“A LONDONER IN PARIS”: REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST



Last week in Paris as A-Gent of Style went to the sexy and moody Hotel Costes to meet the talented and charming Mark D Sikes, one of his inspirational bloggers, he came across the French visual artist Sabine Pigalle after picking up the glossy Palace Costes magazine. I was immediately mesmerised by her latest series ‘Timequakes’ that she conceived just after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

In her latest exhibition at the Art Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais, her work deals with the reinterpretations of mythology and religious history and creating hybrid contemporary photographs produced from portraitures mostly from recognizable classical paintings – some Flemish, others Mannerist – from the late 15th to the early 17th century mixed up with Tokyo’s shaky lights.

I like the fact that her works deals with the past and the present, figuration and abstraction, painting and photography and I was particularly drawn too to the clothes her sitters wear. Have a close look at the magnificent silks, brocades, velvets, sheers and embroideries. Quel spectacle!

After Hans Holbein

After Hans Holbein

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Lucas Cranach

After Lucas Cranach

After Frans Pourbus

After Frans Pourbus

After Pisanello

After Pisanello

After Anonymous

After Anonymous

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Gerard de Saint-Jean

After Gerard de Saint-Jean

After Piero di Cosimo

After Piero di Cosimo

After Petrus Christus

After Petrus Christus

After Giovanni Bellini

After Giovanni Bellini

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Domenico Ghirlandaio

After Domenico Ghirlandaio

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After William Scrots

After William Scrots

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Raffaelo Sanzio

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Rogier van der Weyden

After Andrea del Sarto

After Andrea del Sarto

After Van Eyck

After Van Eyck

After Lorenzo di Credi

After Lorenzo di Credi

After Leonardo da Vinci

After Leonardo da Vinci

After Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg

After Isaac Claesz van Swanenburg

 

IT’S A MOBILE WORLD



More than 25 of Calder’s famous mobiles are to be installed on the ground of London’s Pace Gallery this month, as part of a major exhibition of works created by the artist between 1945 and 1949.

I am always excited to see Calder’s mobiles for they are so majestic, whimsical and mirthful. They always take me back to the magical Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence in the hills looking over Nice and Cannes where I have ‘religiously’ been going every summer for the last 10 years or so on what I call my pèlegrinage culturel et spirituel  (see my two holiday snaps below). But more of that in a future post…

Alexander Calder, one of the most acclaimed and influential scupltors of the 20th C, was inspired to begin creating the abstract kinetic constructions after a visit to Piet Mondrian’s studio (see my previous post a few days ago, Stylish de Stilj) in 1930, inventing a new art form termed the “mobile” by Marcel Duchamp (currently featuring in the Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns exhibition at the Barbican).

His work was interrupted during the war years when sheet aluminium was at a shortage, but he returnd to it with gusto in 1945.

The exhibition includes masterpieces such as Baby Flat Top (1946), Little Parasite (1947) and the Blue Feather (c.1948), insralled on the gallery’s ground floor, while the newly renovated first floor will host more than 20 rarely-seen paintings and gouaches made by Calder during the same period.

Calder After the War is at Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens from April 19-June 7. I hope you go and have a look next time you are around Piccadilly or Old Bond Street.

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