Back in Paris for the winter installation of the Salon du Livre Ancien et Papiers Anciens (aka the Old Paper Show or Le Vieux Pap) which after a few turns at the Halle Freyssinet has (unfortunately) reverted to the Espace Champerret. The show continues to compress from previous years, while at the same time, for this winter installation, was back in the "old space" used for many years. To the regulars that means bad lighting, no air, low ceilings and not enough food and drink. All things considered it was great for browsing and visiting dealers, friends and acquaintances while continuing to be a struggle (like ever other collectibles, antiques show) to find top material.
I have posted a few times with numerous photos from previous shows, so this time I will concentrate on noteworthy exhibitions in Paris. First a very well curated exhibition at the Halle St.Pierre titled HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture Part II. Go here for info. Includes artist from around the world focusing on the strange, the bizarre and the surreal with contributions by H.R.Geiger, Kate Clark (her instantly iconic poster image of animal heads), Joe Coleman, Mati Klarwein, Louis Pons, Serajat, Beb-deum and many others.
Of special note are the contributions to the exhibition by Mirka Lugosi a truly gifted artist and dear friend. Presently Mirka is focused on very detailed, erotic and surreal pencil drawings, however she occasionally creates three dimensional objects like the one below included in HEY! You can find out more about her amazing work and career here.
Mirka is the muse, collaborator and wife of photographer Gilles Berquet whose photographs delve into the worlds of erotic beauty, domination and the interaction between artist and model using the naked and exposed female body as his inspiration. He is an exceptional creative force, making photographs and publishing his work since the mid-1980s.
Below is a snapshot of a few of the latest photographs created by Gilles, some of which I will have for sale at the upcoming New York City Photo Fair in April. Look for my post about the fair next week, with photographs I will exhibit for sale at the fair, including a very nice group of images by Gilles. Show info here. Link to Gilles' website is here.
The other show, actually two show, I visited were at the Musee Branly, the exceptional museum on the banks of the Seine devoted to the art and culture of indigenous peoples from around the world. Hair is quite ambitious embracing sculpture, artworks and photographs as well as material from the collections: shrunken heads, hair pieces, fetish objects and much more.
From one extreme to the other...
Ghana Film Posters is small and worth a visit. The posters are painted on canvass by local artists to promote the sale of African films at local video shops. Crazy wonderful, exploitation style graphics and artwork. A new book (volume two) about the Ghana posters has just been published by Le Dernier Cri in Marseille; find it here on their flicker page and then go to their website to order.