Interview with Joseph Kosuth in Paris

March 31, 2010

Exclusive interview with Bobby Chiu in Paris

March 26, 2010

I still haven’t seen  “Alice in the Wonderland”  by Tim  Burton but I saw the teaser with 3 D glasses and was very impressed.  Which motivated me to not to miss the opening of drawings and paintings of movie’s character designers Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera in Arludik gallery and interview Bobby Chiu, one of the three character designers (the third one is Michael Kutsche). The movie release in Paris was on March 24 and I’m getting ready to watch it.  Only in 3D of course.

To view interesting drawings and paintings made in famous Disney tradition by Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera for the exhibtion at the Arludik gallery in Paris  you can

- visit the exhibition until April 17th, 2010  in the  Arludik gallery, 12/14, rue St-Louis en l’Île  75004 Paris  M° Pont Marie or  Sully – Morland

- downlaod  Iphone app “Arludik: 03 2010″ (2,39 euros) or

-  go to my flickr slideshow page

- visit Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera Imaginism Studio

Vesna Gerintes

HolyChic


Post mortem Book and Exhibit by Edouard Levé (1965-2007)

March 25, 2008

Seven months ago, on October 15, 2007, Edouard Lévé, aged 42. Parisian writer, photographer and artist committed suicide.

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Three days before he died, he gave the manuscript of his book Suicide to his publisher. It tells the story of the suicide of a 25-year-old friend of his, twenty years ago. The book, published by P.O.L., is just out.

This book follows the tribute photograph exhibit ÉDOUARD LEVÉ [1965-2007] – Exposition hommage à Édouard Levé at the Loevenbruck Gallery [from March14th to May 10, 2008]. This exhibit is separated on eight different presentations which will be open every Tuesday till May 10, 2008.

“His death was the most important word of his life.” Edouard Levé , Suicide (P.O.L. – March 2008).

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Edouard Levé (left, behind) on October 10, 2007, 5 days before he died, in the LH Gallery, Paris

From the book “Suicide” by Edouard Levé
(ed: P.O.L. – March, 2008) :

“Ta vie fut une hypothèse.
Ceux qui meurent vieux sont un bloc de passé.
On pense à eux, et apparaît ce qu’ils furent.
On pense à toi, et apparaît ce que tu aurais pu être.
Tu fus et tu resteras un bloc de possibilités.

Ton suicide fut la parole la plus importante de ta vie, mais tu n’en cueilleras pas les fruits.

Es-tu mort puisque je te parle?

Si tu vivais encore, serions-nous amis?
Je fus plus lié à d’autres garçons.
Mais le temps m’a séparé d’eux sans que je m’en aperçoive.
Il suffirait d’un coup de téléphone pour renouer.
Aucun de nous ne risque la désillusion des retrouvailles.
Ton silence est devenu une éloquence.
Mais eux, qui peuvent encore parler, ils restent silencieux.
Je ne repense plus à eux, dont je fus si proche.
Mais toi, autrefois lointain, distant et ténébreux, tu rayonnes à présent près de moi.
Quand je doute, je sollicite tes avis.
Tes réponses me satisfont plus que celles qu’ils pourraient me donner.
Tu m’accompagnes fidèlement, où que je sois.
Ce sont eux les disparus.
Tu es le grand présent.

Tu es un livre qui me parle quand je le veux.
Ta mort a écrit ta vie.

Tu ne me rends pas triste, mais grave.
Tu nuis à mon incurable légèreté.
Quand je suis trop primesautier et que, pour une raison que j’ignore, ton visage m’apparaît, je redonne de l’importance aux gens qui m’entourent.
Les choses prennent un relief que je leur trouve rarement.
Je profite à ta place de ce que tu ne connais plus.
Mort, tu me rends plus vivant.”  Suicide by Edouard Levé (ed: P.O.L. – March, 2008)

by Vesna Gerintes

May 2008



La Ministre de culture visite l’ouverture de FIAC 2007

October 22, 2007

Mon vidéo de soirée d’ouverture de FIAC 2007

FIAC 2007 – les 42 acquisitions du FNAC [Fonds national d’art contemporain]
As you saw, the French Minister of Culture, Madame Christine Albanel dropped by on the opening of the 34th FIAC [Paris International Contemporary Art Fair] on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, in the Cour Carée of the Louvre Museum.

The FIAC is one of 180 worldwide modern art fairs, but it’s major modern art fair in Paris and already has five other satellites – at the almost same time, several others contemporary art fairs are opening in Paris:

2nd year of Show Off
[October 17 - 23, 2007, Espace Cardin, 1, avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris. Entrance : 5 €]

1st year of Les Elysées de L’Arts
[October 18 - 22, 2007, Avenue des Champs-Elysées]

2nd year of Slick
[October 19 - 22, 2007 at La Bellevilloise, 19-21, rue Boyer, 75020 Paris (from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., except October 20 (open until 10 p.m.) October 22 (open until 6 p.m.).
Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, 121, rue de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris (from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except October 22 (open until 6 p.m.). Entrance : from 5 to 7 € at La Bellevilloise, free at the Pavillon Carré de Baudouin] Watch the video from Slick Fair

1st year of Salon Art Shopping
[October 27 - 28, 2007 at Carrousel du Louvre]

4th year of International Contemporary Art Ehxibition Jeune Creation [Young Creation]   [November 2 - 11, 2007 at La Bellevilloise, 19-21, rue Boyer, 75020 Paris]

Salon d’Automne [since 1903] [November 8 - 18, 2007 at l'Espace Auteuil - Place de la Porte d'Auteuil, 75016 Paris  M° Porte d'Auteuil, entrance 10 €]

2nd year of DIVA – Digital & Video Art Fair Paris
[November 15 - 18, 2007 at Louvre des Antiquaires, Place du Palais Royal, 75001 Paris]

14th year of Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid [November 22 - December 1, 2007 at Centre Georges Pompidou, Jeu de Paume, Palais de Tokyo]

Also, a new gallery opens the same day as FIAC : Le Laboratoire, 4 rue Bouloi, 75001 Paris, Gmap M° Louvre-Rivoli, opens on October 17, 2007 and lots of arts exhibits like Pression à froid [October 16 - 23, 2007] -  13 artists, 13 curators  exhibit realized cooperatively by 13 fine arts students from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, and 13 soon-to-be-curators who have for the past year worked on the exhibition as part of a Masters degree in Professional Practice of Art History, at Paris IV-Sorbonne, took place these days.

by Vesna Gerintes

October 2007

Read the interview with Martin Béthenod, one of the general managers of FIAC in Technikart [in French]

Pour la troisième année consécutive; le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication a acquis une série d’œuvres exposées durant la 34ème édition de la Foire internationale d’art contemporain (Fiac,18 -22 octobre 2007). Ces œuvres enrichiront la collection du Fonds national d’art contemporain.

La commission nationale consultative en charge des acquisitions « arts plastiques » (cnap) a proposé l’acquisition de pièces, pour un montant de 400 000 euros. Celle-ci est actuellement composée de neuf personnalités qualifiées pour les arts plastiques (Daniel FIRMAN, Bernard PIFFARETTI, Bruno CARON, Michel POITEVIN, Henri-François DEBAILLEUX, Philippe PIGUET, Lorand HEGYI François QUINTIN et Isabelle MANCI) et de cinq responsables, dans le même domaine, du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Olivier KAEPPELIN, Chantal CUSIN-BERCHE, Bernard BLISTENE, Christian BRIEND et Camille MORINEAU).


Sébastien Mehal on the opening of his exhibit

August 4, 2007

by Vesna Gerintes

Sébastien Mehal on the opening of his exhibit at the gallery Cube Blanc, 3 rue Française, 75001 (Paris. July 18, 2007)

Video: Sébastien Mehal on the opening of his exhibit

What: Opening reception of Sébastien Mehal‘s exhibit “Paintings”

Where: in the gallery Cube Blanc, 3 rue Francaise, 75001 Paris
When: July 18 – 21, 2007

Why it is so HolyChic: The postminimalist universe of the artist Sebastien Mehal is based on a mixture of painting, stage set design and product design. The six paintings on exhibition recall Malevich’s radical rejection of self-expression and Frank Stella’s determination to greatly reduce the complexity of the signifier.

The paintings are just pure objects, reflecting their own “fatal strategy” as Jean Baudrillard would have said.

The only figurative elements in Sebastén Mehal’s minimalist paintings are the symbols of urban life (lightbulbs, power lines, half-caste faces…). They impose their presence only by their context (their place at the center of the painting) and by the ambiguity of their meaning: the lightbulb has to be a symbol of urban space, coldness, loneliness, separateness but could also mean the universal source of vital energy. “The lightbulb in my paintings represents the human body’s machinery: the light,” Sebastien Mehal explains.

Ambiance: Linear, white, standard late 90′s urban arty in the new  bland gallery situated in the central fashionista headquarters, Montorgueil.

Upside: By tending to be decorative, spiritual and meditative at the same time, this paintings illuminate the space by their almost invisible, mirroring and shadow-like presence.

Downside: One can wander if the art of 21st century has become a piece of stylish furniture. Everything is so calm and imperceptible that it comes close to being mediocre and impersonal.

Tags: minimalism, art, Paris, Mehal, Cube Blanc, Montorgueil, Malevich, design, fashion, gallery.

Category: Reflection

by Vesna Gerintes

July 2007


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