tag archives: france

 


 

every picture tells a story.

yet, abstract art can also be narrative.

through abstract art, joan mitchell told the story of her feelings, memories, or experiences.  stories of places, or people that she loved.  stories inspired by the arts.  stories inspired by nature.

probably the most exceptional art exhibition to take place in san francisco in years, the joan mitchell retrospective at the san francisco museum of art (sfmoma) lets the pictures tell the stories.

 

joan mitchell

san francisco museum of modern art | san francisco, ca

4 september 2021-17 january 2022

baltimore museum of art | baltimore, md

6 march 2022-14 august 2022

fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

fall 2022

joan mitchell exhibition catalog | by sarah roberts and katy siegel

photo credit sfmoma

 

new york

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | hudson river day line | oil on canvas | 1955

mcnay art museum | san antonio, tx

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | evenings on 73rd street | oil on canvas | 1957

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

commuting between new york and paris

 

“i wanted to be sure to reach you;

though my ship was on the way it got caught in some moorings.

i am always tying up and then deciding to depart.” 

to the harbormaster, a poem by mitchell’s friend, frank o’hara (1926-1966), 1957

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | to the harbormaster | oil on canvas | 1957

ars art lp

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

moving from the city (paris) to the country (vétheuil)

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | my landscape II | oil on canvas | 1967

smithsonian american art museum | washington, dc

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

sold for hkd 65,261,000 (over usd 8,000,000)

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | oil on canvas | circa 1967

sotheby’s | hong kong | 9 october 2021 | sale hk1141 | lot 1114

photo credit sotheby’s

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | russian easter | oil on canvas | 1967

private collection | liechtenstein

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

mitchell alternated between either acknowledging or denying the influence of impressionist painter, claude monet (1840-1926), who lived in vétheuil from 1878-1881.

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sans neige | oil on canvas | 1969

carnegie museum of art | pittsburgh, pa

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

monet painted over 100 scènes de neige (snow scenes).

claude monet (1840-1926) | frost near vétheuil | oil on canvas | 1880

musee d’orsay | paris, france

photo credit art-monet.com

 

friends

feelings, memories, experiences…

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | salut tom | oil on canvas | 1979

national gallery of art | washington, dc

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

poetry

someone else’s feelings, memories, or experiences.

 

‘…c’est la peau du dehors qui se retourne et nous absorbe…’

(…the skin of the exterior turns inside out and absorbs us…)

la ligne de la rupture, a poem by mitchell’s friend, jacques dupin (1927-2012), 1971

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | la ligne de la rupture | oil on canvas | 1970-1971

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

top:  joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sorbes de la nuit d’été | pastel and ink on paper | 1975

a poem by mitchell’s friend, jacques dupin (1927-2012)

private collection

bottom:  joan mitchell (1925-1992) | blue | pastel and ink on paper | circa 1975

a poem by j j mitchell, a friend who joan mitchell met through frank o’hara (1926-1966)

the museum of modern art | new york, ny

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

‘we shall have everything we want and there’ll be no more dying

on the pretty plains of in the supper clubs…

ode to joy, a poem by mitchell’s friend, frank o’hara (1926-1966), 1958

 joan mitchell (1925-1992) | ode to joy (a poem by frank o’hara) | oil on canvas | circa 1970-1971

university at buffalo art galleries | buffalo, ny

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

nature

rejuvenation and plentitude

 joan mitchell (1925-1992) | no rain | oil on canvas | circa 1976

the museum of modern art | new york, ny

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

mitchell acknowledged the influences of impressionist painters, vincent van gogh (1853-1890) and paul cezanne (1839-1906), who first made an impression upon her during childhood visits to the art institute of chicago.

 vincent van gogh (1853-1890) | rain | oil on canvas | 1889

philadelphia museum of art | philadelphia, pa

photo credit philadelphia museum of art

 

 paul cezanne (1839-1906) | mont sainte-victoire seen from the bibémus quarry | oil on canvas | 1895-1899

baltimore museum of art (bma) | baltimore, md

photo credit bma

 

 joan mitchell (1925-1992) | south | oil on canvas | 1989

fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | before, again IV | oil on canvas | 1985

anderson collection at stanford university, california | palo alto, ca

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | marge | oil on canvas | 1990

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

sunlowers

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | oil on canvas | 1992

komal shah and gaurav garg collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | sunflower IV | oil on canvas | 1969

williams college museum of art | williamstown, ma

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

joan mitchell (1925-1992) | also returned | oil on canvas | 1969

private collection

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

i have also returned (three times) to visit and revisit the the joan mitchell retrospective.

 

in memory of a modern master, french interior designer, christian liaigre (1943-2020).

a designer of products and projects.  furniture and furnishings.  residential, hospitality, and yacht interiors.

 

he had ‘style without being stylish’.

-liaigre website

penthouse | new york, ny | interior design by christian liaigre | architecture by john pawson

liaigre | written by christian liaigre and thomas luntz | pages 115, 100-101

photo credits (c) mark seelen

 

‘a maven of modern minimalism’,

-interior design magazine

 

who could be thought of as ‘our generation’s jean-michel frank’.

-brad ford, interior designer

-elle decor magazine

residence of jean-michel frank | paris, france

jean-michel frank, adolphe chanaux | written by leopold diego sanchez | page 70

 

jean-michel frank (1895-1941) collaborated regularly with the giacometti brothers, alberto (1901-1966) and diego (1902-1985), whose sculptures and furnishings also inspired liaigre.

residence | het zoute, belgium | interior design by christian liaigre

christian liaigre | trepied side table | 53121

christian liaigre | st. germaine lounge chair | 13607

liaigre | written by christian liaigre and thomas luntz | pages 123-125

photo credits (c) mark seelen

 

alberto giacometti (1901-1966) | la place II | bronze | 1948 | museum berggruen | berlin, germany

photo credit fondation giacometti

 

the endless columns of constantin brancusi (1876-1957) were another artistic inspiration.

residence | galicia, spain | interior design by christian liaigre

christian liaigre | nagato side table | 60521

maison christian liaigre | written and photographed by herbert ypma | pages 30

photo credit herbert ypma

 

atelier brancusi | reconstructed by renzo piano | centre pompidou | paris, france

photo credit centre pompidou | 1997 (c) agap, paris

 

as well as, the minimalist art, architecture, and furniture of donald judd (1928-1994).  like judd, liaigre reduced objects and space to their essential forms.

donald judd (1928-1994) | untitled | six units | douglas fir plywood | 1975 | judd foundation | new york, ny and marfa, tx

photo credit judd foundation

 

residence | mougins, france | interior design by christian liaigre

christian liaigre | marais console tables | 57023

christian liaigre | toja coffee table | no longer in production

liaigre | written by christian liaigre and thomas luntz | pages 276-277, 280-281, and 282

photo credits jean-philippe piter

 

liaigre was a minimalist and a modernist, yet a traditionalist.

which, may be why his work continually inspires me.

townhouse | london, united kingdom | interior design by christian liaigre

liaigre 12 projects | written by christian liaigre | pages 38-39

photo credit (c) mark seelen

visiting the fondation louis vuitton (flv) was a highlight of our recent visit to paris.  the private contemporary art museum was created at the initiative of bernard arnault, the chairman and chief executive officer of luxury business group moët hennessy louis vuitton (LVMH), for his personal and corporate art collections.  the museum is located in the jardin d’acclimation, an amusement park in the bois de boulogne, which was converted from a royal hunting ground into a public park in 1860.

arnault collaborated with american architect, frank o. gehry, who also designed the guggenheim museum in bilbao, spain and the walt disney concert hall in los angeles, CA, to design a museum that epitomized the corporate image of LVMH as a patron of the arts, culture, and heritage.

the architecture of the museum was inspired by 19th century glasshouses, such as le palmarium that was built in the jardin d’acclimation in 1893, and demolished in 1934.

‘the idea of using glass…was essential in making the fondation a true bois de boulogne building, in the spirit of a children’s park.’  -frank o. gehry

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frank o. gehry | sketch of the fondation louis vuitton building preceding the initial architectural models | april 2006

photo credit (c) gehry partners, llp and frank o. gehry via fondation louis vuitton

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gehry partners, llp | architectural model | fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

photo credit (c) fondation louis vuitton via archdaily

 architectural digest (ad) magazine compared gehry’s architectural masterpiece to one of the masterpieces of hellenistic sculpture.

‘the structure alights in the park with the delicacy of the ‘winged victory’ perched at the head of the daru staircase in the louvre.  -mayer rus, architectural digest

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the winged victory of samothrace | parian marble and gray lartos marble | samothrace, greece | circa 190 BC

louvre museum | paris, france

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

the current chinese contemporary art exhibition at the fondation louis vuitton, bentu: chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation, even includes a replica of the winged victory of samothrace.

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xu zhen | eternity-tianlongshan grottoes bodhisattva, winged victory of samothrace | fiberglass, steel, cement | 2013

a replica of the winged victory of samothrace balanced on top of a buddha from the tianlongshan grottoes (21 buddhist cave temples from the eastern wei-tang dynasties (534-907), located in shanxi province, china)

bentu: chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation | fondation louis vuitton | paris, france | 27 january-2 may 2016

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

along with a sculpture by ai weiwei, who reportedly visited the fondation louis vuitton while he was in paris for the installation and opening of er xi: air de jeux (child’s play or playground), his recent exhibition at le bon marché department store, which is also owned by by LVMH.

click here to read my previous post about ai weiwei @ le bon marché.

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ai weiwei | tree | fragments of dead wood | 2010

in the background:  huang yong ping | fifty buddha arms | metal, terra cotta, resin, various objects | 1997-2013

 the structure of the museum is actually a building within a building.  the ‘iceberg’, the interior core of 11 irregularly shaped art galleries, is clad in 19,000 panels of white fiber-reinforced concrete.  a network of steel trusses and wood beams support the verrière (canopy), the exterior shell of twelve sails constructed from 3600 glass panels.

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the ‘iceberg’ and the verrière (canopy) | fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

you can see the structure of the canopy more closely from the west, east, central, and high terraces, which are accessible from the second, third, and forth floors of the museum.

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verrière (canopy) | fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace
the panoramic views of paris from the rooftop terraces are spectacular!
to the west, la défense, one of the major business districts in paris.

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views of la défense from the fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

in the background:  la défense | under construction in the foreground:  the location for the louis vuitton women’s autumn/winter 2016 fashion show

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

and, to the east, the eiffel tower.

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view of the eiffel tower from the fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

the building is brilliantly sited not only to capture the views, but also to comply with local zoning ordinances.  to comply with height restrictions, the site was excavated so that the lower ground floor of the museum could be built below grade.  the fondation louis vuitton commissioned inside the horizon, a site specific installation, from danish-icelandish artist olafur eliasson for the grotto behind the underground reflecting pool.

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olafur eliasson | inside the horizon | stainless steel, aluminum, LED light system, colored glass, mirror, sound | 2014

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

the terraced waterfall flows into the subterranean reflecting pool.

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the terraced waterfall | fondation louis vuitton | paris, france

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

it’s always exciting to make new discoveries in a city that you’ve visited many times.

i never knew about the atelier brancusi, located in front of the centre pompidou in paris, until i read about it on heather clawson’s lifestyle blog, habitually chic.  the atelier brancusi, a reconstruction of the art studio of constantin brancusi (1876-1957), contains a permanent exhibition of his sculptures.

atelier brancusi | place georges-pompidou (rue rambuteau side) | 75004 paris, france

wednesday-monday 2-6 pm | closed tuesday and 1 may

free entrance

photo credit rpbw

the reconstruction, designed by renzo piano building works (rpbw), reproduces the layout, volume, and light of brancusi’s
art studio, which was located in the 15th arrondissement, near montparnasse.  renzo piano designed the building as a pavilion.  inside, the glass walls that enclose the four room studio create space to circulate around the perimeter of the pavilion.

renzo piano building works | atelier brancusi reconstruction | 1992-1996

photo credit rpbw

brancusi was so preoccupied by the relationship between his sculptures and the surrounding space, that he bequeathed the contents of his studio to the french government under the conditions that his studio would be reconstructed, and reinstalled in its entirety.

photo credits center pompidou

studio 1

brancusi’s exhibition studio

studio 2

brancusi’s second exhibition studio

studio 3

brancusi’s private quarters, where he lived and worked

studio 4

 brancusi’s storage area

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspac

 do you think that the reconstruction recaptures the essence of the original?

 constantin brancusi’s studio | 11, impasse ronsin | 75015 paris, france | 1929

photo credit centre pompidou

simplicity /sɪmˈplɪsɪti/ (noun)

the quality or condition of being plain or uncomplicated in form or design

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a reflective stainless steel canopy supported by slender pillars.

less really is more.

the events pavilion | quai de belges | vieux port | marseille, france

designed by foster + partners

opening celebration 4 march 2013

photo credits nigel young