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reports from Paris

THESE DAYS, THE STOCK PHRASE “lives and works in Paris” appears on the résumés of numerous artists, curators, gallerists, and critics, and no longer seems a euphemism for “survives in Paris while waiting to work in Berlin or elsewhere.” It has the ring, rather, of a proud declaration. La force de l’art—to quote the title of the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais’s triennial, which highlights Gallic creativity—is evidently resurgent in France. Of course, the picture is not entirely rosy, as is confirmed by a recent study pointing to the impecuniosity of artists and young galleries. Yet the “Zero Budget Biennial,” which took place at Galerie Carlos Cardenas and galerie schleicher+lange last September, offered insouciant evidence that people are bearing up reasonably well and even forging a new esprit de corps. Despite the financial crisis, there seems to be a current of fresh air blowing

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