Primitive Art at Saint Germain des Prés

 

Primitive Art

Primitive Art

With increasing success Saint Germain des Prés in Paris has been hosting open fairs on Primitive Art since 2002. If you are in Paris in September (8-13.09.2015) don’t miss this opportunity to admire exceptional primitive art works while strolling along the old streets of Quartier des Arts at Saint Germain des Prés. This year about 50% of gallerists will be foreigners, coming from all over the world.

Primitive art works are indeed captivating in their own right. Renowned artists such as Emil Nolde, Henri Matisse, Modigliani or Picasso, just to mention a few, have been fascinated and influenced by primitivism. This impact on Western art continues to this day, and can be traced under different forms in paintings, sculptures, assemblages or body art.

The 2015 edition promises to be a wonderful artistic journey, details of which can be found in the press file (only in French unfortunately!).

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Naive art in Jutland

Proudly pointing at Jacky Quétard's painting

Proudly pointing at Jacky Quétard’s painting on the banner of the exhibition

It was a real pleasure to attend for the first time the opening of the naive art exhibition that takes place every year in Jutland, Denmark.  The 2014 edition presented about 400 art works by naive artists, mostly from Denmark.

For my husband and I this was also a nice opportunity to leave Copenhagen for a couple of days to enjoy the amazing nature of the west coast, meet wonderful people and, of course, take pictures.

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Street art on Islands Brygge (DK)

Street art - Islands Brygge

Street art – Islands Brygge

Tags and graffiti can be a plague deteriorating the urban environment. Fortunately, there are also instances where street art is a feast for the eyes adding colours, messages and sometimes humour to places otherwise not especially attractive.

I just love to suddenly discover new creations or to go back to older ones and see how time, the weather and often other “artists” have brought about alterations.

On my way back from Galleri Naïf on Islands Brygge (Copenhagen, DK) I was thrilled to discover a construction site surrounded by barriers covered with street art – all colourful and fresh. What a treat this was!

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Hundertwasser, more than an artist

F. Hundertwasser

F. Hundertwasser

I loved Hundertwasser from the first moment I saw his paintings many years ago.  This year  I visited 2 exhibitions on his work and life, one in Paris and one in Denmark.

Hunderstwasser  was controversial during his life time (1928-2000), but his ideas and work are particularly relevant to some of the big contemporary debates. He was a pioneer embracing artistic creation, ecology and architecture as a hymn to nature, rejecting conformity and uniformity and advocating a life in harmony with nature.

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My photos on the retrospective on Fontana in Paris

Lucio Fontana

Lucio Fontana

I was lucky to be in Paris at the time of the 2014 retrospective presented by the Museum of Modern Art of Paris on Lucio Fontana, one of the great visionaries of the 20th century in the field of art.

The retrospective skilfully introduced visitors to the world of this Italian artist born in Argentina who endeavoured to change our perception of space and challenged the very notions of modernity, style and taste.

I mostly knew Fontana for his famous lacerated or punctured canvases, but the 200 sculptures, paintings, ceramics and installations on display made me discover the body of work of an artist who experimented extensively with styles and materials. Fortunately, taking pictures was allowed so I can now share them with you.  Continue reading

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Kinga Kozakowska at the International Miniature Art Biennial

Mini by Kinga Kozakowska

Mini by Kinga Kozakowska

Kinga has been invited to participate in the 11th International Miniature Art Biennial (IMBA) to take place from 6 June – 29 September at Gallery Rift in Ville-Marie, Canada.

Kinga will present several of her miniatures along with 400 miniature works of art from professional artists coming from 20 countries from the five continents. More than 6,000 visitors are expected to visit the exhibition as well as some 4,000 visits on the webpage from around the world.

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Art of Modelling

Marie Jonsson-Harrison and daughter, ARTnBED launch, NY

Marie Jonsson-Harrison and daughter, ARTnBED launch, NY

Marie Jonsson-Harrison is a woman of many talents. As you can read in her blog post  The art of Modelling for Mothers Dag, she is occasionally resuming with great pleasure her carreer as a model. In her post Marie is also touching upon the issue of age for modelling and the trend sparked by the baby boomer generation wanting to see themselves represented on the catwalk.

This photo was taken for the launch of duvet covers by  ARTnBED in New York. Its features Marie and her daughter in front of a cover reproducing her painting “The True Colors of Hindley Street”. What a fun it must have been to pose together with your own beautiful daughter!

 

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Glass at Its Best in the Swedish Kingdom of Crystal

Bergdala - glass work

Bergdala – glass work
Photo: Anemone Nemorosa

Swedish glass is renowned throughout the world as objects of collection displaying a recognizable scandivanian design. Most Swedish glass come from a specific region that has an incredibly beautiful nature. So taking a trip to see the region as well as the glass works is an incredible treat. Just read my article !

 

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Quétard/Sanae on Japanese calendar

2014 calendar - paintings by Quétard and Kushibiki

2014 calendar – paintings by Quétard and Kushibiki

Illustration for month of May by Quétard and Kushibiki

Illustration for month of May by Quétard and Kushibiki

The Japanese Post Office did choose paintings by Jacky Quétard and Sanaé Kushibiki to illustrate their 2014 Calendar. This is a very fine edition for their VIP clients with metallic colours. Besides, the cover page and the page for the month of May.

Acrylic, a revolution in art, design and jewelry

Plexi Bracelet by Claire Requa

Plexi Bracelet
by Claire Requa

 

Acrylic or plexiglas was first produced in 1843 and was initially used for industrial purposes. Nowadays, it is to be found in all spheres of daily life. It has also opened exciting avenues within art, design and jewelry as I explain in an article on the subject that I wrote back in 2010.

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