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Paris Photo Fair (15-18 Nov. 2012)  
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11/4/12 Posted 11/4/12

(Excerpt from 'Paris Photo Platform' posted on Paris Photo . Found on http://www.parisphoto.com/home.html) 16th edition of Paris Photo at the Grand Palais — the best of 19th century, modern and contemporary photography in the heart of Paris. 15 - 18 NOV. 2012 This unique panorama comes again with an ambitious programming with the exhibitions "Recent Acquisitions", "Private Collection" and "Open Book" as well as official partners' exhibitions & associated events. The Fair is also punctuated by book s... [more]

20120410121218-17--4812 Unconvincing Conceptual Approach  
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Guido Albi Marini at Maison Européenne de la Photographie April 4th, 2012 - June 17th, 2012
Posted 4/29/12

The photos aren't a disaster like some of the other work that shows up in this museum but I must say the artist's statement is totally incoherent and seems to have little to do with the work being show.  I would say that the work looks a bit weak with the low resolution digital images but in spite of that there is a certain aesthetic interest in the work.  Only it seems the artist is actually pushing more for a conceptual statement--which is so confused in relation to the text that I really don't kn... [more]

20120116145135-25--1 Beautiful but not overly interesting...  
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Dominique Issermann at Maison Européenne de la Photographie January 18th, 2012 - May 6th, 2012
Posted 4/29/12

One can't argue with the beauty of Laetitia Casta or the obvious technical skills of Dominique Issermann.  There are many beautiful images in the current MEP exhibit.  Undoubtedly, this has been a big draw for the museum, bringing in people who are perhaps only marginally interested in photography.  I understand the gallery does need revenues to run and a popular show like this one hopefully allows the gallery to show other artists that are more interesting but whose work is less able to draw in... [more]

Salesroom Artist: Labor Robert  
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4/24/12 Posted 4/24/12

Labor Robert, Composition digital média photo on plexi, 2012,  Digital Photo, 60 X 45 X 2 Centimeters; © Labor Robert Labor Robert (b. 1937, St Denis Reunion Island, France) Forty years of creativity, thoughts about art, through paintings and sculptures, teacher of visual art, Labor Robert qualified from Claude Bernard in Paris. He began painting at 17 years old .  Born on13th May,  1937, in St. Denis, on the Reunion island, he came to France in1959 and after studying mathematics, he fell into... [more]

Watchlist: Valérie Belin  
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9/23/11 Posted 9/23/11

(Image: © Valérie Belin) Valérie Belin (b. 1964, Boulogne-Billancourt, France) French photographer Valerie Belin has photographed body builders, potato-chip bags and car wrecks. In her latest series Black Eyed Susan, she turns her lens on a dreamy montage of women who embody the ideal post-war female, interlaid with sharp images of flowers. To get the interlay of female and flower right, Belin first cast models who could pull off a particular look–a plastic beauty coupled with Grace Kelly glamo... [more]

Tania Mouraud: On Our Paris Watchlist  
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3/26/11 Posted 3/26/11

(Image: Tania Mouraud, A permanent installation at the BPI Centre Pompidou; © Philadelphia Art Alliance blog) Tania Mouraud (b. 1942, Paris, France) Tania Mouraud is a leader in contemporary French Art. The autodidact began as a painter in the early 60s, commenting on the elusive nature of language through color and abstract shapes; since then her work has expanded into many mediums including printmaking, sound installations and photography. Her work consistently challenges viewers with... [more]

Bettina Rheims: On Our Paris Watchlist  
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3/15/11 Posted 3/15/11

(Image: Bettina Rheims, Daria Werbowy; © Bettina Rheims) Bettina Rheims (b. Paris, France) It all began in 1978, when Bettina Rheims met and began photographing strippers. The resulting series, her first, was soon being seen in exhibitions. It marked the beginning of a long career. Bettina Rheims now devoted herself wholly to photography, inspired by her passion for art and female portraiture.She has since become one of France’s most internationally acclaimed contemporary practitioners.... [more]

David Hockney's latest work replaces canvases  
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11/4/10 Posted 11/4/10

(Excerpt from 'David Hockney's latest Paris art show, 'Fleurs fraiches,' shows off his iPhone 'Brushes' creations' posted on cleveland.com, Oct 2010. Found on http://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2010/10/david_hockneys_latest_paris_ar.html) "Fleurs fraiches" or "Fresh Flowers",  a take off on the digital world we live in. Canvas is just so 20th century. That's the message of David Hockney's new Paris exhibition, where glowing iPads and iPhones — their screens a changing medley of still lives and landscapes created by the celebra... [more]


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