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#147 - from 22 October 2009 to 28 October 2009


And thus Louis XIVth finally arrived...

Louis XIV at Versailles? Never heard of him … It seems unbelievable and yet it is true. The castle has never organized an exhibition to the glory of its most famous resident. The great retrospective that has just opened will be the act of contrition to erase such a sin. At a time when our Republican leaders seem to have a weakness for royal practices, we can analyze all the pomp of the 17th century in France through 300 objects. The antique writing tables with numerous drawers, the bisque busts, the mythological bronzes and the bee-wax profiles, sent from Hamburg or Budapest, from New-Orleans or Caen, demonstrate an eternal magnificence. It rises to senseless heights, in particular under the period of Le Brun, when from 1670 to 1685 all the floor of the Great Gallery of the Louvre was covered. There were no limits to the project: over a length of more than 400 metres, the carpet was to be made up exclusively of masterpieces produced by la Savonnerie, in linen and wool. When observing one of the des 93 carpets manufactured at the time, one can not help being troubled by the capacity of authoritarian regimes to produce works that time cannot affect …

  • Louis XIV, l’homme et le roi at the Versailles Castle from 20 October 2009 to 7 February 2010

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    Sculptors of the XVIIth, the masters of Spain...

    LONDON – Spanish XVIIth century painting, carried by Vélasquez, is well known. The same cannot be said about polychrome sculpture, a major discipline nevertheless, that employed great creators such as Francisco Pacheco (Vélasquez’s master) and Alonso Cano. The National Gallery has put paintings by Zurbaràn and his contemporaries next to polychrome altarpieces on the Passion of Christ, the Immaculate Conception or the Assumption of the Virgin to show how painting and sculpture interacted and complemented one another in Spanish culture of the time. Juan Martínez Montañés and Pedro de Mena should finally go up in status after this profitable confrontation.

  • The Sacred Made Real at the National Gallery, from 21 October 2009 to 24 January 2009.

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  • Eros through the ages

    MADRID – Love and sex, seen through the lens of Georges Bataille, for whom eroticism was kin to a religious sacrifice: the exhibition shown at the Thyssen museum and at the Caja Madrid smacks a bit of heresy. How artists expressed their love torment and their desire, in all different forms – heterosexual or homosexual, fetishist, sadistic, voyeur -, is the project developed in twelve themed sections and over 100 works from the XIXth and XXth centuries, with a few flash backs to present testimony from Tiepolo and Rubens. From the various Renaissance versions of Saint Sebastian under his rain of arrows to Nastassia Kinski wrapped up by a serpent (and caught in the lens of Richard Avedon), including the Venus by official painters or Bellmer’s women with ankles and hands tied, passion takes on thousands of different appearances.

  • Eros’ tears at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum from 20 October 2009 to 31 January 2010.

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  • After Matisse came Rodin

    PARIS – The Rodin museum has the aim of bringing closer two sacred monsters of modern art, and confronts its champion to Henri Matisse. The techniques of sculpture, the audacity of the treatment of certain themes, the shared passion for dance, the feminine nude, the walking man are all compared. In reality, the admiration was only in one direction: Matisse, who decided in 1891 to dedicate himself to painting, was greatly impressed by his elder and in particular by the Alma pavilion which Rodin set up on the margin of the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Rodin was not at all impressed by his young emulator. He even criticized him once, during one of their rare encounters, of having «too easy» a hand. Aside from the parallels it endeavours to show, the main interest in the exhibition is the abundant presentation of Matisse’s sculpted work, which we had not seen presented this way for over thirty years.

  • Matisse & Rodin at the musée Rodin, from 23 October 2009 to 28 February 2010.

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  • Artoftheday also suggests

  • The Royal Academy of London aims at studying the emergence of three young revolutionary sculptors (Epstein, Gill, Gaudier-Brzeska) in London between 1905 and 1915 in its exhibition Wild Thing. From 24 October 2009 to 24 January 2010.

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  • Fellini, la grande parade presented at the Jeu de paume, in Paris, intends to be a description of the universe of the great Italian master, including cinema as well as photography and drawing. From 20 October 2009 to 17 January 2010.

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  • The Orsay museum hosts the Ensor retrospective, previously shown at the MoMA in New York. Among the 90 works exhibited are some celebrated paintings and a rich array of drawings. From 20 October 2009 to 4 February 2010.

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    Perfumes of photographs at the Guerlains'

    PARIS – They are known for being great collectors of contemporary drawings. It was precisely to be able to completely dedicate themselves to this passion –also reflected in the annual prize awarded by their foundation– that Florence and Daniel Guerlain, heirs of the famous dynasty of perfumers, decided to put their collection of photographs up for sale. It has never been shown before to the public and includes close to 90 lots. Aside from the international stars of the discipline (such as Man Ray, present with a portrait of Catherine Deneuve from 1966), what is most interesting are the artists who carry out personal research over the years, often by cycles, such as Candida Höfer, with a passion for public and private interiors, or John Coplans, who observed for years the progressive degeneration of his aging body. Aside from the large serigraphs on Plexiglass by Jean-Marc Bustamante and the twilight and conceptual landscapes by Sugimoto, the average price should be well under 10 000 euros.

  • Collection Guerlain on 24 October 2009 at Artcurial

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    Fabienne Verdier, Ligne espace temps, pigments and ink on canvas, 2008, courtesy galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris

    Fabienne Verdier : passion de Chine

    Some have «Chinese» or «calligraphic» periods for a few months. Fabienne Verdier has had that period since 1983 – ever since, with a scholarship in hand, she went to China to study. The artist narrated in Passagère du silence (Passenger of silence) her constantly exalting, sometimes painful ten-year initiation with the great masters. Her paintings vibrate with emptiness due to her science of sub-layers in white, cinnabar, on which the paint– red or black – comes to rest in a movement as well as in a trace of pigment. This «total, spontaneous expression», in which

    movement is essential, had some compare her to Jackson Pollock. Personally, she feels close to Agnès Martin and Brice Marden, magicians of straight lines and curbs, but she also feels analogies with the Flemish primitives. The Jaeger Bucher gallery exhibits some forty recent works, among them pastels the artist is showing for the first time.

  • Fabienne Verdier is presented at the galerie Jaeger Bucher (5-7 rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris) from 23 October to 9 January 2010

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    Comic strips, from A to Z

    There is no doubt. Strip cartoons are coming to power as an art form in all its right. The musée de la Bande dessinée (Strip cartoon museum) of Angoulême has set up in its new venue and Portzamparc has completed the Hergé museum. The exhibitions are many (Vraoum ! at the Maison rouge in Paris, Sexties at the palace of Fine arts of Brussels) and the prices paid for works by Hergé, Franquin or Bilal are getting close to those of the great painters. Vademecums of this type are no longer limited to be simple hobbies for original individuals, and are becoming art history tools. The essential links have been put into place, from the first boxes by Rodolphe Töpffer in the 1830s up to the various contemporary independent schools, such as the one of the Association en France. As we walk through it we run into Alex Raymond, Will Eisner, bulimic Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of MAD, Moebius and Charlier, we witness the peak of the American comic and of the clear Belgian line. We will of course regret some are missing – the Western and the Italian giallo (Tex Willer, Dylan Dog) or the Spanish tebeo, but the raw material is so colossal that it would be a brave challenge to try to synthesise it …

  • La bande dessinée, son histoire et ses maîtres by Thierry Groensteen, Flammarion, 2009, 456 p, 49 €, ISBN : 978-2-0812-2757-6

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    BOGOTA-The 5th edition of the international contemporary art fair ARTBO, wil be held from 22 to 26 October 2009.

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    PARIS – The 36th Paris FIAC (International contemporary art fair) will be held at the Grand Palais, with over 200 exhibitor, from 22 to 25 October 2009.

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    PARIS-Various contemporary and modern art fairs will be held at the same time as the FIAC: Slick (from 23 to 26 October), Show Off (from 22 to 25 October), Elysées de l’art (from 22 to 26 October).

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    RIO DE JANEIRO-Various hundreds of works by artist Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) – the greater part of his production – have disappeared in the fire of a warehouse on 17 October 2009.

    A work by Oiticica kept at the Inhotim foundation,near Belo Horizonte

    TORONTO – The 10th edition of Art Toronto, the international contemporary art fair, will be held from 22 to 26 October 2009.

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    This week, do not miss


    BARCELONA -The Centre of contemporary culture (CCCB) dedicates an ambitious exhibition to Cerdà, the urban planer and author of the extension program of the city of Barcelona in 1859. Eixample, a rational construction based on residential blocks measuring 113 metres by side, is still the city’s lungs today.

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