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12.28.2010

Larry Clark at the MAMVP: censured by the city of Paris

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
I saw the exhibition Kiss the past hello last week and I clearly don't understand why it has been censured. Even prohibited under 18 years old! Come on it si not the first time that a picture of a threesome or a penis is exhibited. In a different way, Araki, the Surealism, even the German expressionism, can be as provocative as him. However I totally understand that some people can be shocked...

Born in 1943, Larry Clark is an American artist who tried to show through his work the real American Youth and all the problems that are related: alcohol and drugs addiction, using weapons, sex... At the beginning he took pictures and filmed his friends and himself. then he met different groups of young people and became a part of their gang. His work shows us a disenchanted Youth on the margins of the society. Pictures are not so big however they are very intense.

Exhibition takes place in the same museum (MAMVP) as the Basquiat's one. However this one runs until Januray 2sd. So if you're not too high after the NYE you should go!

12.27.2010

Basquiat at the MAMVP

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
It's with no doubt one of the most beautiful exhibitions about Basquiat I've ever seen. I remember the one in Milan. There is nothing to compare. Or maybe just the works that are hung on the walls. The display of the artworks is very clear and the organisation in the space of the museum is well done. For those who don't really know his work, explanations are comprehensible and easy to read.

Basquiat's universe is a mix between myths and religion, profane and sacred, voodoo and texts from the Bible... He gave us his own definition the Black-American culture: violente, underground, anarchic. He was proud of his African roots and his negritude. We can find in his artworks all the influences he got from Warhol, music, boxe, his everyday life... He used to paint on every kind of supports such as doors, windows, canevas, planks even a refrigerator!

A must to see!!! Exhibition runs until January 30th.