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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 […]

Lesser-Known Artists for the Latest “Monumenta”

Monumenta is an almost yearly exhibition at the Grand Palais, in which a noted artist is invited to fill the 44,000-square-foot space with an art installation. Former artists include Anselm Kiefer (2007), Richard Serra (2008), Christian Boltanski (2010), Anish Kapoor (2011), and Daniel Buren (2012). Russian born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov were chosen this […]

Free Museum Night!

The European Night of Museums takes place tonight. Dozens of museums in the city will be open late, many of them until midnight. Here’s the full list. And yes, the Musee D’Orsay is participating, so you can see this famous naked lady painting on your ramble.

Tat’s All, Folks!

Paris’ museum of indigenous art, the Musée du Quai Branly, presents “Tatoueurs Tatoués,” an exhibition devoted to the practice of tattooing, with over 300 historical and contemporary works from all over the globe on display. Curated by Anne & Julien, founders of the art magazine Hey! - and in collaboration with France’s most revered tattoo artist, Tin-Tin […]

Henry Miller Festival

I found out Henry Miller was an author when I first saw a copy of his “Tropic of Cancer” on my father’s workbench in the garage. When I walked into dorothy’s gallery to buy concert tickets to Gabriela Arnon‘s concert, I found out Henry Miller was also a painter, artist and photographer.  Dorothy shows periodically hundreds of […]

Outdoor Art Market

Seen here on a market day (Thursdays and Sundays), almost anything from produce, seafood, bread, flowers, cheese, and other food items to household goods are sold at the Marche Bastille. However, on Saturdays, this sprawling area is transformed into a street market of “art and creation,” an opportunity to explore, to buy, and to talk […]

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