Must-See Art Guide: Paris

This week’s guide features Marcel Duchamp, Enzo Cucchi, Jim Dine, and more.

Marc Riboud, Washington (1967). Courtesy of Polka Galerie.

Pack your mistletoe—this holiday season, we’re heading to the city of love. Whether you’re in Paris for the boulevards or boulangeries, you won’t want to miss the art at the heart of this city. Bundle up in your chicest veste and écharpe and venture out to Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac to see the newest painted-collage work by Russian-born American Conceptual artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Collaborators since 1989, the duo addresses utopic messages embedded in Soviet-sponsored propaganda in light of the bloc’s collapse, while more recently experimenting with abstract motifs. For works on paper by the father of Conceptual art, stop by Michel Vidal for Marcel Duchamp. You may recognize the beloved bride figure from Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (1915–1923), presented here as a print alongside more representational studies of the same subject and nudes d’après Courbet.

Courbet, the founder of the Realist movement, is invoked in yet another show in the city of light—an exceptional exhibition of photography by Marc Riboud and Sebastião Salgado at Polka Galerie. The works displayed—selected by the artists’ spouses as a homage to Courbet’s  L’Origine du Monde (1866)—depict the female subjects Riboud and Salgado have encountered in their careers, probing the mysteries of the gaze. If you’re instead searching for some whimsical, brilliantly patterned portrait photography, you won’t want to miss the work of Malian artist Seydou Keïta at Galerie Nathalie Obadia. For painting, sculpture, and drawing as enchanting as Keïta’s photography, head over to Galerie Balice Hertling for an exhibition of work by Transavanguardia artist Enzo Cucchi. Perhaps the artist, who is self-taught, can inspire you to follow through on that New Year’s resolution to learn a new art with his Surrealistic, expressive works.

Find our full list of picks below. Bonne route et bonne année!


Exhibition: Sebastião Salgado et Marc Riboud: Femmes du monde
When: November 10, 2017–January 20, 2018
Where: Polka Galerie, 12 rue Saint-Gilles, Paris, France

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, The Flying Painting During the Temporary Loss of Eyesight Nr. 7 (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Exhibition:Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: New Paintings
When: October 19, 2017–January 6, 2018
Where: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 rue Debelleyme, Paris, France

Béatrice Casadesus, installation view of “Pluies d’Or” (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Dutko.

Exhibition: Béatrice Casadesus: Pluies d’Or
When: November 25, 2017–January 27, 2018
Where: Galerie Dutko, 4 rue de Bretonvilliers, Paris, France

Arpad Szenes, Caparica (1936). Courtesy of Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger.

Exhibition: Plénitude aux confins de l’existant
When: December 12, 2017–January 20, 2018
Where: Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, 53 rue de Seine, Paris, France

Jim Dine, Raspberry Jam all over my Head (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Templon.

Exhibition: Jim Dine: Montrouge Paintings
When: November 4–December 30, 2017
Where: Galerie Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France

Marcel Duchamp, The Bride (1965). Courtesy of Michel Vidal.

Exhibition: Marcel Duchamp
When: October 28–December 23, 2017
Where: Michel Vidal, 15 rue des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Daniel Arsham, installation view of “The Angle of Repose” (2017). Courtesy of Perrotin.

Exhibition: Daniel Arsham: The Angle of Repose
When: October 14–December 23, 2017
Where: Perrotin, 76 rue de Turenne, Paris, France

Juan Uslé, Soñe que revelabas (Huang He) (2017). Courtesy of Galerie Lelong.

Exhibition: Juan Uslé: La noche se agita
When: November 30, 2017–January 20, 2018
Where: Galerie Lelong, 13 rue de Téhéran, Paris, France

Enzo Cucchi. Courtesy of Galerie Balice Hertling.

Exhibition: Enzo Cucchi
When: December 14, 2017–February 3, 2018
Where: Galerie Balice Hertling, 239 Rue Saint-Martin, Paris, France

Seydou Keïta, Sans titre (1958–1959). Courtesy of Galerie Nathalie Obadia.

Exhibition: Seydou Keïta
When: November 6–December 22, 2017
Where: Galerie Nathalie Obadia, 3 rue du Cloître Saint-Merri, Paris, France

Tadashi Kawamata, Nest (2017). Courtesy of Kamel Mennour.

Exhibition:Tadashi Kawamata
When: December 13, 2017–January 27, 2018
Where: Galerie Kamel Mennour, 47 rue Saint-André des arts, Paris, France

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