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”

Kyano’s Cyclades Collection

Kyano means blue in Greek and is the name of a collaboration between Charles Devoyer (photographer) and Dora Bami (designer). The two artists are showing cyanotype art and fabric accessories —with their first collection “Cyclades”— at the Espace 102 Gallery (April 17-30).  “For me the color cyan evokes Greece and the Mediterranean” says Bami,” who comes from Greece. Indeed their collection feels like a calming breeze from the Greek islands with poetic prints on paper, fabric and wood using the cyanotype “blue print”  technique. Continue reading “Kyano’s Cyclades Collection”

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”

Primitive Picasso in Paris

Picasso said he experienced a “revelation” while viewing African art at Paris’ Palais du Trocadéro ethnographic museum.  “A smell of mould and neglect caught me by the throat. I was so depressed that I would have chosen to leave immediately. But I forced myself to stay, to examine these masks, all these objects that people had created with a sacred, magical purpose, to serve as intermediaries between them and the unknown, hostile forces surrounding them, attempting in that way to overcome their fears by giving them colour and form. And then I understood what painting really meant. It’s not an aesthetic process; it’s a form of magic that interposes itself between us and the hostile universe, a means of seizing power by imposing a form on our terrors as well as on our desires. The day I understood that, I had found my path.” His discovery that day of African art resulted in what became his “African” style (1906-1909) and his iconic  “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” Continue reading “Primitive Picasso in Paris”

Make Love, Not Walls…

Diesel advertising campaign

With France’s presidential elections coming soon and the American political debacle, Parisians are talking non stop politics. And then along comes a very unusual Diesel advertising campaign saying “Make Love Not Walls.”  The video ad (with posters in the Paris metro) is a collaboration by photographer David LaChapelle and Diesel art director Nicola Formichetti. Continue reading “Make Love, Not Walls…”

Springtime for Photography…and Paris

The Mois de la Photo-OFF

The Mois de la Photo-OFF is a fringe festival organised in parallel to the official Mois de la Photo. This year Paris’ official month of photography —which has taken place in November every two years for over twenty years— has moved to April. An even bigger change is that it now has expanded to include the “greater” Paris suburbs. Continue reading “Springtime for Photography…and Paris”