• Annette Messager

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    June 6–September 17, 2007

    Curated by Sophie Duplaix

    “Art is a secret,” Annette Messager once said, “a secret shared between the individual and the collective.” Indeed, Messager has long been protector and purveyor of many partial disclosures that reflect on both self and society. Along with a new site-specific piece, the Pompidou will offer a meaty sampling of some eighty of the artist’s works, arranged nonchronologically to encourage dialogue between different periods of her production. Early photography-based works, including Voluntary Tortures, 1972, will whisper in the ear of recent installations such as Inflating, Deflating, 2005–2006—a creepy, phantasmagoric mass of breathing sculptures. I, for one, can’t wait to eavesdrop. The catalogue includes contributions by Jean-Pierre Criqui, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Susanne Pagé. Travels to the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, late 2007; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2008; and other venues.

  • Steven Parrino

    Palais de Tokyo
    13, Avenue du Président Wilson
    May 24–August 26, 2007

    Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler et al.

    Perhaps more than any other New York artist, Steven Parrino—who died in a motorcycle accident in 2005—had a punk-rock attitude in art as well as in life. Wahler’s tripartite exhibition, “La Marque Noire: Steven Parrino/Retrospective, Prospective,” aims to capture the richness of the artist’s frantic activities, which ranged from painting and making music to staging collaborative multimedia performances. A retrospective component, curated by Fabrice Stroun and based on an exhibition he organized in Geneva last year, is complemented by two group shows through July 25. “Before (Plus ou Moins),” organized by Wahler, Akiko Miki, and artist Olivier Mosset, features works by artists who influenced Parrino, while “Bastard Creature,” curated by Wahler and Anthony Huberman, showcases artists who see Parrino as an inspiration—Gardar Eide Einarsson, Jutta Koether, and Banks Violette among them.