Art musts of the week: 3 - 9 November 2014

November 06, 2014

What You must know: The Exhibition “Niki de Saint Phalle” in the National Galeries of the Grand Palais

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930 - 2002) is one of the most popular artist from the XXth century. First model, she approached the world of art as an autodidact and became together a painter, a sculptor and a film maker. If she’s especially known for her famous “Tirs” and “Nanas”, her work presents also her political engagement for female cause and shows a vision choc, radical and grandiose of women.

The Grand Palais of Paris, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, propose the largest exhibition dedicated to the artist in twenty years and shows a fresh look at her work. With this ambitious retrospective, discover a rebel with a protean imagination, who said she wanted to show all : hate - love - laugh - fear - tenderness.
“NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE”, from the 17 September 2014 to the 2 February 2015 at the National Galeries of the Grand Palais, Paris.

What you must have: New book - a bitchy street-anthology

From 1992 to 2013, from Amsterdam to New York, Paris to Shangaï, Nairobi to Mexico, the conceptual artist and photographer Hans Eijlkelboom fixed the sartorial patterns reccurent in the crowd : red coats, printed leopard, all those details by wich everyone feels different but looks actually the same. What fascinates Eijkelboom is the ordinary fashion, trivial. Methodically classified, these “anti-fashion photography” forme a savage anthropology as funny, hypnotic and bitchy that an afternoon spending on a terrace, criticising poeple who walk by. A book you can’t miss !

“Hommes du XXIème siècle” Hans Eijkelboom (Phaidon, 512 pages).

What you must see: Alexa Meade’s live subjects

Alexa Meade’s work (video TED) If you like or dislike this painting… It doesn’t matter because it isn’t a painting but a real woman, covered with acrylic by the US artist Alexa Meade. Her intention is to obtain a 2D effect on a 3D scene, and create the illusion that the photographe in front of you is a classic oil painting when, in fact, it is a person. As she says : “I paint my figuratives portraits directly on the person that I represent. Models are transformed into an incarnation of the interpretation of their essence by the artist. When it is photographed, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by their own masks. My canvas is the human body”.

Video Youtube Alexa Meade, “Your body is my canvas”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMn2q35HBeQ



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