This space in the main exhibition space at the Palais de Tokio, that wonderful leading-edgy and influential contemporary art museum in Paris, recently had a massive installation work by artist Ulla von Brandenburg. Titled the “The King is Dead,” the beautiful abstract work fills a massive space and at first-glance looks like a colorful skateboard ramp.
The RR226 by Italian electronics maker Brionvega is a modern-design classic from 1965 that can be found in the permanent collections of some of the world’s leading museums. This one pictured below is in pristine condition and part of the design trove at the Pompidou Centre museum in Paris.
A modern-art classic and an example of the ready-made genre in extreme, French artist Bertrand Lavier’s 1993 “Giulietta (-vue-de-dos)” is a crashed red Alpha Romeo car rescued from a scrapyard. The artwork has a home at the Pompidou Center Museum, the powerhouse modern and contemporary art museum in the Beaubourg neighborhood of Paris.
It’s really great to see some fresh street art from Franck Duval, a.k.a., FKDL, in New York City. It’s been a long time since we saw new work from the Paris-based artist in downtown NYC. For a while a few years ago, FKDL’s graphical wheat-paste images of glamourous women were popping up everywhere in Lower Manhattan. This artwork is on Elizabeth Street in the Nolita / Lower East Side interzone.
We were in Paris a few months ago when some ad agency friends in the French capital turned us on to a new and ground-breaking food magazine and restaurants guide that is blowing up in France at the moment. The magazine is called “Fooding,” and it’s providing a fresh approach — in historically conservative culinary France, at least — to how people think and write about restaurants, dining and food. Its timing coincides with a generational and cultural shift in France (a rebellion, some might say) in how food is prepared and presented within the restaurant dining experience. It’s a big deal because classic French cuisine is amazing, but firmly established and thus, until recently, relatively strict, rigid in its ways, hidebound to traditional methods. Though primarily in French, Fooding (or “Le Fooding”) has a lot of reviews translated in English. We really like the look of the magazine, its layout, design, photography, illustrations and graphics, as the photos from the 2013 edition of the guide below show. And we really appreciate the craft and design of an actual printed magazine, especially now, at a time when so many us consume magazine content online or digitally and — seemingly almost as a reaction to that — he art of the the small-run print magazine is showing a resurgence.