Vivian Maier

Maier Mania

Through January 16, 2022 | Musée du Luxembourg | By Heidi Ellison

Who hasn’t yet heard of Vivian Maier, nanny by profession, photographer by avocation? Her story is so unusual and her photographs so good that she never ceases to fascinate. Now the Musée de Luxembourg is holding what is apparently the … Read More

Georgia O’Keeffe

A Painter's Painter

Through December 6, 2021 | Centre Pompidou | By Heidi Ellison

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is mega-famous in the United States for her flower paintings, almost to the point of oversaturation, but the current retrospective at Paris’s Centre Pompidou shows just how much more there was to the work of this versatile … Read More

Rrose C’est la Life: Agnès Thurnauer

Transgender Art

Through October 3, 2021 | Centre d’Art Contemporain de Bouvet Ladubay | By Heidi Ellison

Many agreeable surprises are to be found in the French provinces, not the least of which are contemporary art spaces in the most unexpected places. One example is the Centre d’Art Contemporain at the Bouvet Ladubay winery in Saumur, which … Read More

Salgado Amazônia

Paradise Transformed

Through October 31, 2021 | Musée de la Musique>Philharmonie de Paris | By Heidi Ellison

The first thing you see when you enter the darkened “Salgado Amazônia” exhibition space in the Musée de la Musique at the Philharmonie de Paris will knock your socks off: a large, grainy, high-contrast black-and-white print of heavy, roiling, black-edged … Read More

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