February 13, 2008

Once upon a door the future came before
OPENING 14 FEB 08 @ the Palais de Tokyo

Thursday, February 14th from 08pm to Midight

CELLAR DOOR is an ambitious artistic enterprise: a colossal organism engendered by an original music score that distends through space and time. The exhibition is a mutant form, one that has crystallized around an obsession, the production and manufacturing of a studio. The common version of the artist’s studio, the dream factory, isn’t on display; rather, the studio is featured as a dreaming factory, a delirious object endowed with thought and speech that constantly reinvents itself.
With CELLAR DOOR, for the first time a french artist under 30 is entirely taking over the Palais de Tokyo.

All night special Valentine’s day musical selection.

at the Palais de Tokyo
Thursday, February 14th from 08pm to Midight

Palais de Tokyo
site de création contemporaine
13, avenue du Président Wilson à PARIS

Audience is welcomed from 12 noon to midnight everyday but Mondays.

Métro Iéna
Bus 32, 42, 63, 72, 80, 82, 92
RER C, Pont de l’Alma
Informations +33 1 47 23 54 01

January 22, 2008

"The Wood That Was" from John A. Harris
private view Thursday 24 January 2008 at GALERIE PATRICIA DORFMANN

private view Thursday 24, from 6pm to 9pm

The modernity of the wooden furniture designed and crafted by John A. Harris lies found not so much in its style or the techniques used to make it, but in its mode of production.

For the pieces of furniture made by Harris belong to that multifarious cohort of objects now coming to the fore on the art scene. These are objects that subvert the established categories, which cannot be placed in the category of functionalist design or decorative arts, let alone in that of the visual arts, bogged down as these are in obscure discourse. Visually remarkable and immaculately crafted, the merit of these objects is that they tell us about their maker. They are the fruit of a great number of lived experiences, and their perfection is the result of first-hand knowledge, passion and a real engagement with the material. Today, after years of deprecation, skill and technique are making a comeback. No longer synonymous with stifling crafts traditions, they are now part of a free and empirical learning process.

The “haute couture” furniture made by John A. Harris shows that excellence is no longer the exclusive preserve of the specialist cabinetmakers, but can also be conquered by men and women who, following the imperatives of their creative process, are reinventing traditional techniques and thus, without necessarily thinking in such terms, are sculpting the contours of the future.

Harris works to his own rhythm, allowing long periods of latency when, he tries “to let the wood express itself while I am restoring and taking care of it. I wait for each piece to tell me what it wants to become.” These periods of waiting, discovery and listening thus constitute a kind of apprenticeship.

The work is at once technical and ethical, resulting from the long quest for an asceticism that is elegant, subtle and richly expressive. And while this asceticism is obtained in the solitude of his studio, in the midst of his singular struggles with the material, it is no less cultivated for all that, meaning that it comes out of both the American tradition of a George Nakashima or a Ralph Rapson, and the European one of designers like Janette Laverrière and Gustave Gautier. The latter’s influence can be seen in the extreme delicacy of the finishes and articulations, and in the bold play on veneers. Such are the no doubt fortuitous formal evocations in the work of this artist who offers a talent combination of skill, originality and sensitivity.
extract from Patrick Favardin - Paris, November 2007

"The Wood That Was" from John A. Harris
24 January – 23 February 2008

61, rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris

Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-7pm, and upon
Tel : 01 42 77 55 41
Fax : 01 42 77 72 74
Mail : galerie@patriciadorfmann.com

January 21, 2008

at the Galerie Vallois on January 24th

"Bite my buns, swallow my meat. Taste the fire in the cave."

Preview and Opening night at the Galerie Vallois on January 24th from 06pm

The next Mike Bouchet's exhibition at the Galerie Vallois, "CANBURGER" consist of 10000 hamburgers canned specially for the occasion. Having worked directly with a canning meat company in Germany, the artist has developed a canned hamburger with a two years shelf life. The meat caught between two buns, already topped with ketchup and mustard, is packaged in a box with a lid for easy opening.

The "CANBURGER" is the starting point for a more comprehensive research on important matters relating to the consumption of hamburgers. In a style called "Internationalist", Bouchet has made sculptures and paintings that raise some profound questions about the production and consumption of food in today's world, from fast food to boxed military rations, through American survivalist movement. While hyper-hamburger large paintings push the food fetishism limits to its most grotesque, the bronze hyper-hamburger sculpture (and the sparkling boxes of hamburger) pushes the trend of what could be called a "materiality show " at the edge of the genre.

As with other works of his, Bouchet reproduces the marketing strategies: in the oldest food market in Paris - les Enfants Rouges -, samples of "CANBURGER" have been offered as free samplers during the month of December. In line with previous projects like "carpe DENIM" and in an even more extreme way, with an appropriating and yet lucid humour, "CANBURGER" then confronts the viewer with the insolent materiality of the works and the tactics of an all-entertainment society, led by Media and advertising.

Mike BOUCHET : Canburger
25 January 25th - March 1st 2008

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois
36 rue de seine
75006 Paris
T +33 1 46 34 61 07
F +33 1 43 25 18 80

Monday - Saturday
10.30 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 7 pm

December 20, 2007

Nicolas Buffe, studiolo
(the vestibule) Opening Thursday December 20th, 2008

Opening with the artist on Thursday December 20th, 2008 from 06pm to 09pm, Free access

The work of Nicolas Buffe (born in Paris in 1978) refers directly to the grotesque, these wall paintings of the sixteenth century, as well as a personal imaging, often associated with popular culture and his childhood.

For this exhibition at the red house (la maison rouge), Nicolas Buffe will perform a wall drawing in black ink specifically designed for the vestibule. Studiolo refers to rooms of the same name, which during the Renaissance were cleverly ornamented spaces to stimulate the thinking of those who worked there. Like the Duke Federico da Montefeltro's studiolo containing profane and Christians characters according to the humanist taste, Nicolas Buffe draw a studiolo where classical and popular references mix with elegance and irony.

Nicolas Buffe, studiolo (the vestibule)
from December 20th to January 20th

Maison Rouge
10, boulevard de la bastille
75012 Paris

Hours : 18h-21h
Closed on January 1st, May 1st an December 25th
T. 01 40 01 08 81
Mail : info@lamaisonrouge.org

Metro : Quai de la Rapée ou Bastille
Free access


December 13, 2007

Daniel Arsham's Playground
Opening on Saturday December 15th at the E. Perrotin Gallerie

Opening on Saturday December 15th, 2007

Since his recent collaboration with Merce Cunningham, Daniel Arsham has been thinking a great deal about accidents.
In this, Arsham's first new exhibition in Paris the GALERIE EMMANUEL PERROTIN Art Spaces is transformed with bespoke works that deal with the idea of a unique event multiplied. The large front window serves as an impromptu stage displaying the aftermath of an accident; a visual exposé of Cunningham's renowned ‘chance operations'.
The exhibit also includes a new sculptural installation, drawings and one small, hard-to-find piece that is well worth the hunt.

Arsham is concerned with the battle between the organic and the imposed synthetic. His work toys with preconceptions of boundaries drawn between nature and architecture by the very buildings themselves.
Arsham's collaborative work with Merce Cunningham featured in "eyeSpace" which was performed last week at the théatre de la ville.

"Playground" de Daniel Arsham
from December 15th, 2007 to January 12th, 2008

76, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
Tel : 01 42 16 79 79
Fax : 01 42 16 79 74
Mail : info-paris@galerieperrotin.com

Tuesday-Saturday 11am-07pm


Anonymous Sculptures , Industrial Objets
Opening at 50soixante70

Opening Saturday December 15th, 2007 from 03pm to 08pm

"Anonymous Sculptures , Industrial Objets" at 50soixante70

16 rue Cafarelli
75003 Paris
tel.: 06 71 62 60 88
Open Tuesday to Friday from 02pm to 07:30pm, Saturday from 11am to 07:30pm
Metro : Temple ou Filles du Calvaire


Photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand - Opening Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Opening Thursday, December 13th, 2007

Tarmacs - Photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Galerie Louis Carré & Cie
10, avenue de Messine
Paris 8ème
Tel : 01 45 62 57 07
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 12h30 noon and from 02pm to 06pm
Mondays from 02pm to 06:30pm

Free entrance


The Disclosed Hammam
Mediterranean Hammams , from Damas to Marseille - Opening December 18th, 2007

Opening December 18th, 2007 from 06:30pm to 09pm

The Disclosed Hammam - Mediterranean Hammams, from Damas to Marseille

Photographs by Anna Puig Rosado and Pascal Meunier

Centre Iris
238, rue Saint Martin
75003 Paris
Téléphone : 01 48 87 06 09
Entrée libre


December 10, 2007

XS Paris
Opening Tuesday, December 11th at the Ricard Corporate Foundation

Opening Tuesday, December 11th at the Ricard Corporate Foundation from 05 pm
Download the invitation here

With Saâdane Afif, Wilfrid Almendra, Lou Amoravain, Pierre Ardouvin, Sylvie Auvray, Virginie Barré, Lilian Bourgeat, Anne Brégeaut, Laura Brunellière, Roland Cognet, Delphine Coindet, Guillaume Constantin, Thomas David, Marcelline Delbecq, Christophe Duchatelet & Laurent Edeline, Jean-Charles Eustache, Philippe Eydieu, Christelle Familiari, Pauline Fondevila, Marjolaine Gony, Lina Jabbour, Pierre Joseph, Nicolas Lafon, Delphine Laloy, Claude Lévêque, Jacques Malgorn, Pierre Malphettes, Carole Manaranche, Mathieu Mercier, Anita Molinero, Gyan Panchal, Florence Paradeis, Bruno Peinado, Loïc Raguénès, Delphine Rigaud, Gitte Schäfer, Mathieu Sellier, Stéphane Thidet, Rachel Urkowitz, Raphaël Zarka, Edwige Ziarkowski.

The Ricard corporate Foundation welcomes the XS Paris* exhibition from the 12th of December 2007 to January 05th, 2008. Elisabeth Wetterwald, exhibition Commissioner, brought together 42 artists with whom she has a real complicity. As the title of the exhibition suggests, she had conceived this project with an entertaining approach: asking artists to exhibit one or more "small" works, each of them interpreting "smallness" in his own way and in accordance with his work. Two constraints, however: neither models nor object in reduce scale. Most of the works are unpublished.

*XS Paris is the second part of the XS exhibition held at the Space Mica Gallery, in Rennes, from May 11 to June 16, 2007.

From 12 December 2007 to 05 January 2008

Fondation d’entreprise Ricard
12 rue Boissy d'Anglas
75008 PARIS
T. 33 (0)1 53 30 88 00
F. 33 (0) 1 40 06 90 78

Admission is free from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 19h except holidays.
Closes December 23, 2007 to 01 January 2008

Subways and parking: Concorde and Madeleine


December 07, 2007

RINEKE DIJKSTRA:"Park Portraits"
Reception Friday December 07th 2007

Reception Friday December 07th 2007, 06-08 pm at the Marian Goodman Gallerie

Following a fantastic traveling retrospective of her work, Rineke Dijkstra has recently unveiled her latest project - a new series of portraits of young people photographed, in city parks of the world, in which the artist's lens majestically captures life and the nuances of timeless rites of passage, and of identity, in medias res, an updated, modern album of magical woodland creatures. 'Park portraits', on show at the Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris, include images of schoolchildren and adolescents engaged in the rituals of their daily life, whether it be playing, socialising, resting, thinking, in city parks in Europe, China and the United States.

It's interesting that of all the portraits, varied as they are in focus and expression, not a single one is in what is known as a 'portrait' format. Using the lush framework of traditional landscape in a seemingly offhand manner echoes part of the sense of Dijkstra's latest images of youth - the natural and inevitable merging of two subjects, both personal and universal, which are in a state of constant change, and for which there is a longstanding artistic fascination to converse with and overturn. Writing about the park portraits in a Dutch daily newspaper during the time of the Stedelijk show, Kees Keijer wrote: 'Dijkstra let go of her former austerity and photographed four young people in Amsterdam during a "Dejeuner sur l'herbe anno 2005". Again the work is frontal, but now the pose is relaxed. The surroundings in Dijkstra's work used to be extremely sober; now, candy wrappings and empty soft drink bottles are lying about. A gaping rucksack zipper offers a nearly symbolic perspective on a different reality: one of homework, commitments and expectations for the future. But they don't want to think about that just now'.

The new body of work is slightly more playful than Dijkstra's previous, rather more austere series documenting the rites of passage of adolescence and childhood, from the 'Beach Portraits' of 1992, to the video installation 'Buzzclub/Mysterworld' (1996-1997), the 'Tiergarten Series' (1998-2000), 'Israeli soldiers' (1999-2000), and the single-subject portraits in serial transition: 'Almerisa' (1994-2005), 'Shany' (2001-2003) and 'Olivier' (2000-2003). In 'Park portraits', the portrait seems to shape the subject's possession of their own identity, now performing for us in a new, uncontrollable theatre of characters, safe in the comfort of their favorite spot.

Rineke Dijkstra. Park Portraits
December 07th,2007 to January 19th,

Marian Goodman Gallerie
79, rue du Temple
75003 Paris

Metro Rambuteau
Free entrance 18h-20h

T. 01 48 04 70 52
Mail: parisgallery@mariangoodman.com


Rooms, Conversations
Opening on Wednesday, December 12th 20007 at Le Plateau / FRAC Ile-de-France

Opening Wednesday, December 12th 20007 - Le Plateau / FRAC Ile-de-France: Residents / Mobile Videotech de 18h à 21h

Within the framework and the extension of the exhibition "Rooms, Conversations" about our collection, Le Plateau / FRAC France endorsed the initiative of the city of Paris which is celebrating four years of residences at the Recollets convent and the "Cité Internationale des Arts" with the Residents exhibition organized at the Espace Electra.

For the occasion, Fabrice Gygi's Mobile Video, a piece of the collection is installed in the experimental area of the Plateau to host a wide range of videos by many artists who have been in residence in Paris since 2003. As stated in the protocol of the Swiss artist's piece, visitors are invited to freely consult videos of their choice and can thus (re) discover the works of these artists. In parallel, like viewing through many focal length, some of these videos will be presented in the permanent programming.

This exceptional programming - by the quality and the extreme diversity of the artists represented - makes a very wide status on the creation from artists welcomed in Paris during the past four years.

Fabrice Gygi et dans la programmation vidéo: Sandy Amério, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Emmanuelle Antille, Vasco Araujo, Dafne Boggeri, Botto & Bruno, Xavier Cha, Joseph Dadoune, Johan Grimonprez, Christoph Keller, Hassan Khan, Glenda León, David Maljkovic, Graeme Miller, Sebastian Dias Morales, Ivan Moudov, Julien Prévieux, João Penalva, Jorge Queiroz, Marie Reinert, Mario Rizzi, Lee Show-Chun, Gregg Smith et Lidwen Van de Ven.

Le Plateau / Frac Ile-de-France
33, rue des Alouettes. 75019 Paris

Metro Jourdain ou Buttes-Chaumont
T. 01 53 19 88 11
Mail: info@fracidf-leplateau.com
Free entrance