Bruno Labouret and Joâo Manardu, a good dialogue

Bruno Labouret, Landscape, 2016, pastel

It is rare to discover new galleries near the Champs Elysées and since Larry Gagosian opened his on 4 rue de Ponthieu, nothing much has moved in the area. So I was happy to walk into the delightful BAO space opened by Philippe Ageon who represents among other artists Peter Klasen. The occasion was the double exhibition of Portuguese wood sculptor Joâo Manardu and of Lugano based French painter Bruno Labouret, who was showing his new pastels and gouaches. Read More

Steinway & Sons moves to Boulevard St Germain

The “Imagine” John Lennon piano, limited edition. The singer composed the song on a similar instrument, which sells for 108 120€

Steinway & sons had not opened a new shop for 70 years since the London shop was inaugurated and it is therefore an amazing event that they chose the heart of Paris, on boulevard Saint Germain to open a beautiful show room with an auditorium. All pianos are made in Hamburg.Read More

Walker Evans revisited at Beaubourg

Wooden Houses, Boston, 1930

American photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) has to be one of the most popular of 20 th century artists and his shots of the Depression years commissioned by the Farm Security administration are so well known that it took me a little while to visit Centre Pompidou’s show of 400 photographs and letters. I finally went just before dinner at 7.30 pm and it was ideally filled with young handsome visitors curious of knowing more about America !Read More

Derain, Balthus, Giacometti at Museum of Modern Art

André Derain, Young lady peeling an apple, 1838-39, Knox Art Gallery

There seems to be a new trend in Paris of exhibiting painters of the same generation and making them be friends. This winter at Musée Marmottan, the beautiful Hodler, Munch and Monet show, recently at the Louvre, Vermeer and his contemporaries, and today at Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Derain, Balthus, Giacometti. The paintings are fabulous but do we need to have three apple peelers hanging together to be impressed?Read More

Anne de Villepoix a true Parisian galerist

Franck Lundangi “L’homme spirituel”, 2016

At a time when Paris is the center of many African art exhibitions, the Jean Pigozzi collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, « Nous et les autres » at Musée de l’Homme and shows a film on racism, « I am not your negro » written by James Baldwin and directed by Haitian film director Raoul Peck, Galerie Anne de Villepoix exhibits Franck Lundangi, an artist from Angola who has settled in France in 1990.Read More

Summer slippers from Dallas

Mickey Ashmore created Sabah five years ago in Dallas. He is in Paris until June 24

The summon came from Liz Tirrell and Woo Caroland in  Dallas: I had to attend the launch party of Sabah ephemeral boutique on the Palais Royal. So I rushed of course, and was happily surprised to meet charming Mickey Ashmore the creator of Sabah shoes.Read More

Jacques Henri Lartigue’s true passion

Moi au tennis, self portrait by Jacques Henri Lartigue

Photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue died in 1986. His late passion at the time, was to  paint multicolor flowers and his last famous picture was the official portrait of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing when he was elected President of France. Seven years before he died, he gave his whole archives, 100 000 photographs and 1 500 paintings to the French State who is in charge through «Donation Jacques Henri Lartigue », of keeping his image and name alive. This association exhibits and sells modern prints from time to time.Read More

Morienval, Longpont, Royaumont, a holy week end

Abbaye de Morienval near Compiègne was founded in the 9 th century

Ascension week end is traditionnally a four day holiday in France and this year, the temperature was the highest (in the 90’s) since it was first recorded in 1900. So everyone took advantage of the sunny days to wander in the country. And I drove around l’Oise, a department north of Paris, checking three different abbeys for you. What wonderful surprises!Read More