Today Louise Blouin Media has once again expanded its reach on the global arts playing field with the introduction of ARTINFO France (http://fr.artinfo.com), a French-language edition of the company's flagship Web site that will provide original art and culture coverage coming out of the country. Based in Paris, the site joins ARTINFO China (http://cn.artinfo.com) — launched this April — as the second international outpost of ARTINFO, bringing the online brand's signature mix of breaking news, analysis, market reports, art reviews, and style and performing arts coverage to the City of Lights.
The new edition, led by LBM Vice President of Editorial Benjamin Genocchio and Nicolai Hartvig, editor in chief of ARTINFO France, is being rolled out at a particularly exciting moment in the French art scene. As the birthplace of Impressionism and the crucible of Modernism, Paris was long the capital of the art world, providing a haven for generations of avant-garde movements that have since crystallized into art history. For the latter half of the 20th century, however, this cultural moment seemed to have passed, with the spotlight moving to New York, London, and, recently, Beijing when it came to contemporary art, and with Paris relegated to being a museum of itself — albeit the finest museum in the world, with the Louvre, the Pompidou, the Musee d'Orsay, and countless other institutions combining to offer an unmatched art experience. Now, however, France is once again resurgent as a power in contemporary art.
In recent years, the French government has pumped millions of dollars into the art community, setting up grants, studio spaces, and other emoluments to encourage the art community. The fruits of these efforts are visible throughout Paris's vibrant gallery districts, and in such exhibitions as "Dynasty," the survey of emerging French artists now at the Palais de Tokyo. The country's institutions have also become pioneers in the internationalization of art, most prominently with the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a (controversial) satellite of the encyclopedic museum that will open on the emirate's Saadiyat Island in 2012. In regard to the art market, Paris has proven itself to be an extraordinarily robust hub: in February 2009, at the lowest point of the recent economic collapse, Christie's Paris astonished the world by bringing in $264 million through the sale of art from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. And when it comes to the haute arts of fashion and luxury, France, of course, has no peer.
With the debut of ARTINFO France, Louise Blouin Media chairman and chief executive officer Louise Blouin has created a site that is uniquely positioned to cover the developments coming out of this vibrant cultural engine. “We are delighted to reveal this new extension of ARTINFO, as it embodies the company’s goal of fostering culture beyond borders,” Blouin said. “France possesses such a significant and rich history in the arts – it is our responsibility to enhance and lend accessibility to our growing international audience by sharing our depth of knowledge through this modern platform.”