Saturday, September 26, 2020

Man Ray et la mode - Musee Luxembourg

Another new, exciting photography show in Paris at musee Luxembourg.  Man Ray, (an American artist moved to Paris in 1921). His photographic work is seen from a fashion perspective rather than as a Surrealist or Dadaist.
The museum proposes Ray fell into fashion photography by
 taking society portraits, placing them in Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, whose editors noticed of his unusual techniques and hired him. But a little research tells another story.
The stunning, young American Vogue model, Lee Miller showed up on his doorstep uninvited and announced she wanted to be his assistent. Ray said he didn't use assistants
 and anyway he was leaving immediately for Biarritz on holiday . Lee Miller said she’d accompany him! They worked together for 3 years. Ray remained obsessed with her, even though Miller got fed up and moved out, they remained friends the rest of their lives. By accident in the dark room, they discovered the technique of ‘Solarization’. It was Miller who introduced him into fashion photography if you believe the many riveting videos on her life.
Paris designers like Jeanne Lanvin, Vionnet,
Paul PoiretSchiaparelli adored working with Ray and his unique photographic techniques.

The designer’s garments are interspersed through out the exhibit.
Plus short fashion films made by Ray, with accompanying 20’s music to get you in the mood.
This surreal photo was an ad for mascara! The museum’s gift shop offers mascara, lipsticks, nail polish along with Man Ray catalogs.
These women are so elegant. Its hard not to compare their stylish manner with women today.
But then women today are no longer confined to being simply objects of beauty.
Today’s women have many more options with great thanks to Ruth Bader Ginsburgquite a stylish
 woman herself. (Start watching at 11:00 minutes). This week has been an immersion in RBG tributes. You too? The new September Paris letter๐Ÿ’Œ is in the post๐Ÿ“ฎ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️Stay well and safe dear PBers❤️๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’‹

Saturday, September 19, 2020

French photographer Sarah Moon at MAM


Sarah Moon’s retrospective just opened at Musรฉe d’Art Moderne de Paris on Thursday. It is astonishing. I always thought Sarah Moon was British. She is French (79), born in Vernon near Giverny. Her family escaped during the war to London. She became a top model and changed her name when she switched to photography.
Her dreamy campaigns for Biba and Cacherel are legendary. She shot campaigns for Chanel, Dior, Christian Lacroix, Comme des Garรงons, Valentino. There is an inimitable elegance, a mystery to her work.
lking through the exhibit words came to me like:

Evocative, atmospheric, poignant, enigmatic,
                                  Fantasie, surreal, dolls,
                       Dreamlike, fairy tales, touching,
       Shape shape shape, fade in - fade out,  Bonnard, phantom, magical.   What words come to you?

                           This portrait of Sarah Moon is from a story in Russh.
“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow” Leo Tolstoy ❤️๐Ÿป

Friday, September 18, 2020

Salon International du Livre Rare - Grand Palais


There is visible smog in Paris from the fires. Big Merci ❤️ to West Coasters who wrote and thanked me for mentioning the fires. I’ve met many in Paris. It’s nice to meet more. I hope things turnaround for you ASAP๐Ÿ™

Last night was the preview of the Salon International du Livre (on thru Sunday and free entry). Its always a wonderful show full of surprises. You’ll find what you are looking for and much more. Attendees kept their distance and were masked.

What to wear? Something dust-proof and bookish.
Save the bookmarks I send out PBers. They could be worth a bundle someday!
Meet Cristalle Gonzalos, owner of Paris specialist bookshop, 
Librairie Sur Fil de Paris at the end of rue Saint Paul near the Seine. She carries all things Paris, speaks English and does mail order. Hooray.
I fell hard for this long illustrated panarama scroll of 19th century rue de Rivoli (25€)in her shop window. She sends these out also as a poster.

Its a constant source of inspiration on my studio wall.
Another scroll also at Cristelle’s booth.
Another favorite was the collection of Bouquinistes art in the association’s booth. 
Especially the kid trying to paint Notre Dame onsite..tell me about it.
Someone mentioned Concorde looked deserted. Not so. It is bustling as ever. Like toute Paris. I’m going to Craig Carlson’s new book celebration at Abbey Bookstore tonite. Full report to come. Paris sends ❤️๐ŸปPS

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Waltzing around Concorde

Look, that maman is scolding her petite fille in the Tuileries gardens. Last Friday I went to Madeleine
for a new sim card. Then I walked over to Concorde for a browse. Its still feels like taking a trip witho
ut packing.
I popped into Angelina. They usually have good ๐Ÿ’Œ paper envelope stuffers. But Paris is paper-free these days. Can you catch Covid from a business or perfume card? :(
A tray of stacked chocolate cups drew my eye.  I’ll come back when its chilly (its 80s-90s degrees).
                                Checks are IN for Fall
                            More checks and shorts...
 Laduree's latest macaron boxes are by Tokiodoki 
      By Sergio Legno, an illustrator obsessed with kawaii.
             Inside their perfect pastries. I resisted.
I didn’t resist 
Mado de Paris. New to 252, rue de Rivoli since January. I stopped in for an iced citronade, lemon ice cream and a lemon zest madeleine. Toute Lemon ๐Ÿ‹ 
Beautiful lemon tea tins. Perfectly iced madeleines.
A classic French couple flirting in a cafe. What’s not to love about Concorde? Reliably beautiful in any light. I’m off to see the 
Sarah Moon exhibit at MAM. Then swim ๐ŸŠ‍♀️ Then see Le Salon International du Livre Rare at Grand Palais. Then work ✏️ on the September Paris letter
                 Pray๐Ÿ™ for the West Coast ❤️ ๐Ÿป

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Christo et Jeanne-Claude, Pompidou

Audacious. Intrepid. The words comes to mind when thinking of Christo. Yet this exhibit is full of surprises. We think of the sculptor as a wrapper of major  monuments. His early small, whimsical works surprise like this child’s pull toy. From this view it looks like a huge Trojan horse.
Originally he painted portraits. Then ‘wrapped’ them. There are mysterious wrapped bundles. Christo refused to reveal what was inside.
Early days he wrapped statues at Trocadero. The wrapped Pont Neuf hides a wonderful love story between Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
J-C’s mother asked Christo to paint her portrait. She invited him to lunch. He didn't want to come. She insisted. there he met Jeanne-Claude. He invited her to see his sculptures in his 7th floor walk-up chambre de bonne. The hall light went out just as he opened the door. She was terrorized by his bundles. The rest is history❤️.Interestingly, they both had the same birth date. Meant to be!
We see the bridge isolated, wrapped in its monumentality. Not as an urban project with Parisians interacting, a baby rolling on the fabric, with traffic. Some Locals didn't like it. They complained, “What’s the point? Its not art! It cost too much money!”
Christo raised all the $ himself from his drawings. No donations.
For 10 years he negotiated with French authorities and citizens for permission.
Again the Pont Neuf became  a lively gathering place, a city focal point as Henri IV envisioned it back in the 1600’s. Many visitors overlook the Pont Neuf in favor of more romantic Pont Alexandre. I did. I never went till this letter/map project except to cross over and think how long it took to get to the other side. I didn’t experience its monumentality, serenity, views.
The mini park below, Square de Vert Galant (noted in 
Vivian Swift’s book, Gardens of Awe and Folly) is one of Paris’ loveliest of pocket parks. Parisians know this. Its a haven. If you can not get to this extraordinary, uplifting exhibit, go to Pont Neuf next trip. You’ll need my Paris map
๐Ÿ˜ƒBear stays in the picture!๐Ÿป