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20131229193708-au_bistrot__ca 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]

20131217170453-dan_beudean_sir_richard_francis_burton Where are we?: Cognitive Dissonance at the LV Espace Culturel   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ioana Bătrânu, DAN BEUDEAN, Geta Bratescu, Oana Farcas, Adrian Ghenie, Ion Grigorescu, Simon Cantemir Hausì, Mihut Boscu Kafchin, Ciprian Muresan, Serban Savu, Mircea Suciu, SERGIU TOMA, Bogdan Vladuta at LV Espace Culturel October 11th, 2013 - January 12th
Posted 12/17/13

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]

20131210073645-ecal-romain-hu_gli What Do Kim and Kanye Have to Do with the New Photography Aesthetic?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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
Posted 12/10/13

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]

20131119045357-jun-ahn-self-portrait-2011 Auto Interview: Paris Photo 2013   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Grand Palais November 14th, 2013 - November 17th, 2013
Posted 11/19/13

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]

20131105152457-huyghe1 Things That Are Alive   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pierre Huyghe at Centre Pompidou September 25th, 2013 - January 6th
Posted 11/5/13

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]

Special Edition: FIAC #2   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/25/13

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]

20131024231012-photo_high_134578 First Impressions: Crowd Control   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at FIAC October 24th, 2013 - October 27th, 2013
Posted 10/24/13

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]

Special Edition: FIAC #1   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/24/13

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]

20131022123637-1 Prix Marcel Duchamp: Favourites and Outsiders   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Farah Atassi, Latifa Echakhch, Claire Fontaine, Raphaël Zarka at FIAC October 26th, 2013 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Posted 10/22/13

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]

20131022110130-byars The FIAC 40th Anniversary Show   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at FIAC October 24th, 2013 - October 27th, 2013
Posted 10/22/13

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]

20131023003645-peresprojects Berlin vs. Paris: We Ask The Galleries   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at FIAC October 24th, 2013 - October 27th, 2013
Posted 10/23/13

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]

20131017150519-la_tour_13_-_www Nine Storeys of Art: La Tour 13, Paris   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/17/13

One year ago, Line 6 of the Paris metro, crossing the bridge over the Seine river, we suddenly noticed this old tower-block with a huge orange fluorescent drip painted on its front. Intrigued, we learned a few weeks later that the place was the subject of an atypical project undertaken by the owner of Galerie Itinerrance, Mehdi Ben Cheikh. The name of the man sounded familiar to us, not only because of his gallery but also because for years he’s been organizing the transformation of the thirtee... [more]

20131012205606-seanpaul2 Everything in Its Absence   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sean Paul at Campoli Presti-Paris October 5th, 2013 - October 19th, 2013
Posted 10/11/13

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]

20130924133004-es_678 Performance in Sculpture   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Erik Samakh at Musée Rodin May 18th, 2013 - September 29th, 2013
Posted 9/24/13

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. T... [more]

20130923210812-workin_in_progress_second_stairwell___nibor_reiluos ArtSlant STREET: In the Entrails of the Secret Palais   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Dem189, LEK, Sowat at Palais de Tokyo July 12th, 2012 - January 1st
Posted 9/23/13

If we can blame contemporary art exhibitions for being inaccessible to the general public because of their conceptualism, it is also true that urban art exhibitions often tend to focus on aesthetics only. Indeed, some of them are not much more than a static alignment of canvases whose main purpose is simple retinal seduction. However, spontaneity, with all the ingenuity it implies, remains an essential feature of this art born in the street. So how can the urban artist benefit from this spontaneit... [more]

20130903181920-ev06 Digital Disappointment   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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GRÉGORY CHATONSKY, DuroSport Electronics, Benjamin Gaulon aka Recyclism, Jonathan Puckey (Moniker), Do it yourself book scanner (Daniel Reetz), Julian Oliver et Danja Vasiliev at Jeu de Paume October 23rd, 2012 - March 11th
Posted 9/3/13

I guess the title kind of gives it away? But you know, you've got to have expectations to be disappointed and here's the problem: when you put together the two words 'online' and 'exhibition' you can imagine wandering through this vast and surprising digital world where new and previously unimagined forms of artistic stimulation are assailing your senses from every quarter; or you can see the two antithetical things, an exhibition being that immersive, fully realised, interactive, texturally correlat... [more]


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