Joseph Nechvatal

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PARIS — As the Paris Photo fair drew to a close, the French art scene was distressed by the news that pioneering art photographer Lucien Clergue died on Saturday at the age of 80.

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Essays

In the Name of Pablo Picasso

by Joseph Nechvatal on November 4, 2014

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PARIS — The long work on the Musée national Picasso is finally over and it has majestically reopened at the Hôtel Salé, bringing with it a new wave of Pablo Picasso admiration in which I share.

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Post image for Paul McCarthy’s Raunchy Chocolate Fairytale

PARIS — I admit that I was nearly fed up with Paul McCarthy’s pretentious zombie provocation — and its sudden removal.

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PARIS — Following on the heels of the Jean Dupuy and Robert Filliou gallery exhibitions, a third radical Fluxus-related artist is receiving a museum-quality gallery show in Paris: Wolf Vostell.

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Post image for Solemn Protest Against Public Art Reactionaries as McCarthy Goes Chocula in Paris

PARIS — About 60 artists and art critics allied with the French chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) gathered in the Place Vendôme at mid-day Friday near where Paul McCarthy’s once mighty butt plug–based inflatable “Tree” had once stood and stooped. McCarthy himself was absent.

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Post image for Pushing Back Against Scale and Brand in Frank Gehry’s Latest Luxury Art Hangar

PARIS — The essence of branding is the insistent repetition of a recognizable commodity image, so we should not be surprised when Bernard Arnault’s global luxury brand Louis Vuitton applies the same formula to art.

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PARIS — Located in La Chaux-de-Fonds near Neuchâtel in the Swiss Jura Mountains, watchmakers Greubel Forsey are celebrating their tenth anniversary by honoring the gadfly artist Robert Filliou (1926–1987) in Paris with a rather curious show called Chapeaux! Hommage à Robert Filliou — and with a nonfunctioning watch in his name.

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PARIS — Galerie 53 and Galerie Routes, two side-by-side galleries in Saint-Germain-des-Près, have joined together to mount an historically interesting exhibition of abstract paintings titled Trois Américains à Paris (Three Americans in Paris).

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Museums

Marcel Duchamp Paints the Body Electric

by Joseph Nechvatal on September 29, 2014

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PARIS — A nomadic but steady hand is clearly sensed in Marcel Duchamp’s work. He is often an excellent painter. But it is also true that with Duchamp’s legacy of conceptually anti-retinal art (and anti-art), there is something so pregnant with free-floating information that it electrifies and upsets some painters.

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PARIS — The Left Bank galleries have opened their doors to a new season of shows, including the highly anticipated Jean Dupuy mini-retrospective, Léon musicien, at Galerie Loevenbruck.

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