Joseph Nechvatal

Museums

Falling for Niki de Saint Phalle

by Joseph Nechvatal on January 29, 2015

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PARIS — I have never particularly admired French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s overly familiar and obvious Nanas (French slang for “broads”) — the gaudy, plump, joyous everywoman figures that made the artist’s case for female affirmation.

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PARIS — Three curators, Jean-Hubert Martin (who last year orchestrated the sprawling Théâtre du Monde show), Moulim El Aroussi, and Mohamed Métalsi, have assembled a vast 2,500 square meters (~27,000 sq. ft.) show of contemporary aesthetics from Morocco called Contemporary Morocco at the Institut du Monde Arabe.

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PARIS — Members of the Oulipo movement play with generative poetic combinations and permutations. Their interests lie at the conceptual nexus of algorithmic art software and remix culture at large, combining all forms of hypertext hybrids, experimental word swarms, and shared authorship projects.

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Museums

Abusing the Marquis de Sade

by Joseph Nechvatal on January 2, 2015

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PARIS — Georges Bataille, in The Accursed Share, said that if the Marquis de Sade had not existed, he would have had to been invented.

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PARIS — With determined indeterminacy, young Mathilde Louette initiated a perplexing but hip four-hour English-language celebration of William S. Burroughs’s 100th birthday on December 12 in Paris, where the writer lived, on and off, between 1958 and 1966.

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PARIS — In our period of the rampant merging of art and fashion, it is refreshing to revisit where this hybridization more or less began in the modernism period with the first retrospective since 1967 of Sonia Terk Delaunay.

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Museums

A Long, Strange Group Show Trip

by Joseph Nechvatal on December 15, 2014

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PARIS — Inside, at the Palais de Tokyo, is group show as inner wormhole. The metaphoric theme of this exhibition of videos, numinous wall works, and scenic installation art — curated by Jean de Loisy, Daria de Beauvais, and Katell Jaffrè — is the disturbing inner space of a trip.

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Museums

Koons in Paris: More Is Less

by Joseph Nechvatal on December 9, 2014

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PARIS — As we well know, Jeff Koons looms large as the major symptom of the hype, hubris, and money that have swamped the global art scene.

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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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