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Looking Back with Victor Nine
by Victor Nine

The ArtSlant Team asked arts commentator, Victor Nine, to give a wrap of some of the optimal and sub-optimal art moments from 2009.  Take it away Victor...


(Image: Morgan Fisher, (), 2003, Film 16 mm, 21’, muet, couleur et noir et blanc, ed. 2/10 + 1EA, collection Frac Île-de-France)

'Loaded with typical French styling and heavy on the Hitchcock. Natalie Hegert rings in 2009 with her review of Notorious.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Group Show, Notorious, Le Plateau/FRAC Ile de France (December 11, 2008 - February 22, 2009)



(Image: Raymond Depardon, Native Land / Terre Natale, November 21, 2008 – March 15, 2009; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Brazil, Photo © Raymond Depardon.)

'Lock, Stock and 2 Neo-Colonialists.  What we won’t do for our museum blockbusters!  Join Frances Guerin as she loads and fires on this nomadic nightmare.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Raymond Depardon and Paul Virilio, Native Land/Terre Natale, Fondation Cartier (November 21, 2008 - March 15, 2009)


(Image:Vassili Kandinsky, Komposition 8, 1923, huile sur toile – 140 x 201cm, Guggenheim Museum, New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, by gift © ADAGP, Paris 2009.)

'One of the Year's Bests! Cool, calculated and dripping with diagonals. Frances Guerin walks us through Kandinsky from K to Y.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou (April 8, 2009 - August 10, 2009)


(Image: Tania Mouraud, Borderland, 2009. Courtesy Galerie Dominique Fiat, Paris)

'Tania Mouraud brings the photograph back to painting. Kate Lemay gets the inside scoop.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Tania Mouraud, Borderland, Galerie Dominique Fiat (March 14, 2009 - July 18, 2009)


(Image: Andy Warhol, Autoportrait, 1986, 35,6 x 35,6 cm, Acrylique et encre sérigraphique sur toile, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, © 2009 Andy Warhol Foundation for the visuals arts inc. / Adagp, Paris, 2009)

'Iconic!  The One and Only!  Long Live the Queen!  Frances Guerin rediscovers Warhol and his never-ending power to seduce.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition:  Andy Warhol, The Great World of Andy Warhol, Grand Palais (March 18, 2009 - July 13, 2009)


(Image: Mariko Mori, Miracle, 2001, Cibachrome print, frame in diachronic glass, 33 glass balls, 1 crystal ball, chain / Photographie cibachrome, cadre de verre sablé dychonique, 33 boules en verre, 1 boule en cristal, chaine, 27 1/4 inches diameter (x8) + 1 sculpture / 69 cm de diamètre (x 8) + 1 sculpture, Courtesy: Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami & Paris, Credit photo Florian Kleinefenn.)

'Who can resist such brainless rapture? From catwalk to cakewalk, Moriko Mori dazzles with concept-lite and techno-torque. Natalie Hegert gets blinded with the rest of us.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Mariko Mori, White Hole, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin (May 23, 2009 - July 23, 2009)


(Image: Martin Parr, Egypt. Giza. The Sphinx, 1992, from the series Small World, 140x175cm ©Martin Parr)

'All aboard for the Kitsch-express!! No one could walk out of this show and say they didn't get stuffed. Planet Parr dished it out and Lillian Davies sampled it all.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Martin Parr and others, Planet Parr, Jeu de Paume (June 30, 2009 - September 27, 2009)


(Image: Louise Bourgeois, Extreme Tension, 2007, set of 11 panels, graphite, pencil on paper and prints highlighted by watercolor; Courtesy of centre pompidou.)

'Elles puts the Pomp back in Pompidou!  Georgia Fee runs us through some of the highlights of this throw-down blockbuster!!' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Group Show, elles, Centre Pompidou (May 24, 2009 - May 27, 2010)


(Image: Pierre Soulages, Peinture 324 x 181 cm, 19 février 2009, Polyptych (4 panels of 81 x 181 cm, vertical), Acrylic on canvas, Private collection, Archives Pierre Soulages, Paris (photo: Georges Poncet), © Adagp, Paris 2009)

'There's Black and then there's Blacker!  Once you get past the existential, you’re looking for the exit.  Soulages-splendor brings out the culturati and Frances Guerin negotiates the gloss.' --Victor Nine (read more)

Exhibition: Pierre Soulages, Centre Pompidou (October 14, 2009 - March 8, 2010)

--Happy 2010 from the ArtSlant Team!

Posted by Victor Nine on 1/3/10

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