An added attraction


For art enthusiasts, Paris in October was a bonanza. Not only were there diverse and fascinating exhibits going on in the museums (Monet at the Grand Palais, André Kertész at the Jeu de Paume, Raymond Depardon at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, just to name a few), but the city was also hosting its annual four-day international contemporary art fair, know as FIAC. Art dealers and art lovers converged along the Seine as the fair stretched from the Louvre to the Grand Palais. In addition to the art on display at hundreds of dealers' booths, several dozen galleries and artists contributed quirky works (one of my favorites, above) for display outdoors in the Tuileries, connecting the two major venues. The week also saw the glitzy opening of a new gallery near the Champs-Elysées by influential New York dealer Larry Gagosian. Of course there's no bad time to see art in Paris, but the art fair this year made October just a little more special.