Traveling from Paris to London via Eurostar takes just as much time as traveling from New York City to my home in Westhampton Beach via LIRR. With a commute of just over 2 hours, whenever London calls, I answer. My latest chunnel journey was in search of fabrics. While in Londontown there was much going on in the art world (good timing!). In addition to a Paul Klee exhibition at the Tate Modern, followed by a chance Paul McCartney concert in Covent Garden (have I mentioned that timing is everything?), one of my highlights was an afternoon spent at the Frieze Masters.
Many great works to be found within the tents of Regent’s Park.
Some of the most interesting artworks I discovered in the park itself. Looks like fabric!
This piece reminded me of Richard Serra, whom I adore.
Was most impressed by this larger than life face, changing as you moved around it.
Reflecting on the artful day.
To accompany the art tour, the sun shone brightly. A perfect day in the park.
What makes a perfect ladies night? How about champagne, macarons, nude men and good friends? That’s exactly the ladies night I just had the pleasure of indulging in. Following a Girls Guide to Paris soirée to launch their new magazine, I met girlfriends at the Musee d’Orsay. That’s where we found the nude men. Did I neglect to mention they were sculpted?
Rarely in history has the male nude, the basis of Academic art training, been displayed the way the beauty of the nude woman has, and still is. The Musee d’Orsay decided to change this by curating the exhibition, Masculine / Masculine. Their aim is to take an “interpretive, playful, sociological and philosophical approach to exploring all aspects and meanings of the male nude in art.”
And how pleased are we women? And quite a fair share of men too.
What most impressed me was the variety of artworks in view.
From Rodin to Bacon, Warhol, Pierre et Gilles, Cocteau, Flandrin and many more masters.
There was certainly a fair share of ogling by eager onlookers, but well worth braving the crowds.
And worth snapping a few photos, even though it was forbidden. Shhhh!
If you are in Paris, grab your girlfriends (or go solo) and head to the Orsay!
Exhibition ends January 2nd.