Working List of Exhibitions to see in Paris September 2018
Zao Wou-Ki -"Space is Silence"
Ryoji Ikeda -Centre Pompidou
Bronwyn Katz -@Palais de Tokyo
Pablo Picasso - @Musee D'Orsay (Apparently there's a whole new reason to see this exhibition "Blue and Rose" Lolz)
Group Show celebrating the 30th anniversary of Le Monde Arabe-"Un œil ouvert sur le monde arabe"
Alphonse Mucha- Art Nouveau -Musee de Luxombourg
"Caravaggio in Rome, friends and enemies" -Musee Jacquemart-Andre
When you're new to Paris you may not know that the Summer months the city is converted into a ghost town, where decorative tumble weeds blow through the wide Napoleonic Boulevards. In actual fact as a tourist, it's business as usual cramming in all the sights, but for the locals the story is completely different.
The view from the otherside is very different, locals leave the city in droves. Seeking cooler Summer retreats than the beating city heat which leaves almost everyone feint or disgruntled. Paris is so spectacularly popular worldwide as a vacation destination, perhaps it is this reason that some wouldn't at first notice. But then eerily once you've lived in Paris for a little while, this phenomenon becomes noticeable.
This makes September a wonderful time to visit Paris. Everyone has returned and is hopefully still relaxed from their vacations. The city itself is eager to welcome it's offspring and culturally a lot is kicking off this month.
Bank of France - Bastille
It belongs "In front of Trump Tower" really putting the "Social" in media. Citizens are vocalising their suggestions in protest to this "public" art piece, & the outcry is getting louder. This is becoming one of my favourite feuds.
What I imagine as the subtext is that the organiser or art dealer- hoping to benefit from this public piece as being for the 'people', is not listening or responding to the growing outrage. This is very A LA TRUMP calling everyone who's opinion that differs FAKE NEWS. Well then the opposition claps back, then you can put these fake tulips, where the meaning is better aligned: TRUMP TOWERS.
What I love about this suggestion to put it in front of Trump Towers, is about merging populism with elitism. That rich people use their power for self gratification and with this confidence and many other reasons, they receive followers for a large number of other reasons. However the french public know a lot about art, and are defying this sculpture's sentimentality. Will it be just a site for selfies? Really the laquer of appeal is very thin by residents.
Public sculpture is not about the artist's intentions only. The artist has to be sensitive to the public and for a pop artist to be unpopular with the public does not bode well. The recuration by the public to put "it" in front of Trump towers, I must agree is far more accurate. The artist may not agree but who gets to decide what is in the benefit for the public?
If you do not listen to the public outcry that this seemingly well-intentioned piece is tone deaf and therefore hideous to the Parisians who have lived through this experience. If you doubt that Parisians are aware of how art works and how meaning is made in a space (Paris) then you're probably being a kitschtator. And your hair will turn Oros Orange.
Must be nice right to reject a Jeff Koons? No, I cannot envision that the "monumental sculpture planned as a memorial to the 2015 terrorist attacks at Paris’s Bataclan concert hall" is a manifestation that is sensitively constructed. And is not being dealt with sensitively and will therefore not be rejected sensitively. A public that is aware they have authority too and use it, is how democracy works. How America works is something else.
Jeff Koon's work has been reproduced ad infinitum and although, I am often one of the first to defend kitschocracy. This is not the time. In light of the scale and placement of this public art piece and above all it's reasoning I cannot agree more with the french public who have deemed this piece REPULSIVE.
This to me reeks of the people who think art can be owned protecting their investment interests. And in true French Revolution style the people are not having it. Bets are on that this Marie Antoinette is going to get snipped.
End of rant.