Colatheque le dream palace Seoul Korea 2015

Paris is home to a "Virtual Seoul"

The Pavillon Carré de Baudouin in Paris hosts “Virtual Seoul”, the latest series by photographer and 2016 Albert Kahn Award winner Françoise Huguier.

This work is a continuation of the artist’s 1984 trip to the Korean capital. 20 years later her experience is completely different as the city seems to have lost control in its race for development.

Françoise Huguier deliberately “lost” herself in the streets of Seoul as a way to better absorb this new Korean culture. Within the Pavilion, the works are scattered everywhere, even in the stairs. Walking the show feels like following the artist’s footsteps as she was combing the streets of Seoul.

The viewer ends up surprised by Korea, the exuberance of its youth and the overwhelming consumerism around the city. It is certainly hard to understand the fears and issues of Korean society from an occidental point of view but Francoise Huguier successfully contributes to opening western eyes on Seoul.

Françoise Huguier, Virtual Seoul
Until December 31st, 2016

Pavillon Carré de Baudouin
121 rue de Ménilmontant
75020 Paris

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm

Georg Baselitz, Zero Mobil, Patinated copper, 2014

Gagosian Gallery New York welcomes Georg Baselitz

Gagosian Gallery in New York has the good idea to exhibit, until October 29, 2016 the latest work of Georg Baselitz, a leading figure in contemporary art.

German artist born in 1938, Georg Baselitz is a radical painter that scandalized his peers on his first solo exhibition in 1963 at the Werner gallery in Berlin. In 1969 he decided to overturn the painted object giving priority to the visual aspect of his painting rather than to the subject.

Over forty years later, Jumping Over My Shadow exhibition at Gagosian presents a recent series of works still subverting the painted subject (here human silhouettes). The colors are strong, the touch highly visible, large scale canvas in tune with the work of Georg Baselitz despite changes such as the use of atmospheric effects that disrupts the viewer’s perception and leaves a gloomy athmospher.

Are shown as well charred wood scupltures whose presence, impressive and primary in their aspects, to reassure the viewer with their materiality, softening a little bit an otherwise dark exhibition.

Visuals © RL

Georg Baselitz, Jumping Over My Shadow
09.22.2016 > 10.29.2016

Gagosian Gallery
522 W 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm

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

Art in the Chapels

Brittany: Art in the Chapels

Brittany: beautiful and fascinating, simple and charming landscapes, a rich cultural heritage, sometimes under appreciated. Fortunately, association Art in the chapels promotes it brilliantly.

This summer event L’art dans les chapelles offers an original and entertaining way to discover, or rediscover, art and cultural heritage. At the crossroad of the Morbihan countryside of Pontivy and the religious legacy of the region, the curious visitor is exposed to contemporary art.

Visual/plastic artists in their creation process were stimulated by these places of worship, the resulting resonance between the arts is very interesting. Several pieces of art come to my mind like the meticulous and admirable work of Claire Colin-Colin (on the red track), a concrete abstract painting to discover; The outstanding symbolic creativity of Manuela Marques (blue track) in the Chapel of Notre-Dame des Fleurs (do not miss the exceptional window-paintings of David Tremlet, creation from a previous edition) or the vivid colors of Flora Moscovici at the Trinité chapel (red track).

Images © RL

Art in the chapels
Welcome Center: lieu dit Saint-Nicodème, 56930 Pluméliau. 

Open everyday but Tuesday, 14h – 19h
08.07.2016 > 18.09.2016

Information: keep good faith in the directions during the circuits. Basically as long as there is no indications keep going straight. Please note as well that some of the chapels do not host contemporary art.