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Late 2013 took me overseas to Paris for FIAC, which has become one of my favorite art fairs. Not only is the fair superb, but how can you not love to be in Paris in October? And the Grand Palais is the best possible setting for an art fair. A couple of other highlights of my Paris trip were visiting François Pinault’s collection, the exhibit entitled “À Triple Tour” at La Conciergerie, and the John Currin painting show at Gagosian.
November in New York City was host to record-breaking auctions. The Francis Bacon painting of Lucien Freud, which sold at Christie’s for $142.4 million, was the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. As always, New York offered some wonderful museum and gallery exhibitions. I particularly loved the Edward Hopper drawing show at the Whitney Museum and the Christopher Wool retrospective at the Guggenheim. I was also lucky to have had a chance to visit Paula Cooper Gallery several times to see Sophie Calle’s show “Absence,” which was poetic, to say the least.