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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


‘Moulin Rouge!’ — An Oral History Of A Broadway Smash Snuffed Out By Disease

“Set in fin de siècle Paris but supercharged by 75 pop songs, it opened to a rave from The New York Times (‘This one’s for the hedonists,’ exulted Ben Brantley), and it was regularly selling out all 1,302 seats, even during a holiday season when it cost $799 to watch from a cafe table encircled by cancan dancers.” Then came COVID, of course: not only did the show have to close, 25 (!) members of the company, including all three leads, got sick. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Paris, The New York Times, Ben Brantley, 01.21.21


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


Brâncuși Captures His Sculpture & Life on Film: Watch Rare Footage Shot Between 1923-1939

Here in the early 21st century, even the non-artists among us carry digital video cameras in our pockets. Back in the early 20th century, the ability to film your own life and work, or that of your coterie, wasn’t so close at hand — unless, of course, you ran with the avant-garde. Constantin Brâncu?i did, having been brought into the artistic and intellectual scene of the Paris of the 1910s, to which he’d made his way from his native Romania. He eventually counted among his friends the like...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Film, College, Paris, Romania, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, LEDA, Auguste Rodin, Man Ray, Brancusi, Colin Marshall, Ubuweb, Ernest Hemingway Ezra Pound Marcel Duchamp


Buttes Chamont

I haven’t been to this park in years. It was formed out of an old quarry. There’s a replica of a Greek temple. We climbed up to have a closer look. There’s a good view of Montmartre from there. The symbol of Paris on a fence there. Colorful street art on a nearby building. Nice art work in a community garden.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Park, Architecture, Paris, Montmartre, Buttes Chaumont


Paris Loses One Of Its Favorite Bookstores

“Gibert Jeune, a popular chain, has announced it will be closing its flagship shop in the Latin Quarter in March – the latest in a series of closures and appeals for help that threaten the future of the city’s booksellers. Gibert Jeune once attracted long queues of students in search of cheap secondhand books before the start of each academic year; most students who have studied in Paris will have paid [it] a visit.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Latin Quarter, Gibert Jeune, 01.19.21


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


Why We’re Still Fascinated By Gatsby

“Were you to lay this thing out by the sentence, it’d be as close as an array of words could get to strands of pearls. ‘The cab stopped at one slice in a long white cake of apartment-houses’? That line alone is almost enough to make me quit typing for the rest of my life.” – Paris Review
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, 01.11.21


New Memoir’s Accusations of Incest Rattle French Intelligentsia And Its Culture Of Silence

In the book, La familia grande, prominent attorney Camille Kouchner, the daughter of Bernard Kouchner, former foreign minister and co-founder of Doctors Without Borders, says that her stepfather — political scientist and well-known pundit Olivier Duhamel, chairman (until last week) of the body that oversees the renowned Paris university Sciences Po — sexually abused her twin brother for two years beginning when they were 13. What’s more, she says she and her brother, twenty years later, told th...
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Words, Bernard Kouchner, Olivier Duhamel, 01.11.21, Camille Kouchner


Paris Mayor Approves €250 Million Plan To Green The Champs-Elysées

That doesn’t just mean to make the boulevard more environmentally friendly. “Anne Hidalgo said the planned work, unveiled in 2019 by local community leaders and businesses, would turn the 1.9 km (1.2 mile) stretch of central Paris into ‘an extraordinary garden’. … The eight-lane highway is used by an average of 3,000 vehicles an hour, most passing through, and is more polluted than the busy périphérique ring road around the French capital.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Issues, Anne Hidalgo, 01.10.21


Flair Magazine: The Short-Lived, Highly-Influential Magazine That Still Inspires Designers Today (1950)

All magazines are their editors, but Flair was more its editor than any magazine had been before — or, for that matter, than any magazine has been since. Though she came to the end of her long life in England, a country to which she had expatriated with her fourth husband, a Briton, Fleur Cowles was as American a cultural figure as they come. Born Florence Freidman in 1908, she had performed on herself an unknowable number of Gatsbyesque acts of reinvention by 1950, when she found herself in a ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, England, Design, London, College, John Lennon, America, History, Magazines, Connecticut, Paris, Marilyn Monroe, Anna Wintour, Lucian Freud, Seoul


What Editors Do

Lish’s job on Carver is perhaps too extreme to serve as an example of the role of the editor, but what any kind of boundary breaking always does is to draw attention to the boundary itself—in this case between editor and writer, who together with the text form a kind of Bermuda Triangle within whose force field everything said and done disappears without trace. – Paris Review
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Carver, Bermuda Triangle, Lish, 01.05.21


The Ballet World In Degas’s Paintings Was A Mean, Sordid Place

“In Paris, its success was almost entirely predicated on lecherous social contracts. Sex work was a part of a ballerina’s reality, and the city’s grand opera house, the Palais Garnier, was designed with this in mind. A luxuriously appointed room located behind the stage, called the foyer de la danse, was a place where the dancers would warm up before performances. But it also served as a kind of men’s club, where abonnés — wealthy male subscribers to the opera — could conduct business, socializ...
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, Garnier, Degas, 01.06.21


The Fifteen-Minute City? Sweden Considers The “One-Minute City”

A plan piloted by Swedish national innovation body Vinnova and design think tank ArkDes focuses attention on what Dan Hill, Vinnova’s director of strategic design, calls the “one-minute city.” It’s a order of magnitude smaller than other recent think-local planning conceits. While Paris works with a 15-minute radius and Barcelona’s superblocks with nine-block chunks of the city, Sweden’s project operates at the single street level, paying attention to “the space outside your front door — and th...
Tags: Art, Sweden, Barcelona, Paris, Issues, Hill, Vinnova, 01.05.21, Dan Hill Vinnova


Lee Breuer, Experimental Stage Director, Dead At 83

“A tenacious outsider who refused his sole Tony Award nomination — for his biggest hit and only Broadway show, the Sophocles adaptation The Gospel at Colonus — Mr. Breuer flourished in the scrappier realm of Off Off Broadway, even as the scale of his works and ambitions took him to larger stages, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Delacorte Theater in Central Park and the Comédie-Française in Paris.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Broadway, Central Park, Breuer, Lee Breuer, Comédie Française, 01.04.21, Brooklyn Academy of Music the Delacorte Theater


"A 33-metre reinforced concrete vagina has sparked a Bolsonarian backlash in Brazil..."

"... with supporters of the country’s far-right president clashing with leftwing art admirers over the installation. The handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by visual artist Juliana Notari on Saturday at a rural art park... In a Facebook post, Notari said the scarlet hillside vulva was intended to 'question the relationship between nature and culture in our phallocentric and anthropocentric western society' and provoke debate over the 'problematisation of gender.'...  Bolsonaro’s US...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Law, Wikipedia, US, Bbc, Language, Paris, Brazil, Anish Kapoor, Versailles, Kapoor, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, Bolsonaro


The Law Professor Who Did More Than Dream Of Being A Novelist Later In Life

Pam Jenoff – you may know her from The Diplomat’s Wife, The Lost Girls of Paris, and many other novels – started taking writing classes just as soon as she began practicing law. “She has learned to be a tireless reviser — a skill acquired in the legal world, where ‘people are always marking up your work.’ She says, ‘The only thing that separates me from the folks I started with in writing workshops — many of them were better writers — is that I just kept going.'”- The New York Times
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Pam Jenoff, 12.31.20


Art and More

Some photos taken on Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V. I was looking for Christmas decorations mainly. The lobby of the George V Hotel. It’s the first time I’ve seen trees as decorations there. Trying a photo from the ground which seems a bit more dramatic to me. The Dior store which had a really lovely tree on its facade last year is undergoing renovation but is covered by this really nice facade so as not to be ugly. Chanel looks nice too. There were about ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Paris, Interior, George V Hotel, Christmas deco, Manolo Valdés


A workshop in Spain is using 3D-printing tech to make 'fake' versions of ancient masterpieces

A workshop in Spain uses 3D-printing technology to recreate priceless works of art.The digital techniques are giving new life to old masterpieces by repairing damage, rejuvenating long-lost color, and even piecing back together broken fragments.Some critics have accused the workshop, Factum Arte, of forgery, but the founder maintains the works are simply highly faithful facsimiles of the originals.View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook. Adam Lowe saunters between the works of c...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Video, News, Saudi Arabia, Trends, Spain, 3d Printing, Paris, Brazil, Finland, Art Restoration, Venice, Madrid, Arctic Circle, Palermo


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


Church As Theatre

Everything is locked down in Paris, except for Mass. “The ritualistic nature of the event, the dramatic buildup from scene to scene — even the slightly labored monologues — are all part and parcel of regular theater attendance.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Paris, 12.10.20


With No Theatre In Paris, A Critic Reviews The Last Show In Town — At Church

Laura Cappelle: “On paper, a Roman Catholic Mass and a stage performance aren’t all that different: Both events involve a cast of professionals addressing a seated, and now socially distanced, audience. The connections don’t stop there. … The ritualistic nature of the event, the dramatic buildup from scene to scene — even the slightly labored monologues — are all part and parcel of regular theater attendance.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Paris, Laura Cappelle, 12.10.20


Huge

Huge art that I saw on walls and buildings around Paris. We were in the Place d’italie area. I haven’t been there in a long time. This is the exterior of a movie theatre. They should open December 15. I hope they haven’t gone out of business during this time. A pretty building where famous carpets are made, Gobelins. There were three huge works of art in the same region. Very impressive. I liked this one the best. And even the artist who does all of the Sp...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, House, Paris, Gobelins


Paris Olympics Will Include Breakdancing As A Sport

The Olympics announced on Monday that the competitive dance form will be among the new sports set to debut during the 2024 games. The Olympics website states that breakdancing (named “breaking”), skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing will be new categories for the next summer Olympics. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, 12.07.20


He Ran La Scala, Then The Paris Opera. Now He’s Moved To Italy’s Oldest Opera House

“The future will be very different, and I am convinced that it will no longer be possible for a theater to be passive, waiting for the public, even with a great program. So in the future I see two aspects that are not contradictory but actually complementary.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Paris, Italy, 12.04.20, Oldest Opera House


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


Remembering Jehangir Sabavala, the versatile nonconformist

In an exclusive conversation with The Morning Standard, Puneet Shah, Founder of Akara Art, and Curator of the show tells us more. Connoisseurs of Jehangir Sabavala (1922-2011), will take delight that a new exhibition titled ‘Pilgrim Souls, Soaring Skies, Crystalline Seas’, stands true to its name as the showcased works contain all the signature details that the Parsi modernist came to be known for. ​It is organised by Mumbai’s Akara Art and is on view both online and in the gallery space. I...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Paris, Mumbai, Jehangir Sabavala, Sabavala, Akara Art, Shirin Sabavala, Puneet Shah Founder of Akara Art, Afreed Sabavala, Churchill Chambers, Lalit Kala Ratna


Character Dance Used To Be An Integral Part Of Ballet, And Just As Popular. What Happened To It?

“Most full-length classical ballets feature several character dances — troupes of dancing peasants, parades of visiting princesses. Today, those dances are often seen as ‘filler,’ interludes to give the principals a breather between classical variations. But back in the 19th century, … character dances had deep cultural significance. … (Picture a Paris opera house full of cheering crowds, demanding multiple encores after their favorite star performs a knockout mazurka.) How did something that u...
Tags: Art, Dance, Paris, 11.18.20, Nicole Loeffler Gladstone


Why Our Brains Are Built To Forget

“We remember and we forget. Lots of people know that marijuana makes us forget, and researchers in the sixties and seventies wanted to understand how. They discovered that the human brain has special receptors that perfectly fit psychoactive chemicals like THC, the active agent in cannabis. But why, they wondered, would we have neuroreceptors for a foreign substance? We don’t. Those receptors are for substances produced in our own brains.” – Paris Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, Paris, 11.16.20



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