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Paris Dispatch, #10: Street art faces literally in the street

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Our Paris correspondent (my wife on a business trip) sent me the following picture … I guess it’s safe to call it “street art” when it’s literally in the street, n’est-ce pas?

street art in paris


Paris Dispatch, #9: About that hole in the art fair wall …

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

We received a mysterious photo from our Paris correspondent the other day showing a hole in the wall of an art fair booth at Paris Photo … we have an update on that along with some new pictures. It was not meant to be an art work, it was simply a very unusual (and attention-grabbing) access point between Taka Ishii Gallery and the booth next to it. I don’t see anything obvious in the promo for Taka Ishii on the Paris Photo site that would explain the hole any more than how I just described it. Well, I guess it makes for a good conversation-starter …

art fair booth at Paris Photo 2014 with hole in the wall, Taka Ishii Gallery

view of Taka Ishii Gallery booth at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais

hole in the wall at Paris Photo international fine art photography fair


Koons within a Koons

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Here’s a photograph from the recent Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum, which shows a room full of Koons pieces within a Koons piece. The reflective piece on the wall is “Moon (Light Pink),” 1995-2000, a mirror-polished stainless steel wall sculpture with transparent color coating. In the reflection, you can see from left: “Balloon Dog (Yellow),” “Cat on a Clothesline (Aqua),” and “Play-Doh,” which we covered in a blog post the other day (with the note that it took 20 years to finish!).

Jeff Koons Moon (Light Pink) sculpture at the Whitney Museum of Art


Paris Dispatch, #8: The bull dancing over the Seine

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Here’s another mysterious picture from our Paris correspondent (my wife, on a business trip): she found this sculpture of a bull – perhaps really in the act of charging, rather than my title’s description of dancing – on top of a small building down by the edge of the Seine. I did a Google-search for “bull sculpture near Seine in Paris,” and came up with some similar-looking sculptures, but none that appeared to be in the same location, and none with an explanation of who made it or why it might be there. It would make for a nice surprise for an unexpecting pedestrian to walk by and look up to see this menacing bull staring down in the dark!

Just like the other day when we shared the “graffiti girl” post, we have a lit-up Grand Palais in the background of this image, on the other side of the Seine.

a bronze sculpture of a charging bull near the Seine in Paris


Paris Dispatch, #7: The Hole in the Wall at Paris Photo

Friday, November 14th, 2014

I’ve been receiving “dispatches” from my wife who is in Paris for the international photography art fair called “Paris Photo,” which is taking place this week at the Grand Palais. Earlier in the week when all of the galleries were still in exhibition installation mode, she sent this mysterious picture of a hole in the wall of one of the gallery booths at the fair. Unfortunately, she didn’t explain what it was, so I was left wondering: is it an accident? Something that will be utilized as a “frame” of sorts for an art work? Or simply a wacky, attention-grabbing access point between two adjacent booths? I asked her those questions, so once I hear back from her, I’ll post an update. In the meantime, check out the original picture below, and let us know what you think it might be …

mysterious hole in the wall at an art fair booth at Paris Photo


Paris Dispatch, #6: Graffiti Girl and the Grand Palais

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Our “Paris correspondent” (my wife on a business trip) sent the following picture, featuring a back view of a girl in a long dress “standing” on top of these black exterior cabinets. It’s hard to tell from this image whether this is a stencil graffiti piece or a wheat-pasted street art piece, but it’s somewhat mysterious with her back turned to us and no idea what she’s doing or why she’s here. The lit-up domed building in the left background is the Grand Palais, where this week’s art fair “Paris Photo” is taking place … you can see more and read about the Grand Palais and Paris Photo here.

street art piece featuring a Victorian-dressed girl in Paris near the Grand Palais


The Salon: Art + Design

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I try to keep up with the various art fairs that take place in NYC, but here’s one that somehow has evaded my awareness before now: The Salon: Art + Design, which takes place at the Park Avenue Armory, which is on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets on the Upper East Side. The opening is tomorrow night, November 13th, and the show continues through Monday the 17th.

So what is at The Salon? It’s described as “50 + exhibitors from around the world exhibiting the finest of 20th century and contemporary art and design along with major works of ethnographic art and antiquities.” That’s a pretty broad description, so let’s dig around and see what we can find as some examples.

Here’s two examples of the types of things you can see, including a Marc Chagall painting and an early 20th century African sculpture, with more information about each listed below the pictures. But scroll down for more, as we turn up some more examples of what you can find at The Salon.

Marc Chagall and Dan sculpture at The Salon art fair, 2014

How about this one? It’s a combination desk and storage section, with amazing curves for something made out of walnut. It’s by a young Korean designer named Bae Se Hwa, and it’s part of his “Steam Series,” in which he utilizes a steam bending technique which allows him to distort and reconstruct straight wood elements into new curvilinear objects. It’s so beautiful, it would almost be a shame to use it as a desk … who wants to see a Dell desktop and a pile of paper clips on top of that surface? You can be sure there won’t be any office supplies around when Gallery Seomi (Seoul) exhibits this piece this coming weekend.

Steam series desk by Bae Se Hwa

Here’s an example of “fine art silver” by Jean E. Puiforcat, which is a silver and glass Art Deco centerpiece, circa 1930, being exhibited by Janssens Van Der Maelen (Brussels). Puiforcat was considered one of the most important French Art Deco silversmiths, and I found an interesting footnote in that Andy Warhol was very fond of collecting his silverware.

art deco silversmith french artist Jean Puiforcat

I’m sure we’re just scratching the surface here, you can get a much-wider view of the type of things at The Salon if you scroll down to the image section on this web page … some of the images are clickable which allow you to find out what it is (and which dealer is showing it), but some of them have no ID at all. I guess you’ll just have to go to The Salon to find out!


Paris Dispatch, #5: Dawn in Paris

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Here’s a couple postcard-like images of Paris at dawn, photographed by my wife while she’s there for business (working the gallery booth at the Paris Photo art fair). I’m not sure how early in the morning these were taken, but the photo at right seems very desolate, like there’s no one else out walking around and no apparent early morning traffic – the fact that the Seine is perfectly still certainly helps the quiet mood of the picture. They say New York is “the city that never sleeps,” but it appears that Paris is quite content taking a rest now and then.

early morning views of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine


Paris Dispatch, #4: Stencil graffiti along the Seine

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Here’s our latest “dispatch” from our Paris correspondent – my wife on a business trip – capturing interesting things that she sees around town. This stencil graffiti piece was found on this concrete section of an old wall alongside the Seine … the women in the image appear to have spears, but it’s not clear from this view what’s going on. It’s an interesting contrast, however, to the sculptures of women who circle around the dome on the building in the background.

a street art stencil graffiti piece near the Seine in Paris


Paris Dispatch #3: Fashion Attack

Monday, November 10th, 2014

I’m doing a series of “dispatches” from Paris this week, courtesy of my wife, who is there on a business trip. The gallery where she works is exhibiting at the Paris Photo art fair, and she’s sending me pictures and stories of what she’s seeing in and around Paris.

She was walking across a bridge near the Grand Palais (where Paris Photo takes place), and in looking at a map, that means it was either Pont des Invalides or Pont Alexandre III – she didn’t say which one. At any rate, she noticed a woman in a fancy dress lurking in the dark shadows of the stairs leading up to the bridge (below left), who suddenly sprinted up the stairs to a blast of light and a camera flashing away (below right). It must have been some sort of fashion shoot, and from the shot she was able to capture, it looks like a pretty good spot for a fashion shoot, with the large urn and lion flanking the model. And I have to say, capturing the model at this exact moment with one exposed leg striding forward, I’d say it’s a pretty good shot for someone who just happened upon the scene!

an accidental happening upon a fashion shoot in Paris near the Grand Palais


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