Gilbert and George play with the Beard

Gilbert and George, “Beardwise” 2016, 20 pannels

Two gay artist couples are showing in Paris at the moment in two beautiful galleries and both are extremely fun and impossible to miss: Gilbert and George fill up the huge space of Thaddaeus Ropac gallery in Pantin and Pierre et Gilles are at Galerie Templon on rue Beaubourg. Both shows, by artists who have lived and worked together for forty years, are incredibly contemporary.

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Pierre et Gilles as brilliant as ever chez Templon

Gérard à la campagne, (Hugo Marquez), 2014

What a fabulous present, Pierre et Gilles, have given us to start the year : a joyful and glittering exhibition at Galerie Templon, where every single of the 35 paintings are mindblowing and charming. Pierre Commoy, the photographer and Gilles Blanchard the painter, ally their talents to recreate popular culture on a grand scale. Last Saturday, the opening drew crowds on rue Beaubourg and there was an « after » party at the Silencio club for their friends and collectors.Read More

Delage opens on Place du Marché Saint Honoré

Freda bag with Bauhaus type stripes

A new bag for the New Year? Delage, the leather company created by Philippe de Vilmorin has just opened a shop on 26 place du Marché Saint Honoré, two blocks away for deceased Colette. The name comes from the famous car company loved by Minstinguett and other celebrities in the roaring Twenties, the quality of the leather is directly inherited from sadlers and upholsterers of that time.

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César for old times sake, at Centre Pompidou

Crates, wall compression, 1976

I went with an old friend who knew César well. And when we walked into the very large exhibition space at Centre Pompidou we both had the same reaction : the sculptures looked very old fashion ! The first space with the welded irons of the 1950’s looked sad and forgotten. César who died twenty years ago,  is well remembered for his compressions of cars and his expansions. But I discovered for the first time his envelopments. And wall compressions of crates!Read More

Bernard de Fallois has left us and he will be missed

Bernard de Fallois with Joël Dicker in 2015

The day after he died, his office was well organised with a new manuscript still unpacked, lying on his desk. Five « orphans », Christophe, Marie-Claire, Philippine, Tristan and Anne, his faithful collaborators, were meeting to discuss the future of the house which he had founded 30 years ago when he left Editions Julliard. Bernard de Fallois was one of the last great publishers of the 20 th century in Paris and had become a sort of legend when, well past the age of retirement, he published Joël Dicker, a 32 year old Swiss writer who sold millions of copies of his « La Vérité selon Harry Québert ».Read More

Many events to look forward to in 2018

In January, Sam Szafran will be showing his wonderful paintings at Claude Bernard’s gallery starting on Wednesday January 17th until March 3, 7/9 rue des Beaux Arts. Olivier Saillard who has left Palais Galliera, will be producing an exhibition on Azzedine Alaïa‘s career on January 21, in the late designer’s gallery, 21 rue de la Verrerie. And on January 21, Georg Baselitz will be opening a show of his lifelong works at Fondation Beyeler in Basel to celebrate his 80 th birthday.  2018 looks like it will be an artistic year again in Parisdiary.Read More

At La Maison Rouge, three great surprises…

Annette Messager, The ghosts of the seamstresses, 2014-2015 , 54 elements in skaï and strings

I was worried that the Marin Karmitz collection at La Maison Rouge would be all black and white pictures devoted to the holocaust and I was wrong. When I entered the show, « Etranger résident » (Resident foreigner or legal alien ?), I fairly soon fell upon the Jean Dubuffet room : there, I fell in love with the show and went back to the beginning and through the black and white pictures again including the Swiss Gotthard Schuh one of Robert Frank’s master.Read More