previews

  • Jacques Villeglé, Rues Desprez et Vercingétorix (La Femme), 1966, poster on fabric, 98 3/4 x 88 1/4". © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

    Jacques Villeglé

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    September 17, 2008–January 5, 2009

    Curated by Sophie Duplaix

    Singularly consistent in his media of choice since the late 1940s, when he first collaborated with Raymond Hains to produce work made from already-torn posters, Jacques Villeglé considers himself a history “painter” for the twentieth century, his oeuvre as a chronicle of our “collective reality” honed at the intersection of urban space, commodity culture, and political history. To distance this practice from an art backdrop dominated by the readymade and its inheritors, the retrospective positions the artist’s ongoing engagements with music and film as well as his less celebrated allegiances (his relationship with Jean Dubuffet, for example) as important parallels to the poster-based appropriations. The thematically organized show—featuring 120 works from 1947 to the present—will also include examples of Villeglé’s experiments with the “socio-political alphabet,” which he invented from appropriated ideograms and graffiti.

  • Raoul Dufy, La Fée électricité (The Electricity Fairy), 1937, oil on wood, 32' 9 3/4“ x 196' 10 1/4”.

    Raoul Dufy

    Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
    11 avenue du Président Wilson
    October 16, 2008–January 11, 2009

    Curated by Sophie Krebs

    Once seen as among the masters of the School of Paris, Raoul Dufy was oft mentioned in the same breath as Picasso, Matisse, or Bonnard, but by now his reputation as a superficially tasteful and stylish crowd-pleaser seems inexpugnable, even though the crowds have turned elsewhere. This retrospective of some 250 works produced between 1898 and 1952 will include decorative confections such as textiles and ceramics, in addition to paintings, drawings, and prints—not to mention the Musée’s collection centerpiece and one of the largest murals of the modernist era, 1937’s La Fée electricité (The Electricity Fairy). Emphasizing the diversity of Dufy’s output, the show aims to reestablish the French artist’s stature. Ready for cheerful boating scenes on the Côte d’Azur?