Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999) _ and still modern

June 12, 2011

The Petit Palais is showing “Charlotte Perriand. From Photography to Furniture”, until September 18th, 2011. The creator of the famous LC2 Grand Confort armchair, the B301 reclining chair and B306 chaise longue (all three from 1928) this exhibition reveals that she also practiced her keen eye in photography, capturing people and landscapes in tight black and white compositions, simple yet powerful like her furniture.

Longtime subsumed by the overpowering aura of Le Corbusier, with whom she collaborated for 10 years, and Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand has gained more and more widespread recognition over the last couple of decades as one of the leaders of early Modern furniture, architecture and interior design.

The exhibition is inserted among the ecclectic collection of the City of Paris displayed in this palace designed by Charles Girault for the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Fyi, it has a nice café in its très picturesque inner courtyard garden and visiting its permanent collection is free of charge. Click here for an overview of the Petit Palais’ permanent collections.


The only problem with the Richard Prince show is that it’s ending on June 21st, 2011

June 11, 2011

Richard Prince’s solo show “American Prayer” is showing at Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris 13th until June 21st, 2011.
Very cool expo. My only regret is that I hadn’t gone to see it sooner.

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PS. The images are not meant to appear sideways. The image gallery insert thang on this blog is just not feeling cooperative today. I’ll fix it sometime later.

Draw me a picture … Prix Canson awards 2011

June 11, 2011

Last year in 2010 the newly created Canson award for drawing selected French artist Fabien Merelle (b. 1981) as its first winner.

Fabien Merelle, Prix Canson 2010 - the paper manufacturer Canson's award for contemporary drawing

This year’s selection is on for (free) viewing at Hôtel de Sauroy – a 17th c. townhouse, not a hotel – at 58, rue Charlot, Paris 3rd until June 19th, 2011. After this date, the drawings will continue to be exhibited at the Louvre.

Here are some images (names of artists/artworks to follow).

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Among the strongest pieces are Gregory Forstner’s intriguing Hôtesses de l’air (“hostesses of the air” or stewardesses), two large format charcoal portraits – already acquired by a private collection in Switzerland.

Charcoal drawings by G. Forstner, from the "Hôtesses de l'air" ("Hostesses Of The Air" or Stewardesses) series

They provide a glimpse of the artist’s strange and dark world of painting:




Studio visit with Sébastien Mehal, Paris

June 6, 2011

In Belleville (Paris 19th) on a sunny day, French artist Sébastien Mehal takes me to his studio. Here are some pictures:

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Two galleries open rue Pastourelle, Paris 3rd

June 6, 2011

Gallery Dukan Hourdequin had passionately defended young, contemporary art on their turf in Marseille before facing the facts: in France, Paris is the place to be.
They’ve inaugurated their new space, directed by talented Maxime Hourdequin at 24 rue Pastourelle on May 31st with a powerful solo show by British artist Nina Fowler (b. 1981).
The draftsmanship of her large-format pencil drawings impress the viewer by more than their technique. Fowler’s complex compositions in shades of graphite lead us through a strange world populated with numerous figures, some iconic and recognizable. The jolted eye darts around and delves into the forms latching onto elements like to masts in a storm, hoping to grasp the strange narrative as it unfolds.

A few doors down the road, galerist Suzanne Tarasiève inaugurated her second space in Paris, a two-story gallery at 7 rue Pastourelle. Putting the vast space to good use, Tarasiève is showing work by Delphine Balley, Nick Cave, Angelika Markul, Eddie Martinez, Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison and Pierre Schwerzmann. The slick minimalist paintings by Pierre Schwermann particularly grabbed the eye.

Group show at gallery Frédéric Lacroix

June 6, 2011

When an artist cancelled a show last minute, Frédéric Lacroix took a deep breath and organized what he prefers to avoid: a group show.  After just over two years of existence it’s a nice chance for faithful visitors to see new work by some of their favorites again (in my case: Guillaume Mary and Etienne Leroy). For others it’s a nice opportunity to head up to discover the second floor gallery space inside the courtyard of 13, rue Chapon in Paris’s 3rd district.

Here’s something that’s better than a holiday:

Guillaume Mary, Facade Ouest (Western Facade), 2011

Museum of Me!

June 6, 2011

If you like uploading images and videos on Facebook or are regularly tagged by your Friends, try launching Intel’s Museum of Me app.

It’s quite an odd experience!

And The Biennale begins _ in Venice today!

May 31, 2011

Today professionals, tomorrow VIP’s and this weekend anyone who wants to go will get a chance to discover this year’s selection of contemporary art at the Venice Biennale that continues until November 27th of this year.

Kenneth Rowntree (1915-1997) Souvenir of Venice (1961) Oil on board support: 635 x 762 mm painting. Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1984

An artwork a day – does indeed keep the doctor away!

May 31, 2011

The Art Newspaper reports:
“Sorry ladies, a recent study found that men, not women, who participate in cultural activities are happier and healthier than men who don’t take in the occasional exhibition. Conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the study found that all cultural pastimes, be they musical, theatrical or artistic, are associated with good health in men. Church attendance and sporting event led to increased life satisfaction for women. Gender aside, the more activities a person participated in, the happier he or she tended to be. The study may result in a new class of men – one that ditches Super Bowl Sunday for Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”
Published online 26 May 11 _ The Art Newspaper

Peter Buggenhout _ from dust to great sculpture

May 14, 2011

Belgian sculptor Peter Buggenhout’s assembled structures are exciting, strong, powerful.

First presented in Paris by collector Antoine de Galbert at his foundation La Maison Rouge in 2010 (see link), gallery Laurent Godin (right next to the Pompidou Center) has just opened with a solo show that continues until June 25th, 2011.

Btw, this show is just one among many dedicated to the artist this year …. Buggenhout’s hot!

On The Metaphor Of Growth, Kunstverein Hannover – Hannover,
April 15th – June 26th 2011
On The Metaphor Of Growth, Kunsthaus Baselland – Basel, 
May  21st – July 10th 2011
On The Metaphor Of Growth, Frankfurter Kunstverein – Frankfurt, 
May 27th – July 31st 2011
Shape of Things to come, Saatchi Gallery – London,
May 27th – October 16th 2011
Invertebrate (Lustwarande ’11 – Raw), De Pont – Tilburg,
May 28th – September 18th 2011
The Edge Of Becoming, Palazzo Fortuny  – Venice,
June 1st – November 21st 2011
The Second Strike – Herzliya Biennal,
October 2011
The Blind Leading The Blind, MONA – Hobart, Tasmania, Permanent collection
Le Silence, NMNM – Monaco,
September 2011
Extraits de la collection d’Antoine de Galbert, Musée des Beaux Arts – Lyon,
September 2011
From Trash To Treasure, Kunstverein Kiel – Kiel,
November 2011

Click here to go to Laurent Godin’s website.