Art in Paris: Johan Creten & Josh Sperling at Galerie Perrotin

“Johan Creten is considered a precursor of the ceramics revival in contemporary art… Through his use of clay, his proven knowledge of the materials, his careful attention to glazing, and his thoroughly physical grasp of the medium, he restored ceramics to majestic grace and paved the way for young contemporary artists. The work of Johan Creten raises ceramics from a poor relation to a noble art.” – Galerie Perrotin on Johan Creten, Sunrise/Sunset.

“Sperling’s dynamic clusters of brightly colored forms blur the lines between painting and sculpture, image and object. Though each shaped canvas is distinct, it relies on other forms in the field of compositional coherence and energy. Often asymmetrical and happily off-kilter, a cluster is always satisfying in its surprising arrangement… they straddle painting and sculpture daringly, venturing form the wall and intruding into the space joyfully.” – Danny Kopel on Josh Sperling, Chasing Rainbows.

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Montmartre: Exploring the New, Hip & Delicious in One of Our Favorite Paris ‘Hoods

 

After living in Montmartre for several months, I would like to think that I know the area well. But even the small village around metro Abbesses is constantly evolving with new cafés, restaurants, and shops opening all the time. If you find yourself in the 18th arrondissement visiting Sacré-Cœur or the Moulin Rouge, make sure to stop by some of my favorite places that have opened recently:

SyLon de Montmartre

SyLon de Montmartre is a newly opened café located on rue Piémontési alongside the famous potelets by Le CyKlop, which are painted with the faces of renowned artists who lived or worked in Montmartre. With a wooden facade that you cant miss, and leather couches inside, SyLon de Montmartre is a cosy café perfect for enjoying a flat white or a slice of delicious carrot cake. Owner Carine is passionate about coffee and offers speciality brewing methods such as AeroPress, Chemex, and V60.

 

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Paris Sous la Neige: The 1st Arrondissement

 

“Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station – the Gare D’Orsay – and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees – nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train?” ― Margaret Anderson

“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.” – Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris

 

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Paris Sous la Neige: The 18th Arrondissement

 

“She tells her love while half asleep,
In the dark hours,
With half-words whispered low:
As Earth stirs in her winter sleep
And puts out grass and flowers
Despite the snow,
Despite the falling snow.”

– Robert Graves, Complete Poems in One Volume.

A photo diary of Montmartre in February xx

Snow in Paris

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Winter in Paris: Tour Eiffel, The Marais & Église Saint Vincent de Paul

 

“There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it becomes worse and harder even – the French air clears up the brain and does good – a world of good.” – Vincent Van Gogh.

“I don’t get here often enough, that’s the problem. Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the ’20s. Paris in the ’20s, in the rain. The artists and writers!” – Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris.

 

A photo diary of winter in Paris xx

 

Eiffel Tower, Paris

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