SFMOMA’s American Icons at the Grand Palais

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Ce weekend j’ai visité l’exposition Icônes Américaines au Grand Palais. J’y allais plus par simple curiosité – et pour amortir ma Carte Sésame – que par amour de l’art moderne. Moi qui pourrais passer une journée au Musée d’Orsay, j’avoue être peu sensible à ce courant. Impression confirmée à la vue des premiers tableaux – des bandes arc-en-ciel et un cœur à l’envers – et qui se poursuit au fil des salles. Cette vilaine phrase me revient en tête (« Pfff, moi aussi je serais capable de faire ça. ») Et pourtant, en faisant le tour une seconde fois pour les photos et en lisant le guide bien pédagogique, je me surprends à davantage apprécier les œuvres. Le moderne, un art dont l’appréciation se mérite ? Disons qu’il n’est pas forcément évident tant qu’on ne connaît pas les intentions de l’auteur.

Jusqu’au 22 juin, le Grand Palais accueille les œuvres les plus emblématiques du San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, actuellement en rénovation, et de la collection Fisher. (Les Fisher étant nuls autres que les fondateurs de la marque Gap ! Quand on sait dans quelles conditions sont fabriqués ces vêtements…) L’exposition met en scène le travail des artistes suivants : Carl Andre, Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Dan Flavin, Philip Guston, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly et Andy Warhol.

Ellsworth Kelly SFMOMA 1

This weekend I saw the exhibition American Icons at the Grand Palais. I went there more out of curiosity than out of love for modern art, and I have to confess I was not impressed by the paintings at first sight. A second round to take pictures and reading the detailed guide convinced me otherwise. Let’s say it’s hard to appreciate this form of art when you are not aware of the artist’s intentions. The exhibition running through June 22nd shows iconic works from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art which is currently undergoing renovation. The featured artists are Carl Andre, Alexander Calder, Chuck Close, Richard Diebenkorn, Dan Flavin, Philip Guston, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol.

Ellsworth Kelly SFMOMA 2

Ellsworth Kelly

Philip Guston SFMOMA 1 Philip Guston SFMOMA 2 Richard Diebenkorn SFMOMA Donald Judd SFMOMA 1 Donald Judd SFMOMA 2 Donald Judd SFMOMA 3

Donald Judd, Untitled. Notice how the two columns create different impressions even though they are alike in form. The copper one seems light and fluid while the one in steel looks compact and heavy.

Roy Lichtentstein SFMOMA

Roy Lichtentstein. You can read my post about his exhibition at Centre Pompidou here.

Andy Warhol SFMOMA

Andy Warhol’s portraits of two American icons

Dan Flavin SFMOMA

Dan Flavin

Brice Marden SFMOMA My favorite painting of the exhibition by Brice Marden

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Avril in pictures

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May in Paris started off with winter-like temperatures. Looking back at my Instagram pictures of April makes me want to weep at the sight of a sunny city. The arrival of spring made me re-discover the Palais-Royal gardens and Ile Saint-Louis under a different light. It’s a time of the year when rhythms change. People linger in parks and on the banks of the Seine. A general sense of lightness settles in.

Saint-Germain was no exception to the trend and I had a lovely Easter Monday stroll in the Luxembourg gardens, which I blogged on here.

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The month wouldn’t have been complete without a few cultural events. The highlights were attending rehearsals of the ballet Paquita which premieres at Palais Garnier tonight. The public work session hosted by the choreographer Pierre Lacotte and Etoile dancer Agnès Letestu was fascinating. I also got to see a dress rehearsal at the Opera and visit backstage thanks to a lovely lady who works there – a dream come true!

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