On of my favourite contemporary spaces, the Palais de Tokyo, is undergoing massive renovations, and during this time are hosting selective exhibitions in the atrium and main auditorium. John M Armleder curated a All Of the Above, by presenting a variety of art works by 20 different artists (including sculptures, videos, and paintings) in an non-traditional manner. He staged the works on a multilevel platform allowing the viewer only a frontal viewpoint. This intriguing display method gave me a whole different perspective […]
The second solo show of this young emerging artist Eva Nielsen at Dominique Fiat gallery exhibiting really impressive scale of painting. Nielsen combines black and white screen prints of industrial architecture embedded in luscious painterly landscapes for a beautiful compelling body of work. Her technique emphasizes the contrasts of dark and light and the incongruence of imposing developments and industry in the natural landscapes.
Thomas Hirschorn is a conceptual artist who builds familiar yet disjuncted spaces, with a lot of brown packing tape and plywood. Universal Gym at Gladstone Gallery featuring makeshift gym equipment, tvs showing pulse rates and biological rhythms, and the usual mannequins in vitrines. Much more relatable than the last show of Hirschorn at Galerie Chantal Crousel called Concretion Re, some kind of narration on the body, manipulation and mutilation, disease, and torture. Concretion Re involved heavy amount of photos of […]
The brilliant and funny Yasumasa Morimura exhibition titled Requiem for the XX Century at Thaddeus Ropac. Morimura transforms himself into heroic and iconic portraits. This portrait of himself as Che was hung facing a small video screen previewing the live recording of the character.Morimura’s work has used icons from Western Art historical traditions, for this exhibition as a reference he used very iconic cultural historic figures.
The Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery has two locations, one at 76 rue de Turenne and the other just down the street at 10 impasse Saint Claude. Xavier Veilhan’s feature exhibition titled Furtivo, which means movement, was an akward juxtaposition of works. Singularly you can see how each piece is negoting the theme of movement, yet the exhibition lacked unity. At rue de Turenne, a shark, then legs underwater of galloping horses, then these automatic self-functioning air hockey tables. Mechanical, cold, yes […]
ORLAN, she is her own canvas. Since the begining of her career she has used (by photographic documentation) her surgical and medical interventions as her artform. All the works are in ORLAN’s exhibition at Galerie Michel Rein are titled Refiguration Self-hybridation, indian-american series. The use of lightboxes was interesting. Very selfobessed in an Orlan way.
Barney Kulok is a great contemporary photographer who’s work comments on surveillance, and the cracks between the spaces around us… looking objectively at common places. The lower level of the Galerie Hussenot, is a great big open white space. The prints are massive, yet you still manage to feel really small in the big void of empty space. In the context of this particular show of Barney Kulok, it worked. The gallery space echoed what we feel in Kulok’s photos.The […]
I had never heard of the The JM’Arts gallery at 36, rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris, walking past I was loured in by the glittering icons in Barbara Prézeau’s painting in the front window. This exhibition featured to female artists of west Caribean origins, Prézeau from Haiti, and Inés Tolentino from the Domincan Republic. In an adherently feminist method, both artists use embroidery in their works. Prézeau creates complex alters to the Virgin Mary. Her use of mashup mixed media, found […]
DANSEZ!! Glowed in the entrance of the collective show at Agnes B Galerie du Jour!Featuring music, photos, and memoriabilia about the music scene in France from 1978-1983.This exhibition is a fun. Polaroids, concert posters, and listen rare or unreleased listening stations, gives a priviledged glance into a great musical era! Also a remarkable indicator of the current revival in Post punk ColdWave, seen in new music and fashion. I could relate to this show as North American doing Blondie and […]
Philippe Bradshaw hangs coloured chains to create these stunning vibrant murals or more like tapistry.Using Pop Art Warhol-esque symbols and icons, other times superimposing video projections, the layers of chains which create a massive swaying tableau.
April in Paris, its raining…. why not check out … Elmgreen & Dragset, amorphose sculptures dressed by the biggest couturiers in Paris, at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, 76 rue Turenne, 3e. Allan Sekula, short films and photographic works about workforce and labour at Galerie Michel Rein, 42 rue Turenne, 3e Gilles Barbier makes the imaginary and fantastic visible in lifelike sculpture at Espace Claude Berri, 4 Passage Sainte Avoye, Paris 3e Laurina Paperina, cartoonesque, humouristic commentaries like how to kill a […]
When refused a handshake, French President Nicolas Sarkozy angrily responded “Casse-toi Pauvre Con”. Shortly after, the non-French speaking world asked “what is the translation of Casse-toi, and the french newspaper Le Monde responded in a hilarious article of how this phrase was translated by newspapers around the world. The Herald Tribune wrote “Then piss off you bloody idiot” and the AFT as “Then get lost, you stupid bastard.” French profanity at its best, Casse-toi Pauvre Con in the ruelles of […]
Candida Hofer is part of the new wave of large scale photographers. These massive photographs interogate the sensation, conditions, and the notion of space and how space is represented. At Yvon Lambert, the photos exhibited are locations in France, like the BNF national library, and the Hall of Mirrors in Versaille. The complete absence of human presence in these still historic lieux.
1. La Maison RougeLocated in a former industrial building, the gallery was conceived by its founder Antoine de Galbert in 2003. The exhibitions are often organised by independent guest curators, providing challenging or controversial shows but nonetheless always notable in their contribution to the current contemporary art scene in Paris. Next door is a branch of Bookstorming – a great haunt for art book lovers.· 10, Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012, lamaisonrouge.org, +33 1 40 01 08 81. Artists: Luc […]
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Ruud Van Empel sweet tender photo portraits of children in a fantastic mythical landscape created by layering digital images. This show was just sickly sweet. Children and innocence in a techno-coloured Garden of Eden. Always a great presentation from Rabouan Moussion Gallery
67 days to Unhappiness, Sophie Calle photographs her made and unmade bed counting the days post altercation with her lover. The icon of “my bed” is a tender one. Redundant return, new awakenings, nightmares and aspirations of a new day, Sophie Calle series are repetative but remain sentimental and introspective, as Sophie Called does heartbreak best.
A tiny little gallery, Eva Hober specializes mostly in video installation works. Trine Lise Nedreaas video installation titled Underbelly, a swimmer treading water, contrasted seconds of the surface by seconds of below the water. The most provoking part of the work is the mumured underwater sound track cut by the thrashing chaotic brutal sounds from above the water’s surface. For the most part brutal, but there was a gental serenity in the moments of calming and placid legs spinning in […]
The Grand Palais is stunning, the domed ceiling and the intensity of the day light adds a quality to everything it houses. So stunning and immence as Kiefer’s Sternenfall. The combination of the architectural structures and the housed spaces with walls filled from top to bottom with paintings is exemplified by the title of this series Monumenta. Anselm Kiefer was inspired by the poetry of Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann whose writings reflect on the horrors and sentiments oaround Auschwitz […]
At Dominique Fiat Gallery in Paris on a mild automn afternoon we meet London’s underground and the rain. Rut Blees Luxemburg follows along the Picadilley line photogaphing reflections of the tube station signs mirrored in puddles on wet sidewalks.Partly erie, partly lonesome, irridescent warm and glowing, Luxemburg adds a dimension to seemingly banal subject.