Johanna Calle’s “Drawings”

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The Maison de l’Amérique Latine hosts a remarkable exhibition of work by Columbian artist Johanna Calle (to December 20, 2017). Although titled “Drawings” it is much more than that. Her drawings explore the idea of line in all its forms while using text, lattice screens, metal and cloth.  Wire is an integral material for many of her projects. Calle often uses it alongside drawing. She says “It is a more dimensional form of line and can communicate certain things that simply drawing cannot… My artworks are the result of research processes that discuss the investigation of materials.” Underlying the visual dimension of her work are such dialectics as abstract vs figurative and what is legible and illegible… the details we see up close and how things look further away. Continue reading “Johanna Calle’s “Drawings””

Ali Kazma’s “Souterrain”

Ali Kazma, “Subterranean” diptyque video

The Jeu de Paume in Paris is showing Turkish lens-based artist Ali Kazma’s recent non-narrative documentary videos (until January 21). Kazma, who studied in the States at the New School, represented Turkey in the 55th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. His video installations —usually five to fifteen minutes—are a melange of various situations and social types… a kind of update on August Sanders. In a recent interview with ARTE he described the documentary nature of his work as an effort to create a “poetic archive of the human condition.” Kazma’s videos are an excellent compliment to the other Jeu de Paume exhibition currently on devoted to legendary “New Objectivity” photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch. Continue reading “Ali Kazma’s “Souterrain””

New Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris

The YSL brand has been long considered synonymous with French classic design. Now a new museum dedicated to the couturier’s work just opened at the premises of his former haute couture house located at 5, avenue Marceau in Paris’ 16th arrondissement. Housed in the Second Empire mansion where the designer’s team worked for three decades, the museum covers all the major themes in Saint Laurent’s work, including: the most emblematic designs embodying the designer’s quintessential style, such as the tuxedo, the safari jacket, the jumpsuit and the trench coat; his various tributes to art such as the famous Mondrian dress and the collections inspired by his imagined journeys to such faraway places as China and India. Continue reading “New Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris”

Paris cemeteries…where the saints go marching

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Oscar Wilde’s grave

November in Paris begins with yet another long weekend away from work – le pont de la Toussaint (All Saints Day) – one of many strewn along the French calendar year. As Paris florists bring out their stock of chrysanthemum for the annual commemoration of Parisians now gone, and as other Parisians pack their cars and pile up at the exits of the city for yet another frantic weekend on France’s chock-a-block highways, why not use this most appropriate time of year for a less stressful outing to one of the capital’s cemeteries. This should be completed with the purchase of Georges Brassens’ “La Ballade des Cimetières,” a perfect way to record your outing and do your French homework. Continue reading “Paris cemeteries…where the saints go marching”

Christmas Markets in Paris 2017

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La Defense © F. Eckert

Paris’ Christmas markets are among the things that make the holiday special in this city. The markets are found all over the city from the Notre Dame to the Place Saint Sulpice to the Trocadero. 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.

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Albert Renger-Patzsch’s “Things”

Stapelia variegata, Asclepiadaceae 1923 Albert Renger-Patzsch

A major exhibition of around 190 photographs revisits the work of the German photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966), whose photographs are associated with the “New Objectivity” genre ( to January 21, 2018).  His typologies and industrial landscapes have influenced the documentary style of several generations of photographers including Bernd and Hilla Becher as well as Andreas Gursky. Continue reading “Albert Renger-Patzsch’s “Things””

English-speaking Paris

 

Paris actress Vivienne Vermes impersonates Queen Elizabeth II discussing BREXIT. The spoof was written and acted by Vermes and filmed by friends using a Samsung 6. Very drole… check her out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSy8iAbk6kI

Moving Parts play readings in English: Annie Walsh, Tony Stowers, “The Loser” (stage play in English) January 14, 2018at 27 cité industrielle, 75011 Paris. Métro : Voltaire. Info contact Stephanie : movingpartsparis@gmail.com

Artist and professor Christopher Sperandio brings science fiction to the Library’s evening events in a talk entitled, Red, White and you blew it all to hell: The lasting influence of La Planète des Singes on the American psyche. Wednesday Dec. 13, 7:30PM. The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, Paris, 75007.

French author Vincent Jouvet speaks (in French) about his book focusing on The Lost Generation and their place in 20th century Paris history, La Génération Perdue: Des Américains à Paris, 1914-1939. Wednesday, January 17, 7:30PM, 2018. The American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, Paris, 75007.

John d’Agate, author of “Halls of Fame, About a Mountain” and “The Lifespan of a Fact” discusses the essay form January 04, 7PM, 2018; Nathan Englander reads from his new book “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” January 09, 7PM, 2018; John Freeman and Deborah Landau read poetry January 11, 7PM, 2018; Irish novelist Sara Baume discusses her new book “A Line Made by Walking” January 16, 7PM, 2018; Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel “Exit West” January 23, 7PMm 2018. At Shakespeare and Company, 37, rue du la Bucherie, 75005, Paris.