Joseph Nechvatal

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PARIS — The key to Paul Klee’s wonderfully shaped energy is not ironic detachment, as the title of the Centre Pompidou’s current retrospective suggests, but rather the playful and idyllic emotion he transmits through masterly line and dusty color.

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PARIS — Jaded neo-pop (one is tempted to say “poop” here) is on view in the Galeries Lafayette’s très kitsch exhibition TP–RAMA, the latest from art-commerce duo of Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, aka TOILETPAPER.

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Post image for André Masson’s Tortured and Sensuous Automatic Drawings

PARIS — In the polyvalent and multilayered drawings of André Masson, you can sense a free hand in love with its own movement, but not with itself.

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PARIS — Henri Rousseau is art history’s best-known naïf painter.

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Post image for Death and Death and Death by Warhol

Venus Over Manhattan is sparely hung, dimly lit, and cavernous. The mood is somber, appropriate to 1% big money ventures and for contemplating 18 versions of Andy Warhol’s sinister “Little Electric Chair” (1964) canvases.

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Post image for The Pleasures and Risks of Ahistorical Curating

PARIS — In Carambolages, currently at the Grand Palais, we are plunged into the big, fuzzy, ahistorical world of anti-categories typical of the networked global economic order.

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PARIS — An uplifting yet melancholy poetry pervades Ken Matsubara’s show at Galerie Eric Mouchet, Hou-Chou, Releasing Birds, through the flickering of endlessly looped moving images that suggest shadowy ghosts.

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Post image for Surveying Modern and Contemporary Art’s Embrace of Ceramics

PARIS — Conversations about art and medium-specificity are almost always conversations about history.

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Post image for A Photographer Who Captured Workers Without Romanticizing Them

PARIS — Poignancy pervades A Working Eye, the first comprehensive retrospective of François Kollar’s Constructivist-style photography that, through nuanced grays and deep blacks, dramatized French workers’ empowerment.

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The Poetics of Torn Posters

by Joseph Nechvatal on April 27, 2016

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PARIS — Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois has launched a chic additional space wth a historical show of Jacques Villeglé and Raymond Hains’s abstract, 35mm animated film “Pénélope” (1953).

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