To commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, La Cinématheque Française is holding a retrospective of Jean Cocteau's cinematographic work, exploring the enormous impact of the works and life of this preeminent figure both retrospectively and today. Cocteau was a keen advocate of the Seventh Art, and played a huge role in establishing the prestige of the Cannes Film Festival. Upon his death, Cocteau donated the proportion of his filmography collection to Henri Langlois, a co-fo... [more]
Seeking to postpone stock experiences and squeeze them all into our few days together, I avoided visiting the Tower until my mother arrived. We didn’t eat macarons at Ladurée, we didn’t get hot chocolate at Café de Flore, we didn’t jostle for selfies with La Joconde, but we went to the Tower. The visit itself is a symbolic gesture, because the symbol literally haunts no matter where you are in the world. Those curving lines, stretching skyward like a bit of pinch... [more]
"Yes that's right punk is dead, it's just another cheap product for the consumer’s head Bubble gum rock on plastic transistors, school boy sedition backed by big time promoters"
So sang Crass in their 1978 track Punk is Dead... And the big time promoter in this instance is the French state via Cité de la Musique, where, from a certain perspective, Punk suffers the final ignominy of transferring from cultural reference or product for sale to vitrine protected cultural artefact to be pe... [more]
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]
You know if you asked me honestly why I went to the LV cultural space I hope I'd be honest enough to tell you something about a certain sardonic sensation, and the presentiment that somewhere in the whole experience I'd find some kind of grist for the mill of this review. Just something about the gallery that sits above what I believe – and I may well be wrong – is the most profitable store in Paris, if not the world. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I have heard that the LV store on C... [more]
What Do Kim and Kanye Have to Do with the New Photography Aesthetic? by James Loks Jeremy Ayer, Emile Barret, Olga Cafiero, Alexia Cayre, Philippe Fragnière, Nicolas Haeni, Romain Hügli, Romain Mader, Tiphanie Mall, Douglas Mandry, Cyril Porchet, Jimmy Rachez, Maya Rochat, Priscillia Saada, Tristan Savoy, Jean-Vincent Simonet, Armand Yerly at Galerie Azzedine Alaïa
November 15th, 2013 - December 15th, 2013
I'm a bit late on the whole Kanye craziness, but have, after a couple of hours of jaw dropping internet research, finally arrived in apocalypto ego-mania land. Wow. It is a special place to be.
It's like there's the purest form of intoxication in what he's saying and in a sense at a certain point his inner sense of being a god-ness almost becomes logical, like it's the pinnacle of self enactment, and like the next-big-thing motivational seminars. The interesting thing though, besides the wonder a... [more]
James Loks is a Paris-based staff writer for ArtSlant. On the occasion of Paris Photo he thought it would be worth taking the time to ask himself some questions concerning the nature of art fairs, photography, and lack of real world Lynchian characters.
Initial impressions of Paris Photo?
Very cold. If you post on the website that press registration begins at two pm, it's a really good idea not to then decide that it starts at five. The ensuing confrontation between a bunch of disgruntled journa... [more]
People in museums move like assholes.
This dynamic may be little more than a distant memory for those privy to the luxury of sparsely-populated art spaces: via opening receptions, press previews, off-hours viewings organized by friends of friends, or just the good fortune of being free most Monday mornings.
Unfortunately, when confronted with the work of an artist who seeks to interrogate, interrupt, obfuscate, or otherwise f*ck The Space of the Museum, privileged classes of museum-goers may be fo... [more]
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: CROWD CONTROL
Christina Catherine Martinez jumps a few hurdles to get into FIAC
Bureaucracy is as much a part of France’s mythic national character as wine, cheese, or chicness itself. I began my month long stay in the City of Light (a light which, I’ve noticed, emanates mainly from the Eiffel Tower, twinkling dreamily through the upper-floor windows of those who merely want to sleep at night) prepared to dismantle these clichés with encounters and anecdotes testi... [more]
Bureaucracy is as much a part of France’s mythic national character as wine, cheese, or chicness itself. I began my month long stay in the City of Light (a light which, I’ve noticed, emanates mainly from the Eiffel Tower, twinkling dreamily through the upper-floor windows of those who merely want to sleep at night) prepared to dismantle these clichés with encounters and anecdotes testifying to their opposite.
Unfortunately, the difficulty with which I finally breached the perimeter... [more]
THE FIAC 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Faire la fête and walk the banks of the Seine with Briony Lewis
It’s that time of year again. As the Grand Palais opens its doors to host the 40th annual Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, thousands of amateurs d’art, gallery owners and dealers flock to the cultural centre to gawp, gasp and gander. And this year promises even more as FIAC celebrates its 40th anniversary and welcomes 184 galleries from twenty-five countries.
FIAC describe... [more]
As a corollary to FIAC the Prix Marcel Duchamp has had some pretty impressive winners in its time and is, as with all of these types of prizes, a great way for an artist to get some recognition, funding and actual cash. Not as old as the Swiss Art Awards, as prestigious as a Gold or Silver Lion, or as lucrative as some of the big private awards, it is still sufficient to spur on the career of any artist, not least in that it comes with a well funded exhibition at the Pompidou, and allows you to jo... [more]
It’s that time of year again. As the Grand Palais opens its doors to host the annual Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, thousands of amateurs d’art, gallery owners and dealers flock to the cultural centre to gawp, gasp and gander. And this year promises even more as FIAC celebrates its 40th anniversary and welcomes 184 galleries from twenty-five countries.
FIAC describes itself as “an opportunity to discover an exceptional artistic programme in Paris and in France.&rdqu... [more]
Over the past fifteen years Berlin has carved itself a niche as the most vibrant artistic city in Europe, a place to find both galleries and working artists of all ilk. It has become synonymous with the type of creative energy that seems to push forward, always seeking new boundaries and forms. As such it makes an interesting contrast with Paris, a city that has previously taken this role but is now perhaps too stable, too comfortable, and maybe too expensive, to compete.
In a way, within this context,... [more]
Though it has proved its mettle in disposable boat construction and DIY prom couture, the most interesting functions of tape are metaphysical. Gangly schoolchildren and polished movie actresses alike take their positions in front of a camera according to bold silver or yellow strips laid out on the floor. Toes on the line, please. Chin up. Now don’t move from that spot. Art Directors and household decorators with low-levels of anal retentiveness plan out their above-sofa picture compositions wi... [more]
As part of its contemporary art programme this year, Musée Rodin invited Erik Samakh to hold a solo exhibition in the museum garden. Describing himself as a “hunter-gatherer” of images and sounds, Samakh always aims to create a unique experience for the audience; for this show, the artist has created a sound installation in the rose gardens surrounding The Thinker and The Three Shades, and an installation of ten natural stone blocks placed throughout the rest of the garden.