James Rosenquist: Pop Art master in Paris

A former Billboard painter, James Rosenquist started to be recognized in the early 60’s as a leading figure of a new movement called Pop Art.

James Rosenquist in Paris is the “must see” art event of the week. Author of exceptional and fascinating large scale works, Rosenquist seized the media and commercial advertising iconography to explore social and political issues and express his fascination for space and scientific theory.

Not only a large number of James Rosenquist works are gathered at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin (some borrowed from private collectors), not only some of his most well-known achievements are present (such as Four New Clear Women) but also the exceptional quality of the exhibition area of Ropac Pantin allows us to really appreciate the visual force, the complex and dynamic composition of James Rosenquist’s monumental artworks.

James Rosenquist, Four Decades 1970-2010
09.10.2016 > 01.07.2017

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin
69 Avenue du Général Leclerc
93500, Pantin
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 7pm
Café Bleu: 10:30am – 6:30pm

Overture (photogramme), 2015 Installation. Rideau décoloré et projection vidéo, 46 min, 2015

Ricard Foundation's 18th prize for contemporary art

The Ricard Foundation for Contemporary Art is a great sponsor of the young French art scene and has been so for as long as 20 years.

As part of its philanthropic activities towards young French contemporary artists, the Ricard Foundation is about to announce the winner of its 18th prize (the announcement will be made on the 21st of October). Works of the eight artists selected by Isabelle Cornaro (artist and prize winner herself in 2010) are set in the foundation’s beautiful exhibition area and in an adjoining cinema as well.

The opportunity is too good to take the pulse of the emerging French artistic creation and to witness the evolution of contemporary art in France. The exhibited works, both filmic, pictorial or installations, gather around the question of “image” and the way it can be used.

The task will not be easy for the jury of collectors and curators. We’ll go ahead and predict Julien Crépieux will get the award even if we had a real “coup de coeur” for the outstanding work of Louise Sartor.

Make your predictions!

Paris, 18th Prize – Ricard Foundation
06.09.2016 > 29.10.2016

Ricard Foundation
12 rue Boissy d’Anglas
75008, Paris
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm

Photos © Fondation Ricard

Boogie Woogie Toast Show, Présence Panchounette at Galerie Semiose in Paris

Présence Panchounette at Galerie Sémiose

Paris has launched its cultural season and there are very good surprises such as Présence Panchounette honored at Galerie Sémiose. Real thorn in art history’s side, Présence Panchounette is a collective of artists from Bordeaux active from 1969 to 1990.

Présence Panchounette stood opposite to the values and tastes of its time, using, unrestrictedly, kitsch and jeers to denounce the artistic movements of the 70s and 80s. Sardonic and absurd, the group does not reject the art world but rather takes away its pedestal with humor.

Galerie Sémiose has done an excellent job with this exhibition allowing us to appreciate not only the humor of these artists but also their avant-gardist character. Panchounette did anticipate art movements such as appropriation or neo-conceptual art as shown with concrete-mixer artwork, an allegory of globalization ahead of Wim Delvoye, or with The Jungle by Soto and Disco Boy by Damas, two African contemporary artists discovered in the 80s by Panchounette.

Présence Panchounette
03.09.2016 > 08.10.2016

Galerie Sémiose
54 rue Chapon
75003, Paris
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm

The Broad: Cindy Sherman, Imitation of Life © Araso

First in class: The Broad, L.A.

It seems that the Broad has gotten off to a flying start. Los Angeles’ brand new museum of contemporary art invites two leading female artists, Cindy Sherman and Yayoi Kusama inside one of the most impressive contemporary art collections in the world.

About 2000 works by stars of pop ‘art and post-war painting: Koons, Hirst, Johns, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Ruscha, Beuys and his mentee Kiefer pave the way. And an entire room is dedicated to Cy Twombly.

Architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro gave birth to a genius alveolar roof structure, the « veil », whilst smart windows on level 2 give the visitor a low-angle peeks on the storage unit.

The Broad couple holds the largest collection of works by Cindy Sherman. Imitation of Life, the museum’s first special exhibition, is an homage to her entire career. The artist’s sharp eye debunks misconceptions with her exquisite taste for scandalizing dressing ups. Her 1997 feature film Office Killer is screened inside the show and it’s a must-see -for whom can stomach it.

Images © Araso

General admission to the museum is Free.

Exhibition: Cindy Sherman, Imitation of Life, until October 2: 12$
Most dates are sold out, buy your tickets here.

Installation Yayoi Kusama: upon reservation but it’s not really clear how.
You can use their Ipads onsite though.

Address: 221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Monday  |  CLOSED
Tuesday  |  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday  |  11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday  |  11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday  |  11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday  |  10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday  |  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Made in L.A.: Kenzi Shiokava won the Mohn Public Recognition Prize

Hammer Museum, L.A.: and our (true) winner is…

Upon visiting the Hammer’s exhibition unmusically labelled Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, we’d voted for the Mohn Public Recognition Award. Kenzi Shiokava has since won the $25,000 prize with an archaic-looking totem installation.

But it’s the Untitled series by cinematographer Arthur Jafa that blew our minds. The 55 year-old has been clipping images of all sorts since 1990, placing them in binders. The result is a striking collection of powerful images apparently random but that together make sense of the whole world.

The Lost City by David R. Small is an entire room dedicated the «archaeological» search of the set of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 The Ten Commandments. An amazing work on the thirdspace, as Edward W. Soja calls the place where imagination meets materiality. It also gives a perspective on how American culture relates to its History, on a continent just a few centuries old.

Rafa Esparza’s moving brick installation on the terrace gives a view of desolation, with the remains of a civilization after it’s been burnt to the ground.

Photographs © Araso


Exhibition Made in L.A. until August 28th
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

Admission free


Monday Closed
Tuesday to Friday 11 am-8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 11 am-5 pm

Don’t miss the Hammer Museum’s boutique: it’s one of the bests in the world, with a curated selection of carefully handpicked products. 

The Bagdad Café, California, July 2016 © Araso

Meet us at the Bagdad Café

Driving through California on route 66, we bump into the Bagdad Café, where the eponymous movie was filmed. A mythical film, a legendary Café. But the Bagdad Café is not the «real» Bagdad Café.

The film is set in Bagdad, California, San Bernardino county. Bagdad is now one of the many ghost villages around route 66, and there never was a café in Bagdad.

In order to be able to shoot the scenes of the 1987 movie, the team had to find a place. They went to the Sidewinder Café, located in Newberry Springs, 52 miles East on route 66, still inside San Bernardino’s county.

Sidewinder is the name of the desert’s snake. Since the movie, the Sidewinder café has been renamed the «Bagdad Café». Andrée, who runs the place, greets us in French.  75% of her visitors are French because of the film’s popularity amongst the French audience. On the wall, a hallucinating quantity of ID signed pictures, public transportations cards and souvenirs.

Images © Araso