Artur Bordalo, a Portuguese graffiti artist, takes Paris by storm

Bordalo II in front of “Plastic Tigger”, series Plastic animals, 2018

He is 31 and admits to having been a bad boy for a while but now, Bordalo II, the grandson of a Portuguese watercolorist with the same name (thus the II), is exhibiting his strange animals near the Grande Bibliothèque in an empty concrete space which will become a supermarket at the end of the year. The irony is that he spends his life and his art fighting plastic waste and turning garbage into art. The title of the show “Accord de Paris” refers to the Cop 21 agreement signed by 55 countries with Laurent Fabius in November 2016. I completely fell for him and his bears, lions and elephants which will seduce more people than just children.

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Jaïs, a delicious way to start the year.

Damier de St Jacques, truffes noires, was a delight

I had heard of this place from two friends so when Marguerite, my niece who graduated from Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, suggested that we try it, I got excited. And Jaïs named after its French Moroccon chef, was a winner. The atmosphere is delightful, the staff friendly and not overconfident, customers are in their forties and the decor is unpretentious. Only one drawback, it gets pretty noisy when it is full like last night.

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Colombian luxury illuminates our lives

Jali velvet bag with gilt straw

Lucia Echavarria was born in Paris from Colombian parents and studied at Brown then trained at MAD in Paris, the Guggenheim and Christie’s. Four years ago she launched Magnetic Midnight, her collection of precious gilt palm straw handbags and headpieces. She has now added belts with tassels and black velvet to complement in winter her summer creations. With her first cousin, publicist Cloclo Echavarria, she forms a powerful esthaetical team and they were presenting their latest creations in a ravishing house of the 7 th arrondissement. Read More

Louise Pressager brings sun into our lives

Louise Pressager in front of Météo, 2018, l’Escalade, 2018, Fratrie, 2018, La main soleil, 2018 and Dessin bateau, 2016

You probably remember seeing Louise Pressager‘s work here before when she won the Prize of the Salon de Montrouge and was invited to show her videos at Palais de Tokyo by Jean de Loisy. She has since exhibited in Malakoff and in Caen, in Nancy and in Villeurbane, but her show at Galerie Laure Roynette is the first in a private gallery. And it is exhilarating. When I received the invitation of a large yellow cloud lit by the sun, I immediately felt happy and the series of drawings and video she is showing are both dark and very funny. They all treat the theme of human kind, socially, spiritually and mentally.Read More

New York Splendor behind closed doors

On top of a triplex on Fifth avenue, a magical terrace designed by KLC studios and Peter Pennoyer

Have you ever walked on Park Avenue or by the Dakota apartment building on Central Park West and wondered what the interiors of these prestigious buildings looked like? Well if you have, you will get the answer in Wendy Moonan’s beautiful book, “New York Splendor“. Her book signing party last week in Paris at Jean Marie Rossi’s “Aveline” antiques store, was a fun occasion attended by many American friends who were in town for Haute Couture and Maison et Objet. The books that she signed on a Boulle 18th-century desk commissioned by Prince de Condé for Chantilly,  sold out and many had to order them from the lovely Lardanchet bookstore on place Beauvau.Read More

Xavier Valls lives again at Institut Cervantès

Val Blenio, 1997

Xavier Valls, a Catalan painter whose son Manuel became Prime Minister of France during Hollande’s presidency, is at last getting some light in Paris at Institut Cervantès. The exhibition of his aerial paintings was the occasion of a little event around his charming Swiss Italian widow Luisangela (Luisa) who has many friends, their son and daughter Giovanna, who had flown in from Barcelona.  Read More

Last chance to see Caravaggio… at night

The young St John the Baptist, 1602, © Roma, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

Since September, the Caravaggio show at Musée Jacquemart André has been continually full and one way not to queue was to go at the last minute after 5 pm. For the last three days of the exhibition 26 to 28 January, the museum will be open till 10 pm. It is the occasion to see the museum at night and the ambiance will be very special, especially if the tea room remains open? Read More

Ferdinand Desnos catches the light at Hotel Drouot

The Donkeys, 1930, collection Katherine Lisfranc

Hôtel Drouot, the auction house, is slowly becoming hip under the influence of its dashing President Alexandre Giquello. And the event, last week, was an exhibition curated by Natacha Carron Vullierme, of 80 paintings by Ferdinand Desnos. A witty naïf painter raised in the countryside near Tours, he only attracted a few collectors in his lifetime (1901-1958). Most of their children and grandchildren were present at the opening where some of the paintings had belonged to only one owner. A very rare event. Read More