Lillian Davies

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Dec. 2009: In mid-November, I visited French artist Benjamin Swaim at his studio at Usine Chapal in Montreuil. We talked about 40 Guns, his recent project and publication with the Maison Rouge, Paris, and his participation in “Time is a Sausage,” a group show currently on display at Domobaal, London. We looked at works from Salembô, a series of large-scale brightly colored abstract canvases, and a series of abstract paintings in black and white, Les sculptures de ma mère. As we talked about the... [more]
ArtSlant's writer, Lillian Davies, met with Samuel Richardot and discussed his recent work at La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec (on view from September 19 - November 21, 2009).  Since graduating in 2006 from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Richardot has shown at Balice Hertling in 2008; he was featured at Printemps in Toulouse in 2008; and has received numerous prizes and honors.  The exhibition at La Galerie,  Noisy-le-Sec, focuses on recent work completed in Berlin.  The... [more]
Arts & Metiers   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 9/19/09
es new roman,times;">Musée des Arts et Métiers 60, rue Réaumur75003 Paris, France+33 1 53 01 82 20 With the Picasso Museum now closed for at least two years of renovations, the Marais has to find another go-to gallery for the Sunday afternoon promenade. In the spirit of Fabrice Gygi, the Musée des Arts et Métiers offers an impressive collection of scientific and industrial displays that are both beautiful, and well, actually useful. Open until 9:30pm on Thursday – try to find... [more]
Keeping a Distance   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Fabrice Gygi at Galerie Chantal Crousel September 12th, 2009 - October 24th, 2009
Posted 9/19/09
    Currently representing Switzerland in the 53rd Venice Bienniale, Fabrice Gygi has participated in numerous international exhibitions, showing his work in Paris for the first time 10 years ago. His sculptural work pairs a precise aesthetic with suggestive, at times aggressive, materials and arrangements — shiny metal spikes hung from the ceiling or a network of conveyor belts, for example. For his current show at Chantal Crousel, French critic Christophe Kihm’s press release divides the... [more]
Messages from Afar   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dove Allouche, Pascal Broccolichi, Luca Francesconi, Ken Gonzales-Day, Norma Jeane, Arthur Mole, Matt O’dell, Évariste Richer, Felix Schramm, Jim Shaw, Tony Smith, John Thomas, Stéphane Vigny at Palais de Tokyo May 28th, 2009 - August 30th, 2009
Posted 8/13/09
      Palais de Tokyo’s current exhibition takes its title from the mysterious shortwave radio antennas that emit seemingly random series of numbers, tones and melodies from various points around the globe. Many believe these “Spy Number Stations” have been in use since World War I, and have increased in prevalence since the 1990s. Most uninitiated listeners presume the stations are run by national governments as a means to communicate with their spies working around the globe. Following the... [more]
The ELLE Décoration Suite by Maison Margiela Cité de l’Archictecture et du Patrimonie Until 1 October 2009 (more info)   In the former apartment of Jacques Carlu (architect of the Cité de l’Architecture’s Palais de Chaillot), a 220 m2 spread just off Trocadero, ELLE Décoration is currently hosting avant-garde designer Martin Margiela’s “revival” of the space. The second designer, following Christian Lacroix, to re-imagine the apartment’s interior in ELLE Décoration’s series of projects in... [more]
  L'Observatoir de Paris 61, Av. de l’Observatoire (accès interdit au public) Entrée visiteurs : 77, Avenue Denfert-Rochereau F-75 014 PARIS Téléphone : 01 40 51 22 21 Every Friday through October 23rd, L’Observatoire de Paris, on a gentle rise in 14th arrondissement, is hosting a free evening of cosmic discovery. At 8.30 pm, working astronomers and researchers present the evening program in the Observatory’s Salle de Atelier, following which visitors are invited to... [more]
Laurent Grasso   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Laurent Grasso at Centre Pompidou June 17th, 2009 - September 14th, 2009
Posted 8/3/09
  Winning the 2008 Prix Marcel Duchamp, Laurent Grasso confirmed his position in the French scene and earned a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou’s Espace 315. Presenting an entirely new body of work — video, sound, two historic antennas and an oil painting — Grasso seems to have moved beyond the obliquely sci-fi videos he has become known for, and into a more complex exploration of objects, space and memory. In the center of the darkened space, Grasso has positioned a hulking metal... [more]
Martin Parr's Planet   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Martin Parr at Jeu de Paume June 30th, 2009 - September 27th, 2009
Posted 8/2/09
  On mini-billboards circling Jeu de Paume, bordering the Tuileries and the western face of Place de Concorde, Martin Parr’s Small World series (1986-2005) captures the international tourist class taking in sites from the Grand Canyon to Pisa. Opening just as the Parisians started their annual exodus from the city — temporarily leaving the French capital to the descent of international visitors — “Planet Parr” reveals the breadth of the English artist’s practice as a photographer, as well as... [more]
Michel Perot at Brachfeld Gallery May 7th, 2009 - May 17th, 2009
Posted 5/10/09
Artslant Team went out to discover more art on Wednesday the 6th, and found our way to two great openings. The first at Brachfeld Gallery, a solo exhibition from Michel Perot, recent graduate of L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, the show was put together by independent curator Lillian Davis: He uses a subdued palette to portray landscapes on the verge of the imaginary: ...and is particularly interested in the architectural / natural / historical. [more]