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A petite Paris post with more to come

If you’ve seen my Instagram and other social media feeds, you will have seen that I was in Paris this summer.  Oh boy, I know how fortunate I am, yes. I am going to tell you more about the trip — about the street art; the show of Impressionist works of the dealer Paul Guillaume at the Musee de l’Orangerie that is bears comparison to the show of Impressionist works of the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the only Lyonnaise restaurant in Paris, shopping for fabric, Bastille Day and car shares with electric cars!  Below are some images as ... More » »

A garden grows on Broad Street.

From the vault: Philadelphia falls for Paris at the PIFA Street Fair

[Since the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, we’ve had Paris on our minds. We’re looking back at a post from 2011, in which Erica Minutella experienced a little taste of the City of Lights right here in Philly, and sending some brotherly love across the ocean. — the artblog editors] The first time I heard of Paris, I didn’t know much about it except for the fact that it held “twelve little girls in two straight lines.” For me, Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline acted not as the introduction to a magical city, but as a traumatizing doorway into the world of hypochondria. (“You ... More » »

James Castle (1900-1977), working his soot and spit drawings at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho.  Photo: Magnolia Atlas.

Letter From Paris – The Outsiders Take A Room

(Matthew Rose sees a lot of great outsider art at the Outsider Art Fair in the Hotel Le A in Paris.–the artblog editors) James Castle spent his life in silence on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. Deaf and unable to communicate with his own family, even in sign (it wasn’t taught in his local school), Castle spent his time looking closely at the world, drawing barnyards, farm landscapes, rocking chairs and self portraits with soot and spit, usually on unfolded match boxes and found scraps of paper.  He patched and stitched together naif cardboard sculptures of people, ducks or ... More » »

Fernand Léger ‘The City’ (1919) o/c, 7'7" x 9'9.5" PMA, Gallatin Collection

Romancing the Machine – Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea calls the just-opened Leger show at the PMA a fascinating and dynamic exhibition that captures perfectly the early 20th Century optimism about cities and industry.) Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through January 5, 2014, is pervaded with an optimism about industrialization and urbanization at a time, centered on the 1920s, when they were seen as the answer, not the problem, for twentieth-century society. It opens with a wall-sized projection of a film taken by Thomas Edison as he ascends the Eiffel Tower, viewing Paris through its cage of industrial steel. The ... More » »

Musee d'Orsay, otherwise branding itself as M'O.

The Angel of the Odd, a Roman aqueduct, and dining with the artblog crew in Paris

We arrived in Paris by TGV train from Karlsruhe on May 24, swept along at top speed of 317 KM/hr (196.975 Miles/hr).  To drive the 532 KM (329.9 Miles) would take around five hours according to Google directions.  The fast train did it in three. The Angel of the Odd: Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst at the M’O We were all excited to go to the Musee d”Orsay (M’O is their cute brand name) for the show of bizarre imagery. Goya is always a big draw, and who can resist dark romanticism?  Steve, Stella and I met up with ... More » »

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Manon de Boer’s film Trilogy at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with live programs this weekend

What do a Dutch actress best known for her performance in a soft-core porn film that was distributed in mainstream venues, a French-educated, Brazilian psychoanalyst interested in trauma, and an American interpreter of avant garde percussion music have in common? Is that even a worthwhile question to ask about the women who are the subjects of Manon de Boer’s Resonating Surfaces – A Trilogy, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art  (PMA), extended through May 5, with additional live programming this weekend. The Dutch actress, Sylvia Kristel, who gained a world-wide reputation for her role as Emmanuelle in the ... More » »

Revolutionary ride: The RER C train from Paris to Versailles gets you to the Château in royal comfort.

Letter From Paris: On The (Rail)road To Versailles

Three hundred years ago getting to Versailles, the celebrated French seat of power, was a bit of a slog through muddy country villages.  Only 20 or so kilometers southwest of the Eiffel Tower, the trip was made by horse or coach or worse, by foot, and could take the better part of a day.  But Revolutions have consequences.  Today for about $8.50 you can now jump on the RER C suburban railroad from a handful of stations along the left bank, and shoot over to Versailles in half an hour. And your coach might be a royal one. One in ... More » »

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FIAC 2012 in Paris – art outdoors and the party inside

Like Birnam Wood the FIAC is approaching my door. Thanks to offsite/outdoor installations it is possibe to experience the FIAC further and further afield from the Grand Palais, the pit of a giant  art fruit that falls onto Paris and  ripens and burst every October. ( I have to wonder, sometimes, if God didn’t ask Adam & Eve not to look at something way back when in the Garden of Eden?). The Parisian outdoors are recolonised as the gardens of Paris become galleries and squares become stages. We aren’t looking at Land Art  ( No artist has yet to dig ... More » »

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Dust Do It – Laurence De Leersnyder at Galerie Laurent Mueller in Paris

Walk into Laurence De Leersnyder’s studio in Saint Denis, the teeming suburb north of Paris, and you’ll think that you have stumbled onto a missile silo workshop. The “missiles” are encased in half-open boxes. Some are lying horizontally while others are upright.  They appear to be made of dirt. Though asymmetric and rough surfaced the  partially concealed cones are redolent with menace.  De Leersnyder has hit a nerve. The French state used to test submarine engines on the site of her studio. About three years ago in these columns I reviewed a female Columbian artist Juliana Cerqueira Leite who had ... More » »

Stella and Steve near our hotel in the Parc Montsouris section of town (14th)

Three days in Paris – Quay Branly museum, some good food and a visit with friends

Our TGV train clocked the trip from Karlsruhe to Paris (@281 miles) at a little over 3 hours. The train passed through lush farm lands, crossed the Rhine at Strasbourg and steamed into Paris, where we logged another hour between subway and walking before we reached to our Hotel du Parc Montsouris, in the 14th Arrondisement.  I am not complaining!  We were in Paris! We loved being near the big park and Stella jogged there along with all the rest of the folks running around the pond. In a city where people don’t have front yards or back yards, the ... More » »

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