Sam Szafran is stunning at Galerie Claude Bernard

Without title, 2005, watercolor and pastel on paper

The artist and the gallerist have been friends for over forty years and as I walked into galerie  Claude Bernard on rue des Beaux Arts, I could feel their long acquaintance. It was such a beautiful moment. This legendary space where so many sculptors and artists of the 60’s have found a life, was crowded on opening night but the dozen or so very large watercolors and pastels were so stunning that one could make abstraction of the public. The artist Sam Szafran was absent but his wife Lilette gracefully aknowledged compliments fusing from everyone’s lips.Read More

At Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Polish photography is honored

Désymbolisations, 1978 © Armelle Dłubak / Archeology of Photography Foundation, Warsaw

Zbigniew Dlubak (1921-2005) is a self taught Polish painter and photographer who joined at 13, the young socialist-communist movement and was as a result, temporarily fired from school. During the war, he joined the Resistance, was arrested in the Warsaw insurrection and deported to Auschwitz and Mathausen. His art is surprising, both abstract and surrealistic, and finds a perfect showcase at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.Read More

Notre Dame de la Compassion, a very special church!

Under a rose window representing Ferdinand Philippe’s wife and designed by Ingres, the cenotaph of the king’s son in Carrara marble is protected by an angel sculpted by his sister Marie d’Orléans

I have passed this chapel designed in the shape of a Greek cross a million times on my way to Neuilly and yet, had never been inside. It took a close friend’s mother to die for me to discover the most moving monument of Paris’ 17 th arrondissement. Notre Dame de la Compassion is a church devoted to parents who have lost a child. It was built in 1843 in memory of Ferdinand-Philippe d’Orléans, heir to the throne of France, who fell out of his carriage and died on July 13, 1842. And the parish is run by a charismatic priest, Father Christian Lancrey-Javal.Read More

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