Thaddaeus Ropac Now Embraces Gagosian Competition

Ropac. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Back in June, you may recall that Thaddaeus Ropac was not pleased at the announcement that Gagosian will open a new gallery in Paris this fall, just as Mr. Ropac will, with a debut show featuring the work of Anselm Kiefer, the same artist Mr. Ropac had planned to use for his debut show in his new space. The Financial Times‘ Georgina Adams said Mr. Ropac was “furious” about the Gagosian plans. Read More


Julien Langendorff on Doing Tarot With Alejandro Jodorowsky

Julien Langendorff (Courtesy the artist and Opening Ceremony)

Artist Julien Langendorff, a Paris-based artist and musician with an upcoming show at Agnès b.’s Galerie du Jour, has an intriguing interview up on Opening Ceremony in which he discusses being raised by a psychics (I think my grandmother was kind of a witch”), his interest in Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey, getting rejected by tony Paris art school École des Beaux Arts (“Then again, the director now buys my stuff”), as well as having his tarot read by Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Read More


Pas de Deux! Loris Gréaud Prepping Joint Show at Louvre and Pompidou

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Loris Gréaud, 2012

At last summer’s Venice Biennale, French artist Loris Gréaud presented a massive metal whale with an austere living chamber inside. Those who wanted to view it had to agree to spend a full 24 hours inside. Such is Mr. Gréaud’s way. He works over long durations, and often on a grand scale. (Though he has also gone quite small, as at the 2006 Frieze Art Fair, presenting nanosculptures invisible to the naked eye.) And now he is readying one of the largest-imaginable projects any contemporary artist could undertake, a combined exhibition with the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is the first time the museums have ever collaborated on such a project. The exhibition will open in May, 2013, and is being organized by Marie-Laure Bernadac at the Louvre and Michel Gauthier at the Centre Pompidou. Read More


Search for Missing Monet Leads to Wildensteins and the Met


Last year, Ginette Heilbronn Moulin, the 85-year-old chairwoman of the Galeries Lafayette department stores, filed a criminal complaint against members of the Wildenstein family that accuses them of knowing the whereabouts of an 1889 Monet study, Torrent de la Creuse, that was stolen by the Nazis and thought to have been lost completely after the war. Today, The New York Times offers a few gory details. Read More