Photography

  • Photo of the Week - November 21, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Here is a photograph that was taken during the French artist Daniel Buren's installation Excentrique(s) in 2012. The show was part of the series Monumenta, for which a contemporary artist is invited to create a piece inside Le Grand Palais each year. Buren installed a canopy of 377 multi-colored circular shapes, accompanied by mirrors which reflected the colored light, under which visitors could explore. The artist designed the installation over the course of two years, and the on site implementation took seven days. Light, air and volume are at the source of the work, as is the dichotomy between intimate and public space.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - November 14, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken at the Fondation Louis-Vuitton's newly inaugurated building, which was designed by Frank Gehry and is located in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris' 16th arrondissement. The new art museum and cultural center was opened in October with a program of special events including concerts by Lang Lang and Kraftwerk, and an exhibition of work by artists including Christian Boltanski, Ellsworth Kelly, Gerhard Richter, Taryn Simon and Olafur Eliasson.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - November 7, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo is from a postcard that dates from the beginning of the 20th century and shows the southern end of the Bassin de la Villette, which is the largest artificial lake in Paris. The lake, located in Paris' 19th arrondissement, was originally filled with water on December 2, 1808, and links the Canal de l'Ourcq and the Canal Saint-Martin. In the image we can spot several elements of Paris' public transportation system - over the canal's arch is the bus company kiosk, and above, the viaduct for the métro's ligne deux.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 07 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 31, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    November is officially Le Mois de la Photo in Paris. For its 18th edition, the program revolves around three themes - La photographie méditerranéenne, Anonymes et amateurs célèbres, and Au cœur de l’intime. This week's photograph is from the current exhibition at the Jeu de Paume of work by the American photograher Garry Winogrand, which runs from October 14, 2014 to February 8, 2015.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 24, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo, titled Jean-Paul Marcheschi avec la chienne Tagine, features the French artist Jean-Paul Marcheschi and his dog Tagine in front of one of his pieces in the mid 90s. Born in Corsica in 1951, Marcheschi is a painter and sculptor based in Paris. Inspired profoundly by Dante's Divine Comedy, he began using "the brush of fire" in his work in the mid 80s, a process which involves painting with soot, wax and smoke. In 1996, he was commissioned to do a piece for a production of Stravinsky's The Firebird at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, a city where his work can also be seen in the metro station Carmes.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 17, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    These two photographs were taken in 1925, and show the parachutist Grandveaud during and after his jump off of a bridge in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The park, which is located in the northeast of Paris, is the fifth largest in Paris, and opened in 1867 at the end of Napoleon III's regime. The brick bridge from which Grandveaud jumped is 22 meters high, and came to be known as "suicide bridge" following a series of suicides. Since then, the bridge has been fenced in with wire mesh.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 10, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was recently taken outside of the Centre Pompidou, which recently opened its doors to a new exhibition entitled 'Marcel Duchamp. La peinture, même'. The French-American artist's work is linked with Dadaism and conceptual art, and is considered to be one of the major influences on 20th and 21st contemporary art. The show takes a new look at the iconic artist's paintings and his ideas about reinventing painting. Duchamp came to reject art that was purely aesthetic, and was in favor of art that related to the mind.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 3, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was contributed by Michael Diamant, who recounts his recent discovery of a jewel in the 6ème...

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )
  • Picture of the Week

    By Budd Whitebook

    The first thing I noticed was the girl. Who wouldn’t? Just take a look for yourself. She’s une ‘tite nana, a cutie, une chaudasse, and ask someone else to translate that for you, the kind of teenage girl who turns heads and I don’t mean metaphorically.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - September 25, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    The warm tones of this photo and the scale of the opulent space pictured versus the figures within it drew me to this image of Paris' Palais Garnier, also known as l'Opéra de Paris. Here we see 'le grand escalier' (the grand staircase). Made of white, red and green marble, the staircase divides into two opposing flights of stairs that lead up to the Grand Foyer. The opera house seats 1,979 and was built between 1861 and 1875. It was originally named the Salle des Capucines since it is located on Boulevard des Capucines in the 9th arrondissement, but with time it became known as the Palais Garnier after its architect Charles Garnier.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 September 2014 )
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