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12.17.2009

Parisian Art Scene: Pierre Soulages, Huang Yong Ping, Philippe Cognée...

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Paris. Paris. Paris. City of lights. City of love. City of Woody Allen's movies... I arrived in town on the new Airbus A380. It was the maiden voyage from New York to Paris. Very exciting, but actually... I was sleeping! Christmas in Paris. So romantic and so many exhibitions... As for the exhibitions here are a few note worthy ones...


Pascal Lansberg gallery shows us a beautiful exhibition of Pierre Soulages's works of art. He is interested by the light and black as a color but also as a matter to work with. He looks for the light through the striations of the black surfaces. Thereby black becomes a luminous color. The most recent works are exhibited on the ground floor. The most beautiful are works on the first floor. Most of them from the 1950s and with an amazing provenance...
He is known as one of the outstanding figures of the abstract art. The Pompidou Center organized the first retrospective exhibition of Soulages's works of art.

Huang Yong Ping is a french artist of Chinese origin. He founded the Xiamen Dada group in China in the 1980s. He is influenced by Dadaism and Chinese traditions. He is focused on the ambiguity of the social function of culture in China, but also in the world. His installations are made in unorthodox materials such as live snakes and scorpions. He reinterprets all the famous myths of Western civilization and gives them new symbolism. Arche 2009, Kamel Mennour gallery, takes its origin from the story of Noe. The huge sculpture of a rock is an allegory of the myth of the cave. Through a hole in the wall, you can see inside the cavern...

Born in 1957, Philippe Cognée is known for his very particular and specific technique. Photographs of his subjects are projected onto the support. Then he uses a paint made with pigments and wax. He finally covers the support with plastic and heats the entirety with an iron. After removing the plastic, image seems to be buried beneath an icy surface. He was interested by supermarkets and recycling plants. He shows us pictures of industrial slaughterhouses. Like Soutine or Bacon, he is inspired by carcasses of animals. He organizes them as an architecture. His new exhibition takes place at the Daniel Templon gallery. Here he explores common places of our daily life...

Time for me to leave...I wasn't able to go to Miami this year but my flight to Berlin is waiting for me...Enjoy the end of your day!

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