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.

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 […]

Hammershøi, the “painter of tranquil rooms,” at the Musée Jacquemart-André

Forty of Vilhelm Hammershøi’s melancholy works—an empty room, an open door, a slant of cold Nordic light, a woman alone seen from behind in a long, dark dress–are on display at the Jacquemart André Museum in Paris through July 22.  Quiet and withdrawn, the Danish artist, who died in 1916, spent his life living amongst […]

Colour pioneer Luigi Ghirri’s “The Map and the Territory”

“My aim is not to make PHOTOGRAPHS, but rather CHARTS and MAPS that might at the same time constitute photographs,” Luigi Ghirri wrote in his 1973 essay Fotografie del periodo iniziale. The exhibition “The Map and the Territory,” previously on display at the Museum Folkwang and the Reina Sofía in Madrid, currently at Paris’ Jeu […]

Sir John Richardson 1924-2019

Celebrated for his masterful four-volume biography of Picasso, the eminent British art historian, curator and critic Sir John Richardson has died at age 95. Life of Picasso Volume One was published in 1991; the fourth and final installment, which was close to completion, remains unpublished. Massively detailed and detached while being compassionate and passionate, few […]