Poet of Painting

Through February 4, 2019 | Grand Palais | By Heidi Ellison

As I discovered when I visited the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, a lot of Miró can sometimes be too much Miró. I soon got bored with the repetitiveness of the paintings on show there, all with similar colors and full … Read More

Giacometti: From Tradition to Avant-Garde

Becoming Giacometti

Through January 20, 2019 | Musée Maillol | By Heidi Ellison

How did Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) become the superstar sculptor whose spindly statues are instantly recognizable by just about everyone? The exhibition “Giacometti: From Tradition to Avant-Garde” at Paris’s Musée Maillol helps to answer the question with an ambitious show tracing … Read More

Debussy at the Beach

No Fun in the Sun for Composer

Through December 15, 2018 | Domaine National de Saint-Germain-en-Laye | By Nick Hammond

Why, you might ask, is an exhibition titled “Debussy at the Beach” being held at the National Museum of Archaeology in the precincts of the château at Saint-Germain-en-Laye? Perhaps in order to present a close examination of the beach pebbles … Read More

Franz West

Adaptive, Interactive Art

Through April 23, 2018 | Centre Pompidou | By Heidi Ellison

I took a liking to Franz West (1947-2012) as soon as I entered the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou and saw this quote by him: “I’ve always thought that the ideal is to do nothing and still be able to … Read More