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Things That Are Alive

by Christina Catherine Martinez
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... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 11/5/13


by James Loks
For anyone reading this who hasn't been in Paris during the month of August it is hard to describe just how dead the city is. In the quarters outside the main tourist areas, cafes and shops are shut, the streets are quiet, the galleries closed. It is almost impossible to see a dentist. I was left with the Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Pompidou. There are worse things in the world certainly; however at the same time it proves difficult to tackle for purposes of review. Produced in... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 8/24/12

Seeing Double

by Robert J. Hughes
Matisse didn't do things by halves. He did them by twos and threes, sometimes by many more. "Paires et Séries," a stirring exhibition at Centre Pompidou here in Paris shows Matisse to have been someone who tried always to stretch himself, representing the world in the truest possible way, as he saw it, which meant that the truth, or the representation of it, was different depending on the moment in which it was captured. Everything was true and everything changed, and visual truth was, of... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 3/25/12

Art and Dance

The Centre Pompidou is dedicating a brand new exhibition to the connections between the visual arts and dance, from the 1900's to today. "Danser sa via" ["Dancing through life"] shows how these sparked off modernity and fed the major movements and the figures who constitute the history of modern and contemporary art. The exhibition illustrates its point through works by artistic figures of the 20th Century, through movements that founded modernity, and through the research of contemporary... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/1/12

Yayoi Kusama

by Himali Singh Soin
At once dark, cold, full of light. Then warm, uncanny and familiar, controlled and free, asexual and erotic, lonely and loving, Yayoi Kusama's retrospective at the Centre Pompidou is not merely an exhibit of an artist's work. This is like landing in a new dimension filled with color and polka dots and long, radish-like growths, like being inside a brain, exploring the complexity of a strong and vulnerable mind, of a woman who made metaphors concrete, and illusions into reality.  (Image:... [more]
Posted by Himali Singh Soin on 11/1/11

Edvard Munch

by Robert J. Hughes
Few images are as known, or as appropriated, as Edvard Munch's painting The Scream. Luckily, in the exhibition devoted to him at Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Scream is not on display. This exhibition of some eighty works never before seen in France presents Munch as an observer of nature and someone who tries to distill emotion onto canvas. It also features his photography and even some of his films (he was fascinated by cinema). Although The Scream isn't here, several works that tickle the... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 10/24/11


by Robert J. Hughes
Every country is undiscovered, even the smallest, and even for its citizens. Each country is too diverse among even a homogeneous population to reduce it to a set of ideas or ideals or images. But as a subject for an exposition, it's hard to resist a country as varied as India, as old as India, as teeming with life, visual pizzazz, culture and contradictions as India. "Paris – Delhi – Bombay…" at Centre Pompidou in Paris through September 19, is an attempt to look at societal changes in... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 8/16/11


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Posted by deming liao on 4/13/11

François Morellet

by Frances Guerin
          I really wanted to love the new “re-installation” of François Morellet’s work at the Centre Pompidou. However, as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t.  Because as gorgeous as many of the works are, like all light sculptures, their meaning is generated by their definition of space, their rhythms, reflections and refractions of public space. And when installations that at their inception define, articulate, even form castles, cathedrals, and the squares and promenades of Europe, when... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 3/28/11

Piet Mondrian

by Frances Guerin
Tonight, I went to see Mondrian and de Stijl at the Centre Pompidou, and I nearly cried. I didn’t particularly like the hanging of many of Mondrian’s greatest paintings that are on display here. Although this huge exhibition did, at times, gesture in the right direction, in true Centre Pompidou style, there was way too much going on, and to be seen properly it would need at least three full days. While I see the logic of bringing Mondrian and De Stijl together — more on that in the next... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 1/4/11

Nancy Spero

          Outrage in art can descend into agitprop or endure as a trenchant record of atrocity. Goya's Disasters of War prints (published well after his death), Otto Dix's illustrations of the horrors of World War I are series that still shock, that still seem, unfortunately, topical. When words are incorporated into images, there's a chance that the artist is not merely showing, but obvious or hectoring. But some artists, such as Barbara Kruger, skirt this with wit – her juxtaposition... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 1/4/11

Gabriel Orozco: Terra Cognita

by Hunter Braithwaite
        Robert Rauschenberg said that he worked in the gap between art and life, thus implying that the two ran on parallel yet separate tracks. In his recent show at the Centre Pompidou, Gabriel Orozco produces work that transcends that simplistic relationship. His pieces, ingeniously simple sight gags, cause us to approach our daily existence in a precarious and blissful manner. Life doesn’t have to be this way, it seems, but it is. Orozco spends a lot of time with the idea of casts,... [more]
Posted by Hunter Braithwaite on 10/18/10

It's Everywhere (including the Pompidou Center)

IT’S EVERYWHERE! I suspect that many of us have experienced those quirky incidents where a hitherto unfamiliar subject is brought to our attention and then it suddenly seems to pop up everywhere. And I mean everywhere. We keep tripping over the now-familiar subject as if making up for lost time.  I first came across Gustave Courbet’s 1866 painting L’origine du monde (Origin of the World) about a year ago when researching material for my upcoming artist residency in Paris. Let’s be frank; once... [more]
Posted by Lilianne Milgrom on 9/14/10

On Lucian Freud

by Frances Guerin
I came away from the Lucien Freud exhibition, L’Atelier, at the Centre Pompidou very relieved that I was having dinner with my friend Anne, rather than Freud himself. This small exhibition of Freud’s work (painted in his London studio) was intense, emotionally challenging, and ultimately quite difficult. I admire the force of Freud’s painting, the power of his brushstroke and the transparency of his representational process; I find his intellectual engagement with the history of painting... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 4/5/10

An American in Paris - visiting Lucien Freud's L'Atelier Show

Lucien Freud at the Centre Pompidou The Lucien Freud show at the Centre Pompidou is a rare opportunity to see a large body of the painter’s work, especially a large body of his fairly recent work which is, to say the least, fleshy. The show is divided into four parts. First, as you enter the exhibition, is the Interior/Exterior room, which features images of the artist’s studio and various outside subjects like views of factories and buildings as well as amazing floral/vegetation pictures.... [more]
Posted by charles lewis on 6/11/10

Brancusi, Film, Photography, Images sans Fin au Centre Pompidou

by Frances Guerin
I had no knowledge of Brancusi's work in photography and film, so it was a delight and a joy to discover the seriousness and creativity with which he pursued both. Brancusi the photographer and Brancusi the filmmaker were every bit a part of his Paris intellectual environment as Brancusi the sculptor. My overwhelming impression of his work in the new media is its complement to the great innovations in the avant-garde of the 1920s. In spite of the varying degree of proficency with the camera,... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 8/8/11

Jim Hodges - 60 Works

Centre Pompidou welcomes the American artist Jim Hodges for his first solo exhibition in a major European institution. Well-known on the American art scene, this uncommon artist will be showing about sixty of his works in the Galerie d’art graphique of the Musée national d’art moderne, in what amounts to a panorama of his work and its singular universe. Hodges, who was born in 1957 in the State of Washington, has been creating since the 1980s a corpus of work both radical and original, in... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 10/19/09

Pierre Soulages: The Mystery of Color

by Frances Guerin
      I have to admit I had not heard of Pierre Soulages before I saw the poster for his latest exhibition at the Pompidou Center. This, together with the fact I didn’t feel as though I spent enough time with the later paintings in the final rooms of the exhibition, makes my thoughts and impressions of his work seem incomplete.My disclaimers aside, as I walked around the chronologically organized exhibition, watching the paintings get larger and larger, I was overwhelmed by how very... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 11/9/09

Surrealist Photography

      Centre Pompidou presents .  This exhibition brings together nearly 400 works, giving us a rare overview of surrealist photography. A broad selection of the finest proofs by Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, Claude Cahun, Raoul Ubac, Jacques-André Boiffard, Maurice Tabard will be shown alongside rarely seen images which reveal a number of surrealist ways of using photography, such as publications in magazines or artists' books, advertisements, collections of images, fascination for the raw... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/2/09

Laurent Grasso

by Lillian Davies
  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]
Posted by Lillian Davies on 8/3/09

History from Her Perspective

by Georgia Fee
        As I sit here in my apartment listening to the pigeons flapping on the balcony, I feel a sense of excitement,  hot like a secret, fluttering in my stomach.  The girls, the chicks – the elles – are just a stone's throw away at the Centre Pompidou...and what a gang of girls they are! After Big Bang (2005) and Le Mouvement des images (2006), the Centre Pompidou has undertaken its third re-presentation of their permanent collection, entitled elles@centrepompidou. The forward in the... [more]
Posted by Georgia Fee on 8/24/09

Mountains of Diagonals, Circles and Lines

by Frances Guerin
          One of the most surprising and rewarding things about the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou is the fact that it is a complete retrospective. I am always bemoaning the Parisian tendency to exhibit an artist’s work, only as it intersects in some way with Paris or France. The paintings on exhibition often end up being without context, and therefore, not fully graspable. Because Kandinsky brings together the Kandinsky collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Städtische Galerie im... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 4/20/09

A Day at the Circus

by Frances Guerin
This exhibition is delightful. It is permeated with lightness, brightness and a childlike joy that we rarely experience in exhibitions of modern art. The famous Calder Circus (1926-31) in the second room of this exhibition sets the tone of playfulness that echoes throughout the ensuing six rooms. New Yorkers will be familiar with the wonderful figures made of wire, wood, leather and old fabric, since The Circus has been on permanent display in its alcove at the Whitney Museum. However, here at... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 3/30/09

Steeped in Steel and Organic Design: Ron Arad

by Kate Lemay
        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]
Posted by Kate Lemay on 1/12/09

An Ascetic Field of Vision

by Kate Lemay
      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]
Posted by Kate Lemay on 1/11/09

Women and Preoccupation

by Frances Guerin
  For the twenty-first century viewer, steeped in the ethics of representation and feminism, the first couple of rooms of the exhibition of recently discovered photographs by Czech photographer, Miroslav Tichy are unsettling. He explores the possibilities of "painting with a camera" all the time focussing on the female form. Over and over and over again, he obsessively photographs women at swimming pools, in the streets, in motion, stationary, supine, standing up, clothed, unclothed, in... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 7/28/08

Sacred and Other

by Frances Guerin
  The Centre Pompidou's summer exhibition "Traces du Sacré" is the closest Paris comes to putting on a blockbuster. While the conceit of the exhibition is provocative, the exhibition is too unwieldy and unfocussed to give any great intellectual insights. Nevertheless, this is a great way to get an overview of the who's who of twentieth century art. So what exactly is "sacred" in and about modern art? The answer to this question is not found in the exhibition at the Pompidou Center.  It means... [more]
Posted by Frances Guerin on 8/6/08
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