Lygia Clark is an artist whose work I was not familiar with before today but is being featured in a dynamite show at the MOMA tht starts May 10. Her sculpture is quite unusual, ditto her painting but in the schoolf minimalists like Ryman & Martin.
3 Wows - til Aug 24.
The paintings now on display at Bonham's of Impressionist and Modern stuff are unfortunately just that - stuff. There are two Dufy's which he was churning out around 1937-1938, apparently to pay the rent, a Forain I mistook for a Daumier and one Blanche Hoschedé Monet, Claude's step daughter and the daughter-in law; I'm not ure I want to know more.
No Wow's, no need to go, let the crazy speculators buy this junk at ridiculous prices.
There are two splendid exhibitions of photographs about WWI aka the Grand War aka the War to End All Wars; the first, this at the Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris in the Marais, you know the place where they make it impossible for old people to go down and up the stairs, which has photos of daily life (quotidien) that reminded me of my friend and colleague Professor Ronald Rosbottom's forthcoming book "When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944."
The second terribly moving exhibition is on the grilles of the Luxembourg Gardens of the WWI battle sites photographed as they stand today; the horror and waste of lives is stunning.
And most moving is King George's statement below the photo of the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing "We can truly say that the whole circuit of the Earth is girdled with the graves of our dead. In the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon Earth through the years to come, than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war."
Whatever you think of Picasso, or know of his ceramic pieces, you don't. Sure you saw an owl, a plate, a bullfighting scene and dismissed it/them as one more piece churned out and sold to the suckers to pay off his taxes. Maybe, but. This show of 160+ pieces - most never seen before - are serious, playful, straight and clever. If the show at the GP or Guggie didn't convince that you he was a genius - this one will.
Until May 19th. And don't let the Seine crossing turn you off - take the Metro to the Pont de Sevres and if you're young walk 10 minutes across or old, the bus 1 stop. Enjoy!
Even though I had sworn off Impressionist and Post-Impressionist exhibitions for Lent, I agreed to take my bride to see this show at the Marmottan and am I glad I did. It was nice to see old friends, even if slightly different from those hanging in well-known museums.
The only problem - the tour groups clogged the narrow passages and I felt like a point guard facing a line of 300 pound tackles. But I shoved my way through.
Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society at the Musee D'Orsay is a show which from the splendid catalogue is well-worth seeing if the line was not hours long. Too long for me; I'll be back some snowy day before July 6th.
My friend and colleague Heidi Ellison (of Paris Update) alerted me that there was an impressive new show of Caillebotte's work done while he lived at the family estate in Yerres and we went out on a rather cloudy day today. But the flowers were beautiful, the park large and inviting and the collection of exotic pheasants nearby the museum entrance were intriguing. After lunch we toured the 40 some Caillebottes - they are dazzling. Many come from private collections and others from famed museums. I simply loved the show.
3 Wow's. Until July 20. For food out there, see my post above for the Chalet du Parc.
Directions to the exhibition are to take the RER D (direction Melun/Malesherbes) to Yerres, get off and hop on a nifty "F" bus that transports you near enough to the Estate/Museum/Property/Museum in no time. Or take 20 minutes and walk - follow the signs from the station to the park where the Caillebotte exhibit is located. The town of Yerres has done a good job of welcoming visitors to the exhibit.
The Orangerie is currently hosting a show of drawings from the Orsay's huge (80,000) works, selected by Werner Spies, former director of the Musee National d'Art Moderne. It's almost too much with works by Degas, Seurat, Redon, Cezanne and so on. Quite dazzling.
The Dries Van Noten Exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratif is really quite stunning and stumbling (it's so dark you bump into other viewers). And the art covering the two entrances on the 2nd and 3rd (American numbering) floors, is really clever.