Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach and Frieze London are arguably the most important art fairs in the world but it seems Paris is carving out a place for itself in the contemporary art arena. The city of lights isn't just about dead artists anymore.
Whether he's striking down the pope with a meteorite or restraining his dealer to a gallery wall with masking tape, Maurizio Cattelan does it with wit and panache. This promises to be an unprecedented and, likely, unorthodox installation.
Let the drum-rolls begin -- Simon dePury, the market-savvy chairman of Phillips de Pury & Company, was at hand to christen the new Park Avenue location for the inaugural preview of the Part 1-Contemporary Art Evening Sale.
Imagine if a giant middle finger were on display right outside the New York Stock Exchange. Kudos to you, Maurizio Cattelan and the Milan City Council, for creating the statue and allowing it to stay where it is.