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Dominique Fiat

16 rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais, Paris 75003
Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm

Gilles Balmet, ‘Looking through the window’ on until 19th October

Gilles Balmet, Waterfalls (copyright of the artist)

Gilles Balmet, Waterfalls 2012 (copyright of the artist)

This weekend, in celebration of ‘La Rentrée’ (September when everyone in Paris comes back from holiday) many of the city’s galleries held a ‘vernissage’ which is French for exhibition opening. I managed to work my way around about 15 of them, which was tiring but the odd free glass of wine helped!

I’ll be writing about more of them in good time but I thought I’d start with Waterfalls by Gilles Balmet which I found in the Dominique Fiat gallery, smack bang in the middle of Le Marais, the area of Paris which is home to most of the city’s best-known galleries which means you can hop from gallery to gallery in minutes. I loved the ink wash technique the artist uses and the soothing effect it seemed to have on everyone who looked at it, especially me.

Reversed landscapes, 2013, ink wash on paper, 80cmx120cm, copyright of Gilles Balmet

Reversed landscapes, 2013, ink wash on paper, 80cmx120cm, copyright of Gilles Balmet

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September 8, 2013 · 2:46 pm

A gallery A week

FR 2

Detail from a painting by Fiona Rae, 2012

As you can see from the lack of posts on my blog, I haven’t had a huge amount of time to write about the art I’ve seen recently.

So I’ve decided to start another blog, called ‘A gallery A week‘, which gives shorter accounts of the galleries I’ve been to with more photos. It means I blog more, and more importantly it makes me go to a gallery every week. I’m also still reviewing exhibitions for artwednesday.com so if you want to read more, you can find me on the Paris page.

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Pins and needles

Desperate to avoid another social network hungrily eating at my time, I did everything I could to avoid the colourful world of Pinterest. But I love pictures and I have no self-discipline, so it’s started. Here’s a link to my first board (let’s face it the first of many boards) of my favourite living artists, these are the artists I follow the works of like a crazy stalker, leaching on them for their inspiration and enlightenment. Tell me if you think there’s anyone I’ve missed.

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A list artist

Joseph Beuys

Food for Thought 1977

Shown as part of Duchamp, Beuys, Murakami “A History of Editions” at the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery, Paris

My life at the moment is an endless list. I don’t even have time to tick things off that I’ve done, or to read the list properly. Don’t worry though, ‘go on holiday’ is on my list and will be crossed off shortly.

One of the things to do on my list was to write a post about this list by Joseph Beuys at the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery. I’ve only just got around to it and the exhibition ends on July 30th, so I’d better keep this brief.

I’ve always written lists. They used to be for fun stuff like Christmas presents I wanted or things to save up my pocket money for. Then after university they turned into to-do lists, oh how grown-up! Since I left my office job I’ve tried to make my lists more interesting mixing boring with fun e.g. 1, Monthly admin 2, Photocopying 3, Paint toenails.  I now know how interesting a month has been by the ratio of fun to boring stuff that’s been ticked.

Beuys’s list has the title ‘Food for thought’. It starts as a list of food. This initially interested me not just because I was hungry, but also because I love food shopping. The novelty of French markets and supermarkets still hasn’t worn off.

As I worked my way down this list I realised it had a much deeper meaning than shallow first impressions. The list of tinned foods evolves into a short prose and then folk verse. Perhaps I should add this literary element to my lists, inspiring me to work through them quicker and go out and have more fun.

So to get this job ticked off, here is a list of my instant thoughts about the exhibition as they came to me. If you are confused, go and see it yourself and it will all become clear:

1, Joseph Beuys was amazing

2, A photograph of this list isn’t really going to work on the blog but I’m going to use it anyway

3, Felt is so calming to look at

4, Wow a set of miniature lifts, perhaps for mice…

5, …and a tunnel to take you to the second half of the gallery

6, Murakami prints = disappointing, overpriced and uninspiring

7, Hmmm…OK the whole point of the exhibition is to sell the Murakami prints for thousands of Euros each

8, It worked, look at all the red stickers

9, They aren’t originals, they’re limited edition prints. It’s like Athena in here

10, Anyone who buys them has more money than sense and knows nothing about art

11, Maybe I’m just jealous

12, Actually, I don’t mind this one of wise old men with beards

13, Urgh what is that one doing? Oh no don’t look at that it will burn your retinas

14, Now a huge dog is walking around the gallery

15, Its owner is trying to get it to eat coal

16, Time to leave

This post also appears on Artsharks

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