Vivian Maier: The Color Work

The Snap-Happy Nanny

Through March 30, 2019 | Les Douches la Galerie | By Heidi Ellison

For such a private person, Vivian Maier took an awful lot of self-portraits. That was one of the impressions I got from the current show of color and black-and-white images by the enigmatic street photographer/nanny now on at Les Douches … Read More

Artists in Montmartre

Wild Life on the Butte

Through February 10, 2019 | Musée de Montmartre | By Heidi Ellison

The Musée de Montmartre bills itself as “the most charming museum in Paris,” and that may well be true. The word “charming” kept popping into my mind as I perused its current exhibition, “Artists in Montmartre: Legendary Places and Studios,” … Read More

Japon-Japonismes: Objets Inspirés

The Shock of the New

Through March 3, 2019 | Musée des Arts Décoratifs | By Heidi Ellison

While visiting the exhibition “Japan-Japanisms: Inspired Objects” at Paris’s Musées des Arts Décoratifs, it occurred to me that modern Western art as we know it might have been something entirely different if the arts and crafts of Japan hadn’t suddenly … Read More

Grayson Perry: Vanity, Identity, Sexuality

A New Man

Through February 3, 2019 | La Monnaie de Paris | By Heidi Ellison

I remember the shock of seeing Grayson Perry’s work for the first time at an exhibition in London. What appeared to be beautiful, classically made vases turned out, upon closer inspection, to be decorated with images of abused and neglected children. … Read More

JR: Momentum

Visual Messages Writ Large

Through February 10, 2019 | Maison Européenne de la Photographie | By Heidi Ellison

Anyone who has seen the moving film Visages Villages by director Agnès Varda and photographer JR was probably especially touched, as I was, by the sweet-natured and talented JR. This young (now 35) Frenchman became famous for his guerrilla wheatpasting … Read More