Three Women Photographers Revisited

“On The Other Side” (“De l’autre cote”) is an exhibition at the Maison de l”Amérique Latine revisiting three women photographers —Jeanne Mandello, Hildegard Rosenthal and Grete Stern—who fled the political turmoil of 1930’s Europe immigrating to South America. The three women, although not widely known, played an important role in bringing modern photography to Latin America (to December 20, 2018). Continue reading “Three Women Photographers Revisited”

Paris Focus on Photography

“Photographier Paris” at Hotel de Ville

Photographier Paris” is a free exhibition of work by sixteen young
photographers ranging from classic black and white documentary styles
to experimental color stage managed personal narratives  (to January
5, 2019).  The exhibition, hosted by the Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall), is accompanied
by several other major November photography events happening around the city such as Paris’ international photography fair” Paris Photo: (November 8-11) at the Grand Palais, the Photo Saint Germain Festival (Nov 07-24), Foto Fever aimed at young and beginning contemporary photography collectors (Nov 08-11) at the Carrousel du Louvre. Shakespeare and Company hosts a photo book week with talks and an exhibition (Nov 05-.09) And Polycopies, an independent photo book fair— located at the Bateau Concorde Atlantique parked on the Seine at Port de Solferino— shows books by forty publishers.
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“On Air” at Palais de Tokyo

“ALGO-R(H)I(Y)THMS,” an ongoing jam session

Art meets science meets technology with the huge “On Air” exhibition —devoted to a selection of major works by Argentinian artist Tomas Saraceno— at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo (until Jan 06, 2019). The exhibition has been described as an ecosystem in motion hosting a polyphonic choreography between humans and non-humans. From jamming with spiders to walking on air, Saraceno’s immersive installations challenge viewers’ to consider such improbabilities as spiders playing music and cities floating in the air. Continue reading ““On Air” at Palais de Tokyo”

Paris Swedish Institute Celebrates Bergman

“Persona” 1966 with Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) would have been 100 years old this year. To celebrate his centenary the Paris Institut Suédois pays homage to this iconic theater director and filmmaker with an exhibition in collaboration with the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and the Cinémathèque Française (to January 06, 2019).
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Les Nadar… A French Family Affair

Nadar—the world’s first celebrity photographer—was Felix Tournachon’s nom de plume which he started using as a caricaturist, journalist and novelist before shifting to photography and making portraits of such celebrated Parisians as Charles Baudelaire, Gustave Doré and Sarah Bernhardt. The exhibition “Les Nadar, une legende photographique” at the National Library of France (BNF) displays the work of Felix Tournachon (1820-1910) and photographs by his less-known brother Adrien (1825-1903) and his son Paul (1856-1939). Continue reading “Les Nadar… A French Family Affair”

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 February 10, 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”

Politics of Seeing

Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California 1936

Paris’ Jeu de Paume revisits the work of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange with a major retrospective “Dorothea Lange, Politics of Seeing” (until January 27, 2019). The exhibition originated at the Oakland Museum of California —home of the photographer’s archives— donated to the museum fifty years ago by her husband and collaborator Paul Shuster Taylor. Continue reading “Politics of Seeing”

Surveillé-e-s

Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) 2015

Following his denial of access by Google, artist John Gerrard hired a helicopter and produced a detailed photographic survey of one of the key physical sites of the internet, a Google data server building in Oklahoma known as a “data farm.” This survey was the starting point for “Farm (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma)” featuring a slow pan portrait of a simulated “twin” of the squat building flanked by diesel generators and powerful cooling towers. Continue reading “Surveillé-e-s”

The Actor Who Was France

A new book by Joseph Harriss on the life and times of Jean Gabin is the first biography in English of the iconic French film actor whose career and life mirrored both 20th century France and the early evolution of modern film. Gabin’s most memorable films include “La Grande Illusion” (1937), “La Bete Humane” (1938), “Le Jour se Leve” (1939) and “Le Plaisir” (1950). Continue reading “The Actor Who Was France”