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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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The Forgotten Women Artists of Vienna 1900

Julie M. Johnson. The Memory Factory; The Forgotten Women Artists of Vienna 1900 (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-55753-613-6 It’s remarkable that recent scholarship can force significant reconsideration of an artistic culture as well-studied as that of Vienna around 1900, but that’s what Julie M. Johnson’s work has done. As such, it will be required reading for anyone interested in Vienna’s turn-of-the-century art and art institutions, particularly the schools and the artists’ associations and unions – which functioned much as today’s artists’ collectives and artist-run spaces. It is also an important contribution to women’s studies and to ... More » »

You, like me; me, like you: Markus Hansen's Other People's Feelings (2004-2012).

Letter From Paris: Markus Hansen’s Palindrome

“My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” – Woody Allen Markus Hansen, the Paris-based German artist, is trying in more than a decade’s worth of projects to see what it might be like to be someone else, and then to confront that very notion of being someone else. Using a Felix the Cat bag o’ tricks to flesh out the narrative or even the feeling he’s someone else (you), one senses the tugging or nudging – imagine Peter Pan’s moment he lost his shadow – out of one’s singular identity.  It’s a bit more than ... More » »

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