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Deputy Mayor Declares Paris "World Capital of Street Art" for Nuit Blanche 2014  
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10/4/14 Posted 10/4/14

HeHe, Radiant Tree, Nuit blanche 2014 © HeHe Nuit Blanche, Paris’s annual night-long celebration of art, music, and light, kicks off tonight at 8pm and runs until 7am Sunday morning. Each arrondissement offers its own attractions, from light art installations to public performances, and roving bands of art watchers wander around the city of lights in search of the glow of projections, late night gallery openings, and the strains of music. This year is unique in that it highlights... [more]

France is for Phonies: Julie Lequin Isolated in Paris - ART21 BLOG  
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8/20/14 Posted 8/20/14

by Alicia Eler | Feb 12, 2013 Julie Lequin. “En résidence,” 2009. Watercolor and pencil on paper, 12 x 9 in. Courtesy the artist. French-Canadian artist Julie Lequin consciously blurs personal history and fictionalized worlds in her videos, performances, drawings, and writings, creating new narratives in the process. Lequin’s real-life events become part of an ongoing, first-person storyline that, told humorously and from an unconsciously self-conscious point-of-v... [more]

My Favorite Artworks in Panthéon, Paris  
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5/9/14 Posted 5/29/14

Panthéon in Paris was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, but was converted into a secular mausoleum housing the remains of most renown figures, such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Zola and Marie Curie. The architecture was fashioned after the one in Rome in the neoclassical style. There were many paintings, sculptures and relief to see inside the vast expanse of the building. My favorite artwork in Panthéon was a sculpture whose name and creator I fai... [more]

My Favorite Drawing and Painting in Musée Cognacq-Jay, Paris  
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5/3/14 Posted 5/10/14

Wandering in Marais district of Paris, during my 2008 trip, I stumbled upon a small museum, the Musée Cognacq-Jay, located in Hôtel Donon, and saw some wonderful paintings and drawings by the likes of Watteau, Tiepolo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Cézanne and Degas, amongst decorative art displayed in twenty paneled rooms (four floors) in the styles of Louis XV and Louis XVI. "The collection was formed between 1900–1925 by Théodore-Ernest Cognacq (1839–1928) and his wife... [more]

My Favorite Sculptures in le Jardin des Tuileries  
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4/27/14 Posted 5/4/14

Le Jardin des Tuileries, the former royal garden dated back to Catherine de Medicis in the 16th century, situates between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, is a wonderful place for Parisians to promenade, meet, and display. It also hosts a wonderful museum, Musée de l'Orangerie, built to host the amazing series of Claude Monet's Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies). Besides major works by Monet, it also collected many important late 19th - early 20th century modern works (Paul Guillaume collection... [more]

My Favorite Artwork at Musée de Cluny - Musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris  
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4/23/14 Posted 4/27/14

Not far from Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, lies Musée de Cluny, officially known as Musée National du Moyen Âge, which boasts many magnificent ancient artifacts. Even for people who are not usually interested in the Medieval era, if they are open-minded enough, they might be pleasantly surprised by many surprisingly vital things they'll encounter there, and might even re-assess their own notions of stilted Middle-Age. My favorite collection in this museum was a group of si... [more]

Blanking the Canvas: The image of women in fin-de-siècle Paris   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Hammer Museum January 26th - May 18th
Posted 4/15/14

It was a very nice hospital. It had a view and a private sitting area in the room. I had tubes sticking out. Some to drain fluids, others to pump fluids in. I was given observation and pain management, modern medical euphemisms for the twin social ailments of boredom and drugs. I ended up staying an extra night. Doctors often keep business hours and no one else was authorized to release me. Either as apology or just further negligence, I was treated to an extra night of pain management, melting... [more]

Springtime in Paris (almost) (ArtReview)  
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3/9/14 Posted 3/9/14

t’s far from business as usual in the dying days of winter 2014. Even in Paris’s smartest galleries, you will find a selection of shows that reflect on mutation, protest, breakdown and strike – but which nonetheless make an appeal to beauty. Here are four to look out for. Camille Blatrix: Un Ticket pour la Suite, through 29 March at Galerie Balice Hertling The gallery’s slender office space at the front of the building has become the only accessible area for this exhib... [more]

SPEAP / Call for application 2014  
Posted 3/7/14

blogs.sciences-po.fr/speap/ Max Peintner, Die ungebrochene Anziehungskraft der Natur (Nature still draws a crowd) 1970/71, pencil drawing, 44 x 62,5 cm, © Max Peintner Contact karim.rouillon@sciencespo.frKarim Rouillon Address blogs.sciences-po.fr/speap/SPEAP / Programme of experimentation in arts and politics27, rue Saint Guillaume75337 Paris cedex 07France Info Application deadline : April 25, 2013 Application procedure on blogs.sciences-po.fr/speap/ ... [more]

My Favorite Sculptures in Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris  
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3/3/14 Posted 3/23/14

Cemeteries in Paris are often amazing places to visit - not only it consists a pilgrimage to the resting spots of so many renown artists and thinkers, but a brief immersion of an sculptural Eden. Cimetière de Montmartre, not far from the fabled club Moulin Rouge, though less renown and less frequently visited than Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, was just as astonishing in its cultural and artistic richness. There were so many beautiful spots there I saw in my visit there more than five years... [more]

In Madrid young is sometimes old, sometimes French, but mostly from Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at ARCO Madrid February 19th - February 23rd
Posted 2/18/14

For about two decades now the qualifications “young,” “emerging,” and “new” have functioned as the ultimate buzzwords, inspiring a Pavlovian rustle of checkbooks amongst collectors “buying with their ears.” No wonder art fairs have latched onto the phenomenon by creating special sections dedicated to gallery start-ups. At Frieze it’s called Frame; Art Brussels has Young; Art Rotterdam’s got a New Art Section. And there is, of course, LISTE, the fair designed from the start to showcase the lates... [more]

2013: Paris or London? Philippa Snow and James Loks with a Tale of Two Cities   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/9/14

Editor's Note: For our 2013 review, we tasked Philippa Snow, in London, and James Loks, in Paris, to discuss highs and lows, favourites and flops, and whether London or Paris had the best year. Their conversation, unedited, is presented below (with links added in to help you locate the reviews and events they talk about). James Loks to Philippa 23/12/2013 I've just been trying to think about what I'm going to say, in between writi... [more]

A Personal NEW YEAR Message from Paul Boche (Rainer Maria Rilke) @ReneTheMovie  
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1/1/14 Posted 1/1/14

This is a personal selection by Paul BOCHE who stars as the Bohemian-born German language poet Rainer Maria Rilke in René: This Film Is Not Fiction. The text is an excerpt from a letter that Rilke wrote to his wife Clara – a former student of Auguste Rodin – on January 1, 1907: Wir wollen glaubenWir wollen glauben an ein langes Jahr,das uns gegeben ist, neu, unberührt,voll nie gewesener Dinge, voll nie getaner Arbeit,voll Aufgabe, Anspruch, Zumutung.Wir wollen sehen,... [more]

Ode to Paris   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Brassaï at Hôtel de Ville November 8th, 2013 - March 8th
Posted 12/29/13

Hôtel de Ville is the proud host of a retrospective exhibition of Brassaï’s photography of his beloved Paris. The native Hungarian, Gyula Halasz, worked under the pseudonym ‘Brassaï’, (referring to his hometown Brassó). Brassaï moved to Paris in 1924 and never returned to his home country. From 1925 he was socialising with the likes of Eugène Atget, André Breton and Salvador Dalí amongst others, and in 1949 he was granted French n... [more]

À Triple Tour : Pinault Collection at the Conciergerie  
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12/26/13 Posted 12/26/13

À Triple Tour : Pinault Collection at the Conciergerie The Conciergerie, a former prison/palace located in Paris on the Île de la Cité that mst famously hosted dissenters during the French Revolution, seems a foreboding place to hold a group exhibit of contemporary art. A far cry from the ubiquitous white-walled gallery, the Conciergerie's cold stone walls and lack of natural light lend À Triple Tour a gravity rarely seen: showcasing mixed media works as th... [more]

Acclerated Buddha : Hiroshi Sugimoto at Fondation Pierre Berge/Yves Saint Laurent  
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11/29/13 Posted 12/23/13

Walking into Hiroshi Sugimoto's Accelerated Buddha, currently on view at Fondation Pierre Berge/Yves Saint Laurent through January 16, one encounters works by Sugimoto and a curious miscellany of artifacts curated by himself and Emmanuelle de Montgazon. The significance of the exhibition's scope is readily apparent. We see Sugimoto not only exhibiting in a new medium (video installation piece Accelerated Buddha) but also juxtaposing works in his private collection as a commentary on religious and... [more]


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