Half An Hour From Paris

Many guides claim to be for and by insiders, but this one truly is. Annabel Simms—living in Paris since 1991—delights in exploring the Paris countryside by train and sharing  ideas with her friends for discovering little-known travel gems. Her previous book “An Hour from Paris” is a popular go-to classic enjoyed by a generation of expats and seasoned Paris visitors. Continue reading “Half An Hour From Paris”

Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop

Treat yourself to a week of painting taught by Tom Hughes (Sept 08-15, 2018) 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”

Robert Adams. Our Lives…

One day, in the 1970s, the photographer Robert Adams noticed a column of smoke rising above the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver, Colorado and decided to document the potential destruction of a nuclear disaster. The resulting series “Our Lives and Our Children”  is exhibited this summer at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (to July 29, 2018). Continue reading “Robert Adams. Our Lives…”

Gilles Caron, Paris 1968

Gilles Caron, protest rue Saint-Jacques

The iconic photo of Daniel Cohn-Bendit with a mocking smile facing a policeman taken by the French photographer Gilles Caron (1939-1970) is one of the most famous images of Paris 68. For the 50th anniversary of those events, Paris’ City Hall and the Gilles Caron Foundation present the first major exhibition in Paris dedicated to this remarkable photographer. Continue reading “Gilles Caron, Paris 1968”

Paris Exhibition Explores Data Visualization

Moritz Stefaner’s “Multiplicy”

With the Cambridge Analytica scandal one might not be in the mood for seeing an exhibition about visualizing data while visiting Paris, but the “123 data” exhibition at the Fondation EDF is a “smiley face” showing what creators are doing with data. The exhibition is both fun and informative while making the argument that data is not just a threat to our private lives and means to enrich powerful corporations, but also a source of inspiration for artists. Continue reading “Paris Exhibition Explores Data Visualization”

Rethinking Monet’s “Water Lilies”

French impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) once said “My finest masterpiece is my garden.” He was referring of course to his garden in Giverny, where for thirty years he painted his famous “Water Lilies” (Nymphéas) exhibited at Paris’ Musée de l’Orangerie. The eight monumental panels—which Andre Mason called “The Sistine Chapel of Impressionism” —were commissioned by Paris and installed after the artists death in 1927. Now, the museum is hosting a new temporary exhibition “Water Lilies. American Abstract Painting and the Last Monet” (to August 20, 2018). Continue reading “Rethinking Monet’s “Water Lilies””

Delacroix Louvre Retrospective

Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) is one of France’s most celebrated painters. Coming of age after the fall of Napoleon, he produced an extraordinarily vibrant body of work setting into motion a cascade of innovations that changed the course of art. His best-known painting, Liberty Leading the Peopleinspired by events of the July Revolution of 1830— is an unforgettable image of Parisians, having taken up arms, marching forward under the banner of the tricolor representing liberty, equality and fraternity. Continue reading “Delacroix Louvre Retrospective”

Willy Ronis Revisited

Black and white photography fans remember Willy Ronis (1910-2009) for his lyric post war photographs depicting working class Parisians of the Belleville and Ménilmontant neighborhoods. His photo book “Belleville Ménilmontant” is a beloved classic. Now, nearly a decade after his death, Ronis’ photographs are being exhibited back in Paris’ 20th arrondissement where many of the pictures were originally taken (at the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin until Sept 29, 2018). Continue reading “Willy Ronis Revisited”