Who is Claire Fontaine? (II)

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Clairefontaine is a French company that makes paper for all Quo Vadis planners. As Karen explained last year, many people believe that the company was named after a real person, “Claire Fontaine,” but in fact the name simply comes from the site where their paper mill is located the town of Etival-Clairefontaine.

As it turns out, there is a person named “Claire Fontaine,” or at least someone who uses that name: a French ready-made artist who re-purposes found objects and works in neon, video, sculpture, painting and text. She just took part in an exhibit at New York’s New Museum (closed yesterday, unfortunately), and according to her website, she’s currently preparing a book about the concepts of ready-made artistry and her own notion of “human strike.”

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