I look forward to…

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Alexandra Lapierre’s new novel on Belle Greene, the creator of the Morgan Library, is fascinating

There are many great projects for 2021 which we should all look forward to. Alexandra Lapierre, author of  many biographies such as “Moura” and “Artemisia Gentileschi”, is publishing on January 20, a 500 page novel on “Belle Greene”, the brilliant creator of the collections of the Morgan Library who hid all her life that she was a Metis. Avenue Matignon is becoming the epicenter of artistic life on the right bank with Emmanuel Perrotin investing a five story building at n°2 bis, with two partners, Tom-David Bastok and Dylan Lessel. They will develop a gallery for second market paintings. Almine Rech is opening a new space with a Kenny Scharf show, at n°18  on January 21. And Sotheby’s will be moving to the historical Bernheim Jeune gallery, at n°27, on the corner of Matignon and Faubourg St Honoré, which premises Patrick Drahi, president of Altice, has bought last summer. But the 17 th of February sale of Christo and Jeanne Claude’s personal collection will still be at galerie Charpentier and online. And Christie’s has opened up a gallery with a window on rue de Ponthieu, showing samples of future sales. Read More

At Templon a powerful Jim Dine!

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Rules of the Forest, 2020

After almost fifty years at 30 rue Beaubourg, Daniel Templon has opened up his gallery on the courtyard making it less mysterious and more inviting. He has also recently been promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honor, and I discovered on this occasion that his official first name is Claude. I wonder why he changed it to Daniel? With a gallery in Brussels and two in Paris, he constantly renews his image and at the moment the great American painter Jim Dine is on show with very large paintings for an 85 year old artist!Read More

The people of the year in my heart

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Guillaume and Louise managed to get married between the different waves of confinement last July in Lubéron

So many happy events were cancelled and so many travelling plans deferred that we rejoice at those that effectively took place like Guillaume and Louise’s wedding in Lubéron last July. Although the marvelous artist Christo left us last May and John le Carré this December there were many good news especially in publishing.Read More

The best views from my window

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Waking up in Montreux, Switzerland, last February

When I look back at the Year 2020, which has been such a disaster for so many people, I find some beautiful images of the marvels of our world which I wanted to share with you for future travels. Not everything was negative, we learned to rediscover little moments of daily life like discussing with the cheese monger or seeing the trees blossom on an everyday basis. We learned to be happy with tiny things like being allowed out one hour a day. I wish you a much happier 2021 with beautiful projects and successes. Read More

Merry Christmas to all of you!

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Poinsettia, THE Christmas flower by excellence

Since we are all spending a lot of time at home at the moment, here is my last recipe of the year provided by Laurence Dumaine Calle who is a very good cook when she is not collecting contemporary art or preparing the Bob Calle Prize she offers every other year for the best artist’s book. It is sorrel soup and is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. Have a lovely (small) Christmas and cheers to all the good news that await us in 2021.Read More

Herbert List, Black and white beauties…

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Mostro in the Garden of Palazzo Orsini, Bomarzo, Italy, 1952 © Herbert List Estate, Hamburg and Magnum Photo Courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve St. Moritz Paris Köln

I have to admit I had never heard of Herbert List before stepping into the Karsten Greve gallery of rue Debelleyme on one of my Marais tours of the month. The occasion was to meet Victoire, a very pretty little girl born last May in Moscow and we wandered around the galleries with her mother. And it was interesting to see how well we were welcome… After being disappointed by the Bustamante show at Thaddaeus Ropac, we had this wonderful surprise of the black and white photo exhibition of the German artist in his Italian years. He died in 1975 and the gallery works with his estate.Read More

Sèvres porcelain and beautiful furniture on place Beauvau

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Crédence bleue : 17 th and 18 th century baroque faïence from Delft, Rouen, Lille and Nevers mixed with Chinese porcelain on a gilt wood Régence console from galerie Aveline, photo Jérémy Beylard

Unfortunately the major Musée de Sèvres exhibition, “A table, le repas tout un art”  which should have opened mid December is postponed until museums reopen in January but it will last until June, so you can’t miss it. And you can buy the catalog published by Gourcuff Gradenigo and prepare your future visit, the objects are amazing. And you can still see beautiful porcelains, old and contemporary, at Galerie Aveline where Marella Rossi has cleverly devised an exhibition “Les petits plats dans les grands” with antique dealer Camille Leprince, J &L Lobmeyr cristal and Odiot silverware. The idea was conceived three years ago with Ombeline d’Arche, then in charge of new creations at Sèvres but only took place this December.  It’s always a delight to visit the beautiful gallery founded by Jean Marie Rossi on place Beauvau and security is total since its neighbors are the Ministry of Interior and Palais de l’Elysée. Don’t miss it, it’s free… unless you leave with one of the amazing pieces…

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Gaby Wagner has caught Venice in complete stillness!

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CANAL GRANDE, 29.04.2020 – 7.04 pm, (c) thespacelessgallery.com

Photographer Gaby Wagner has lived in Venice for twenty three years and when lockdown started last March 8, she decided to catch the opportunity to photograph this usually overcrowded city. She always carried a chemist bag with her because the police was stopping unusual movements on the street and buying medicine was her excuse to go out one hour a day. And she took pictures with her iPhone 11, so as not to be noticed. From early morning to night, she walked around town in a one km circle from Campo San Polo where she lives, and shot all the famous views in complete stillness and silence. The result is this unusual, large book of 95 photographs selected from more than 800 shots.Read More