Art In America

At the Louvre, Wim Delvoye for Dummies

Staged in the museum's decorative arts wing, "Au Louvre" is a game of hide-and-seek: his own works are planted in period rooms for visual harmony. Saws sit on a shelf, among 19th century plates; taxidermied pigs lie near Medieval tapestries. It's a...

Work on Space: Q+A with Daniel Buren

Following Anish Kapoor and Christian Boltanski, it is Daniel Buren's turn to be Paris's guest and the subject of the annual, majestic solo exhibition "Monumenta" at the Grand Palais. A lifetime opponent of ceremony but a master of art done in situ,...

Jeff Rian Begins With a Song

After recording a folk- and jazz-inspired album, Battle Songs, with his band Rowboat, (produced by buddies Dike Blair and Richard Prince), Rian designed a specially formatted box. He then asked 10 artists pals, many of whom he met by writing about...

Gaze of Gaza

On November 5, Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne opened a solo exhibition of photographs entitled "Gaza," by German war photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer. The show is sponsored by the Fondation Carmignac Gestion, the art funding branch of a Paris-based...

All About Her Mother: Sophie Calle

Lovers, strangers, family members, everyone who crosses the life of artist Sophie Calle is implicated in her multi-media tests of the porosity of intimacy and public space—famously without their knowledge or against their will. Buried amidst the...

Paging Atlas Group

"Miraculous Beginnings," the title of Lebanese artist Walid Raad's current solo show at the Whitechapel Gallery, East London, takes a Biblical tack while alluding to his country's troublesome first years of existence, following its founding in 1926...

FIAC Unveiled

Following French president Nicolas Sarkozy's prohibition of the burka and head veil in that nation's work environments this summer, which initiated heated debates all over Europe, a number of galleries and artists participating in the 37th edition of...

Gagosian in Paris: A Moveable Feast

Armenian, Los Angeles-born Larry Gagosian (b.1954) was once nicknamed "Go-Go" for his skill at re-selling art works. Today, with nine eponymous galleries, and artists under his belt ranging from Pablo Picasso to Jeff Koons, he is one of America's most...

Fair Pastoral: Frieze Sculpture Park

The question of how one defines and delimits a work of art is neither new nor in danger of resolution. This year, Frieze's sculpture park (which closed yesterday) offered a wide range of work with seemingly little in common in media in theme, but for...

The Streets of Moscow

Since the assimilation of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and now perhaps reaching its pinnacle as Jeffrey Deitch prepares his programming at MoCA, street art has been a part of contemporary art around the world. But the institutionalization of...

Mess With Texas

Naming an exhibition of young French artists "Dynasty" would seem to suggest a suggest a cynical or sarcastic likening of its content to the children of the 1980s. The current group exhibition in question is held at the Musée d'Art Moderne and...

History Books

Anselm Kiefer's (b. 1945) work brings to mind ruins and monuments, canvases coated with crumbling impasto, lead, tar and straw to depict the rich, mythical mnemonic layers of tragedy and regeneration. Yet a small-scale, even understated side of the...

A New Promised Art

Parisian house Pierre Bergé & Associé seems determined to introduce the nation of France to Israeli contemporary art, through a series of multiple efforts: On May 6, the house held France's first ever Israeli-dedicated sale, featuring 70 artists and...

Worth the Trip

"Not every building is a dwelling," wrote philosopher Martin Heidegger to suggest that if home is where the heart is, it doesn't fit just anywhere. Dwelling and the often alienated response to architectural encasing is key in Jeanne Susplugas'...

The Studio of Lucian Freud

In 1987, Lucian Freud was given a retrospective at Paris's Centre Pompidou. And then he was gone. Despite his popularity in salerooms, the painter went missing from France's contemporary art scene for 23 years. Perhaps it was a fortuitous leave of...

Florence Ostende's Tale of Two Cities

Paris and London are separated by no more than a tunnel—but the lack of communication, if not interest, between the two art capitals is noteworthy. Tracey Emin and Xavier Veilhan on each end have shown extensively around the world, but very little on...

Siu Lan Ko Critiques the French Work Day

In spite of plummeting temperatures, the Quai Malaquais on Paris' left bank, home to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, was full this past Sunday morning. An eclectic mix of students, tourists and locals frenetically photographed two large banners, hung on the...

Let Them Have Art: The Affordable Art Fair

From February 5–8, the second edition of the Affordable Art Fair opened in Brussels, Belgium. Launched in London in 1999 by a former wine merchant, Will Ramsay, the fair claimed to liberate art of its financial and intellectual prices of entry (It...

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