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The Future, Viewed from the Past

It seems that humans cannot resist dabbling in predicting the future. We have an innate need to ignore Yogi Berra’s clear warning, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” So what did the year 2000 look like from a vantage point 100 years earlier? Let’s look at a few examples from a series of […]

Photo Show Opens This Week

by Meredith Mullins It has been fun to plan “Paris and Beyond” with my friend Richard Nahem. We have both been settled in Paris for eight years, and we both live to explore . . . and see things that have not been seen before. The exhibit opens this Thursday, September 25, at Le Galerie 102. Our […]

Mural Mania

If you’re into street art you can go on a self-guided tour of the murals commissioned by the local town hall, or stop by the Galerie Itinerrance which represents some of the world’s most prominent street artists including C215 and El Seed (they were the ones who brought together 108 street artists for the wildly […]

Seeing the Metro Differently

I’ve always had a fascination with the colored seats of the metro and photographed them before but there was always something missing from the photos, either the lighting was poor or the reflection of the fluorescent light marred the color. While waiting for the metro last month, I looked at the metro seats in a […]

FINALLY!

The wait was long – and it is not over quite yet. But, I am sure, on Saturday, October 25, I am going to say that it was worth waiting for. On that day Paris’s Picasso Museum is to reopen after a five-year closure for renovation. And on that day I will be there! That […]

You, Too, Can Paint at Giverny

My friends Laurie and Blair lead outdoor painting workshops in Paris and environs. During the summer they take clients to Giverny to paint and they receive a special permit that is only given to artists and photographers to go after hours when it is closed to the public. We went on a hot mid July […]

A Graphic (Novel) Battle

Artist Joe Sacco has created an immense 24-foot panoramic depiction of the WWI Battle of the Somme (July 1, 1916) spanning the long metro tunnel in Montparnasse station (in the corridor between Metro line 4 and the train station). It was one of the deadliest battles, with 20,000 dead and 40,000 wounded in one day. The artist […]

Caillebotte in Yerres

On an idyllic spring day recently I went to see the Caillebotte show in Yerres. Caillebotte was one of the great Impressionist painters and his family estate was in Yerres, a small town about 20 minutes by RER from Paris. Caillebotte’s father, a wealthy entrepreneur, had bought the park and property Yerroise. It was here […]

Suburban Artpalooza

Built in 1843 as one of the outposts of the ‘enceinte de Thiers’ fortifications that were supposed to protect Paris but never did, the Fort d’Aubervilliers has long been a mysterious space in the city’s northeastern suburbs. Originally a military base, it has since been a somewhat dubious laboratory and most recently a vehicle scrap […]

Tragic End of a Street Artist

Four years ago, a giant gorilla appeared on a wall opposite my kitchen window. It stayed there for at least a year before slowly disappearing behind the rising walls of a new construction. It’s still there now, perhaps one day to be uncovered by future urban archeologists. I grew quite attached to that gorilla. But […]

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