Holidays are times to uncork a bottle of bubbly and make a toast. Although France’s champagne is the world’s most famous celebratory drink there are others that merit tasting. Since there are twelve days of Christmas here are a dozen bubblies to get you in the spirit this season. Continue reading “French Holiday Wines with sparkle…”
“Light Matters” is an immersive room-size light installation by Austrian artist Erwin Redl at the Fondation EDF where visitors enter a labyrinth of LED lights spread over two floors and whose tones vary slowly between red and blue (to February 03, 2019). Using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as an artistic medium Redl’s works redefine interior and exterior spaces by exploring architectural volumes. From floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall, the work fills the EDF gallery space with a grid of phosphor LEDs, creating a visual web of light. Continue reading “Erwin Redl’s Light Labyrinth”
The exhibition “Southern Geometries, from Mexico to Patagonia” at Paris’ Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain revisits the vibrant styles in geometric art of Latin America made by over 70 artists from the Pre-Columbian period to the present (to February 24, 2019). Continue reading “Southern Geometries at Fondation Cartier”
Americana Folk artist Gregory Alan Isakov seems to plant seeds wherever he plays. He is currently on a world tour from Paris to London to Sydney playing songs from his fourth full-length album “Evening Machines.” Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Isakov now calls Colorado, USA home. It’s there where he farms, sells vegetable seeds and crops, and writes magical music and lyrics that are enchanting sold out crowds across the globe. Continue reading “Folk Artist Gregory Alan Isakov World Tour”
Paris’ Grand Palais pays homage to the king of pop with an exhibition organized by London’s National Portrait Gallery devoted to Michael Jackson as depicted by contemporary visual artists (to January 14, 2019). From Andy Warhol’s 1984 silk-screen portrait of Jackson to MJ on horseback in Kehinde Wiley’s painting “Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II” (2010) based on a 1630 work by Rubens, the exhibition features work by over 40 artists such as David LaChapelle, Louise Lawler, Yan Pei-Ming and Keith Haring. Continue reading “Michael Jackson: On the Wall”
The thirties were troubled times in France marked by a depressed economy, the rise of fascism, polarized politics and the election of the Popular Front in 1936. “Photographie, Arme de Class” —an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou— revisits those tumultuous years between 1928 and 1936 via photographs, film clips, magazines and archival documents including work from the photography section of the “Association of Revolutionary Writers and Artists” and examples of illustrated magazines such as “Vu” and “Nos Regards.” Continue reading “France’s Worker Photography”
Paris’ Christmas markets are among the things that make the holiday special. The markets are found all over the city from the Notre Dame to the Place Saint Sulpice to the Hotel de Ville. 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.
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, resulting in rising sea levels, thinning ice and disruptions for the livelihood of local communities. Continue reading “Arctic Photography Exhibit”
On the 31st of December 1999, the eve of his 100th birthday, the clown, Scaramouche Jones, tells the incredible story of his life. Scaramouche Jones, is a play in English by Justin Butcher, performed by Leslie Clack and directed by Patricia Kessler at the Theatre Nesle (Dec 20, 21, 22, 29, 31 and January 8, 9, 13, 15). A fascinating one-man “play” in which a clown, Scaramouche Jones, relives his life and contemplates his death at the age of one hundred. Born at midnight on December 31, 1899, Scaramouche will die as the Millenium begins, having witnessed major events of the twentieth century, which he brings to life and explores, not just as a clown who has acquired seven masks during his lifetime, but as an everyman, giving breadth and universality to this drama. Theatre Nesle, 8, rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris https://www.dearconjunction-paris-theatre.comContinue reading “English-speaking Paris”
“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””
“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”