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By the homes of Degas and Renoir, Paris street artists face a lonely struggle

A bustling Belle Epoque square has fallen silent, bringing hard times to today’s paintersIn normal times Paris’s famous Place du Tertre – the “artists’ square” – is packed with tourists and visiting out-of-towners, even on a chilly January afternoon. In the time of coronavirus, however, the square, home to painters, portraitists, caricaturists and silhouette artists, is almost entirely deserted.The cafes and brasseries are closed, their terrace chairs chained up, and only a handful of the more o...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Street Art, Belle Epoque, Degas, Renoir Paris

Previously unseen dog painting by Manet to be sold at Paris auction

Artist painted pet as present for Marguerite Lathuille, whose family has owned picture for last 140 yearsA previously unseen painting of a pet dog by Édouard Manet will be sold for the first time at an auction in Paris next month.The French modernist artist dashed off the small work in 1879 as a present for Marguerite Lathuille, the daughter of a Paris innkeeper whose portrait he painted around the same time. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, World news, Culture, Art and design, Paris, Manet, Marguerite Lathuille

World's oldest work of art found in a hidden Indonesian valley

Archaeologists find a cave painting of a wild pig that is at least 45,500 years old.The painting is the earliest known work of representational art.The discovery was made in a remote valley on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. A recently-found picture of a wild pig that was made over 45,500 years ago is the world's oldest known cave painting, according to archaeologists. The painting, which may also be the world's oldest representational or figurative artwork, was discovered on the island of S...
Tags: Art, Indonesia, Australia, France, History, Chemistry, Innovation, Archaeology, Griffith University, Sulawesi, Lascaux, Burhan, Wallacea, Leang Tedongnge, Basran Burhan, Oldest Cave Art Found

Tintin cover art sells for record-breaking €3.2m

Hergé’s original artwork for Le Lotus Bleu was rejected as too expensive to reproduce in 1936 and given to editor’s son, who kept it in a drawer for decadesA rejected Tintin cover illustrated by Hergé that was gifted to a child and kept in a drawer for decades has set a new world record as the most expensive comic book artwork, selling at auction for €3.2m (£2.8m) on Thursday.Le Lotus Bleu was created in 1936 by the Belgian artist, born Georges Remi, using Indian ink, gouache and watercolour. It...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, France, China, World news, Culture, Illustration, Art and design, Belgium, Comics and graphic novels, Tintin, Hergé, Georges Remi, Le Lotus Bleu, Lotus Bleu

Paris Opera Ballet Says It Will Get Rid Of Racial Stereotypes, And Conservatives Flip Out

Talking to Le Monde about diversity, racial equity, and blackface/yellowface in the ballet company, the world’s oldest, new Paris Opera chief Alexander Neef said, “Some works will no doubt disappear from the repertoire.” Critics on the political and cultural right in France immediately attacked the arrival of North American-style “cancel culture”: Marine Le Pen tweeted about “anti-racism gone mad,” and Le Monde‘s editor in chief groused that France is “slowly going down the American road, consi...
Tags: Art, France, Dance, Paris, Le Monde, Le Pen, Paris Opera, Alexander Neef, 01.14.21

France Guarantees Unemployment Funds For Artists

In the U.S., some artists have turned to philanthropic or community support to get by. But in France, dancers, musicians, even the set-builders, costumers and lighting designers who work on the production enjoy regular unemployment support. – NPR
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 01.11.21

With A New Book Called ‘I Hate Men,’ A French Author Has Truly Hit A Nerve

That’s not the only work making a claim that France has an extremely long way to go in reckoning with gender inequality in every arena of life, including and perhaps especially the arts. The author of I Hate Men: “Feminists have spent a lot of time and energy reassuring men that no, we don’t really hate them, that they’re welcome. Not much has happened in exchange.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Words, 01.10.21

France’s Cultural Venues Will Be Closed All Month

“Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed … [that] museums, cinemas, theaters, concert halls and gyms ‘will not [reopen] in the weeks to come’.” Venues had opened in the late summer with safety measures but closed again on Oct. 30 as COVID’s second wave swelled; planned reopenings announced for Dec. 15 and then Jan. 7 were called off as new cases of the disease kept rising. – Variety
Tags: Art, France, Issues, Jean Castex, 01.07.21

France's highest court orders retrial of art-dealing Wildenstein family

Guy Wildenstein and others face new trial after court annuls 2018 tax fraud acquittal France’s highest court has ordered a retrial of members of the art-dealing Wildenstein family who were acquitted of tax fraud in 2018.Guy Wildenstein, a close friend of former president Nicolas Sarkozy, and other family members, known in France as “les W”, were cleared of hiding an estimated €550m from the French tax authorities in offshore accounts in 2017 – a decision upheld on appeal. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, France, World news, Nicolas Sarkozy, Guy Wildenstein, Wildenstein

The Current State Of Lockdowns Around Europe

Rules vary quite a bit between the eight countries covered here. The Netherlands, which has seen a huge surge in cases, is quite strict; Sweden, which was much laxer than most of the continent, has gotten more strict but still less so than France or Germany (which is letting some performances continue without audiences). Spain’s measures vary widely by region, as will Italy’s starting this week, while Hungary is largely open for business but its borders are virtually sealed. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Issues, 01.05.21

Europe’s Largest Movie Market Saw Business Down By 70% This Year

That would be France, where total box office receipts were more than $1 billion lower than in 2019. (For a year like 2020, those figures may not be so terrible.) Unusually, no French film was in the top five this year; equally unusual is that French movies had a higher share of domestic ticket sales than American titles for the first time in 14 years. – Variety
Tags: Art, Europe, Media, France, 12.30.20

Has Thomas Becket’s ‘Little Book’ At Very Long Last Been Found?

The book was important enough that, in 1164, he sent his closest confidant to do something about it as he fled trial in England for exile in France. But he never named it. Fast-forward to 2014 (and later), and a tale of academic adventure and record-keeping that began over coffee. – BBC
Tags: Art, England, France, Words, Thomas Becket, 12.26.20

Birds of a feather

Exotic wildlife and an evolving cast of furniture bring this Georgian home to lifeThis is the house that keeps on giving,” says rug designer Wendy Morrison, who lives in Dunbar, East Lothian, with her family – and lurcher Eddie, as well as some pet chickens and a cockerel, Napoleon – in a Georgian farmhouse. “It has beautiful bones and was built with a lot of thought and love, as Georgian houses tend to be.”Wendy and her husband Gregor, and sons Woody, 15, and Harvey, 12, initially rented the ho...
Tags: Design, France, Scotland, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Homes, Interiors, Eddie, Napoleon, Wendy, Harvey, Woody, Gregor, Dunbar East Lothian, Wendy Morrison

Violinist Ivry Gitlis, 98

Born in mandate-era Palestine in 1922, he started playing violin at 6, entered the Paris Conservatory at 11 and won the school’s top prize at 13, and toured the world as a soloist into his 90s. (He also had a small sideline in movie acting.) – France 24 (AFP)
Tags: Art, France, People, Palestine, Paris Conservatory, 12.24.20, Ivry Gitlis

Astad is gone, but is more alive than ever

‘Astad had the courage to plough a lonely furrow. He made a life of his own, on his own, and created a path-breaking dance style.’ ‘Only a few in the performing arts could do what he did.’‘A classical dancer can fall back on tradition, but Astad created something absolutely new.’ Article by Archana Masih | Rediff IMAGE: Astad Deboo, the legendary dancer who died after a brief illness on the morning of December 10, performs at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Photograph: Kind courtesy Ritam Banerj...
Tags: Art, Europe, Washington, France, Life, India, Syria, Afghanistan, Paris, Myanmar, Delhi, Mumbai, Damascus, Maya, Afghanistan Syria, Foreign Service

Geometric stringed polyhdron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, News, France, View, Sculpture, Artwork, Ke, String Art, Kevin Hernandez

Geometric stringed polyhedron art

France-based artisan Kevin Hernandez creates these lovely stringed polyhedrons in all sorts of hues, shapes, sizes, and price points. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ke-v (@artwork.e.v) — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Crafts, Post, France, View, Sculpture, Artwork, Ke, String Art, Kevin Hernandez

French Senate Nearly Squashed Return Of Statues To Benin

“On Thursday, the French Senate blocked a bill that would bring 26 statues back to Benin and a sword from West Africa to Senegal. Then, the National Assembly, which has the power to rule on matters on which the Senate cannot reach a consensus, decided that the plan must move forward, putting France on track to repatriate the objects within a year.” This after the Senate unanimously approved the plan last month. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, France, Senate, Senegal, West Africa, Benin, Visual, National Assembly, 12.17.20

Mobilier PLÔ, quand le bois rencontre le plastique

Nous sommes actuellement entre deux mondes, deux principes, deux orientations… Les visions plutôt classiques, traditionnelles et les nouveaux acteurs qui souhaitent, tentent de faire bouger les lignes. L’écologie au coeur de toutes les réflexions des designers (enfin bientôt, espérons), les créations intégrant cette préservation ou limitation de l’impact sont trop souvent anecdotiques, à la limite de l’acte de communication. Sans parler du style (en écho au domaine automobile, même si cela chan...
Tags: Books, Design, France, Furniture, Wood, Table, Concept, Bois, Mobilier, Ecolo, Recyclage, Plastique, Atelier CO, Luka Rennesson, Luka Rennesson Découvrez

French Arts Workers March Against Extension Of COVID Restrictions

“Cinemas, theatres, museums and concert halls had been set to reopen, but days in advance Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a change of heart in response to France’s stubbornly high infection rate. No reopening will take place now until at least 7 January. … Holding slogans like ‘we’re going to die, and not even on stage’, some of the demonstrators told the BBC of their anger and distress at the lockdown.” – BBC
Tags: Art, France, Bbc, Issues, Jean Castex, 12.15.20

France’s Concert Halls, Theatres, Cinemas Will Stay Closed Until At Least Jan. 7

“[The country] has been in a second lockdown phase since the end of October, and while daily COVID-19 cases have considerably decreased over the past several weeks, they have recently hit a plateau that is about double the hoped for 5K ceiling.” – Deadline
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 12.10.20

France Won’t Expand Program To Give Youth €500 To Spend On Culture

“On Monday night, the French senate put a proposed increase in funding for Culture Pass, an app that gives 18-year-olds access to a €500 ($607) credit to spend on cultural experiences, on the chopping block — and the senate moved to put the money elsewhere.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, France, Issues, Audience, French senate, 12.03.20

A Forgotten Literary Star, And Anti-Fascist Activist, Is Finally Getting Her Due In Spain

The writer María Teresa Léon was a good buddy of Lorca, married to poet Rafael Alberti, and took part in rescuing art from the Prado as Franco bombed Madrid. Then she, and Alberti and many other anti-fascist writers, fled to live in exile in France and Italy – and her writing and her power were remembered less and less as the male writers’ fame grew. Now her memoir is being republished, with a new introduction and a new appreciation. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, France, Spain, People, Italy, Franco, Madrid, Prado, Lorca, Alberti, Rafael Alberti, 12.06.20, María Teresa Léon

Boy Thrown From Tate Modern’s Deck Can Now Walk, Says Family

The victim, visiting London with his family from France, was 6 when he was hurled from the museum’s viewing deck by a deranged 17-year-old (now imprisoned) in August of 2019. The boy’s family says that he can now walk with a cane and breathe well enough to speak in words rather than syllables, though he still suffers from chronic pain and memory loss. – CNN
Tags: Art, London, France, People, Tate Modern, 12.01.20

Not Even A Pedophilia Scandal Can Crack France’s Legendarily Clubby Literary World

On the prize committees, those who should feel disgraced give a shrug. Why should they care? “François Busnel, the host of La Grande Librairie, France’s most important television literary program, compared prize juries to the southern Italian mafia. ‘It’s a camorra, particularly the Renaudot,’ he said in a recent interview.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Words, 11.28.20, Legendarily Clubby Literary World, François Busnel, La Grande Librairie France

November linkfest

It’s Word of the Year season, and two British dictionaries are leading the pack. Collins picked lockdown – a word we threw around here in the US but never experienced the way they did in the UK and elsewhere. (A friend of mine is literally confined to her London apartment after spending a month in France: she can’t go outdoors at all.) And Oxford Languages, publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, chose a phenomenon instead of a single word: the impact of the COVID-19 on language. “What struck the...
Tags: Apple, Art, Fashion, UK, London, Writing, Steve Jobs, France, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Urban, Bloomberg, New York Times, Oxford, Linguistics

How a 28-year-old sold his first jewelry design for $25,000 and within 3 years built an exclusive client roster including Rihanna

Emmanuel Tarpin. Emmanuel Tarpin At just 28 years old, Emmanuel Tarpin is one of high-end jewelry's rising stars.  Tarpin has amassed an elite list of clients over the last five years, winning the Rising Star prize from Fashion Group International and Designer of the Year at the 2019 Town and Country Jewelry Awards along the way. Today, Tarpin's client roster is so exclusive that he works only by private appointment — he's not sold in stores or online, at least not yet.  Tarpin opened up t...
Tags: Jewelry, Feature, Fashion, New York, Design, Beyonce, Small Business, Rihanna, Jay Z, France, Trends, Watches, Luxury, Paris, Retail, Christie's

Daniel Cordier, French Resistance Hero Who Became Prominent Art Dealer, Dead At 100

He and his mentor, Jean Moulin, spent part of World War II undercover as art dealers in occupied Nice, where they showed Matisse, Degas and Bonnard. After the war, Cordier took up art as his career, running a leading Paris gallery (with outposts in Frankfurt and New York) and giving Robert Rauschenberg his first major show in France. – Artnet
Tags: Art, New York, France, People, Frankfurt, Paris, Nice, Robert Rauschenberg, Daniel Cordier, Cordier, Jean Moulin, 11.24.20, Matisse Degas

France To Reopen Theatres And Museums On Dec. 15

“Starting on Nov. 28, small shops and religious sites will be allowed to reopen. On Dec. 15, theaters, cinemas and museums will reopen but a 9 p.m.-7 a.m. curfew will be restored. A 9 p.m. curfew was previously put in place in mid-October, before the country went into lockdown.” – Variety
Tags: Art, France, Issues, 11.24.20

Sacre bleu! France as you've never seen her before

They set out to capture the forgotten France, the everyday architecture of emptied towns and overlooked villages – before their uniqueness is lost for ever. Eric Tabuchi and Nelly Monnier talk us through their vast photographic atlasFrom the industrial north to the sun-baked south, Eric Tabuchi has spent two decades scouring the landscape of France with an obsessive eye. In 2008, the Danish-Japanese-French photographer created a beguiling series called Alphabet Truck by sneaking up on 26 differe...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, France, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Monnier, Tabuchi, Eric Tabuchi, Nelly Monnier

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