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

Romantic Paris

Romance in Turbulent Times

Through September 15, 2019 | Petit Palais | By Heidi Ellison

After the fall of Napoleon and his empire in 1815, 19th-century France lived through a series of monarchical restorations and new revolutions, with Paris always at the center of events. The major exhibition “Romantic Paris” at the Petit Palais looks at what … Read More

Versailles: Visible/Invisible

Humbling Versailles

Through October 20, 2019 | Château de Versailles | By Heidi Ellison

If you want to avoid the crowds next time you go to Versailles, skip the château itself and go to the Domaine du Grand Trianon to see the exhibition “Versailles: Visible/Invisible,” a continuation of the now-annual incursion of contemporary art … Read More

Prehistory: A Modern Enigma

The Weight of the Past

Through September 16, 2019 | Centre Pompidou | By Heidi Ellison

I was as fascinated by the exhibition “Prehistory: A Modern Enigma” at the Centre Pompidou as the artists featured in it were fascinated by prehistoric art. The premise of the show is that the many new scientific discoveries made during … Read More