Kate Lemay

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3 style="text-align: justify;" class="r">, Rue Rambuteau75003 Paris01 48 87 28 51 When you are in Paris, and need a haircut, never underestimate the power of black-lights and disco balls to enhance the experience. As I walked from the busy rue Beaubourg down rue Rambuteau to Space Hair, I heard the discothèque music before I saw the sign. Space Hair is an institution in the gay neighborhood of the Marais, and although you will probably not see the vieilles dames... [more]
Female Power and Deconstructed Images   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Anne-Sophie Emard at Galerie Odile Ouizeman May 14th, 2009 - June 13th, 2009
Posted 5/18/09
  Stepping out of Galerie Dominique Fiat, go just a couple of steps and into the domain of the graceful Odile Ouizeman. Ms. Ouizeman's latest selected artist is Anne-Sophie Emard, whose large-format photographs of spaces and land are organized into diptychs or are featured alone. Emard is interested in manipulating the photograph further to employ the message or personality that she perceived from each landscape. The diptych presentation helps create the conversation that some landscapes... [more]
Exploring the Personal Experience, with New Tools   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Tania Mouraud at Galerie Dominique Fiat March 14th, 2009 - July 18th, 2009
Posted 5/18/09
Right now, the Marais is a veritable minefield of explosive, exciting art shows. Luckily for the pressed gallery-goer, the rue Coutures St Gervais has two such shows, right next door to each other. At the Galerie Dominique Fiat is "Borderland," a collection of 11 photographs by the artist Tania Mouraud. I was immediately struck by the painterly qualities of the photographs, whose soft earth colors create calm, atmospheric landscapes. No recognizable form or horizon creates the... [more]
Experimental Cocktail Club 37, Rue Saint-Sauveur 75002 Paris 01 45 08 88 09         Although no longer a secret since the New York Times recently reviewed this bar, the Experimental Cocktail Club serves a good gin martini and (surprise!) serves a selection of experimental cocktails. The best thing about the place, besides the excellent drinks, is the people-watching. Beautiful people keep pouring through the door all night, so be sure to get there on the early side to grab some seats for... [more]
Regulated by Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Carl Andre, MARTIN BARRÉ, Daniel Buren, Liz Deschenes, Sherrie Levine, Cheyney Thompson, Franz West at Sutton Lane - Paris March 21st, 2009 - May 2nd, 2009
Posted 4/4/09
The current show at Sutton Lane Gallery, curated by art historian David Lewis, is a sampling of works by seven artists along the theme of an intellectual puzzle. Each work was chosen to be part of a search for truth, in the sophisticated language that is art. The installation at Sutton Lane Gallery is informed by a specific knowledge of the book , by Perec, and therefore the show verges on being intellectually exclusive. However, prompted by the press release, the viewer is informed... [more]
The Abject in Stitches   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Angelo Filomeno at Galerie Anne de Villepoix March 14th, 2009 - May 26th, 2009
Posted 4/4/09
On display now at Galerie Anne de Villepoix is the curious and intricate art by Angelo Filomeno, a show divided into three rooms. While walking through the first room, I realized that after looking at shapes like a melting skull with fangs embroidered by black thread onto a black background, I was both enthralled and disgusted. The art’s exploration of the body and its abjection, specifically the mutations of the body both imaginary and real, is both violent and revolting, but at the... [more]
The Zen-Appeal of Found Objects   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ian Pedigo at Galerie Carlos Cardenas January 31st, 2009 - March 7th, 2009
Posted 2/9/09
          Ian Pedigo’s solo show of his new work, “The State of Before As Its Form” at Gallery Cardenas Bellanger, is a sure treat for anyone interested in Minimalist sculpture. Not only is half-owner Carlos Cardenas friendly and delightfully conversant in art historical and other possible references for the work of Pedigo, but the gallery is located in one of Paris’s more picturesque streets, rue Quincampoix, in the 4th arrondissement. Although Pedigo seems to have a barrage of found... [more]
Rue de Venise   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 2/9/09
Rue de Venise75004 Paris         When you make your way to Rue Quincampoix, try short-cutting to the galleries  via rue de Venise, from the Centre Pompidou. Don’t miss the fountain with its nostalgic Venetian galleon ship, recalling the days when Venice’s powerful merchant class was backed by an equally power navy. --Kate C. Lemay (*Image: Paris Fontaine rue de Venise, détail, by fredpanassac.)   [more]
Recreation for the Eye   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Bernard Moninot at Galerie Catherine Putman January 27th, 2009 - March 21st, 2009
Posted 2/9/09
        If you are interested in trained, careful, and meticulous drawing, definitely check out Bernard Moninot’s solo show at dispay at Gallerie Catherine Putnam. Moninot’s methodical and painstaking exploration of shapes, line and space challenges the boundaries of what typically is done in work on paper. In the series , or Breath, 2008, Moninot experiments with the words “Here” and “Now” in dizzying compositions of varying shapes that recall funnels, trumpets, rope, and worktables. On... [more]
One to Watch: Emerging Artist Laurent Pernot   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Laurent Pernot at Galerie Odile Ouizeman December 12th, 2008 - March 6th, 2009
Posted 1/19/09
    If you are up for a charming stroll through one of the artsiest parts of Paris, check out Galerie Odile Ouizeman, located in the third arrondissement. Ms. Ouizeman’s gallery aims to support emerging artists, and she has a good eye—she picked out the current artist showing, Laurent Pernot, from some of his work displayed on the internet. Pernot’s show, is a collection of photographs and video installations whose overall theme suggests a coming-to-terms with life’s changes or dark lessons.... [more]
Point Ephémère 200 Quai de Valmy 75010 Paris While you explore Paris, be sure to check out the 10th arrondissement. In this neighborhood, you will find not only a great monument in the Place de la République symbolizing the new Republic of 1879, also the pictureseque Canal St. Martin. As you troop along, make sure to stop for a drink at Point Ephémère, which although may be a little less lively during the winter, still has a great people scene and more... [more]
Steeped in Steel and Organic Design: Ron Arad   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ron Arad at Centre Pompidou November 20th, 2008 - March 16th, 2009
Posted 1/12/09
        If your sense of space was disappointed by the Ortega show at the Pompidou, never fear: in just the next gallery not three steps away is a beautifully installed retrospective of the work by British designer and architect Ron Arad. More than 200 of Arad’s works are on display and this is your chance to get in touch with design—the hollowed-out, ode-to-material, organic type. Don’t miss the video installations on Arad’s architecture or the one about the Centre Pompidou installation... [more]
An Ascetic Field of Vision   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Damián Ortega at Centre Pompidou November 12th, 2008 - March 16th, 2009
Posted 1/11/09
      Damián Ortega’s installation at the Centre Pompidou, reminds me of a playground. Despite the signs prohibiting physical touch, this viewer wanted to dive through the delicately and purposefully strung lines of plastic discs. Perhaps it was the kid inside me who likes to break rules, or just the inspiration of broken space, but there is something too perfect about the set-up that begs a little messing with. Ortega’s installation looks to be made from inexpensive material - plastic; the... [more]
After seeing the exhibition America 1928, don’t hesitate to check out the permanent exhibition on the Bauhaus. To begin, the building itself is impressive in its international style combined with factory aesthetic. Inside, you get the full scoop on the Bauhaus. In his 1919 manifesto for the Bauhaus school, Walter Gropius wrote, “The ultimate goal of all art is the building!” Founded in 1919 in Weimar, the school faced exceeding criticism by neoconservatives and had to move three times. Under... [more]
Studying for the Bauhaus   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Walter Gropius at Bauhaus-Archiv Museum of Design November 19th, 2008 - February 2nd, 2009
Posted 12/11/08
In 1928, Walter Gropius and his wife Ise took a six-week trip to the United States to study the cutting-edge technology of steel framing in architecture. This exhibition presents the photographs taken by Ise and Walter during this trip. It is an easy exhibit to walk through within a half an hour, especially for anyone interested in the Bauhaus School who might wish to see the permanent collection. The exhibition is organized thematically by location: Passage to America, New York, Progress... [more]
Retrospective Robert Lebeck: Looking Back on Germany   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Robert Lebeck at Martin-Gropius-Bau November 28th, 2008 - March 23rd, 2009
Posted 12/11/08
The Robert Lebeck retrospective at the Martin-Gropius-Bau presents over 300 of the German photojournalist’s works from the fifties and sixties. Lebeck is known for his cool detachment and lack of sentimentality in capturing his subject, and in this show, his photographs are a probing study of German nationalism since the Second World War. In addition to photographs taken on assignment in Africa, Spain, and Italy, the show particularly underscores people in the arts and politics. Lebeck’s... [more]
A monumental look at architecture   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Patrick Tournebœuf at École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris Val-de-Seine November 7th, 2008 - December 12th, 2008
Posted 11/16/08
While at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture, don't miss Patrick Tournebœuf's stunning architectural photography in the series . (*Images, from top to bottom:  Patrick Tournebœuf, Monumental, état des lieux, November 7 - December 12, 2008; École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris Val-de-Seine, Chantier du Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2002, courtesy of the Artist and Maison Européene de la Photographie.  Patrick Tournebœuf, Monumental, état des lieux, November 7 - December... [more]
A Fresh Awareness   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Philip Jones Griffiths at École nationale supérieure d'architecture Paris Val-de-Seine November 7th, 2008 - December 5th, 2008
Posted 11/16/08
For the art-goer who likes to get off the beaten track, head to the 13th arrondissement’s former industrial port on the Seine. From metro stop François Mitterand,  take note of the construction sites advertising aménagement (something like urban cleanup), head to the Seine, and turn right. Before long, you’ll come to the Ecole nationale superieure d'architecture, which currently houses the exhibition of 50 photographs by Philip Jones Griffiths. This collection of large-format... [more]
Social Commentary in a Snapshot   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Larry Clark, Joe Deal, Tom Drysdale, Mary Ellen Mark, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, Larry Fink, Robert Frank, Leonard Freed, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Bruce Gilden, John Gossage, Ken Graves, Charles Harbutt, Kenneth Josephson, William Klein, Les Krims, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ray K. Metzker, Duane Michals, Bill Owens, Jeffrey K. Silverthorne, Arthur Tress, Jerry Uelsmann, Burk Uzzle, Joel-Peter Witkin at Bibliothèque nationale de France - François-Mitterrand October 29th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 11/16/08
showcases 320 works by major photographers from the seventies, presenting to a French audience the liberal, raunchy and sometimes shocking American culture from this era. The so-called “choc/shock” begins with one room devoted to the “pioneers,” whose socially committed photographs reveals raw, unsophisticated edges of American culture during the 1930s. There, Walker Evans’ influential photographs of the American Depression dating from 1936 are organized in a set of six, including the... [more]