Jo Meisner, an emerging artist based in Sydney, will have a new exhibition in Paris spanning photography, installation and sculptural assemblage probing contemporary notions of identity. The crowd and the Individual are two concepts that she returns to as subjects in her work, which has variously focused on the cultural and social impact of forced migration and the fabric of the individual psyche. Her work aligns itself with the history of figurative painting as well as the traditions of street photography and the history of textile manufacture. The ordinary scene of a crowd in transit is a repeated motif in her work, which is characterized by the representation of anonymous figures observed from the rear and side view. From the context of the crowd, individuals are isolated and replaced by mirrors, shadows and tactile reliefs; in this way the figure becomes a surrogate for psychological introspection and self-identification which could be read as a means of oblique self-portraiture. Jo Meisner, “Identity” November 7-11, MR80 Gallery, 80 rue de Turenne, 75004 Paris Continue reading “English-speaking Paris”
Seeing the exhibition “Images à la Sauvette” at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is for many photographers almost like touching treasured saints’ relics. The exhibition is a selection of vintage black and white photos —along with the original maquette— from Cartier-Bresson’s legendary book. Continue reading “Decisive Moments Revisited”
French photographer and filmmaker Eli Lotar (1905-1969) is featured with a retrospective at Paris’ Jeu de Paume. Although now he is not known by many outside the cognoscenti in the late twenties and thirties he was considered among Paris’ top photographers (to May 28, 2017). Lotar (Eliazar Lotar Theodoresco) was born in Paris, the son of Tudor Arghezi, a Romanian poet. After spending his childhood in Bucharest he returned to Paris in 1924. He became the assistant and close friend of the Germaine Krull (1926), who taught him about photography. While only in his early twenties Lotar quickly became one of the city’s leading avant-garde photographers.
When many people hear the name of the Dutch artist Karel Appel (1921-2006), they say oh, yeah that COBRA guy. Now a mini retrospective “Karel Appel, l’Art est un Fete!” at Paris’ Musée d’Art Moderne shows that he was much more than that (to August 20, 2017). Continue reading “Karel Appel at Musée d’Art Moderne”
Most of Louis Faurer’s (1916-2001) photography career was spent producing fashion photographs for such magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Mademoiselle. But we remember him now mostly for his early street photography taken in the forties and early fifties. These photos are currently exhibited in Paris at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (until December 18, 2016). Continue reading “Louis Faurer Exhibited in Paris”
Paris long-time expat Louis Stettner recently died at his home in Saint-Ouen, France. He was 93. Stettner was one of the last living “humanist” photographers of his generation, which included Bresson and Doisneau. His black and white photographs are both social documents and poetry. Pupil and lifelong friend of the photographer Brassai, Stettner sought to capture in his glimpses of daily life a profound connection to reality while casting light on the human experience in all its facets. Continue reading “Louis Stettner Remembered”
The British government recently announced plans on how it will deliver on its commitment to allow all expats to vote in parliamentary elections. The Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore, announced the new policy which sets out how the government will remove the current 15-year time limit on British citizens who live abroad registering as overseas electors. Continue reading “British Expats Get New Voting Rights”
One of the most interesting artists of the French post WWII era is expressionist painter Bernard Buffet (1928-1999). He was part of the anti-abstract group “l’homme Temoin.” With meteoric success he gained fame and fortune in his early twenties. For awhile he was considered the rival of PIcasso. One magazine at the time hailed him the leading artist of his generation. Continue reading “Paris Bernard Buffet Retrospective”
Richard Avedon’s French connection is the focus of an exhibition at Paris’ Bibliotheque-Mitterand (to February 26, 2017). From early fashion photos taken in Paris during the 40’s and 50’s to pictures taken in the 80’s for magazines such as “Egoiste” to his last visits to his French photographer friend Lartique, the exhibition traces the American photographer’s long creative relationship with France. Continue reading “Avedon’s France: Old World, New Look”
The Fondation Henri Cartier Breson revisits the photographer Francesca Woodman with a thematic overview exhibition of her work titled “on Being an Angel.” (until July 31, 2016). Woodman (1958-1981) is known for her enigmatic stage-managed blurred black and white photos featuring either herself or female models often nude. Her intimate autobiographical approach to the medium has inspired a generation of young photographers. Continue reading “Francesca Woodman at Fondation HCB”
Paris’ Musée d’Orsay tributes legendary French 19th century painter Henri Rousseau with an exhibition “Le Douanier Rousseau, L’Innocence Archaique” placing him in the context of his times (to July 17, 2016). Rousseau, (1844-1910) famed for his dreamlike atmospheres, enchanted landscapes and jungle scenes, was an important figure in art during the late 19th century and the early days of Modernism. He is still hard to categorize. Was he an inspired self-taught Naif or a harbinger of Modern Art? Maybe both.
Continue reading “Henri Rousseau… Paradise & Jungles”