1- Willy Rojas, Courtesy of Villa del Arte, Barcelone
2- Patricia Erbelding, Courtesy of Elsa Lorente, Vienne
3- Christophe Goyon, Courtesy of Arlev’Art, Paris
4- Jonathan Stewardson, Courtesy of David Lilford fine art ltd, Canterbury
It's the first edition of the Affordable Art Fair in Paris. The idea, already well established in London where the fair exists since 1999, is quickly gaining ground all over Europe. It's a simple one, really: selling art cheaper. The selected galleries (about 100), the amount of artists exhibited (more than 300), the offer of buying advice, and the relaxed atmosphere, combine to turn the AAF into an important event. Window shoppers are welcome, as are novices who'd like to start an art collection; and you can bet you'll come across many a seasoned buyer, who'll come to discover, perhaps, one of tomorrow's big names, before the others and for only 100 to 5.000€.
Affordable Art Fair, May 29 through June 1, 08
2, place de la Porte Champerret
1- Baby vegetables pie: hazelnut-lemon sweet dough (pâte sablée), baby vegetables - pattypans, turnips with their tops, onions, carrots, red radishes, gourmand peas, and snacked-out tuna with poppy seeds, wasabi cream, from 9€
2- Rubik pie: fruit pie without fruit bits, texture made of stewed strawberry, mango, passion fruit, coconut, lime, and pistachio cream, on a Bourbon vanilla cream, the ensemble laid on a foundation of almond sweet dough (pâte sucrée), 7€
Spring-summer 08 collection
What Alice ate right before she saw the Cheshire Cat. Beware.
24-26, place de la Madeleine Paris 8°
+33 1 70 39 38 00
1- Fragile Friends, 3-color screenprint, printed on recycled paper, edition of 50, £15
2- Cloud, wall sticker, 180 x 90cm, 74€
3- Forest, wall sticker, 360 x 150cm, 95€
4- Friends 1 black, wall sticker, 180 x 80cm, 53€
5- Flora and Fauna 2 grey, wall sticker, 200 x 150cm, 88€
6- How MANGA Took Over The World, March 13 through September 27, flyer artwork
7- 3 Bears Dunny, 8-inch series, by ilovedust, TADO, and Jon Burgerman, $50 each
TADO is Mike and Katie, and as their website says they eat ice cream and play with their dogs, and mostly draw wonderful pictures all day. They've made a name for themselves designing wall stickers, but they are masters of pretty much all aspects of graphic design - be it animation, logos, web design, homeware, or even customised cars and designer toys.
Wild animals are fast becoming limited editions on this planet. Hence the Limited Edition exhibition, a fund-raising show whose proceeds go to the BBC Fund for Wildlife. TADO's Fragile Friends need you!
Manga, on the other hand, are far from extinct. Actually they are proliferating so fast and invading so many cultural habitats that you'd do well to keep an eye on them. This other exhibition will help you get to the bottom of things, and discover How MANGA Took Over the World. TADO signed the propaganda flyer.
March 13 through September 27, 08, at Urbis, Manchester
Sometimes I wish we could just dream really hard about a new species and it would take the place of one that is extinct because of Man. That's what TADO, ilovedust, and Jon Burgerman have done with their new Dunnys. Sure, they're made of vynil, but all that's left to do is weave a little magic and poof! they'll live and breathe and roam happily about our homes.
Citrus Verbena Sorbet Body Cream
250 ml, L'Occitane en Provence, 29€
Also available from the end of May: summer 08 limited editions of Citrus Verbena Intense Eau de Toilette (with organic Corsican verbena extract, lemon essential oil and Italian grapefruit extract), Citrus Verbena Fizzy Bath Salts, and Citrus Verbena Perfumed Candle (with citronella essential oil).
1- Cirrus and Nimbus, wall shelves, massive laminate, glossy white, 17.5" w x 26.5" h x 8" d (delivered flat), $350, 42.5" w x 25" h x 9" d (delivered flat), $560
2- Joe, bookshelf, massive laminate, glossy white, 45" h x 81" l x 33" w, $5.900
3- Shimai, luminous wall pannel, black dibond structure, screenprinted polypropylen face, 1 fluo bulb included, 16" l x 16" w x 3" h, around 240€
4 and 5- Bianca and Ambroise, trays, high pressure laminate over pressed wood and paper board, water and heat resistant, wall fixation system included, 25" l x 17" w, $175
Design : Rachel & Benoît Convers
Editor : Ibride (2007)
1- Eric Curry, Airstream Trailer: Home on the Range, 2007, archival inkjet print, 40” x 60”, courtesy of the artist
2- Eric Curry, Cropduster and Blooming Trees, 2007, archival inkjet print, 40” x 60”, courtesy of the artist
3- Eric Curry, DC-3: Workhorse, 2007, archival inkjet print, 40” x 60”, courtesy of the artist
4- Eric Curry, Corvette: A Coke and A Smile, 2007, archival inkjet print, 40 x 60", courtesy of the artist
5- Jeremy Kidd, Exploratorium 1, 2005, chromogenic print on aluminum panel, 30” x 84”, courtesy of the artist
6- Jeremy Kidd LACMA 1, chromogenic print on aluminum panel, 53,5 x 108", courtesy of the artist
7- Jeremy Kidd Chrysler 2, 2006, chromogenic print on aluminum panel, 36” x 108”, courtesy of the artist
Newer Topographics echoes a key exhibition in American photography history: New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, that took place in 1975 at the George Eastman House (Rochester, NY), one of the world's oldest photography musems. Back then, the photographers wanted to distance themselves from a romantic tradition perceived as oppressive in landscape photography, and advocated a detachment and coolness that left little room for emotions.
Newer Topographics stems from the opposite impulse. Jeremy Kidd and Eric Curry, with their special effects, saturated colors and unlikely sceneries, re-interpret their environment with great passion.
Jeremy Kidd is fascinated by the magnitude of contemporary urban architecture. He deems it worthy to sustain the comparison with the rocks and canyons of Western America, and depicts it with a majesty that borders on the epic. Made from an assembly of digital photographs "developed" with the help of Photoshop, his landscapes are manipulated, dramatized, anthropomorphic. With their distorsions and aberrations, these giant panoramas are almost expressionistic in the way they transcribe Jeremy Kidd's impressions when faced with the sublime right in the heart of the city.
As to Eric Curry, he manipulates his photographs digitally to better glorify his culture. He picks his subjects among the symbols of the American spirit: there is the Corvette, the jet fighter, the telescope, the tank, the monster truck... So many emblematic objects, which he stages with immense meticulousness in images saturated with bright colors and artificial lighting, and filled with elements that feel more real than life itself. Eric Curry's photographs open up on a kind of hyperreality. Almost myth.
Newer Topographics - Photographs of Digitally Altered Urban Landscapes, UCR California Museum of Photography
Eric Curry - American Pride and Passion, April 26 through July 05, 08
Jeremy Kidd - Hyper Architectural Typologies, April 26 through July 05, 08
2- Don't Pet the Bee
3- Heartworms: Seven Deadly Sins
4- Winter Thaw
5- Winter Wish, Winter Dream
6- Free to Go
7- First Impressions
In her little girl's room, Grace Weston eluded the gravity of childhood by creating little dioramas populated with her toys and random objects - cardboard, shoe boxes, stuffed animals, crepe paper...
Today, in her Portland studio, Grace Weston still constructs the scenes she catches on film. Dreams and disquiet merge. Imagination is the queen of her colorful fictions, and dark humor their disturbing prince. Under its influence, Grace Weston's surrealist stories take on their full dimension.
Protected Paradise compact powder, Chantecaille, $90
Chantecaille continue their association with the Pew Institute for Ocean Science, concluded last year within the context of a coral protection program. 5% of the proceeds of Protected Paradise will be donated to the Institute. In 2008, the funds will fuel a series of Fellowships, granted to marine conservation experts to help them materialize important projects of ecosystem protection.
Collection A di Alessi, Spring-Summer 08, "OrienTales"
1- Lili Pond, hand-decorated sushi set: plate, 29 x 20 cm, small plate for soy sauce, 9 x 8 cm, fine bone china sticks stand , 5 x 3 cm, and melamine sticks,
2- Secret Fish, hand-decorated box, thick melamine, 15 x 15 cm, h 5 cm
3- The entire "OrienTales" collection, design Stefano Giovannoni with Runiko Takeda, in collaboration with the Taiwan National Palace Museum
1 to 6- Hand-transformed PEZ™, by Atypyk
Editions of 1
After the Lieu Unique gallery in Nantes, on the west coast of France, the designers form Atypyk will be taking their PEZ™ to Vien's Museumsquartier in June. It tickles and it's sweet - like all good candy.
1- Lacquered PVC apples, aqua blue, S diam 9 cm, 5€, L diam 11 cm, 6€
2- Dahlia flower, aqua blue, to be sprinkled with perfume, 10€
Hervé Gambs, Aqua Fusion collection, Spring-Summer 08, three new fragrances: Fleur de riz, Lait de palme and Aqua Ginger
1- decorated cushion
30 x 40cm, 50€
2- log, painted white, 85€
at Home Autour du Monde
8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois Paris 3°
+33 1 42 77 06 08
1- Trebo Treto, Branex Design
Design Eric Berthes
Maximum weight sustained:
155 kg (340 lb.)
Available in black, white,
Dim.: h 79 x 66 (45 cm gap)
235€ for a fuchsia pair
200€ for a black or white pair
1- X-Tray, set of 5 pots, ideal for herbs, small plants or wheatgrass, to be arranged according to one's inspiration, in a cross, in a V, in a row, height 10cm, length when arranged in a row 56cm, 60€
2 to 4- Urban Gnomes, (Skull, Dandelion, Undergrowth), bone china, height 21cm, 66€
5- Hoody Salt and Pepper Set, ceramic, 29€
X-Tray at Home Autour du Monde
8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois Paris 3° 01 42 77 06 08
You don't forget an interview with the founders of Diptyque. They're a sound for sore ears, Yves Coueslant and Christiane Montadre. You should hear how they bicker, how they support each other, correct each other; they share an amused glance, or connive, or disapprove. Today they form a sparkling diptych - but hence the name does not stem.
In the beginning, they were three. Yves and Christiane praise in unison the reliable taste and refined nose of their delightful English partner, Desmond Knox-Leet. There's an interval of silence, profound. Yves recalls manly hikes along arid, sloping Greek paths - the origin of some extraordinary fragrances such as Phylosykos, an eau of figs. Memories and far-away lands: a good summary of what inspires Diptyque.
The brand's name is a matter-of-fact description of the original shop's window configuration, with its two angles looking out on a corner of the boulevard Saint-Germain as soon as 1961. Yves remembers the day when a bourgeois lady walked inside, appalled by the coarse bohemian spirit of the Maubert neighborhood, now a chic dependency of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Places have always accounted for much of what Diptyque is. Places discovered in childhood, such as the Vietnamese house where Yves Coueslant spent the holiday in his youth, the inspiration for the Tan Dao fragrance. And places discovered in maturity.
And places where one gathers memories, treasures and creations, to offer them to friends and visitors. Thus the new store at 8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, a prestigious address, yet devoid of snobbishness. The Diptyque logo is everywhere, a reminder of how precociously the brand developed a cohesive identity. Candles, perfumes and eaux de toilette crowd inside the intimate space. Black, white and gray prevail, illuminated by the hazy halo from an elegantly austere, made-to-measure chandelier. Interior designer Olivier Lempereur leaves his stamp near the Place des Vosges.
And Diptyque nourish their legend.
8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois Paris 3°
01 48 04 95 57
1- John Isaac Pocket Watch
available in steel and gold
limited edition, customized on demand
Expect a delay of 1 to 2 months
2- John Isaac, pink gold watch
from 2.990 €
Exclusively at :
Montaigne Market and Mel, Paris
Bergdorf, New York
Maxfield, Los Angeles
Tomas Maier and Alchimist, Miami
Villa Moda, Dubaï
Info: +33 1 42 61 56 08
1- Care of Sick and Injured Dogs
2- Dog and Huntsman Tracking in Copse
3- Hunting Party Pursuing Stag
Gaston Phoebus (1331–1391),
Le Livre de la chasse,
France, Paris, ca. 1407
The Morgan Library & Museum;
Bequest of Clara S. Peck, 1983
Image courtesy of Faksimile Verlag Luzern, www.faksimile.ch
In his treatise Le Livre de la chasse, Gaston Phoebus, a medieval authority on the question of hunting, reviews the various stages that comprise this sport, then a privilege of the aristocracy: the grooming of the dogs, the gathering of the hunters, the tracking, the pursuit, and the eventual slaying. The original is supposed to have been a commission from Philip the Bold. The Morgan holds one of the two most beautiful editions of the treatise, probably a copy ordered by Philip's son, John the Fearless. The library takes advantage of the fabrication of a facsimile, a process which implies the unbounding of the book, to exhibit nearly fifty colorful illuminations, which reveal in vivid, fascinating detail the practices of medieval hunters. The tone swings between cruelty and dainty genre scenes.
Exhibition Illuminating the Medieval Hunt
April 18 through August 10, 08
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Collection
Headnotes of mint and chamomile slowly give way to the spicy scent of cedar and guaiac wood
1- Stephen Etnier (United States, 1903-1984), Union Station, Portland, Maine, 1968
Oil on masonite, 22 1/16 x 36 1/8 inches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine.
2- Robert Solotaire (United States, 1930), View from the 11th Floor-Night, October 1978
Oil on masonite, 25 3/4 x 37 5/8 inches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine.
Gift of the artist
3- Robert Solotaire (United States, 1930), View from the 11th Floor of the Holiday Inn, April 10, 1979
Oil on masonite, 26 x 36 inches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine.
Gift of Chip and Susan in memory of their parents, Chuck and Jane Kaufmann
4- Phil Barter (United States, 1939), B & M Baked Bean Factory, Making Beans, 1987
Oil on board, 26 1/16 x 38 1/8 inches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine.
Gift of Joanna D. and Henry L. McCorckle
5- John Dowell (United States, 1941), Portland II, 2005
Epson ink jet print, 28 1/2 x 22 3/4 inches, Portland Museum of Art, Maine.
Museum purchase with support from the Photography Fund
More than 25 paintings, prints, pastels and photographs, most of them views of Portland, evince the long-standing interest of artists for the city- especially the American city. Its geometrical softness and hospitable indifference are as tangible in the era of satellite imagery as they were in the 1930's.
Exhibition Urban Seen, at the Portland Museum of Art
March 2 through August 17, 08
1- Charlie White, 1957, 2006. C-print, 44 3/4 x 56 inches
Courtesy Wohnmaschine, Berlin
2- Jeremy Blake, Video still from Winchester, 2002, DVD: color, sound, 18 minutes (continuous loop)
Courtesy Kinz, Tillou and Feign, New York
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston examines the return of folk. From the first Thanksgiving in 1621 to the early hours of the Space Age in 1957, a crowd of characters has aggregated to form the great procession of American folklore. Cunning Indians and brave cowboys, Founding Fathers and pious settlers, victims of the Civil War or the Great Depression... From the western to Happy Days, the iconography is bountiful and the subjects a-plenty. In a country upset by brutal social and political transformations, and haunted by the memory of September 11, the most contemporary of artists seek, through their own mythology, a way to re-bind their identity to the land's master narratives.
Exhibition The Old, Weird America, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, May 10 through July 20, 08
Billy, Momo, Diego, Tom... They're so seductive, and we just love the touch of their skin, although we had to pay to have them around.
Jérôme Dreyfuss creates bags which he christens with boys' names because they are, in his words, "faithful companions."
For quite a while his collections only made their appearance on corners at the department stores. As the seasons came and went, the look of the skins varied, the cuts were renewed, the style matured. And so there was a time when Jérôme was ready to open a store in his name - nowhere else but at the 1, rue Jacob, right in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The avowed inspiration for the décor, a 50's gymnasium, is rather discreet; though we'd spend a lot more time in gymnasiums if they all looked like this one, with its large angle window opening up on a nice little square and the rue de l'Echaudé, its soft materials and, above all, a very motivating collection of accessories.
Then there's Jean-Charles, the master on board and a rare coach. Friendly, obliging, always well-informed, he has a way of looking after visitors with consideration and no affectation. A rare feat in Paris.
As if we weren't already on the verge of yielding, each bag by Jérôme Dreyfuss is an example of responsible craftsmanship: an animal-friendly process of skin selection, clean techniques and materials for tanning the hides, respect for the workers... Buying an accessory here is almost a kind gesture!
Not that such encouragement is necessary. The bags talk for themselves. They all detain this particular quality of the most handsome leather items: you can't stop touching them, you have to possess them, here and now.
Jose, Bernard, Yves... It will be difficult to leave Jérôme Dreyfuss' new store without one of these lovely companions.
Jérôme has just created a great new place. By the way, Jérôme, where are you now? Perhaps in one of these other places:
Chic Cityrats (CCr): A favorite place?
Jérôme Dreyfuss (JD): Beaubourg [ed.: a large Parisian museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art].
CCr: A meeting place?
JD: My office.
CCr A common place?
JD: The metro.
CCr: A non-place?
JD: Non-Ville!!! It's a small village near Fontainebleau.
CCr: A forbidden place?
JD: I don't know any.
CCr: A place of perdition?
JD: The basement of the BHV [ed.: Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville, whose basement is a large hardware store]. It's a bit of a common place too!
CCr: A place of worship?
JD: A synagogue, a church, a mosque, or else Le Printemps, Le Bon Marché [ed.: Parisian department stores]... it all depends on your personal views...
1, rue Jacob Paris 6°
+33 1 43 54 70 93
BLOOM luminous pots, Design: Ro Slewe, polypropylene
diam. 44,46 or 99 cm x h 40,60 or 90 cm, 132, 242 and 660€
Silvera Bastille 41, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine Paris 11°
+33 1 43 43 06 75
1 to 3- CANASTA Armchairs and Sofa, B&B Italia, Design Patricia Urquiola
Varnished aluminium structure with polyester powder resistant to outdoor conditions, polyethyene weaving, waterproof fabric also resistant to stains and mould
Armchairs from 11.930€
Sofas from 4.131€
SILVERA Bastille, 41, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine Paris 11°
+33 1 43 43 06 75
1 & 2- WRONGWOODS shelf, plywood and painted wood, Established & Sons
Designers: Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong, l 2105 x h 38 x p 33,8 cm, 1.850 €
3- WRONGWOODS side-board, plywood and painted wood, Established & Sons
Designers: Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong, l 260 x h 64,7 x d 40,5 cm, 4.855€
SILVERA Bastille, 41, rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine Paris 11°
+33 1 43 43 06 75
Creatures, knitted lambswool and polyester stuffing,
Donna Wilson, from 50 to 70€
at Home autour du Monde 8, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
- Isn't there a weird taste in your mouth?
- You should stop eating me.
Klaus Haapaniemi (born 1970)
Siili Plate, ceramic, 2007
Editor : Iittala, Finlande
Le Design Finlandais
Promenons-nous dans le bois,
May 29 through August 31, 08
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli Paris 1°
+33 1 44 55 57 50