A very good edition of FIAC

It was a young and very international FIAC, (Foire international d’art contemporain) this year at Grand Palais and I discovered a few artists which is what one wants from art fairs. The Grand Palais looked stupendous in the sun and everyone was still tanned from the summer and happy to be in Paris. With many exhibitions “off” at Petit Palais, … Read More

Paula Rego is so contemporary with her “Cruel stories”

At 83, Portuguese born British artist Paula Rego is as violent as ever in her show at Musée de l’Orangerie. I fell in love with her work in November 1988 in London, when she exhibited at the Serpentine gallery and one of the paintings, “The Policeman’s daughter”, which so struck me then, is also here. “The Cruel Stories” is about … Read More

Fondation Bettencourt for intelligence of the hand

Every year, Fondation Bettencourt Schueller awards its prizes for “Intelligence of the hand“, one of the most original awards for artisans and this year again, I was flabbergasted at the range of laureates. The Manufacture of tapestries of Aubusson, a feather worker JulienVermeulen and three designers Mona Oren, JérômeMalbren and Lionel Bourcelot won in three different categories for their talent … Read More

Two American photographers illuminate Le Jeu de Paume

American photographer Dorothea Lange was born in New Jersey in 1895 and is famously known for her portrait of “Migrant mother, Nipomo, California”, shot while she was investigating migrations from the Midwest to California in the thirties. Ana Mendieta was born in Cuba in 1948 and died prematurely in New York in 1985 just after marrying the minimalist artist Carl … Read More

Food, food, and more food on rue du Bac

I naively thought that rue du Bac had filled all its spaces with luxury food and catering, between La Grande Epicerie and the numerous pastry shops which line this epicenter of the 7 th arrondissement. Well there was a little space left within the buildings, and famous chefs such as Sophie Pic, Olivier Bellin, Pierre Hermé and Alexandre Polmard have … Read More

Richard Duqué tells all about Quai d’Orsay

There was a snow storm outside and hundreds of Parisians were stuck on the motorway trying to get home. But this did not deter Richard Duqué‘s colleagues and friends who all rushed to the wonderful bookstore of Saint Germain des Prés, l’Ecume des Pages, to buy his Memoirs of a diplomat, “Une Vie au Quai, de la guerre froide au … Read More

The Eclipse in New York brings everyone in the park!

Author of eight books on American politics and the army, Robert Moskin was editor of Look for 19 years and is now writing history books. His latest “American Statecraft, the Story of US Foreign Service” was published by McMillan.

Beyeler celebrates 20 years, with Monet

Twenty years ago, Ernst Beyeler was inaugurating his foundation in Riehen, near Basel, Switzerland. Architect Renzo Piano delivered a masterpiece for what is considered one of the greatest private collections of art in the world. The art dealer died in 2010 but Fondation Beyeler is well alive with a Monet show which has attracted 100 000 visitors in two months.