité des visiteurs qui, s’ils ne sont pas rassasiés, pourront encore visiter les foires “off” et les expositions des musées bâlois organisées en parallèle d’Art Basel.

Trois sculptures de Mazel & Jalix en vente à Nice        (30.07.2009 by Laurence)
 

Eloge de l’Art par Alain Truong

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Mazel et Jalix. Etude aux duos de grandes pommes n°2.

Bronze original à la cire perdue (patine à chaud). Numéroté N°6/8. Hauteur : 57 cm. Largeur : 83 cm. Profondeur : 40 cm.

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Mazel et Jalix. Etude à la double cerise n°2

Bronze à patine polychrome. Bronze original à la cire perdue (patine à chaud). Numéroté EA I/IV. Hauteur : 65 cm. Largeur : 30 cm. Profondeur : 15 cm.

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Mazel et Jalix. Etude à la petite pomme n°1.

Bronze original à la cire perdue (patine à chaud) Numéroté N°1/8. Hauteur : 22 cm. Largeur : 25 cm. Profondeur : 18 cm.

Vente du Jeudi 6 août 2009. Tableaux, Sculptures Modernes et Contemporains, Objets d’Art, Bijoux. Etude de Provence – 06000 Nice. Pour tous renseignements, veuillez contacter la maison de ventes au (00-33) 04 96 110 110 ou 112 et Mobile au 06 16 17 37 83 ou 06 19 06 05 21

Biographie: Jean-Claude Mazel est né en 1950 à Paris, il fréquente les beaux Arts et les Arts décoratifs. Mazel explore différentes techniques picturales mais se passionne essentiellement pour le dessin. Il expose dès 1974 privilégiant dans son oeuvre le trait et la stylisation des sujets. Il sʼintéresse très tôt à la sculpture et poursuit sous cette forme la même recherche plastique, épurant, simplifiant ses modèles dans une exagération poétique qui donne la pleine mesure de son travail.
Yann Jalix, artiste sculpteur passionné de bronze mais aussi vidéaste sʼintéresse depuis de nombreuses années au végétal et réalise des installations où la vidéo se mêle à la photo et à la sculpture.Jean-Claude Mazel et Yann Jalix se rencontrent dans les années 1980 mais commencent réellement à collaborer en 1989. Ils créent leur propre fonderie et mettent en place un véritable dialogue créatif où leur oeuvres respectives déclinent à travers des supports différents le même discours artistique et la même recherche esthétique. En 2000, ils décident de finalement collaborer et de donner vie au « Jardin extraordinaire ».
Si dans un premier temps le seul nom de Mazel apparaît sur leurs oeuvres, lʼapport de Yann Jalix devient bientôt si important quʼils décident de signer de leurs deux noms Mazel & Jalix.

Certaines oeuvres approchantes sont proposées sur www.artactif.com

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Mazel & Jalix, Cerise sur soucoupe, bronze originale-cire perdu, 51 x 19 x 51 cm.

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Mazel & Jalix, Duo d’Olives, bronze originale-cire perdu, 62 x 46 x 20 cm.

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Mazel & Jalix, Pastèque, bronze originale-cire perdu, 54 x 35 x 30 cm.

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Mazel & Jalix, la Sanguine, bronze originale-cire perdu, 52 x 49 x 38 cm.

Art in the time of recession        (13.02.2009 by Laurence)
 

Archana Khare
New Delhi,  February 13, 2009
The walls of the elite have enough canvases by Indian A- list painters. It’s time for them to turn to European masters for snob value.It’s a story that doesn’t have a date of origin, but surely has a flashpoint.

Since then, there has been a private race amongst the supersuper rich of the country to hang as many crore- rupee canvases on their walls as their deep pockets can flaunt. Indian artists have made hay in the sunshine, even though it may be taking a breather now thanks to the ‘ R’ word.

But, three years? Isn’t that a long time for any fad to last? I mean, almost every loaded Indian must have, by now, got a Husain/ Souza/ Raza canvas to grace his elite walls. How does that make him different from his equally loaded fellow citizen? No, I’m not saying that people should stop buying Indian artists’ works.

All I’m wondering is what is the rich- guy- hankering- after-exclusivity going to do next? That’s just a handful few, so Indian art is under no threat from lack of buyers, even in recession.

So, let me get back to the super rich and their super select status.

And let me also tell you that at least one art mart watcher, Gaurav Assomull, of the Marigold Group, has been thinking ahead of many others. He has already got raw material for lending new meaning to the snob value of the super rich. That’s called European contemporary art.

A Assomull, 24, is brimming with ideas and energy like any guy his age. He tried out the waters last November by launching his Marigold Fine Art Gallery in the city. It had works by European biggies like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Arman- Armand Pierre Fernandez, Stephane Cipre, Jorg Doring, Mazel-Jalix, David Kracov and Franck Tordjmann.

The recession had set in, Assomull was nervous but he ended with a sell- out. That emboldened him and he is back with a physical space for his gallery in Sunder Nagar, that will be launched on February 18, and yet another show of European contemporary art that also includes a name very well recognised in India — Andy Warhol.

“ Recession is the time of opportunity. I’m willing to take a sensible risk, an estimated guess and see how it shapes up,” he says. He coyly admits that getting original European signatures like Salvador Dali, Arman, Stephane Cipre, Jorg Doring, Serge Mendjisky, Patrick Hughes, besides Warhol, will lend a new meaning to how exclusive you can get with your taste for art.

“ Right now, we are the only one promoting European art in India. But I reckon, a few more players may come in by September.

So, we are aiming at being number one right away even though there is no competition yet,” he analyses.

But this exclusivity is not coming at ‘ an extortionist price,’ as Assomull puts it. “ For instance, Dali sculptures are between 30- 50 lakh rupees,” he informs.

That’s much? That’s not much? Well, it depends on what side of recession you are.

So, if you can spare a few bucks, it’s time to check out some art that is exclusive as it can get this season. The exhibition is on from February 18 to 24, at Marigold Fine Art, 19 A, 2nd Floor, Sunder Nagar Market. And, what’s hanging on your wall?

Times of India        (03.12.2008 by Laurence)
 

Promilla Bahri with a friend (TOI Photo)

Talking art over wine

TNN Dec 3, 2008, 12.00am IST

The pleasant nippy evening saw many lovers of European art walk in for a dekko of works by some European masters.

Other than Salvador Dali, Picasso and Arman, artworks by artists like Stephane Cipre, Mazel-Jalix, David Kracov, Jorg Doring and Franck Tordjmann have been brought here here by brothers Gaurav and Vickram Assomull.

A DREAM COME TRUE: Thrilled at the response on the opening day itself, Gaurav said, “This really has been a dream come true for me. So much so, that some of the artworks have already started selling.”

The Hindu. Online edition of India’s National Newspaper        (27.11.2008 by Laurence)
 

Masters in your city

Marigold Fine Art gallery opens in New Delhi, bringing to Indian art lovers European greats like Picasso and Dali, writes RANA SIDDIQUI ZAMAN.


AT THE GALLERY Dali’s “Profile of Time”, Cipre’s “Gandhi” and Picasso’s ” Self Portrait”

With the countries of the world in closer contact than ever before, it is no longer rare for art works of the masters to be exchanged for the benefit of art lovers and buyers in different continents. Would Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali have thought their works would one day be displayed in one of New Delhi’s prestigious hotels, admired and bought by a burgeoning group of art patrons? That is what is going on at The Claridges, where a new gallery, Marigold Fine Art, has recently been launched.

The Marigold Group, a well known luxury purveyor, marketer and distributor of various international brands in India like Judith Leiber, has launched the gallery. The exhibition, “Modern and Contemporary European Masters” features, apart from works of two works of Picasso and three of Dali, contemporary masters such as Stephane Cipre, the famous duo Mazel-Jalix, Frank Todejman — all from Paris — besides David Kracov from Boston and Jorg Doring from Germany. In all there are 24 works by eight artists.

With the market witnessing a slump, many a major investment is being put on the backburner. Art sales too are affected in a major way! Many good art works are back on the shelf. So, why did Marigold decide to take the risk of bringing big names in the art world for sale in India during a recession? Shares 23-year-old Gaurav Assomouli, CEO of Marigold Fine Art, “Our family has been in the business of art for 30 years. And for us it is a matter more of passion than earning money. We have been reading the Indian market for long but we found it very strange that an Indian contemporary artist with lesser experience who sells for 30,000 U.S. dollars suddenly starts selling for 20100 dollars. He sinks with a slump in the market, while the European art market never gets affected by stocks and shares. So we thought, when people invest so much money for a contemporary artist of no great background or age, then why not give them masters for the same price?”

With this motive in mind, the Assomouli family from the U.S. purchased works from the Dali and Picasso Foundations and others from personal collections or galleries. “It took us almost a year to put up this show,” recalls Gaurav. They kept the prices for the art works between Rs.15 lakh and 25 lakh. “Visitors came to have a look at the masters thinking they wouldn’t be able to afford them,” smiles Gaurav, saying the entire show was sold out on the first day.

Dali’s highly symbolic and famous “Profile of Time” sculpture, which portrays a wall clock melting away while clinging on the branches of a leafless tree, “Space Elephant”’ and “Space Venus” have been instant hits with the city art lovers. Jean Claude Mazel and Yann Jalix, who restrict their works to fruits and vegetable installations, make their presence felt with the astonishing replica of apple and cherry in bronze. Frank Tordjmann, known for giving importance to stringed musical instruments in his works, also almost steals the show. His royal blue violin locked in a delicate glass/fibre house with a stopwatch and musical notes on a burnt, old paper has a nostalgic touch. Stephen’s work “Gandhi” in wrought iron and oil and canvas, Kracov’s Disney sculptures and Doring’s Marilyn Monroe (photo-painting) find a chord too.

Going by the success of the show, Marigold, says Gaurav, “is planning to bring a few more masters for the ongoing show with similar pricing.” The show, he maintains, “is aimed at the age group of 20 to 50. This generation wouldn’t really go for very serious works but the works that they can identify with.”

He concludes saying, “We would bring more serious works slowly but before that we would like to educate people on that.”

Business Standard Monday        (18.10.2008 by Laurence)
 

European artists get an Indian airing

Q&A: Madan Assomull, Kishore Singh / New Delhi, October 18, 2008, 0:25 IST

The Marigold Group’s Madan Assomull tells Kishore Singh that contemporay European art is india’s latest luxury. Contemporary European art — who really? For our first show in Delhi, we’re bringing in Picasso’s lithographs, authenticated and with complete paperwork, as well as limited edition sculptures by Salvador Dali produced in runs of 350 by the Dali Foundation, as well as his lithographs. Other artists include Stephane Cipre, Mazel-Jalix, Arman, George Braque, Yves Cass, David Kracov and Jorg Doring.

At astronomical prices?
Hardly. We’re working on very low margins, and even with 32 per cent customs duty, the bulk of our prices are between Rs 7 lakh and Rs 20 lakh. The David Kracov pop art will retail between Rs 1.5-4.5 lakh, Doring will be a little more, Mazel-Jalix Rs 9 lakh, Arman Rs 10-15 lakh. Can you imagine telling people you own a Dali sculpture or lithograph — the sculptures will cost Rs 15-20 lakh, and the signed lithos will be Rs 4.5-6.5 lakh. Only a Stephane Cipre one-of-its kind, two-metre high Gandhi sculpture will be priced at Rs 45 lakh.

Why in Delhi, not Bombay?
Maharashtra has a 5 per cent tax that will make the artworks more expensive, which is why we’ve decided to launch the Marigold Fine Art gallery at The Claridges in New Delhi.

What’s your competition?
We aren’t comparing ourselves with Indian artists. We simply want to bring a nice mix of lithographs, canvas and sculpture for people of any age group who want art they’re familiar with and like.

What’s next?
In February-March, we’ll bring a show of 125 contemporary works to Delhi and Mumbai for exhibition only. If you want to buy them, they’ll need to be imported because the exhibition is not for sale in India. The interesting thing is that, through our dealings with Western galleries, we will be able to bring in any work into the country for our clients — even a Dali original!

In this crashing market?
Dali went up by 8 per cent in the last year. Are the stock markets up by 8 per cent? So you have the pleasure of owning great European artists as well as knowing that your investment is secure. And in case you don’t like a work, we’ll buy it back from you after a year.

Mazel & Jalix on the newspaper frontpage in Shanghai!        (02.01.2007 by Mazel & Jalix)
 

Grand succès de l’exposition Mazel & Jalix à la foire internationale de Shanghaï.
Great success of the Mazel & Jalix exhibition at Shanghai Art Fair.

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