Sally Mann, from Washington to Salem and Jeu de Paume in Paris

“On the Mauny”, 1992, © Sally Mann

Sally Mann is a fascinating photographer. Born in Lexington, Virginia, she has photographed her family when her three children, Emmett, Jessie and Virginia were young, with an old large format camera and collodion type wet plates. After concentrating on their holidays, she developed a corpus of pictures on Baptist churches near Lexington, the American South with its great swamps and its Afro-American men and women. Virginia Carter who worked for her parents for fifty years is shown with her daughter Virginia, in “the Two Virginias”, a series of pictures including one with a little white foot lying on size 43, large black feet. There is great elegance in this multi sided show at Musée du Jeu de Paume.Read More

Eva Jospin once again creates a surprise!

A fantasy temple in cardboard (detail of a larger sculpture)

For her second solo show at Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Eva Jospin once again excels. She delivers a new series of architectural folies in cardboard and light wood which compete with the forests she has accustomed us to seeing. After her huge creations at  Cour Carrée du Louvre in 2016, and galerie Beaupassage last year, we can see the evolution of her art, which is now also inspired by Roman antiquity, illusory architecture, trompe l’oeil and religious temples. Read More

Rachel Cobb, a sensitive photographer who celebrates the Mistral

Mont Ventoux, © Rachel Cobb

American photographer Rachel Cobb won the Picture of the Year award for her coverage of 9/11, she worked in Sarajevo and with the homeless in New York. But the topic of her first exhibition in Paris is more poetic and results from twenty years of watching a specific wind, the Mistral in Provence, which became a book published by Damiani. Her show at Galerie Folia next to the church of Saint Germain des Prés, is very pretty. After af ew days in Paris for the opening she will travel south to Arles where to attend the Rencontres de la Photographie. She has just won the PX3, Paris Photo Prize, which will be awarded on July 7th.Read More

Wright Morris photographs little everyday things

The Home Place, Norfolk, Nebraska, 1947 © Estate of Wright Morris

Unlike his fiction which often focuses on flamboyant characters, Wright Morris‘ photographs are practically devoid of figures. Born in 1910 in Nebraska, this complete artist has developed, all his life, an experimental dialogue between images and text. His black and white pictures at Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson are breathtaking in their simplicity and sternness. A good occasion to discover their new premises on rue des Archives, if you have not been yet.Read More

Taher Chemirik, a sculptor of rings

A ring in gold and silver with a diamond at 4 700€

Taher Chemirik was born in Relizane, south east of Oran, Algeria. He came to Paris in 1977 to study at Ecole des Arts Décoratifs and soon worked on costumes and decors for the Paris Opera, then as a designer for Ralph Lauren. But as soon as he discovered jewelry, he concentrated on this new art as well as on sculpture and on spectacular screens as Daniel Marchesseau reminded me. He now works from Finistère in Brittany, where he has a studio and this show at Naïla de Monbrison is his 10 th jewelry exhibition. The gallery specializes in artists’s jewels.Read More

At la Comédie Française, the best fashion show in town

The first scene with Hervé Pierre as Galileo, taking a bath, © Vincent Pontet

What a great surprise it was to see Bertold Brecht’s “Galileo” at the Comédie Française. I don’t usually speak about French only shows in these columns but the play is so spectacular that I had to mention it to you. The direction is by Eric Ruf, administrator of the theatre, the fabulous costumes by Christian Lacroix and the lighting by Bertrand Couderc. But what is most overwhelming is actor Hervé Pierre who plays Galileo. I forgot about the play being a little long, that the air-conditioning was not perfect on this stuffy evening, and let my mind drift into 17 th century Padova and Florence for three hours. And the public clapped hysterically at the end.Read More

“Mustang”, a violent film directed by a charming young woman

Matthias Schoenaerts plays Roman, the prisoner who lives again thanks to his horse Marquis

It’s called “Mustang” in the US and “Nevada” in France, but this is the same film, on the relationship between Mustang horses in Nevada and prisoners. Laure de Clermont Tonnerre is the young director (35) who won Robert Redford’s support at the Sundance festival and was able to produce this amazing fresco of horse therapy for violent prisoners . I heard about it on France Culture radio at 8 am, went to see it at 3.30 pm and was happy to see that the theatre was almost full in the middle of the afternoon. This could well be the surprise success of the month!Read More

Edith Dufaux, invites mystery at Alain Margaron’s gallery

Ladders, 2019, Monotype and mixed techniques

Galerie Alain Margaron has accustomed us to seeing post war painters like Fred Deux, René Laubiès, Anselme Boix-Vives and Dado, so it was an interesting discovery to see Edith Dufaux’s monotypes of space, geography, cartography. Through forty works on paper and a few paintings, we discover an artist who had exhibited at Fondation Cartier in 1990 and not much since. Very exciting.Read More