Fragile and Infinite

The past influences the person we are. The things we endure and the people that surround us shape our thoughts, behaviour and the things we love. Moments of our histories are captured with each fracture and bruising of our bodies, and in the way we choose to present ourselves — revealing or hiding our scars…

Happy Birthday, Gary Hume!

Happiest of solar returns to English artist Gary Hume! The celebrated Kent-born painter and printmaker came to Earth on 9 May 1962, first rose to fame with many of the other Young British Artists (those wild and wacky YBA’s) after completing his studies at Goldsmiths in 1988 and now deservedly enjoys the RA of a…

Félix Ziem

Félix Ziem, a bit lesser known Pre-Impressionist and Orientalist, was born on 26 February 1821 in Beaune, on France’s Côte-d’Or. He was the son of a Croatian father and bourguignonne mother who recognised their son’s early artistic prowess and ensured he was enrolled in l’École d’Architecture et des Beaux-Arts in Dijon. At the fresh age of twenty he…

Audibly Inspiring

The places where culture converges are some of the loveliest around, for all the senses. So join me below as I dash through a pared down list of remarkable paintings and drawings that acted as muses for classical composers and creatives of a more melodious sort than their paint-flinging brethren. You’ll see, and hear, that…

Repast

REPAST is a new, beautifully designed print magazine focused on food history. Every quarter we will publish a new volume filled with a cornucopia of old recipes, enlightening gastronomic essays, and the fascinating and forgotten tales of the people who have grown, cooked, and enjoyed all things edible over the centuries. SO… WHAT EXACTLY IS…

For Form's Sake

Mutterings about something called “formalism” have casually cropped up on this blog upon occasion, so I feel it’s only right to take this occasion to very briefly hash out what it is, why it works, how it falls short. Formalism might sound posh, but has much less to do with black-tie attire, Savile Row tailoring and avant-garde…

Art at the Heart of Luxembourg

“But isn’t it just a service station?” chuckles my brother over the phone when I tell him we’ve just got back from a weekend in Luxembourg. He has a point. My own last Luxembourgian excursion was tantamount to a drive-thru; a mere strip of motorway that just happened to plug Belgium to Germany during one…

Better than the Rist

She likes to eat red beets a lot. She uses an alias given to her based off a fictional character from her childhood. She believe’s that art’s task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to provide positive energies, to research possibilities and to destroy clichés and prejudices. Elisabeth Charlotte “Pipilotti” Rist is a…

Junk Mail from the Palace

French Riviera is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in London by Detroit-based artist Cary Loren. Junk Mail from the Palace began as a series of collages made over the past year inspired by readings from Sir Richard Burton’s translation of the Arabian Tales of a Thousand and One Nights. After reading the tales, Loren began to…