Joseph Nechvatal

Post image for At Versailles, a Darkly Comic Celebration of Louis XIV’s Death

VERSAILLES, France — In curator Béatrix Saule’s extensive exhibition Le Roi Est Mort (“The King Is Dead”), the Palace of Versailles is presenting a shaggy-dog narrative about the death of Louis XIV.

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Post image for Paris Department Store Kite Display Marks New Low for Ai Weiwei

PARIS — Like a good student of the bottomless pit of fashion, Ai Weiwei has delivered big on his latest class assignment.

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Post image for Wifredo Lam by Way of an Afrofuturist Graffiti Artist

PARIS — Wifredo Lam’s hot, hybrid style is essentially spiky.

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Post image for In Paris, Andy Warhol’s Works Are Shadows of Their Former Selves

PARIS — With electronic digital simulacra, there is no longer a spent nostalgia for natural semblance: Warholian reproducibility is the fundamental logic and code of our information society.

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Post image for The Unclassifiable Art of Leonor Fini, a True Paris Bohemian

PARIS — Though once fêted as a glamorous Parisian queen of the libertine, bohemian art world, Leonor Fini (1907–96) has been sliding ever since toward obscurity.

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Post image for Drawing on Humanity’s Animal Nature

PARIS — Karel Appel would start drawing by shimmering bright muck or line around until it eventually formed into semi-abstract philosophical lava, or monkey shit, or the poetry of release.

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Post image for How Artists Portrayed Prostitution in 19th-Century Paris

PARIS — Perhaps out of a kindred permissive, libertine spirit, prostitution — both chic demi-mondaine and lascivious, pierreuse street-walker style — played a central role in the nascent development of modern painting.

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Post image for A Show of Love for John Giorno’s Poetry, Art, and Life

PARIS — Kudos to Ugo Rondinone.

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Post image for Olafur Eliasson’s Sundial of Melting Icebergs Clocks In at Half-Past Wasteful

PARIS — In the aftermath of November’s terrorist attacks and the ruling Socialist Party’s meltdown following a strong first-round showing for Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party, I glummly went to the Place du Panthéon to see Ice Watch Paris, an exhibition of melting icebergs by Danish relational artist Olafur Eliasson.

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Post image for Utopian Mirror Ball Sculptures at Paris Climate Conference Are Full of Hot Air

PARIS — The balls of Aerocene hang high above Solutions COP21, floating over ecocidal disaster-mongers as they sleepwalk visitors towards a total surveillance state.

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