Thaddaeus Ropac presents Imran Qureshi, in Pantin.

The Endless Path, 2018, Acrylic and gold leaves on canvas (12 panels, 273,5 cm by 1668 cm)

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Pantin has accustomed us to gigantic shows and Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi is no exception this summer. “The Seeming Path of Memory” is both delicate and bloody, beautiful and violent. Large canvases are shown along delicate gouaches on paper (my favorites) inspired by poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz (1911-1984) and mogul miniatures.Read More

“Back Side”, a fashion show at Musée Bourdelle

The large studio with a dress from Givenchy by Clare Weight Keller, Marine Sitbon and Walter Van Beirendonck and Antoine Bourdelle’s monumental sculptures, La Force, La Liberté, La France

Musée Bourdelle,  in Montparnasse, is one of the hidden treasures of Paris. Its director, Amélie Simier, runs it with enthusiasm and has clever initiatives for its twice a year shows. One of which is to have joined forces with Palais Galliera (under renovations at the moment) to exhibit part of their fashion collections in the monumental sculpture halls. This summer, “Back Side, Dos à la mode” puts forward all the famous dresses with a bare back by contemporary designers.  With its lush garden, the museum is a perfect summer visit if you are staying in Paris.Read More

Jacques Muron draws Palm trees, in the Pyrénées

La Maison Oblique, 1998

I have often told you about this discrete gallery, Documents 15, on rue de l’Echaudé just behind Eglise Saint Germain des Prés. Until the end of July, it is showing drawings and prints by Jacques Muron, a rare artist born in 1950, who works in the Pyrénées, south of Toulouse. Each work is original in its theme and incredibly well produced. The artist was a laureate of Prix de Rome and studied at Villa Medicis. He is a member of the Société française des peintres graveurs like Erik Desmazières. Read More

A pretty new garden restaurant near the embassies

The façade of hôtel “Les Jardins du Faubourg” is very Haussmannian

Its only immediate competitor is Cercle de l’Union Interalliée which is of course unbeatable for the size of its garden and the quality of its cooking, but Les Jardins du Faubourg, a new hotel open since mid June, is a lovely oasis near the U.S., British, Japanese, Belgian and Uzbek embassies. It belongs to a small family group of boutique hotels in Toulouse, Marrakech (Les Jardins de la Koutoubia) and Paris. The restaurant is inspired by Bruno Doucet, founder of la Régalade,a long time favorite.Read More

An all women event at Royal St George’s! What a feast.

The winning team for Continental Europe, Leonie Harm (Germany), Alessia Nobilio (Italy), Frida Kinhult (Sweden), Caterina Don (Italy), Linn Grant (Sweden), Anna Roscio (Italie, captain), Albane Valenzuela (Switzerland), Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (France), Emma Spitz (Austria).

Royal St George’s first accepted lady members only four years ago, so it was a very unusual sight to see the terrace of the famous Sandwich golf club in Kent, swarmed by young pretty girls for the Vagliano Trophy, a tournament founded by André Vagliano in 1931. It started out as a French British match play and now includes young women from the British Isles and Ireland who play against the Continent. For the seventh time in a row, the Continent won the biennial event, but all 24 matches were fiercely disputed with extraordinary golf, including very young players. The Junior Vagliano trophy was equally beautiful to watch.Read More

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