Laurie Hurwitz

Laurie Hurwitz is a curator, art writer and translator. Senior curator at the Maison européenne de la photographie, she has contributes regularly to American and British art magazines.

Nominees for the 2019 Pierre Daix Art Book Prize Announced

Five nominees have just been announced for the 2019 Pierre Daix Prize, created by François Pinault in 2015 in memory of his longtime friend, the journalist, writer and historian who was also Picasso’s biographer, who passed away in November 2014. Since then, the annual prize, with a grant of 10,000 euros, honors an outstanding book […]

American painter Alex Katz reinvents Monet’s water lilies at the Orangerie

The American figurative painter Alex Katz first saw Monet’s water-lily paintings for around 1965, at Paris’ Musée de l’Orangerie. But although since the 1950s, he has been making gorgeous paintings of the landscape surrounding his atelier in Maine, for a long while the artist resisted painting images of a lily-pond near his summer home in […]

Agnès Varda remembered at the Cannes Film Festival

The official poster of this year’s Cannes film festival will be a photograph of Agnès Varda, the pioneering French film director, photographer and artist, considered by many the “mother of the French New Wave” film movement in the 1950s and 1960s, who passed away on March 29 at the age of 90. The photograph of […]

In memoriam: fantastical French sculptor and designer Claude Lalanne (1924-2019)

French artist Claude Lalanne, who achieved cult status with her whimsical sculptures, furniture, jewelry and cutlery, often depicting flora and fauna and animals, recently passed away in Fontainebleau at the age of 93. Her death was announced by her Paris dealer Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand, who likened her to “a stronghold against bad taste and pretentiousness,” adding […]

Romamor: Anne and Patrick Poirier return to the Villa Medici

Through 5 May 2019, “Romamor,” the first personal exhibition in Italy by the French artist duo Anne and Patrick Poirier, is being held at the French Academy in Rome Villa Medici. Their creative symbiosis crystallized at the Villa more than fifty years ago – a combination of sculpture, architecture and archaeology that explores history and ancient civilizations through the […]

Christo to wrap Paris’ Arc de Triomphe in 2020

The artist duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude wrapped the Reichstag, the Pont Neuf trees and a stretch of coastline in shimmering fabric; installed saffron-colored gateways through Central Park and a running fence near San Francisco; hung curtains across a Colorado valley and wrapped a series of islands in Florida in luminous pink. In April 2020, the […]

“La Pyramide” turns 30

When the Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei’s a 22-meter-high pyramid of glass in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum was first erected, the French were shocked by its revolutionary design. The architecture critic in the daily Le Monde called it “like an annex of Disneyland or bringing Luna Park back from the dead.” Others, as […]