The Power of My Hands

Threading the Lines of Filiation

Through August 22, 2021 | Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris | By Heidi Ellison

Speaking of women-only exhibitions (see last week’s review of “Women in Abstraction”), I recommend a visit to the show “The Power of My Hands” at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, which presents the work of 16 African women artists … Read More

Cherry Blossoms

Pretty Wrapping Paper

Through January 2, 2022 | Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain | By Heidi Ellison

Damien Hirst may have set out to shock and dismay in his early days with works featuring dead animals preserved in formaldehyde and maggots feasting on cows’ heads, but today he seems to be taking exactly the opposite approach: seeking … Read More

Mémoires de Glace

Frozen Souvenirs

Through December 5, 2021 | Musée Départemental de Préhistoire d’Île-de-France | By Heidi Ellison

“This show is a call for help,” says Pierre-Yves Nicod, curator of the exhibition “Mémoires de Glace” at the Musée Départemental de Préhistoire d’Île-de-France in Nemours, France. The melting of glaciers caused by climate change has one positive side effect: … Read More


Art Imitates Life Imitates Art

Through September 19, 2021 | Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen | By Heidi Ellison

The lovely Musée des Beaux-arts in Rouen is celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of its famed native son Gustave Flaubert with a clever exhibition based on his historical novel Salammbô. Why Salammbô and not the much more famous Madame … Read More

Drawing Factory

The Drawing on the Wall

| Drawing Factory | By Heidi Ellison

Most of us have been to open-studio events, and while it is always interesting to see artists’ studios and their work, the quality of the latter often leaves something to be desired, leading to art fatigue. At the Drawing Factory’s … Read More

Women Painters 1780-1830

A Place at the Easel

Through July 25, 2021 | Musée du Luxembourg | By Heidi Ellison

In an entrepreneurial spirit not often found among state-run French museums, the Musée du Luxembourg is offering its exhibition “Peintres Femmes, 1780-1830.” (“Women Painters”) for online viewing for €5 (€9 if you agree to visit the exhibition in the company … Read More

Gérard Garouste: Correspondences

Kafka Explained?

Through June 19, 2021 | Galerie Templon | By Heidi Ellison

The prolific French painter Gérard Garouste (b. 1946) likes a good story, whether it comes from mythology, religion or fiction. He seems to use these sources to explore the depths of his own unconscious – expressed through colorful, energetically painted … Read More