Summer Reading: DESIGN & ART

It's getting hot and humid & it's almost July which means it's time for me to plunge into the world of design. Well, okay, maybe not plunge, but begin my investigations on the wide subject that is design. I'll be reading this with Fisk, who has been a graphic designer for 15 years, so he'll be able to add his insight and expertise to my humble beginnings. I'm really excited about this, we've had just a couple conversations so far, and it's been great already.  :)


PARIS: Musée Rodin

I can't decide if this will be the last post about Paris. We did so much more than what was described in these posts. Walking up the Eiffel Tower (700stairs), delicious meals, fun bars, fun cafes, strolls through the cemetery, odd little stores, cheese shops, the Catacombs, and many many beautiful parks. Stopping now seems as good a time as ever, for there are new things happening and other posts to make! Either way, the Rodin Museum was one of my favorites, complete with a full and gorgeous garden of amazing sculptures. Most of the sculptures were housed in the Hôtel Biron, which I was sure was haunted. 

 Fisk was in love with The Gates of Hell, and for good reason.

It seemed like every single building in France is as beautifully and elaborately decorated as possible.

 Balzac, nude study.

 The Three Shades

 Portrait of Rodin

 Head of Balzac

 Iris Messenger of the Gods

Crouching Woman

My apologies for only half knowing the titles of all these works. I wish I could say some profound sentence about how great Rodin's sculptures are, but I can't. All I can say, is that if sculpture is about your relationship to the work of art in physical space, then Rodin knew so much about that space, and how people interact within it. Sometimes I have fantasies about making sculpture, but perhaps it's just me getting really excited about Rodin's work. I'm not going to lie, I get really excited about a lot of things. It's sort of my favorite thing.  ALSO why are all the Balzac sculptures so incredible???? Mysteries of life.


PARIS: Palais de Tokyo

I had heard some good things about Palais de Tokyo, so that's where Fisk and I headed next. Contemporary art, yes please.

Ulla Von Brandenburg, Death of a King 2012
This skate ramp was especially inviting, but as you can see, no one is allowed on it, and it appeared that no one had even skated on it.  These first images are from the triennial that was currently on display - a nice surprise.

Lili Reynaud, Some Objects Blackened and a Body too 2011

Annette Messager, Motion/Emotion 2012
This piece was not as interesting from afar, but once you step into the installation of floating and flying objects, it actually became quite enjoyable. There was a very playful feeling- probably do to the strange assortment of flying objects. This rat was my favorite. 

Yto Barrada, Palm Sign 2010

Desire Machine Collective, Residue 2011
I recognized the sound of this piece before I even walked into the room. I voluntarily allowed myself to be mesmerized by the vividness of this video for a bit.

Dan Perjovschi
Nearly all the windows on this bottom floor had drawings on them that related to various political themes, a lot of them were funny, most of them were interesting, and some were serious. Fisk enjoyed these a lot. 

Salon Mediation Les Trois Conversations

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled (Soup/No Soup) (No T-Shirt) 2011
Tiravanija had shirts on sale with the above sayings. After this piece we went on to what seemed like their somewhat permanent collection. The whole of the triennial space seemed to be under some sort of construction, which had it's pros and cons. It make the work more approachable but also succeeded in making the venue seem less serious.

Carol Rama, La Mucca Pazza 2000

Seulgi Lee, BATON 2009

Ivan Kožarić

Chris Ofili, High Plain Drifter 2012

Chris Ofili, The Raising of Lazarus 2007

Jason Dodge, Anyone and Scale 2011

Eugenio Dittborn, The 2nd History of the Human Face, Airmail Painting #66 1989

Sarkis, 2012

Fisk and I enjoyed the Palais de Tokyo, but it was a little difficult to fully appreciate the work after visiting so many incredible and mind blowing works at other museums. On the whole, we noticed that if there is one thing contemporary art seems to lack, it's that rigor that is just so obvious in so many famous works of art. While we understood the significance of concept and intentionality, there was still a desire to see that big E for effort.


PARIS: Grand Palais Beaute Animale

One of our favorite shows that we saw in Paris was Beaute Animale in the Grand Palais. I've wanted to go the Grand Palais ever since I took a history class about World's Fairs.  At the time, Universal Exhibitions were happening approximately every 11 years, changing location from city to city around the World and showcasing everything you could imagine, from technology and machinery, to food and carnival games. It was really a moment in history where the world equally recognized how interested they were in learning about each others culture, and these World's Fairs were incredibly huge, went on for months, and were one of the most exciting things that happened in each respective city.  The Grand Palais was built for the Universal Exhibition in 1900, in attempt to outdo the Eiffel Tower, which was built for the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889. The Grand Palais now houses various art exhibitions as well as Science Museum and more.  No pictures were allowed in the show we saw, but that was okay because Fisk and I loved it so much that he bought the book!

The Grand Palais interior, which we were unfortunately unable to see through this exhibition. That was ok, because the exhibition was fantastic...

Alberto Giacometti, Le Chat

 Anonyme alleman, Les Oiseaux

Edouard Manet, Le Rendez-vous des chats

Jacopo Ligozzi

Jacopo da Ponte

Jean Jacques Bachelier, Chat angora blanc

Louise Bourgeois, Spider

Ludger tom Ring le Jeune

Pierre Bonnard, Le Chat blanc

Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, Chat sur un fanteuil

Vincent Van Gogh

It was pretty incredible to see so many well known artists and their paintings of animals, mostly because all of the works were just done so well. The way the show was curated was also well done, it progressed insects to household pets, to wild animals before ending with large sculptures of animals. There was a group of children there that really seemed to love the work, it was nice a crowd to be around.