Joseph Nechvatal

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PARIS — The use of mirrors in art has been a rich one, used by Pop, Kinetic, Minimal, and Conceptual artists. In this long tradition, the Jeu de Paume currently offers an additional point of reference.

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Re-photographing (or re-purposing) the news media began for me as a healing ritual, a kind of laying-on-of-hands, to purge my despair over news events around the world.

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PARIS — Pliure (meaning “fold” in French) is a book-based small show, tastefully curated by Paulo Pires do Vale, about the artistic metamorphosis of books (those folded paper things).

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PARIS — The Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris commemorates its 30th anniversary with “Musings on a Glass Box,” a two-part immersive installation by controversial New York design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro that nearly empties the museum’s ground floor.

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PARIS — Young New York-based Canadian artist David Altmejd’s remarkably ambitious retrospective exhibition of sculpture at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris played pithily with many current intellectual strands.

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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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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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