Last night Nicole & I were at the vernissage /opening of an exhibition of new paintings (pastels and oils) by Irving Petlin, one of our absolutely favorite workers in the field of visual arts — and one of the most literate painters I know. It was as always a major treat, and though I am partial to his pastel works — he is without a doubt the contemporary master in … Read more New Irving Petlin Show in Paris
Have a last look at this great 1955 Pablo Picasso painting from 1955 called “The Women of Algiers:” The painting was just sold at auction for $ 180 million, & will disappear into the safe vault of the anonymous private owner, where, as Nicola Kuhn writes in the Tagesspiegel “it will serve as a blue chip, as guarantor of value appreciation in times of an overheated market. How great the current greediness … Read more Picasso’s Expensive Disappearing Women
via the always excellent Arabic Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on MAY 10, 2015 • ( 0 ) On Thursday, May 7, Tunisian-French artist eL Seed joined artist-publisher Don Karl at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair to talk about his work in Calligraffiti: Among all the painting work that eL Seed did in a recent tour around Tunis, Don Karl said, the most controversial piece had nothing to … Read more eL Seed: Playing with the Arabic Letters
& here for the weekend’s end a few items of interest in between the ongoing Meddeb / Malady of Islam serialization: Much angered by the destruction of Nimrod & other archeological sites. Must be the first time I am thankful (put that word under erasure) for the British & French colonial greed that stole & stored much of the moveable treasures in their museums. Nimroud : à quoi ressemble la … Read more Nimrod (befoe ISIS), Peter Sloterdijk on Heidegger (in French), Samah Selim on Translation & Adaptation
If in Paris catch the new Irving Petlin show at galerie Jacques Leegenhoek, 35 rue de Lille in the 7th arrondissement: it is amazing — but will close on 30 June. I’ll post on it more solidly in a few days, but wanted to get this out to alert people to he fact that it will close at the end of the month. Don’t miss it!
Another superb new book for this summer: winter music — Photography by Susan Quasha & poems by Robert Kelly. This is a marvelous occasion, especially as it is the first major showing of the color photography of Susan Quasha, co-founder of Station Hill Press for which she has designed a score (hundreds? I’d guess) of books. It is published by ‘T’ Space in Rhinebeck & distributed by Station Hill. … Read more “Winter Music” in June
Check out the new issue of PEEP / SHOW, featuring the visual sequence o r b i t l i m i t s by Lori Anderson Moseman, introduced by Nicole Peyrafitte who writes: Lori Anderson Moseman’s compositions always offer particularized insights into the familiar… the center mass is always deeply felt —purposely, playfully, thoughtfully, consciously & unconsciously located outside the expected body. [ctd here].
Check out the London Review Of Books article by Anne Wagner on the Hannah Höch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in which she suggests that the german artist asked herself the same question she did: “‘What does a woman want?’ I still remember my first encounter with the question Freud put to Marie Bonaparte in 1925, just as I recall my inability to stomach its aggressive and mystifying tone. … Read more Hanna Höch Exhibition
This Thursday (Jan 30th) our good friend Denis Brun is having a “Finissage Cocktail” to close his first solo show in New York. You can stop by anytime between 6-9PM BUT if you want to hear Nicole Peyrafitte’s send off to him make sure to be there by 7PM. Address: Giacobetti Paul Gallery 111 Front St, New York, NY 11201