Claire Fontaine


Claire Fontaine (founded 2004 in Paris, lives and works in Palermo) is an artists' and writers' group that was founded in 2004 in Paris and that works with sculpture, installation, painting and video art. In their works, Claire Fontaine investigates the problems and paradoxes of capitalism, as well as experiences of unfamiliarity. In the context of the concept coined by Claire Fontaine, “Ready-Made Artist”, the group additionally problematizes the notion of authorship, questioning forms of artistic subjectivization. They acquired their own name from a well-known French stationery brand. Similarly, Untitled (to do), 2016, shifts the focus on paper products and writing instruments, and in doing so Claire Fontaine satirizes the contemporary imperative of effeciency as well as its commercial branding – in the pre-printed “to do list”, actual tasks are replaced by a spidery scrawl of lines. The illegible ink pen entries waver between childish play, refusal and industrious activity. Recently, Claire Fontaine's works have been shown at, among others: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2017); Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2014); Jewish Museum, New York (2013); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2013, 2009); Manifesta, Genk und Rovereto (2012; 2008); Museion, Bolzano (2012; 2006); Istanbul Biennale (2011; 2007); Moskau Biennale (2011); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007).



Untitled (to do)
2016, Fine art print on photo rag, 160 x 106 cm, edition of 3 + 2 AP, certificate
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