The Gardener of Eden

A mysterious beachcomber, in “The Gardener of Eden,” appears one day on the coastal bluffs near the small town of Carverville, a place whose best days are long behind it. Who is he, and why has he returned after nearly forty years? The book is Paris-based author David Downie’s haunting, luminous novel set in a mythical Pacific Coast locale somewhere in Northern California. Continue reading “The Gardener of Eden”

Jazz Pianist Lenore Raphael Swings into Paris

Lenore Raphael

One of the things we love about Paris is the opportunity to hear so many top jazz performers. Lenore Raphael, who jazz critics have compared to Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and even Thelonious Monk, will be in town playing her brand of modern swinging jazz (April 10 & 11) at the Cercle Suedois and Chez Papa Jazz Club. Considered by many as one of great Steinway artists, she has performed at some of the world’s top jazz venues and festivals such as The London Jazz Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ronnie Scott’s (London) and the Blue Note. Continue reading “Jazz Pianist Lenore Raphael Swings into Paris”

Vivian Maier Color Photos at Les Douches

There’s a lot of buzz these days in the photo world about the discovery of work by street photographer Vivan Maier  (1926 – 2008). Now Parisians can see some of her rare color photos with an exhibition at Les Douches Gallery (to March 30, 2019). The photos are a selection of prints from the John Maloof Collection in association with the Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Continue reading “Vivian Maier Color Photos at Les Douches”

Tutto Ponti in Paris

Graphic: Italo Lupi

Giovanni “Gio” Ponti, (1891-1976) one of the most important figures in 20th century Italian design, is featured with a retrospective “Tutto Ponti, Gio Ponti archi-designer” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (to May 5, 2019). The exhibition presents a panoramic chronology of Ponti’s six-decade career in architecture, design, interiors and publishing. Continue reading “Tutto Ponti in Paris”

Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop

Treat yourself to a week of painting taught by Tom Hughes (May 25-June 01, 2019) while discovering the magical troglodyte village of Trôo. Perched above the river Loire in the northern Loire Valley this remarkable village features unique cave houses dug into the hillside that provide stunning views over the village, river and valley.  There is a 20% discount for early registration. Continue reading “Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop”

English-speaking Paris

New Media Artist Elaine Hoey’s “Surface Tension” is a virtual-reality interactive art installation currentlyinstalled at Paris’ Irish Cultural Center (until February 22, 2019). As political tensions rise across Europe, this exhibition examines responses to the current migrant “crisis”. While most countries have seen a moral imperative to help others in need, there has also been a sharp rise in support for ultra-nationalist narratives. Empathy, justice and solidarity are themes that new-media artist Elaine Hoey explores through virtual reality and video. Nostalgia for the nation-state and alt-right ideologies are also challenged, with the viewer finding themselves in a fascinating world where technology intersects with politics. Irish Cultural Center, 5, rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris. Continue reading “English-speaking Paris”

Paris Celebrates “Japonisme”

“Japonisme” © Jean-Tholance, Musée-des-Arts-Décoratifs

“Japonisme” is a word coined in 1872 by French art collector and critic Philippe Burty describing the French craze for all things Japanese. With France’s 1867 Exposition Universelle Parisians saw their first major exhibition of Japanese art inspiring such artists as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Continue reading “Paris Celebrates “Japonisme””