Focusing on sculptures Joel Shapiro produced in New York in the 1980s, the current exhibition at Karsten Greve’s Paris gallery illustrates the tension between pure abstraction and suggested figuration that defines the artist’s oeuvre. The human-scale of Shapiro’s monochrome and polychrome constructions’ and the fact that they are presented without pedestals affirms the objects’ real-world presence, even in the context of the white-cube gallery space.
Joel Shapiro Wood Plaster Paint
This exhibition dedicated to late French-Norwegian artist Anna-Eva Bergman marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in Paris in nearly twenty years. Featuring paintings made during the final decade of the artist’s life (1977–1987), the works on view are bold abstractions in blue, black, white, and silver leaf.
Anna Eva Bergman Paintings 1977 - 1987
This major retrospective dedicated to the late Argentinian-born, Milan-based artist showcases more than 200 sculptures, paintings, and installations. Demonstrating that Fontana’s practice extended well beyond his famous “Tagli” series (the slashed canvases the artist began to make in the late 1950s), this comprehensive exhibition includes fascinating, lesser-known bodies of work including large-scale ceramics from the 1930s, now making their debut here in France.
Lucio Fontana Retrospective
This exhibition dedicated to California photographer Lewis Baltz, who belongs to the same generation as Jan Dibbets, Douglas Huebler, and Bruce Nauman, plays up the cinematic quality of Baltz’s photographs—linking them to films by Hitchcock, Godard, and Antonioni. The show is Baltz’s largest in France since his retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1993.
Lewis Baltz Common Objects
This exhibition dedicated to Belgian designer Dries Van Noten juxtaposes iconic pieces from his men’s and women’s collections against textiles and fashions from the museum’s permanent collection. Rounding out the show are videos, musical selections, film clips, photographs, and artworks (by the likes of Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, Yves Klein, Elizabeth Peyton, and Victor Vasarely) on loan from public and private collections, all of which have served as inspiration to Van Noten throughout his career.
Dries Van Noten
Adopting the coinage “protograph” to describe the moment just before or after an image is captured and immortalized by a camera, Oscar Muñoz’s retrospective at the Jeu de Paume brings together four decades of work by the Colombian artist. Not limited to photography, the exhibition demonstrates the wide breadth of Muñoz’s oeuvre, which also includes printmaking, drawing, installations, video, and sculpture.
Oscar Muñoz Protographs
Complementing the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective at the Grand Palais, the Musée Rodin juxtaposes more than one hundred works by the twentieth-century American photographer with plaster and bronze sculptures by the nineteenth-century French master. Striking comparisons abound between the two artists’ appreciation of the human form.
Mapplethorpe - Rodin
For its first edition, Sèvres Outdoors has invited twenty-five Paris galleries to present large-scale sculptures on the manicured grounds of the Cité de la céramique (home to France’s national porcelain factory, a technical school, and a museum.) Among the thirty-three sculptures on view are works by Carsten Höller, Guillaume Leblon, Atelier Van Lieshout, Markus Lupertz, and Elmar Trenkwalder (who recently did an artist residency at Sèvres and currently has a solo show in the museum, through October 27).
The current retrospective of self-taught artist Martial Raysse features more than 200 works—paintings, sculptures, films, photographs, and drawings—made over the course of a fifty-year career that brought the artist together with the likes of Yves Klein, Raymond Hains, Jean Tinguely, and Jacques Villeglé. Pushing beyond Raysse’s affiliation with the new realist movement, the exhibition highlights the artist’s individual position: “the hygiene of vision.”