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Living without art is like living without a soul
#StreetArt in #Lille

#StreetArt in #Lille

Jorge Rodriguez #Gerada @ Galerie #Mathgoth #streetart #paris13

Jorge Rodriguez #Gerada @ Galerie #Mathgoth #streetart #paris13

Girafe #StreetArt #Paris #LeMarais

Girafe #StreetArt #Paris #LeMarais

Après le triangle culturel, la ville trépidante de Kandy, les montagnes de Nuwara Eliya et Ella, le parc national de Yala, nous découvrons l’océan indien dans la baie de #Mirissa #srilanka

Après le triangle culturel, la ville trépidante de Kandy, les montagnes de Nuwara Eliya et Ella, le parc national de Yala, nous découvrons l’océan indien dans la baie de #Mirissa #srilanka

Street art / #paris

Street art / #paris

Street art / Canal Saint Martin / #paris

Street art / Canal Saint Martin / #paris

Die Ungeborenen - Anselm Kiefer @ Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin

This week-end, I have visited a new gallery opened recently by Thaddaeus Ropac in a close suburb of Paris called Pantin. You need to cross this cercle that defines Paris and the rest of the world : the peripherique, this “highway” cercling Paris. After Salzburg in Swizterland, and Paris Le Marais in the heart of Paris, Ropac opened a huge and brand new gallery in a old industrial place, oustide Paris. Ropac did the buzz lately, just as Gagosian as they opened at the same time huge places outside where all the galleries should be (Paris !)… Gagosian chose the private airport Le Bourget, and Ropac this city totally under re-construction, as I said Pantin.

The new Ropac gallery opened with 2 exhibition, Anselm Kiefer “Das ungeborenen” and Jospeph Beuys “Iphigenie”, an exhibition about one of Joseph Beuys’ most powerful performances, Titus Andronicus/Iphigenie, performed on 30 May 1969 in the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt, for Experimenta 3. But my focus stayed on Anselm Kiefer, a great artist I’ve really discovered during the great Monumenta exhibition in 2007 in Paris.

Kiefer’s artworks are powerful, and represent, above all for the painting, a struggle between life and death. I love the emotion and life of the material, the use of different tecnics… despite the title of the exhibition. Kiefer uses real wheat, plastic babies, sulphur, chair, branches… and so many objects. I love the huge formats of the paintings, the proximity of the sculptures, the movement of the oil on the paintings. Die Ungeborenen is a breathless exhibition where life, light and color emerge from the darkness.

ps: please note that all the texts below comes from the exhibition infos written by Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery.

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"It’s the other aspect of the unborn, the desire of not wanting to be born. Cry of the prophets, the revolt of Job. It would have been better if you had never been born! Everything happens as if it would have been preferable to not be born. The retrograde movement of creation. Theodicy, the accident of creation, God’s regret to have fathered this ungrateful being, this outlaw, who does not abide to the contract.” (Anselm Kiefer, 2012)

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Happy Valentine day !!! 
Thinking about Robert Indiana artwork, Love, 1966
Art is more love <3
M.L.

Happy Valentine day !!! 

Thinking about Robert Indiana artwork, Love, 1966

Art is more love <3

M.L.

#Paris #StreetArt #CanalStMartin 

#Paris #StreetArt #CanalStMartin 

#Paris #street art @ Canal St Martin

#Paris #street art @ Canal St Martin

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Art is more in 2013!!! Happy New Year from Paris, city of art :-) !!!

M.L.

Illustration: MyLittleParis

WILL COTTON “Nut House” 2007, OIL ON LINEN, 36” X 40”
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Art is more xmas inspiration
M.L.

WILL COTTON “Nut House” 2007, OIL ON LINEN, 36” X 40”

****************** HAPPY XMAS to all Art is more readers !!!! ************************

Art is more xmas inspiration

M.L.

Christy Lee Rogers under water photos

I found out the photos of Christy Lee Rogers on this website, Petapixel, dedicated to “photography geared towards tech-savvy photo-enthusiasts”… Obviously the photographer is influenced by the baroque paintings of the 16th and 17th century, and of course, the Caravaggio revolutionnary use of light in his paintings. But the most fascinating thing is how she works to get this rendering ! Christy’s shooting only takes place during the night and… in her swimming pool in HawaïThe scenes are illuminated with bright off-camera lights, and the shoots often last two to four hours each.

Her unrestrained ability to excite and inflame the senses, while provoking the audience with vivacious movement and purpose, demonstrates her prolific use of the photographic medium to transform reality" say the young photographer’s bio on her website… Her work is so unique that the music editor Deutsche Grammphon ordered her some pictures for a Baroque music 50 cd-box set : the photos used for the box comes from her last art work “Reckless Unbound”. 2 others collections are also presented on the artist’s website “Siren”, a collection of naked women moving like sirens, and “Odyssey”, a collection with the same spirit as Reckless Unbound : solo or group of people, with colors coming from fabrics and veils agitated by the men and women under the waters. 

A good coincidence : the collection “Reckless Unbound” will be exhibited starting January 10th in my city, Paris, at Galerie Joseph in the 3rd “arrondissement” ! For sure I’ll go and visit this exhibition to feel more what I’ve seen on a website… I’m really curious to see this collection in real life… and if it look like as great as seen on my blog. Of course, I’ll try to share it with you !

Photos : © Christy Lee Rogers

To learn more :

Galerie Joseph
7 rue Froissard
75003 Paris
France 

Art is (still) more Baroque inspiration in the 20th century

M.L.

Musée de la vie romantique, Paris (Museum of the Romantic life, 19th century)

Musée de la vie romantique, Paris (Museum of the Romantic life, 19th century)

Flying Houses - photographies by Laurent Chéhère

I don’t know why but the Flying Houses of Laurent Chéhère attracts me like a magnet ! This french photographer highlights tired and, sometimes, ugly houses in the sky, and, suddenly, something magic happens and they become beautiful or at least interesting ! The skies behind embellish them and turn them into poetic houses… 

Employing traditional photography and digital manipulation, the surreal series, ’Flying Houses’ by Laurent Chéhère, elevates architecture to a new level. Chéhère takes a variety of residential structures out of their defining neighborhood backdrops. Released from their choked streets, the houses float amidst the clouds, like kites. ‘Flying Houses’ is on exhibition at Galerie Paris-Beijing in Paris from Oct. 25 through Dec. 4. Chéhère has also show work at this year’s Art Miami Art Fair from Dec. 4 -9, and has presented this serie of photos during the International China Faire of Photography in Pingyao this year.

All these flying houses are the fruits of my travels in the popular districts of Paris; Ménilmontant and Belleville," Laurent Chéhère told Dezeen. His inspiration ? ”The poetic vision of the old Paris”, but also “Howl’s Moving Castle animation film from the Hayao Miyazaki and from the 1951 french movie “Le Ballon Rouge" (The Red Balloon) made by Albert Lamorisse. The photographer has taken all those pictures in those 2 popular areas in Paris where you can find a lot of old houses, tired houses, and a lots of immigrants people mixed with "local" people who have always lived there, where they were still "villages" in Paris, back in the 50s or 60s. Actually, you can still feel you are living in a village !

Not only he has taken pictures of houses, but also a caravan and a yurt. They are all humanized with the presence of people, jar of flowers and clothes hanged out outside the windows, street art made by anonymous on their walls, (like the drawing of Serge Gainsbourg in one of the picture). Those houses also shows the signs of the past : old advertisement painted on them, or fixed on them (like in the “Cinema” picture), pollution that changes their color… The Flying Houses are hold with threads that let them levitate in the sky… I really think there are 2 levels of interpretation of the “Flying Houses” : a level of poetry, dreamlike, a pursuit to travel and escape from the city, with a touch of humour ; and a second level where the photographer wants to emphasize the popular district of Paris, full of history and diversity, not the most attractive one… but like in everything, there is always something beautiful to see.

Laurent Chéhère was born in Paris in 1972, and has worked in advertising agencies before becoming a photographer and travel all around the world, from Shangai to Valparaiso, from La Paz to Bamako, Lhassa or Bogota. As you can guess with Flying Houses, he likes to explore the cities, the suburbs and all the countries. 

A must seen exhibition which ends just for Xmas, so in few days ! 

To learn more :

From 25th October to 25th December 2012.
Galerie Paris-Beijing
54, rue du Vertbois
75003 Paris
France  

Photos : © Laurent Chéhère

Art is more flying ideas

M.L.