For my new monthly column for The Paris Review, I will travel across Europe—from Copenhagen to Dublin to Berlin to London—searching out essential artworks and exhibitions that speak to a wider cultural context, such as our desire for wanderlust or the complexities of artistic romances. In this first segment, I explore the complicated burden placed upon the lovers, close friends, and heirs of famous artists after they die. Advertisements
A conversation with the breakout French author on shame, memory, Schoenberg, structural circularity, and all the rest.
Contrasting approaches by two famous French cartoonists—Georges Wolinski and Plantu—show differing ways of poking fun at the powerful.
Nancy Jo Sales on the changes of childhood and the irredeemability of Facebook.
With President Macron poised to make changes to France’s handling of ethnographic art, the quai Branly would do well to follow suit—instead, they’re suspiciously dodging the issue.
On the link between insanity and creativity and how the art of turn-of-the-century mentally ill asylum patients became the basis of contemporary art, from Duchamp to Twombly to Cattelan.
Three contemporary French authors illuminate the president’s divisive neoliberal agenda and how a diversionary ‘Europe under attack’ narrative might be the key to his success.