Dada Africa at Orangerie

The exhibition “Dada Africa” at the Musée de l’Orangerie (to February 19, 2018) focuses on non-western sources and influences inspiring the Dada artists a century ago. Works by African, native American and Asian work are exhibited alongside those of Dadaists Hanna Höch, Jean Arp, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Marcel Janco, Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Raoul Haussmann, Man Ray and Picabia among others. Continue reading “Dada Africa at Orangerie”

Publisher Robert Delpire Remembered

Robert Delpire, photo © Sarah Moon

Fait & Cause gallery pays homage to Robert Delpire (1926–2017) who was one of the giants of the French photography world. Delpire was an art publisher, editor, curator, film producer and graphic designer, predominantly concerned with documentary photography. The gallery revisits his humanitarian work supporting such groups as les petits frères des Pauvres, Amnesty and Reporters Without Frontiers. He was artistic director of Fait & Cause from its creation until 2016. Continue reading “Publisher Robert Delpire Remembered”

Vive Les Nuits Parisiennes

Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” fantasizes sipping absinthe with Hemingway at Les Deux Magots time traveling back to 1920’s Paris. Now an exhibition, “Les Nuits Parisiennes du Palais-Royal au Palace” at Paris’ City Hall, takes visitors back to those heady Paris nights of yore tracing nightlife from the 18th century until today with posters, paintings, photos, dresses, street lamps and videos ( to January 27, 2018). Continue reading “Vive Les Nuits Parisiennes”

Thousand Years of Christmas

Get in the holiday spirit with “A Thousand Years of Christmas” performed by Sally Bradshaw, Leslie Clack and Geneviève Foccroulle at the Theatre de Nesle (Dec 13 & 14, 2017). The  show through song and verse visits various moods of Christmas, from Mediaeval mysticism to mangers to department store Santas… and next day hangovers.  Soprano Sally Bradshaw accompanied by pianist Geneviève Foccroulle performs music from Medieval times to Bach and Victorian ballads via Debussy, Britten and favorite carols. Continue reading “Thousand Years of Christmas”

The Gourmand’s Way

“The Gourmands’ Way: Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy,” is a group portrait of six legendary expat food writers who helped bring some of the French touch to American cuisine. The book revisits the fabled world of haute cuisine and the vibrant bohemian and artistic haunts of the Left Bank during the 50’s and 60’s. Continue reading “The Gourmand’s Way”

Belle Vie Numérique

“Tempo II” by Marie-Julie Bourgeois

“La Belle Vie Numérique,” 30 artistes from Rembrandt to Xavier Veihan” is a thought provoking snapshot of contemporary artists reacting to digital technology, the internet and the world according to GAFA (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple). It is one of the best exhibitions in Paris at the moment… and it’s free. Curated by Fabrice Bousteau (editor-in-chief of Beaux Arts Magazine) it includes very recent work by mostly European artists showing computer-generated 2-D and 3-D media, computer-assisted animations and installations (to March 18, 2018). Continue reading “Belle Vie Numérique”

Constance Guisset’s Magical Designs

Vertigo Lamps by Constance Guisset

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibits recent work by designer and scenographer Constance Guisset (to March 11, 2018). The exhibition titled “Actio!” Is a retrospective of this young designer’s work featuring her creations over the past ten years. In addition to her design work she has made stage sets for choreographers Angelin Preljocaj and Wang Ramirez. She has also designed exhibition scenographies for Paris’ Musée du Quai Branly and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille. Continue reading “Constance Guisset’s Magical Designs”

Christmas Markets in Paris 2017

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La Defense © F. Eckert

Paris’ Christmas markets are among the things that make the holiday special in this city. The markets are found all over the city from the Notre Dame to the Place Saint Sulpice to the Trocadero. But the biggest (10,000 meters) and most diversified market (200 stalls) is found at Paris’ La Défense. 

The earliest Christmas markets date back to the late middle ages and have their origin in Germany. The Dresden “Striezelmarkt”  is said to be the oldest Christmas market and was first held in the 15th century. The Bautzen Christmas market and the Vienna “December Market” are supposed to be even older dating back to the 13th century. It was in 1570 when the Christmas market tradition found its way into Alsace, France’s easternmost region bordering Germany.

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Photographisme at Pompidou

Wojciech Zamecznik, « Sans titre’ », 1963

“Photographisme” is an exhibition at The Pompidou Center featuring graphic experiments by three post-war photographers: Klein, Ifert and Zamecznik (to January 29, 2018).  The lessons of the Bauhaus were taken up by a generation of innovative practitioners, figures as different as Gérard Ifert (Basel, b. 1929), William Klein (New York, b. 1928) and Wojciech Zamecznik (Warsaw, 1923–67) who developed new, “photo-graphic” forms of expression in the 1950s and ’60s. Continue reading “Photographisme at Pompidou”

Jaromir Funke Revisited in Paris

Jaromir Funke

Paris’ Czech Cultural Center exhibits the work of photographer Jaromir Funke (1896-1945) who was a leading figure in Czech photography during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Funke’s work is a melange of the major trends in modernist European photography, blending constructivism and functionalism with surrealism, photograms and social commentary. He cofounded in 1924 the Czech Photographic Society with Josef Sudek and Adolf Schneeberger. Two years later he produced a series of Surrealist images of store windows titled “Glass and Reflection,” inspired by Eugène Atget. Continue reading “Jaromir Funke Revisited in Paris”

RiverBlue

The documentary film River Blue asks the question “Can fashion save the planet?” The film follows river conservationist Mark Angelo as he chronicles some of world’s most polluted rivers. Along the way we discover the dark secret of the fashion industry while seeing some of the toxic side effects of textile production and jean manufacturing. Traveling from tanneries along rivers in India, to some of the largest jean manufacturing factories in China Angelo guides us on a journey through the environmental effects of toxic fashions.  Continue reading “RiverBlue”