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Monte Carlo Festival Focuses on American Contemporary Art

Magazine article Art Business News

Monte Carlo Festival Focuses on American Contemporary Art

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MONTE CARLO--In an effort to solidify its ties with the United States, the oceanside banking and casino mecca of Monte Carlo recently threw an open air exhibition--Festival d'art contemporain americain--celebrating American contemporary art.

The festival featured works by such great stylists as Louise Bourgeois and Frank Stella, but also such lesser known artisans and artists as Tom Otterness, Donald Lipski, Red Grooms and Bryan Hunt.

Said Robert T. Buck, who played an important role in bringing about the biennial event, "We chose to present a selection of 20 of America's leading contemporary artists, notably those concerned with the challenges of public sculpture." Also, he noted, "We decided to not present a prevailing movement or view, but rather an overview which can be summarized as a concern for unmitigating power of message linked with creative force integrating art and the urban environment."

With all these artists, concluded Buck, "Monte Carlo 2000 attempts to bring focus to some large-scale public works made by some of the best American artists working today. The range of styles is purposely broad and, it is hoped, as instructive by choice as they are enjoyable to encounter."

According to the principality's Director of Cultural Affairs Rainier Rocchi, the decision to set up the festival came in the wake of a realization that culturally speaking Monte Carlo has been much too long associated with music and dance. "Although choreography and music allowed us to gain wide international exposure," said Rocchi, "we decided this year to step up the Principality's involvement in contemporary art in general and sculpture in particular. …

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