A video from Meret Lossen about the opening of my exhibition in Zurich with Masters like Picasso, Dali, Erwin Olaf, and several emerging artists (Johan Wahlstrom, Josie McCoy, Nicola Verlato…)….
On Youtube, here:
Congratulations to Orelsan, whom I had the chance to photograph, and who triumphs this night at the Victoires de la Musique (it’s like the Grammy Awards) in the categories:
- Male Artist of the Year
-Album of urban music
- Audiovisual creation
Beyond the polemics, I met a really charming boy, simple and intelligent.
Bravo Aurélien …
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January 1st, 2018, close to the city of Winterswijk, in the Netherlands, near the German border,
I was surprised to find this chalet, inspired by one of the most famous paintings
of the XXth century:
American Gothic, from Grant Wood. This painting (collection of the Institute of Art of Chicago)
presents a standing farmer next to his single daughter. The models were the dentist and the
sister of Grant Wood.
The woman is dressed in a printed colonial apron imitating the American traditional style of
The fork suggests hard labour and the flowers above the right shoulder of the woman suggests
the domestic life.
I was pleasant surprised to find this very free adaptation in the dutch countryside, and to notice that his
anonymous author choose to make the girl wink, for unknown reasons…
Happy NY 2018
In this loveliest and happiest of seasons, may you find many reasons to celebrate. Have a wonderful Christmas!
I was very pleased by the beautiful opening of my exhibition in Zurich, november 11th. The Art & Business Gallery, "Political Poetical" offered me to exhibite, as an emerging artist, alongside with great masters like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Erwin Olaf, but also Santiago Sierra, Chus García-Fraile, Johan Wahlstrom, Johanna Reich, and Josie McCoy. Seeing my photos in front of Picasso's drawings was awesome. Thanks to Petra Lossen (director), Leonhard Flopp (owner of the gallery) & Paco Barragan (curator). Paco Barragan, curator, me, Leonhard Flopp, owner of the gallery, & Petra Lossen, director of the gallery Me, Gaynor Dunraven, artists agent, & Paco Barragan, curator of the exhibition My Canon AE1 An original picture of Erwin Olaf and several Picasso's draws With a Dali Sculpture
A nice article from journalist and photographer Karine Sicard-Bouvatier, on the blog "The Pariser", the digital version of the eponymous magazine launched by two excellent journalists : Ulysse Gosset and Laetitia Monsacre. I'm proud that my name is mentioned in this article. http://www.jimlepariser.fr/fotofever-vive-la-jeunesse/
It was a nice fair in the prestigious setting of the Carrousel du Louvre. Fotofever 2017 is done and it was a lot of very good professional meetings. The Castang Art Project gallery presented my animal work in Africa, from Kenya to Ethiopia, through Tanzania, Namibia, Cameroon, Congo, from November 10th to 12th. I invite you to contact Roger Castang, director of the gallery, to buy these works: http://www.castangalerie.com/ With Cécile Schall, Fotofever director Roger Castang, director of the Castang Art Project gallery Fotofever Fotofever With my friend Olivier Pérouze, cartoon screenwriter
Last night during the radio show “and if we talk about..”, on France Blue, presented by Patrick Mas, we received Miss Pauline Vidal, Miss Pin-Up France 2018.
This was a beautiful occasion for us (Jacques Font, owners of several cinema in France, and Thierry Meier, producer) to listen to a young beautiful woman and recalling what the French elegance in the 50s was all about.
Without the slightest vulgarity and with a good set of brains underneath her veil, this dog groomer, will defend the French colors at the Miss Las Vegas Pin-Up, the real World Championship of this discipline.
Good luck, Pauline!
Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the french artist Berhart (and to buy two splendid prints from him) at the tattoo convention of Perpignan, south of France. Self-taught artist and a very original man, below you can read his official bio and I invite you to discover his awesome work by checking out his website: http://berhart.blogspot.fr/p/lowbrow.html LOWBROW ARTIST OR POP-SYMBOLIST? At the end of the 80s, when he continued the comics from Pellos "Les pieds nickelés", Berhart "decorates" the streets of Toulouse with stencils, stickers, and graphics inspired by African art. Subsequently, he leaves the streets and comics for illustration and artistic direction in publishing and communication. He had the opportunity, in the mid-90s, to publish the comics magazine "Azimut". From 2005, at the head of Galerie Berhart, he devoted himself to his art, opening a parenthesis between 2008 and 2012 to lead "Caramba!" Publishing, a particularly innovative ebooks publisher. Since 2013, he returned to his art. He has produced large black and white drawings with a dense and complex composition teeming with esoteric, political, mystical and alchemical messages. He diverted classical works as well as references and imagery of popular culture, giving them a new meaning and a strong symbolic burden. In parallel, he creates very colorful paintings inspired by street-culture and comics. At the forefront of Pop Art and off the path of institutional art, he constructs a work that is rich in meaning, critical and uninhibited, questioning the cultural and social chaos of the twenty-first century.
End of the exhibition of my photos on gypsy culture in the European Parliament. A very beautiful adventure. On the agenda of Parliament this week, there was discussion against anti-Gypsyism; my photos were in the right place and at the right time. And what a pleasure to be surrounded by my gypsy friends Jimmy Villa, singer and guitarist, and David Baptiste, restaurateur!
I’m very busy for the end of the year!
I will be represented by the gallery Castang Art Project at FOTOFEVER, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
FOTOFEVER is a prestigious international photo fair directed by Cécile Schall.
From the 10th to the 12th of November, we are waiting for you.
I will be physically present on Sunday 12, if you would like to meet me and buy directly one of the photographs that I will propose.
I can’t be there the first two days, held by the opening of my exhibition in Zurich, November 11, at the Art & Business Gallery.
I will also make a dedication of my last photo book, at 17:00.
I’m very happy to meet you soon at the Carrousel du Louvre!
Thanks to the journalist Camilla Sechi!
Follow the link: https://www.blackframemag.com/gregory-herpe-photographer-playwright/
Petra Lossen Fine Art is pleased to announce the thought-provoking interdisciplinary international exhibition Political Poetical with works by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Santiago Sierra, Erwin Olaf, Chus García-Fraile, Johan Wahlstrom, Johanna Reich, Gregory Herpe and Josie McCoy.
Curated by Spanish curator and arts writer Paco Barragán and Petra Lossen, the exhibit brings together an imaginative mix of classic and contemporary artists around the topics of the ‘political’ and the ‘poetical’.
The personal is political….and the political is poetical we could add. To the famous 1960s slogan—about which by the way until today nobody claimed autorship for originating the phrase—we could confidently argue that the political is poetical.
Especially in the contingent times of today’s capitalism it becomes a fascinating topic to examine how the political can be poetical and how the poetical is extremely political.
We entered in the mean time ‘classic’ artists like Picasso and Dalí in a fresh dialogue with contemporary artists like Santiago Sierra, Erwin Olaf or Josie McCoy, just to mention a few. The exhibition represents an exercise in a-historical or trans-historical curating that helps us to articulate how the political-poetical dialectics has been and still is a mayor topic in contemporary art and society.
Basically, we could argue that the artistic and its structures are always trying to redefine themselves and looking for news ways to meet the challenges society faces. Maybe today under neo-liberalism it is not about utopia or demanding radical democracy, but about more modest goals: the survival of democracy or the return/recovery of certain benefits of the wellfare state.
The exhibit Political Poeticalinserts itself within this fascinating artistic discourse and pursues the questions of what is art, what can art do and if it still can represent a place of resistance, critique and opposition.
If for Hannah Arendt the political is inevitably connected to actions that enable the appearance of the ‘unknown’, the art world is a place of ‘conflictual consensus’—as Jacques Ranciére would argue—where the utopian, the irreverent, the radical, and the impossible is possible. “Contrary to the usual assumption”—affirms Murray Edelman—“art should be recognized as a major and integral part of the transaction that engenders political behaviour.”
The group of artists reunited in the show tackle the dialects political-poetical from diferent angles negotiating its limits and its tensions using varied intedisciplinary media like painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance and work on paper.
The exhibition is both concept and display-wise divided into two constellations.
The ‘political wall’ will revolve around Pablo Picasso´s drawings of Guernica—the so-called Post-scripts—that are still today a master piece and a clear example of the horror and injustices of war. Both Spanish artists Santiago Sierra and Chus García-Fraile will enter in dialogue with Picasso in a literal and metaphorical manner: while Sierra presents a photo from the famous series of Veterans of the War of Iraq, Afghanistan Facing the Walldenouncing the connection between capitalism and warfare, Chus García-Fraile delves into the origine of the fireworks and the idea of the image as artifice, as simulacrum, conveying mesmerizing analogies between real bombings and fireworks. Also on the same wall we will display Johann M. Reich’s video-performance Monument in which she paints a simple German flag in which she ´literally’ disappears revolving around ideas of patriotism and nationalism. And finally, we will exhibit a fascinating image by Dutch artist Erwin Olaf staged in the Berlin interbellum years with its unmatching oneiric atmosphere. Now that we celebrate 80 years of the bombing of Guernica, Picasso’s drawings will provide a fascinating dialogue with the work of Santiago Sierra, Chus García-Fraile, Johanna Reich, Erwin Olaf and
If in the former constellation of works the political is more obvious or manifest, the ‘poetical wall’ reunites works in a sort of ‘assemblage’ by Salvador Dalí, Josie McCoy, Gregory Herpe and Johan Wahlstrom. Here we find the political filtered through modern society and elements like mass media, celebrity and social life in which the representation acquires poetical hints.
Salvador Dalí is an extremely political artist, although this part of his career has been conveniently silenced as he didn´t choose the right side of history. One of the inventors of the celebrity cultus, Dalí’s Profile of Time is an open-ended work which can reference from Einstein´s relativity theory to the poetical surrealists dream states in which oneiric landscapes go hand in hand with estranged characters. Josie McCoy delve directly in the realm of the celebrity status and politics turned into a celebrity contest: while Josie McCoy portrays the couple Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner exploring the potentiality of estrangement between the celebrity and the viewer.
On its turn, Gregory Herpe offers awkward and poetic black and white photographs of today’s cityscapes populated by celebrity personalities like Mick Jagger —vigilantly watched by French military— and histrionic Donald Trump. Finally, Swedish artist Johan Wahlstrom also walks the path of celebrity, mass media and especially social media by conveying estranged compositions of everyday life of people engaging in social media in the most varied situations tackling imaginatively concepts like “hyperflexibility”, “mobility” and “availability”, which are the key to the neo-liberal mantra. Departing from Salvador Dalí’s Profile of time we have in a metaphorical manner conceived a wall that deals poetically with politics, celebrity and social media.
The exhibition Political Poetical basically allows us to ask ourselves what is the role of art in society and how art can explore new ways and new ideas that can find directly or indirectly its way into our quotidianeity. Petra Lossen Fine Art is extremely happy to have reunited such a pool of artists in such a fascinating dialogue.
OPENING NOVEMBER 11th at 2pm
An International Art Show curated by Petra Lossen & Paco Barragan
Art & Business Gallery
Trittligasse 4 – 8801 Zurich, Switzerland
Everything is in order for my upcoming exhibition at the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, from 23 to 26 October 2017.
I presenting my photographs of the gypsy community.
Strasbourg & Brussels wish to pay a tribute to the European ethnic minorities, who are often known as poorly.
Beautiful opportunities in prospect since I will have the pleasure to welcome all European Deputies and their parliamentary attaches.
Exhibitions at the Parliament are always short and intense, because European Deputies only stay for two or three days.
Thank you to European Deputie Edouard Ferrand, and my friends Jean-François Lopez and Pierre-Louis Bassole, parliamentary attaches, who made this exhibition possible.
Twenty years ago, my friend Sam Zniber, host of NRJ Radio had introduced me to the station and I discovered a fun and exciting world! I wrote news, participated in the interviews of the stars who came in our show "The Program Z" (N°1 in France) such as George Clooney, Arnold Schwarzeneger, Will Smith, Jon Bon Jovi, etc. After we went both to Fun Radio for other adventures before I returned to other artistic directions. This summer, Patrick Mas, host of France Bleu Roussillon proposed me to be part of his team as chronicler for his new program "We talk about it"; the show runs from Tuesday till Thursday from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm. We discuss and debate about almost everything, except politics or sport, he said! Perfect... Yesterday evening, it was my first and we had a good time, sometimes agitated but often funny, hosted by Patrick Mas (Master of the ceremony), and two other chroniclers of the day, the painter Anne Pacull and Thierry Meyer, producer. Highly recommended ...
Castang Art Project Gallery
During all Visa pour l’Image Festival
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:30
Sunday 3 and 10 September from 15:00 to 19:30
39 rue Rabelais – 66000 Perpignan – France – +33 (0)6 27 77 12 79
It’s a huge plaisir to welcome you at the Castang Art Project Gallery, in Perpignan, France, for my new exhibition.
For a long time I had the wish to work together with Roger Castang, a great professionnal who had the excellent idea to propose to me this rendez-vous during the International Photojournalism Festival Visa pour l’Image, from 31th of August till 17th of September 2017.
This is an unique occasion to discover a selection of photographs taken in Asia, Africa, and Europe, during different photoreportage.
This will also be an encounter with the talentfull sculptor Alexandre Nicolas, whose exceptional work of synthetic crystal inclusions will marry wonderfully with my photographic prints on aluminium plates.
I hope to welcome you all.
CASTANG ART PROJECT
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm, and on Sundays 3 and 10 September from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
39 rue Rabelais – 66000 Perpignan
+33 (0)6 27 77 12 79
On the Amsterdam Fashion Week an unique item will be introduced: an “I protect tigers” shirt designed by the dutch artist Bas Kosters (in which creative team my step-daugther Amber Huijskes takes part of; the beautiful blonde at the end of the video with Bas; I’m proud of her!) with a limited serie from 3900 pieces.
This is the number of tigers still living in the wild…
Bas Kosters & Amber Huijskes (click on the picture to see the video)
The first t-shirt will be shown on the 13 of july during the Amsardam Fashion Week.
From the 13th of july at 9pm, t-shirts ara available online on: http://www.wnf.nl/iprotecttigers
They are only 3900 tigers in the wild.
To save this iconic animal from disparation, the WNF started worldwide a rescue plan to double this number.
So support this rescue plan of WNF and give the tigers a future! Go to http://www.wnf.nl/tijger and watch what you can do to help!
Thanks to the french newspaper “Le petit journal” for that very laudatory article…
Yesterday evening, I was invited for the national day of Azerbaijan,
by His Excellency Mister Elchin Amirbayov, ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan in France,
and His Excellency Mister Anar Karimov, UNESCO permanent delegate of the Republic of Azerbaijan,
at the cultural department of the embassy, for a wonderful reception.
The opportunity to meet Madam Mirvari Fataliyava, President of the House of Azerbaijan in Paris, with whom I work on a beautiful project of photoreports, and the great Robert Hossein, a disarming kindness, who delighted me of a multitude of funny and beautiful anecdotes.
A country to be discovered for the beauty of its landscapes and for the kindness of his people!
I'm proud to invited you to my opening at the "Galerie 113", right in the center of Castelnaudary, France. Opening: June 2, 2017, at 6:30 pm. You will seen my series on the great animals of Africa, on girls of Cambodia, and on the IRA in Belfast. See you soon! EXPOSITION PHOTO DU 2 AU 24 JUIN Galerie 113 22 rue de l'Horloge 11400 - Castelnaudary - France Tel: 06 88 54 38 33
A very pleasant meeting yesterday evening around my exhibition at the St-Cyprien’s Museum, with the club “Femmes chefs d’entreprises 66″ (women business leaders & owners), and their prsident Laurie Guichard Fiancette.
With the presence of the mayor pf the city, Mister Thierry Del Poso, I had pleasure to share my photo experiences around my photographs, with the dynamic and united women of the club.
They work at a real equality between sexes in the world of entreprise.
In the american magazine Live the Art….
Catacult magazine, April 2017…