Cher(e)s Ami(e)s

That's What Friends Are For

March 23, 2016 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

The new rehang of the Centre Pompidou’s contemporary collection, “Cher(e)s Ami(e)s” pays tribute to the museum’s “friends,” those who have donated works during the past five years, whether patrons or the artists themselves. It’s a disparate group of pieces, with … Read More

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

February 7, 2010 | By James Overton | Archive

Art as Commodity and The Craft of Self-Promotion “Antiquity 3” (2009-11). Photo: Tom Powel Imaging. © Jeff Koons. If you, like many people, are bemused by Jeff Koons, now is your chance to see some of his most celebrated artworks … Read More

Le Surréalisme et l’Objet

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Fun and Games with The Surrealists Victor Brauner’s “Loup-Table” (1947). Photo: Philippe Migeat, Centre Pompidou © Adagp, Paris 2013 Not being a huge fan of Surrealism, I put off going to see the exhibition “Surrealism and the Object” at the … Read More

Niki de Saint Phalle (2)

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Art That Saves, Art That Kills “Les Trois Grâces” (1995-2003). © 2014 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. Photo: Philippe Cousin It seems that everyone in the world is familiar with Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Nanas,” those monumental sculptures of curvaceous goddesses … Read More

Martial Raysse: Retropective 1960-2014

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Pop Art A la Française “Made in Japan – La Grande Odalisque” (1964). Photo: Philippe Migeat/Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Dist. RMN-GP © Adagp, Paris 2014 The French artist Martial Raysse, born in 1936, had his 15 minutes of fame in the 1960s, … Read More

Simon Hantaï & Roy Lichtenstein

February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Shared Detachment inSeparate but Parallel Careers Lichtenstein’s “M-Maybe” (1965). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York/ADAGP, Paris, 2013 The two major exhibitions currently showing at the Centre Pompidou are worth seeing together for the interesting comparison they provide between the … Read More


February 7, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Desperately Seeking a Likable Side of Dalí “The Persistence of Memory” (1931). © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí/Adagp, Paris 2012 Beyond a grudging admiration for Salvador Dalí’s energy, enthusiasm and wit, I have never been a fan of the Catalonian … Read More