Artsper : Charles Guyot, could you please tell us a few things about yourself?
I have has a passion for contemporary art for many years and this passion manifests itself in several ways:
I visit galleries, museums and fairs quite often and I collect art.
I have created a group of young collectors, called the Contemporary Art Club (CAC). I am an active supporter of several associations such as “les Amis de la Maison Rouge” (The Friends of the Maison Rouge) and “les Amis de l’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris (The Friends of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris).
A: The Contemporary Art Club (CAC) has been around for a while already. Could you please tell us how it evolved?
I and my sister Victoire have created the Contemporary Art Club (CAC) in 2005 and we have organized more than 60 events in museums, galleries, foundations and collector’s homes ever since.
The group has more than 300 members, all of them passionate by contemporary art. Most of the members are graduates of the main French Schools and they work in finance, law, they are business people…
Every two month, we gather about 40 of our members and organize an event centered on an exhibition or on a meeting with a personality of the contemporary art world. These visits are followed by a cocktail that gives the opportunity to the members to discuss and network.
A: How can one become a member of the CAC?
The entry is invitation-based. The idea behind this system is that the members know each other and share the same passion.
A: What do you think is the future of the CAC?
The art world in Paris is renewing itself all the time and we will continue following its evolution. In the future, we think we will travel in order to discover and professionals of the art world abroad.
A: What is the exhibition that left its mark on you this year?
I was impressed by the show of David Walsh’s collections at the Maison Rouge.
I like the concept of exposing a private collection and I loved the way the curator, Jean-Hubert Martin, has connected the various themes: the gaze, the body, war…
A: Is there a particular artist or artwork that you have discovered in 2013 and you’d like to share with us?
In 2013, I have discovered Chiharu Shiota, a Japanese artist, at the Daniel Templon gallery. I have been impressed mostly by her spectacular installations made from real spider webs tied with black ribbons.
A: What do you think of buying art online and more particularly of the Artsper project?
People are often lacking the time to visit galleries and exhibitions. Artsper is a great alternative. The website allows checking very easily numerous works of art that are sold at accessible prices. The works all have detailed descriptions and are recommended by experts. All in all, I think one can find beautiful artworks online but I think that shouldn’t replace the visits of real life shows.
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