Amos Gitaï and Yitzhak Rabin, a 25 year long story

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Amos Gitaï and cowriter Marie-José Sanselme in the exhibition at BnF

It was incredibly poignant to meet film director Amos Gitaï at Bibliothèque Nationale de France this week. A small group of journalists were invited to visit the new exhibition of his archives on Yitzhak Rabin‘s assassination on November 4, 1995. Films, interviews, a play and a book, and numeric archives, the result of 25 years of research, are being bequeathed by the great film director to the BnF in Paris. The day before the general elections in Israel where Benjamin Netanyahu was -again- running, Gitaï was particularly eloquent and political. It was a profoundly moving moment. The exhibition in the main alley, can be seen by all readers of the library, which remains open for students and readers. And most of these students will never have heard of Rabin who died on Shabath evening, November 4, 1995, many years before they were born.Read More

At Suzanne Tarasiève, New figuration German painters have a ball

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Benjamin Katz photographs Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Per Kirkeby and Jörg Immendorff in Köln, 1987

In 1987, five German painters met at Michael Werner’s gallery in Köln to work together. Belgian photographer Benjamin Katz was there to shoot them individually and as a group. The extravagant Suzanne Tarasiève is exhibiting the wunderkinds of German New Figuration movement in her gallery of 7 rue Pastourelle in the Marais, and the show is absolutely stunning. During the semi confinement, the gallery can be visited by appointment. Read More

The last happy event before being lockdowned again

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Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves with his new book on the pleasures of food

“The only good news this Thursday” mentioned the invitation to Pierre Alain Challier’s gallery at the very time that Jean Claude Fasquelle, a giant of publishing with Grasset, was being buried at Saint Germain des Prés and just before Manuel Canovas, the fabric designer’s funeral. And it was to be a literary event with lots of booze… around Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves who publishes “Petit Eloge de la gourmandise” (in praise of gluttony) and another writer, Frédéric Beigbeder, who was launching a new organic vodka, “Le Philtre”, made with wheat in Cognac under his and his brother Charles’s supervision. So I went of course and was happy to meet the good fairy who had the idea in the first place, Ambre Rouvière, a literary editor who is friends with both authors.

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Galerie de la Présidence bets on blue for its 50 th!

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Albert Marquet, Saint Jean de Luz, Le Pont Routier, 1907

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the gallery, Florence Chibret-Plaussu, has organized a “Blue” exhibition with her most famous painters, Albert Marquet, Marcel Gromaire, Raoul Dufy but also Vieira da Silva, Boudin, Guillaumin and Fautrier. Galerie de la Présidence founded by her mother Françoise (who attended the opening) in 1971, is just across the street from the Elysée palace on place Beauvau. They participate in many museum exhibitions and have promoted to fame forgotten glories like Gromaire and Guillaumin. For three Sundays in a row in March, they organize a brunch for those of you who love Paris on the week end. Read More

Last minute for Le Tan’s auction at Sotheby’s

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Pierre Le Tan’s interior recreated at Sotheby’s for the auction

This is your last chance to bid at Pierre Le Tan‘s auction of drawings and objects at Sotheby’s today. This wonderful illustrator who started working very young for the New Yorker,  died in December 2019. He left a very pretty collection of works by his contemporaries, but also Asian lacquer boxes, islamic art, fabrics, books. The intimacy of an artist is always interesting to penetrate. And there are many affordable paintings by Christian Bérard, a portrait of him by David Hockney and his portrait of Hockney.  But also many of his drawings are for sale (starting at 3 000 €), and Emilio Terry, Foujita, Jean Hugo…  His taste was refined and impeccable. At Sotheby’s on the 16 th at 2 pm and on Internet until the 17 th.

Piere Le Tan, David Hockney

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David Nash is in great shape at Lelong & Co

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Golden Bough, 2014/2018, bronze and gold leaf (100 000 €) and Red Column, 2020 (165 000 €)

With “The Many Voices of the Trees”, a new exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co, David Nash proves once again what a brilliant sculptor he is. He shows an oak column, a walnut frame, a part-charred sequoia, an elm frame, a spalted beech, a charred sycamore, a maple wave, a walnut egg… but also drawings on paper and three sculptures in metal. One is in bronze and gold leaf, another is in bronze and the third one in aluminum. The large room of the upper gallery is just stunning with all these works which look like real people talking to each other. After the David Hockney “Ma Normandie” exhibition which brought crowds to this discreet gallery on rue de Téhéran, these new works should be just as exciting for the public. And there are some affordable prints. Read More

The Bic ballpoint pen gets dressed up by Pinel & Pinel

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The blue and nickel plated version of Cristal by Pinel & Pinel

I love coincidences and little daily happenings. I was trying out a new hairdresser highly recommended by my former one and as you do with hairdressers, we chatted for two hours non stop. And while Soad was telling me about her twin daughters, who sound like they are true characters, she described their apprenticeship in leather goods manufacturing companies. One has started with Dior leather while the other one works with Pinel & Pinel, a small but luxurious leather company on place de la Madeleine. Read More

Aurore Bagarry, an explorer with an eye

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Anse de Bréhec, Plouha, Côtes-d’Armor, 2016-2020 ©Aurore Bagarry courtesy galerie Sit Down

You will not see any water in these pictures of rocks and cliffs shot by Aurore Bagarry in Brittany, Normandy, Devon and Cornwall. After shooting glaciers and mountains for six years (because members of her family were mountaineers in Haute Savoie) she is now concentrating on the erosion by the sea, since her husband moved to Saint Brieuc for work. Aurore travels with a large argentic chamber camera and found it difficult to fight the tides, wind, salt, and bad weather  but the result of her four years of crossing over and searching for the perfect rock is here at Galerie Sit Down, until April 17.Read More