• “Le Fauvlsme ou 'l'épreuve du feu'”

    Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
    11 avenue du Président Wilson
    October 28, 1999–February 27, 2000

    Is this loan exhibition a bid for long lines and clicking turnstiles? On paper, at least, it seems to boast a good enough selection from the French “wild beasts”—Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, et al. are present and accounted for—but it is neither the big, scholarly show that is long overdue nor a sharp dive into the essentials of this intense, short-lived movement. Watering down the selection of French paintings are works by Kirchner, Kandinsky, Larionov, Mondrian, and others, all admittedly stunned by Fauvism though not part of it. Worth a visit just the same for Matisse’s Le Luxe II, 1907, from Copenhagen, his Danse II, 1909–10, from St. Petersburg, and the great Derains of London.

  • “Jean-Marc Bustamante: Photographic Works 1979–1999”

    Centre National de la Photographie
    Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild 11 rue Berryer
    September 8–November 1, 1999

    With simultaneous shows in two Parisian galleries this season, Jean-Marc Bustamante clearly has the wind in his sails: Now the Centre National de la Photographie presents a retrospective of his photographic work, the first of his career. Among the five series on view, two seem to be highlighted—“Something is missing,” begun in 1997, and “Tableaux,” 1979, the artist’s first works on Cibachrome—while his pictures of the city, the countryside, and the zones in between (“decivilization,” as he calls it) have pride of place. A catalogue raisonné, with text by Jean-Pierre Criqui, will be published on the occasion.

    Translated from French by Jeanine Herman