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Le Louvre à cheval, a book by Jean Rochefort and Edwart Vignot

Posted in Art, books, event on November 30, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Hope you can read french because this marvellous book is the perfect Christmas gift !

Edwart Vignot, art historian and writer (and my fiancé !) had a brilliant idea one year ago : he proposed to famous french actor Jean Rochefort to write his first book about horses in art, from the Louvre museum collections. And the book has been released one week ago in any good bookstores in France, including in the Louvre of course where Edwart will sign it this friday december 2nd, from 6pm and I’ll be there !

Jean was very enthousiastic to share his legendary passion about these noble animals, as a horserider and horse-breeder ,through a selection of masterpieces from Antiquity to 19th century, including of course Gericault and Delacroix, but also famous sculptors or anonymous artists with a common subject : horses. The result is pure happiness : unexpected but clever comments, mixed with his personal sens of humor,  cast a new light on well known works…

I’m sure you’ll enjoy the book as much as Jean and Edwart had pleasure and fun to write it together.

 

 

PARIS-PHOTO 2011 in Grand-Palais until nov 13th

Posted in Art, art gallery, contemporary art, event, Paris on November 10, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Yesterday I was invited at the opening of this great event in worlwide photography circles : ParisPhoto, that takes place in Grand Palais until sunday nov 13th.

The manifestation celebrates its 15th birthday and gets bigger, that’s why the galleries are now in Grand Palais and not in Louvre Carrousel anymore. Success and recognition on the art market -photography as a prestigious medium-  explain this move and impressive growth. 117 galleries this year (French and international), + 15 publishers + a private collection (Arthur Walther’s), curated by Okwui Enwezor , called “Portraiture and social identity”, with J.D ‘Okhai Ojeikere below (untitled 1970-courtesy Walther collection), and  Bernd and Hilla Becher , Gas Tanks (spheric), 1963-1983,courtesy Walther Colletion).

            

African photographers, from Bamako to Cape town, are the honnor guests this year. You will admire  among other, the famous Malik Sidibé, Seydou Keita, JD Okhaï Ojeikere and David Goldblatt.

I’ve got the feeling that this year Paris Photo is more  focus on pure photography, with many portraits and lansdscape, and a great technical quality, rather than contemporary art using photography.

But you will find of course the hevy weight of contemporary art using this medium (sometimes linked with actions and performances) such as Marina Abramovic,Dieter Appelt (below) with Krone, aktion, 1976 (Françoise Paviot gallery) and Arnulf -Reiner, a tribute to french trans-gender and performer Pierre Molinier (Pierre Molinier Übermalung, 2008, gallery Christophe Gaillard)

         

A very intriguing series by Christian Tagliavini stroke very much the attention on the gallery Esther Woerdehoff booth, influenced by Nothern Renaissance portraits. Beauty, simplicity and strict geometrical construction through outfits and gesture, with a little bit of strangeness in proportions appeal the gaze. Here is a “Ritratto di giovane dona, 2010” :

I can’t resist to show you two jewels of perfection and esthetic : Sugimoto’s seascapes.They are in Armani ‘s exhibition devoted to water (Acqua). He’s an official sponsor on the fair and developped recently a project around the water as a social cause. He was given on loan works by the Tate Modern, Musée de l’Elysées (Switzerland), ICP.

To conclude this post, the  work of a young artist from Anne de Villepoix gallery : Marc Turlan, who had recently his first solo show  this fall in the gallery : image from the series “Exo star”2011 (magazine picture, chain, 31x27cm). A work based on our fascination for glamour, glossy perfect faces and bodies, turned already  into new icons, in a religious sense I could add : just think about the worship of “believers” for fashion models (or just fashionistas). I like this series with chains on picture magazine, evoking these miraculous icons, on which a madona would cry golden beads…

The Stein collection : Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso at Grand-Palais, Paris, until january 16th 2012

Posted in Art, event, Paris, private guide in Paris on October 4, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Anna Wintour saw it on sunday afternoon before everybody and I was invited this morning for the pre-opening of the wonderful exhibition devoted to this great family (2 brothers and a sister, the famous female poet Gertrude Stein) who lived in early 20th century in Paris in Montparnasse district, on the legendary left bank, where they received all the parisian avant-garde : Picasso, Matisse (they were their very first collectors), Braque, Apollinaire, Man Ray, Gris… and  also Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

The show explores  their tastes and how they built it, from modernity printed with a certain classicism (Manet-Renoir-Degas-Cezanne) to avant-garde,  and how they participated to the adventure of 2 most important artistic trends : fauvims and cubism, weaving strong relationships with artists, as the one between Gertude Stein and Picasso illustrated with the amazing proto-cubist portrait below :

– But the portrait doesn’t look like the model  ! said the  sceptical viewers when the poet organized a party to celebrate the new painting hung in their appartment rue de Fleurus.

– It doesn’t matter replied Picasso, very confident. One day, the model will look like the portrait.

Copyright Adagp Paris 2011- Copyright succession Picasso 2011-Copyright succession Matisse photo Moma San Francisco 2011

Pablo Picasso: Portrait of Gertrude Stein 1906, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Henri Matisse: Woman with Hat 1905, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

A star cut in Paris with David Mallett

Posted in Art, beauty, luxury, Paris on March 22, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

One of my clients once asked me something odd : she wanted absolutly a parisian cut  !…

It’s a pity I didn’t know at that time David Mallett ! A brilliant and very charming hairdresser  who he’s working for cover girls and stars. He’s very famous in fashion circles and jet set world but he’s not a diva at all, always passionate after many years of activity (he knew he wanted to be hairderesser since the age of  4 !). Last time Sharon Stone came to Paris, he took care of her and created an impressive “chignon”(french pleat).He worked also for Julian Moore and many beautiful people but he can also takes care of YOU ! with exactly  the same professionalism and special attention.

His salon is a pure enchanted world, a kind of extravagant minimalist style,  in an old private mansion near Place des Victoires , built in 17th century. Impressive volumes, natural daylight, design lamp mixed with stuffed animals. I looove the ostrich, a wink at his australian roots ?!

Please visit his web site (I thank David very much for the  pictures !)  :

http://www.david-mallett.com

or call +33 1 40 20 00 33 for an appointment

The best private guide in Paris according to Le Meurice Palace Hotel

Posted in Art, art advisor, art and culture, contemporary art, hotel, luxury, news, Paris, private guide in Paris on March 8, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Their latest newsletter has been released  just yesterday and …I’m in !!  Many thanks to Anne Vogt-Bordure-in charge of communication and Franka Holtmann, General Manager.

So don’t hesitate to book me if you’re coming soon to Paris. I remind you I’m a private guide graduate from Ecole du Louvre, Art Advisor and personal shopper for fashion and high jewellery…please visit my web site : (direct link on blogroll)

http://annemuraro.com

Hope to guide you soon !

TOXIC and Alain-Dominique Gallizia at Basquiat exhibition

Posted in Art, event, museums on January 28, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Yesterday evening I was guiding french vips in splendid Basquiat exhibition (pay attention this is the last week end with  opening tonight until midnight) when I saw many people around an american speaking french in front of a painting and attracted more an more people.I asked someone who looked to know that person very well  who he was and he told me it was Stephen Tornton himself , Basquiat’s assitant,  he was doing a lecture ! then I asked the man who answered me who was he and  he replied : Alain-Dominque Gallizia. He’s famous for his graffitti collection- a reference- he exhibited  in Grand Palais in 2009.  Then he told me that TOXIC was even there !! my god !  We were close to “Hollywood africans”, made when Basquiat came to the East coast for a show at Larry Gagosian’s gallery, he portrayed himself with his 2 friends Rammellzee and Toxic, so I couldn’t resist and took a picture of him and Mr Gallizia in front of Hollywood Africans. Historical !

Pavillon Ledoyen, Mengès publisher 30 years celebration with writers

Posted in Art, books, news, restaurants on November 16, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Yesterday evening-monday- we were inviting Edwart and me to fabulous Pavillion Ledoyen on Champs Elysées, not far from Grand Palais to celebrate the 30 years of Mengès, our publisher. It was the writers’ party and we were treated so well !

First, the place is amazing : the restaurant exists since 1791 but was refurbished in 1842 by Hittorff and kept 2nd Empire interior desgin, among greenery and gardens. The chef has 3 Michelin stars so the cocktail was excellent ! the best I had since a very long time : foie gras that looked like caramel mini cakes, truffles white and black with consommé or fine omelette, perfect french cheeses (unforgettable saint Félicien, so creamy) and I’m not ashamed to say that I took 3 Kouin aman for dessert, a specialty from Brittany made only with sugar, butter and puff pastry ! The best in the world !!

What a nice evening to discover the latest art books released including ours !!

Edwart wrote a book about graphic art from XIVth to XXth century : “the masters of drawing” in english but it’s in french only. A very nice and affordable art book  to be initiated to graphic art through centuries with short but clarifying comments.

Mine is about masterpieces in modern and contemporary art, it will be translated in 4 languages, the one you see is in french. I’m so hapy, that’s my first book ! I will tell you when it will be released in english and how to get it.

It was made also as an easy introduction to modern and contemporary art through 777 masterpiecesk and I commented 200, I had to give in one sentence the idea of the work. I enjoyed that challenge very much.

The books will be available in France the first week of december.

We thank Isabelle de Tinguy and all Mengès team for their kindness and welcome.

Antique Art Biennale – Grand Palais

Posted in Art, art gallery, luxury, Paris on September 19, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Hurry up ! you still have time ,until wednesday 22nd, to rush and admire under the gorgeous glass roof of Grand Palais the 25th “Biennale des Antiquaires”, gathering the most outstanding antique art dealers from Europe and America.

A world of elegance, good taste, selected works… very ParisDeluxe in one word !

I had a smoothie and Potel and Chabot finger tips sandwiches next to Marc Jacobs, just perfect in a pleated black skirt with his impressive tatoos and a green Kelly bag ; I saw also very classy Monsieur Dominique de Villepin-the most stylished and arty french politician- then saw Madame Chirac followed by Sumette- a lovely whity fluffy little thing (it is said tht Mr Jacques Chirac is just crazy about it !).

Impossible to name everybody, just few names I really like :

Galerie Michel Giraud (Paris) for decorative arts , early 20th century : especially ceramics, glass vases, enamels (precious little boxes and a rare enamel painting after Gustave Moreau), plus figures made in hard stone by french artists, like an incredible frog carved in an amethyst block !

Galerie Huguette Béres (Paris) : displayed in a  white  delicate atmosphere perfumed with Lilly,  a sweet little Bonnard ( a girl in red), a delicious Tanguy, and an adorable little Picasso drawing : 2 birds in love…

Axel Vervoordt (Belgium): I always liked his science to mix antique and contemporary in a studiolo atmosphere where you feel immediatly at home. It’s amazing how an antique torso which welcomes you in a drawing-room filled with contemporary works can transfigure the perception !

Talking about antique, you have to go absolutly on the mezzanine for “Tremplin”, a space offered to young art dealers where they selected just one piece. The rare antique nymph (3rd bc) from Antoine Tarantino gallery (Paris) is magnified by a clever game of moving light  that reaveals the beauty of the pleats and underlines the slight contraposto.

Neo-classicism will remain, according to me, the absolute reference for style, elegance and perfection, that’s why Alexis Bordes gallery (Paris) always offers the best selection.

Chanel high jewellery (Paris): based on the unique high jewellery collection Chanel made in 1932 with diamonds and platinum only, the exquisite “Feather broach” especially re-edited for the Biennale. My eyes still sparkle tonight after seeing their fabulous creations !

So don’t miss the event and there is a delicious gourmet corner to please the most choosy ones !