20.6.11

Street Art ... again

There are a lot of Street Art (see previous posts) activities going on at present. The Street Artists get more and more support from the City, from galleries…

One City sponsored (4th arrondissement) event was the spectacular enormous self-portrait (world's largest?) by “Jef Aerosol”, covering one of the blind house facades at Place Igor Stravinsky - with its moving statues by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely (see previous post) - close to Beaubourg (Centre Pompidou – see previous post) and the Saint Merry Church (see previous post). I passed by when the work was in preparation and Jef was escalating the scaffolding and got interviewed by different media…
… and I returned last Saturday to watch the official inauguration. If weather and taggers permit, this will remain here at least until 2014. The gesture is “chuuuuttt!!” (shh! Hush!), meaning a suggestion, perhaps not really to silence, but rather to a respect of the environing art, music centre, church…
While waiting for the official inauguration ceremony, we had the nice surprise to listen to an improvised concert by a girl’s choir, “Cantus” from Latvia. The girls had the preceding days been singing at Notre Dame, the Madeleine Church and Versailles and were on their way to Belgium for other concerts. The choir leader received a signed gift by Jef.


Another City sponsored event (17th arrondissement) took place last Thursday, just in front of the local Town Hall. “Mosko et associés”, “Mesnager” and “Artiste Ouvrier”, peformed together for a common work, which later was brought into the Town Hall, where they expose until July 9, together with “Le Cyclop”, who in the meantime seriously improved the look of some street poles (and "Mesnager" decorated a tree).
Some pictures from the indoor exposition.  
  

29 comments:

Olivier said...

tu as une magnifique collection de "Street Art", et tu fais de belles rencontres avec ces artistes libres.

Dianne said...

Wonderful post Peter - and what impressive street art - very classy! this is raising the standard of the artists.
I've just listened to the "Cantus" girls choir - they are delightful!

Owen said...

Hey Peter, see you've been out and about Paris again... nothing escapes your ever vigilant eye and camera. When art is executed by true artists, I think it is great to get it out of the museums and galleries and onto more unusual surfaces, where it can light up the lives of passersby... good to know the city is playing an active role promoting such artivity... and good that you are there to document it for us... thanks et à bientôt

Thérèse said...

Qu'est-ce que j'aime cette vie qui foisonne et qui fait remuer bien des artistes!
Quelle chance tu as donc eu de voir tout cela aux premières loges.

Polly said...

Peter, thanks for continuing these wonderful mini tours of Paris and city happenings, they are always a delight to read!

Montreal Photo Daily said...

Street art is the best... it's accessible to everyone, not just academics and supposed connoisseurs.
Awesome post.

Have a great day!

Anai Le said...

Este blog está cada día más lindo.

Vagabonde said...

J’ai écouté la chorale – elles ont vraiment des jolies voix – un peu drôle d’entendre un chant de Noël en Juin; j’aime mieux quand elles chantent dans leur langue. J’ai vu qu’il y avait beaucoup de graffiti à Paris, beaucoup plus que je n’avais vu avant. J’aime bien le pantin sur l’arbre - de l’art et de l‘humour.

SusuPetal said...

Street Art is fascinating, it's art in just the right place, among people.

Studio at the Farm said...

Peter, what a fabulous post! I love the street art. Jef's super-large self portrait is so good! The entire event seems so happy and "loving" [can't think how else to describe it] How wonderful of Paris to support these endeavors. And how good of you to report them.

Pierre BOYER said...

Superbe Peter !
Bonne journée,

Pierre

V Rakesh said...

Some very interesting pictures!

Thirtytwo degrees said...

This is an excellent blog, so interesting, beautiful artwork, photos, so that it makes it enjoyable to be able to see it without being there...I always look forward to your well thought out and well planned tours of Paris through photos...

Clare said...

Fantastic! I love French street art.

Cergie said...

J'ai entendu parler de cette performance de Jeff Aérosol pendant qu'elle avait lieu, à la radio. Je me demandais où cela allait être fait exactement à Beaubourg.
Seulement je partais pour Lyon le lundi. Lyon c'est la ville des fresques, une technique différente et moins éphémère que la bombe et le pochoir, inspirée du Caravage...

joanny said...

Peter:

Every nook and corner of Paris speaks of a certain vibrant pulse and bright colors of this legendary 'city of light' a name befitting its reputation. and Peter you seem to capture that wonderful energy on film.

C'est magnifique et magique.
Merci Joanny!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's so cool, what a lovely day there, I'm always enchanted by this subject street arts, they are very creative!
Léia

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

What a perfect subject and message for this place and I look forward to seeing it on my next visit. Your coverage of the inauguration was almost as good as being there!

I will miss being in Paris for La Fête tomorrow but know that you will be out and about to report with your photos...

Bises,
Genie

the parisienne said...

I'm a huge fan of Mosko's ! He's a very nice person, and talented too !

Synne said...

Very cool! The tree and the poles are my favourites. I love little details like those on the streets!

Starman said...

On my best day, I couldn't even come close to the talent of these guys.

Suzane Weck said...

Ola,sempre acompanhando seu exelente e elucidativo blog,deixo aqui meu abraço e desejo de uma otima semana.

Jeanie said...

Such fun and so creative! I remember that plaza well as I visited St. Merry (Merri?) which I found lovely! I wonder how long these will stay in place?

claude said...

Dans le street art il y a sûrement des oeuvres qui sont belles, pour certaines autres, j'ai du mal à adhérer.
J'aime bien ces jolies jeunes filles qui chantent superbement bien.

Mandy said...

Wow! Cool!
>Absolutely fantastic!

Shammickite said...

Paris really celebrates Street Art and the artists.... I like that! A new way of expressing whatever the artist wants to express.... and it reaches out to so many people. Of course, there are always the people wo disapprove, but on the whole, I think most people enjoy Street Art, when it's proberly manages, and not simply rude words scrawled on blank walls!

Catherine said...

what a wonderful self-portrait - I love the vibrancy and surprise of street art - can´t wait to come and see all this stuff at first hand....

lasiate said...

bravo pour ce magnifique reportage

Trotter said...

Paris is always Paris...