Archive for the 'Art' Category


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 […]

A Fashion Photography Retrospective

Starting with Baron Adolph de Meyer in 1919, the museum show Papier Glacé (Glossy Paper), presented at the Palais Galliera with Condé Nast, includes all the names who helped gave fashion its photo ID: Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, William Klein, Norman Parkinson, Helmut Newton, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Corinne Day . . . […]

Dark Inspirations

The fashion exhibitions at Musée des Arts Decoratifs are always presented in a special designated space. The atmosphere is almost like going to the theatre: it’s pitch black except for the vitrines, which are dimly lit. It doesn’t always work, and for some shows it’s been difficult to see the details of the clothes. For […]

America Invades Paris

American culture is on show this season in Paris, with two noteworthy exhibitions worth checking out (even if you’re an American yourself). “L’Atlantique Noir,” the first of four American-themed exhibitions this year at the fabulous Quai Branly Museum, is about the Anglo-American heiress Nancy Cunard, who published Negro Anthology in 1930s Paris. “Nancy Cunard was […]

Paris’s Photographic Heritage

The company La Parisienne de Photographie is in charge of digitizing the city’s photographic heritage. Checking out its website has been open to the public but not so, of course, reproducing its images. Now, it has created a special collection of prints to buy called Paris en Images. It’s searchable by subject, arrondissement or photographer. You’re […]

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