Mystical Landscapes at Musée d’Orsay

Starry Night over the Rhone at Arles, Vincent van Gogh

Wassily Kandinsky called for a spiritual revolution in his 1911 manifesto  “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” so that artists might express their inner lives in abstract “non-material” terms. The exhibition “Beyond the Stars. The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky” at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay revisits artists such as Kandinsky who during the late 19th and early 20th century attempted to evoke the transcendental in their work. Continue reading “Mystical Landscapes at Musée d’Orsay”

Magnum’s Analog Recovery at Le Bal

Leonard Freed. Harlem fashion show, New York, 1963 © Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos

The legendary Magnum photo agency, founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger, is an international photo cooperative owned by its members. This year marks the 70th anniversary for the famed photography agency and the completion of its Paris archive. To celebrate Le Bal presents “Magnum Analog Recovery” an exhibition of work from Magnum’s Paris archives that spans from the agency’s creation in 1947 to 1977. This collection—stored in Paris as paper prints— brings together “press”  photos distributed to newspapers and magazines. Continue reading “Magnum’s Analog Recovery at Le Bal”

Walker Evans Paris Retrospective

© Walker Evans Archive. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Pompidou Center revisits the work of one of the 20th century’s most influential photographers with an extensive Walker Evans’ (1903-1975) retrospective. His signature style with its attention to quotidian detail became a major photography reference for serious students of photography. This is the first major retrospective of his work in France (until August 14, 2017). Continue reading “Walker Evans Paris Retrospective”

Espace EDF Revisits Video Games

Tribute to video game developers

Over the last fifty years video games have gone from scientific curiosities to fads to becoming one of the most popular forms of entertainment earning billions world wide dwarfing the film industry. The exhibition “Game, le jeu video a travers le temps”  (History of Video Games) at the Foundation EDF revisits video games from Ralph Baer’s legendary “Brown Box” (1967) to Pac Man to mobile gaming and immersive virtual reality (until August 27). Continue reading “Espace EDF Revisits Video Games”

Sola Franco. My Book of Pleasure

Sola Franco notes on French fashions

Ecuadorean artist Eduardo Solå Franco made sixteen autobiographical watercolor sketchbooks between 1935 and 1988. These books documenting everything that interested the artist —people, places, parties, shows, fashion— were recently donated to Paris’ Francois Mitterrand BNF library and are exhibited there with an exhibition titled “My Book of Pleasure” until May 17, 2017. Continue reading “Sola Franco. My Book of Pleasure”

Pissarro in Eragny… Nature Regained

Camille Pissarro’s painting went from Impressionism to Pointillism and back again to Impressionism during his years in Eragny (Normandy) where he lived from 1884 until his death in 1903. The exhibition “Pissarro à Eragny” at Paris’ Musée du Luxembourg focuses on the artist’s work during those years. The exhibition runs parallel to “Pissarro, Le Premier des Impressionnistes,” (retrospective) at the Musée Marmottan Monet. Pissaro immortalized the village of Eragny-sur-Epte through the seasons while idealistically depicting French country life —apple pickers, haymakers, peasant girls skinny-dipping— portraying a rural utopia. Continue reading “Pissarro in Eragny… Nature Regained”