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David Altmejd: Flux

  • Rated as: 5/5
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On the way in to the David Altmejd exhibition, a portrait of the artist’s sister being devoured by a bottomless black hole greets you. This sets the tone for Altmejd's disturbing yet fascinating universe of bird-men, sculptures and transparent cubes. The Québecois artist grabs his viewers’ attention with all sorts of unexpected materials: a few balls

  1. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 11 avenue du Président Wilson, 16e
  2. Fri Oct 10 - Sun Feb 1
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Garry Winogrand

  • Rated as: 5/5
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The fast-paced modernity of America of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s attracts admirers all around the world, and Paris is no exception. Since the opening of the Jeu de Paume photography gallery in the early ’00s, its walls have often displayed the work of the great American snappers: Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Berenice Abbott, Robert Frank and more. But

  1. Jeu de Paume 1 place de la Concorde, 8e
  2. Tue Oct 14 - Sun Feb 8
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Niki de Saint Phalle

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Revolver in one hand, paintbrush in the other, Niki de Saint Phalle was a woman who believed that art is a means to an end. ‘On a psychological level I have all that it takes to be a terrorist,’ she once said, ‘but instead I decided to use guns for good, for art.’ De Saint Phalle has tried it all: from huge Gaudi-style papier mâché sculptures to

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

  • Rated as: 3/5
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The narcissistic selfie trend has perhaps made the self-portrait the most popular type of photography of the present day. But some do it better than others – even without a smartphone’s Instagram effects. Les Douches gallery has set out to prove the seriousness of the self-portrait in photography and the result is a pleasing selection from France,

  1. 5 rue Legouvé, 10e
  2. Fri Nov 7 - Sat Jan 10
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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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Perugino, Raphael's master

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Three years after its magisterial exhibition on Fra Angelico, the Musée Jacquemart-André tackles another bigwig of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Perugino (1450-1523). Though he was one of the great innovators of his time, at first sight Perugino's style is deceptively simple. The colour scheme is harmonious, the light subtly balanced by shade, the

  1. Musée Jacquemart-André 158 boulevard Haussmann, 8e
  2. Fri Sep 12 - Mon Jan 19
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Roman Vishniac: De Berlin à New York, 1920-1975

  • Rated as: 4/5
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The Russian-born American photographer Roman Vishniac (1897-1990) is best known for capturing the world that came to an end with the Holocaust. On the request of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Vishniac spent four years in the late ’30s documenting the lives of ordinary Eastern European Jews. The resulting oeuvre is a sweeping,

  1. Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme 71 rue du Temple, 3e
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sun Jan 25
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Vu du front. Représenter la Grande Guerre

  • Rated as: 4/5
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‘Vu du Front’ provides insight to the First World War as witnessed by those who suffered it first hand – the soldiers who were also artists, photographers, sketchers and film writers. Despite the horrors of the wartime experience, those living through it felt compelled to bear witness ‒ to the point of hand-making their own cameras, sketching on old

  1. Les Invalides & Musée de l'Armée Esplanade des Invalides, 7e
  2. Wed Oct 15 - Sun Jan 25
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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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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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