Berthe Morisot

Not Just a Pretty Painter

Through September 22, 2019 | Musée d'Orsay | By Heidi Ellison

Berthe Morisot (1841-95), a key French Impressionist painter, has not been the subject of a major exhibition in France since 1941. Is this because she was a woman and therefore dismissed as a minor painter? Perhaps. The current exhibition of … Read More

Time Capsule at Fluctuart

Fluctuat nec Mergitur

Exhibition "Time Capsule" through September 22, 2019 | Fluctuart | By Heidi Ellison

Fluctuart is a gallery, but not a white cube. It’s a street-art gallery, but it’s located on the River Seine, not on the street. And, interestingly, graffiti artists would have a hard time defacing (or beautifying, depending on your point … Read More

City Prince/sses

The Tempestuous Kingdom of Creation

Through September 8, 2019 | Palais de Tokyo | By Heidi Ellison

Paris’s Palais de Tokyo recently traveled to five sprawling mega-cities – Dhaka, Lagos, Manila, Mexico City and Tehran – in search of artists who push the boundaries of contemporary art with outrageous and/or outsized works. The result is “City Prince/sses,” … Read More

Henry Wessel, Fil Noir, Marguerite Bornhauser

Dark Stories

Through August 25, 2019 | Maison Européenne de la Photographie | By Heidi Ellison

American photographer Henry Wessel (1942-2018), the subject of the exhibition “Henry Wessel: A Dark Thread” at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), had the unusual habit of not looking at the contact sheets of his photos until a year had … Read More

Dora Maar

The Price of A-musing Picasso

Through July 29, 2019 | Centre Pompidou | By Heidi Ellison

Photographer and painter Dora Maar (1907-97), who was Picasso’s lover for eight years, beginning in 1936 (“I wasn’t his mistress,” she once said, “he was my master”), is probably best known today as “The Weeping Woman” in Picasso’s portraits of … Read More