Banksy’s world

Traveller 27. Take line 12 North. Stop at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette. Take Rue de Châteaudun to the right. Turn right on Rue du Faubourg Montmartre. “Voilà”. The world of Banksy is an extraordinary re-creation of Banksy’s art. As soon as I saw the ads in the Paris metro, I knew I had to go. Go early. This…

A morning walk, Paris. Again?!

The little Prince Series. Spanish version. “What’s that gotta do with a Paris walk?” “Saint-Ex was French.” “Yeah, from Lyon.” “Moving on.” Tian’ anmen square. Le Marais. That IS in Paris. Le Marais. Not Tian’ anmen. 40th anniversary. I don’t break only hearts. Butte-aux-cailles, Paris, 2018. Artist: Miss Tic. Place Blanche, 1924, by Fernand Andrey-Prevost,…

Travellers

Moustache. Traveller 16. Under Picasso’s shadow. Protection. Travellers 17. La Défense. “Have I turned the gas off?” Traveller 18. Line 1. “Have suitcase. Will travel.” I found those stuck to a wall in the Marais, after a disappointing Cartier-Bresson expo. Placed high on the wall and protected by glass from morons and taggers. (Hence the…

Pot-pourri one and sixty

Dolores del Río, 1938, by Diego Rivera, at the artist’s house in Coyocán, Mexico city. Dolores del Río (1905-1983) was one of the major actresses of the Golden age of the Mexican cinema and a strong “player” in Hollywood too. There will be more soon on Diego Rivera.   Death by Evelia Evelia, Mexico, 2019.…

A midsummer’s Paris daydream

King Tut’s guard, Egypt, Egypt, 1327 BC. “Egypt? Scotty? Can you check your orders please?” “Oh. Paris, Captain? Ever so sorry. Which century, Sir? “19th to 21st, Scotty. “Roger that.” Suzanne Valadon’s workshop, Montmartre, 21st century. Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) was a model – to Puvis de Chavannes, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec – and painter. Her workshop and…

A summer in Paris #2

Dora Maar (1907-1997). I knew (of) Dora Maar only as one Picassso’s many models and mistresses. I had no idea that she was one the 30’s top photographers and artists. She was friends with Breton, Aragon, Brassaï and many others who formed the brilliant Paris art scene of the 30’s. That was before she became…