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Laurent Grasso: Soleil Double

  • Rated as: 5/5
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Laurent Grasso's oneiric visuals swallow up their audience like a pot of Nutella traps flies. Strange, playful, variant in form and scale but consistent in their suspicion of asserted 'truths', his works constitute a universe at once familiar and deeply uncanny. Anachronisms and supernatural phenomena rule; nothings is to be taken at face value.In 'Soleil

  1. Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin 76 rue de Turenne, 3e
  2. Sat Sep 6 - Fri Oct 31
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Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures

  • Rated as: 4/5
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The irreverent British duo return to the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery, site of their 2012 exhibition London Pictures, with a new series entitled 'Scapegoating Pictures' – albeit this time, they'll set up shop in the gallery's vast Pantin venue. Expect another set of incisive works fusing pop art and biting social critique. Rest assured – they aren't the

  1. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac - Pantin 69 avenue du Général Leclerc, 93500
  2. Sun Sep 7 - Sat Nov 8
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Marcel Duchamp: La peinture, même

  • Rated as: 4/5
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It's easy to forget that the man whose work sounded the first death knell for painting was himself, at the outset, a painter. Here's a reminder, then, from the Centre Pompidou: an exhibition of Marcel Duchamp's early paintings, including some very rare works on loan from the States. Keep an eye out for his epochal 'Nude Descending a Staircase'.

  1. The Centre Pompidou Rue Saint-Martin, 4e
  2. Wed Sep 24 - Mon Jan 5
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William Eggleston: From Black and White to Color

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Trolleys piled up in a supermarket car park. Cadillacs hooked to petrol pumps. Fridge shelves lined with innumerable milk cartons. And above all, people: people buying, spending, consuming. People living the American Dream.Welcome to the southern American states circa 1950. When photographer William Eggleston started out snapping his homeland at the end of

  1. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson 2 impasse Lebouis, 14e
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Sun Dec 21
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Avec et sans peinture

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Over the course of the last century, photography and cinema dealt painting a blow without quite managing to kill it off. Now, at a time when the likes of Gerhard Richter model paintings on photos and Bill Viola effectively builds canvases from video, there's a strong case to be made for the renaissance of painting – albeit as one element in a new,

  1. MAC/VAL Place de la Libération, 94404
  2. Sat Jun 14 - Mon Jan 5
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Niki de Saint Phalle

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Luckily, the Grand Palais is big enough to house Niki de Saint Phalle’s (1930-2002) enormous works. The high priestess of sculpture, New Realism and gunpowder (she’s famous for her gun performances/paintings, ‘Tirs’), this exhibition brings together Saint Phalle’s giant robots, female figures, strong colours and mechanical assemblages created with

  1. Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais 3 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 8e
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Mon Feb 2
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