Mona Bismarck Foundation ~ Paris Cultural Center
 

A Bicultural Palette: les artistes franco-américains

from June 21 to July 21, 2006

Mona Bismarck Foundation
34 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris


Leslie GreeneCondensation
With every move, whether changing apartments or countries, Leslie Greene's artwork has shifted too. Reflecting her life's ebbs and flows, the consistent element linking all her work is the subliminal intuitive approach that gives voice to her inner life and energy.
Gypsy, her grandmother, called her and thus she has been moving between continents most her life. These movements have inspired a painting style that is abstract and concerned with inner body sensations, dreams, light impressions and thought processes. This is painting that is spontaneous and explorative. This is where she is now.
Contact:
Email: leslie.greene@free.fr
Website: leslie-greene.net

Image shown: Condensation


Judith BledsoeLes Mystéres de la Discontinuité
Judith Bledsoe came one day from mythical New Orleans, understanding that her artistic ambitions were wider than the country of her childhood. Paris grabs her, ushers her behind the doors where graphic art reveals itself, from wild oil painting to smashing acrylic or audacious collage. Judith breathes art in her own world: Paris passersby, her cat, sneaking out the house. She has the eyes of a child filled with wonder by the richness of what she sees, inexhaustible creation that she transforms into paintings, engravings, lithographs or collages. Paris embraced Judith Bledsoe.
Contact:
Tel: 01 43 22 40 46
Email: judithbledsoe@noos.fr
Website: judithbledsoe.com

Image shown: Les Mystères de la Discontinuité


Michele DebuisneClaude's Iris
Michele Debuisne, a Canadian-American, grew up in the U.S. and moved to Paris fifteen years ago. Married, and mother of two children, she has been teaching art at Marymount School for fifteen years. Working with children has always allowed her to keep a fresh perspective in her own art work. More recently, moving out to the Paris countryside has inspired Michele to look more closely at nature and grow a garden of her own. Flowers, leaves, plants and the simple yet complex design within them motivated her to painting a triptych of capucine flowers and their leaves.
Contact:
Tel: 01 30 90 60 94
Email: MDebuisne@marymount.fr

Image shown: Claude's Iris


Kim PowellJoy
Kim Powell reveals the textures, colors and patterns of flowers as each blossom draws one's attention to their secret landscape. Inspired by the work of Georgia O'Keefe and Claude Monet's garden at Giverny, she strives to express the feeling at the moment the shutter clicks. The unique combination of the brilliance of colors combined with the movement created by a slight breeze, gives one a sense of peace and extreme joy at having an intimate encounter with a world that is so easily over looked by others.
Contact:
Tel: 06 13 92 73 66
Email: kphotoparis@aol.com

Image shown: Joy


Mark GoodmanFemme à la robe blanche
The nudes and landscapes of Mark Goodman are a celebration of color. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and the States. He has had one man exhibitions at DFN Gallery, New York; the Centre Culturel Robert Desnos, Ris Orangis; the Galerie Espace Deauville, the Galerie Platine, Paris, among others. His work hangs in the Musee d'art et d'histoire contemporaines, Hotel des Invalides, Paris and is in many private collections. In the words of Samuel Fuller, "Plus je suis pris par le travail de Mark Goodman, plus m'envoûtent chaque tourbillon, chaque tache, chaque touche de son pinceau..."
Contact:
Tel: 01 42 77 23 15

Image shown: Femme à la robe blanche


Janine WesselmannYankee Parade
Janine Wesselmann is known worldwide for her compelling, brilliant, and humorous portrayals of European and American social life. A graduate of Cornell University, she paints throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America, capturing vanishing ways of life with a sensual palette and elegant compositions. She was awarded the accolade of Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, Award for Leadership in the Arts, and inclusion in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and 2000 Notable American Women. She carries the endorsement of the Governor of Connecticut for her cultural contributions to Europe.
Contact:
Tel: (203) 794 1407
Email: jwesselmann@comcast.net
Website: www.janinewesselmann.com

Image shown: Yankee Parade


Jan OlssonArbre d'Hiver N°3
Jan Olsson is an American painter and printmaker, born in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing at the University of Arizona. In 1987, as Professor of Fine Arts at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia, she was awarded a Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum. Her first visit to France was in 1982. From 1987 to 1989 she worked at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Afterwards she settled permanently into her Paris studio at La Ruche. Jan Olsson has been exhibiting her work in Europe and the United States for 20 years.
Contact:
Tel: 01 44 26 06 18
Email: jan.olsson@wanadoo.fr
Website: janolssonart.com

Image shown: Arbre d'Hiver N°3


VigdisEurope 1
Born in Oslo the 12th of March, the coldest day man ever could remember, with a pencil in her hand which she later on used on desks and tables around Europe in various universities and art schools: Uppsala, Hamburg, London, even Cairo. Since childhood she always came back to Paris and today has a big atelier in Lafayette's wine cellar. With her European background, fascinated by Scandinavian art and inspired by different American art periods, she feels very cosmopolitan. She has had several important exhibitions and her works are mostly in private collections all over the world.
Contact:
Website: www.vigdisart.com

Image shown: Europe 1


Lindsey de OviesMiss America
Lindsey de Ovies has been observing the world through Franco-American bifocals for almost 20 years. Decidedly refracted by this bicultural perspective, her work humorously questions all things conventional: commitment/responsibility, social integration, stereotype/identity, and all stages of maturing (birth, youth, marriage, family, mid-life, the randomness of death and beyond).
Contact:
Tel: 06 80 60 57 99
Email: info@deovies.com
Website: www.deovies.com

Image shown: Miss America

 


Mary Villon de BenvenisteFamily Portrait
Mary Villon de Benveniste has built her reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University, College of Fine Arts. Among her works are portraits of President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, the Reverend Earnest Hunt, Dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, Ambassador Pamela Harriman, Mayor B. J. Webb, Mrs. Mary Lou Davis, and the prominent surgeon, Dr. Deckle Taylor. At this time, she is working on a portrait of former First Lady, Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson, and will soon begin a portrait of work on Mrs. Willemina Holliday, founder and director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Contact:
Tel: 014267 2674
Email: mvdeb@wanadoo.fr
Website: www.maryvillondebenveniste.com

Image shown: Family Portrait


Catherine Johnson JullianGarden Party chez Mena
After initial studies in fine arts and art history, she left the creative impulse aside until a few years ago when it just all came back. She works in a figurative style in oil, acrylic and pastel, her subjects of predilection being people engaged in ordinary activities. She has exhibited in Paris, the western suburbs and New Jersey.
Contact:
Tel: 06 87 26 52 39
Email: cajullian3@yahoo.com

Image shown: Garden Party chez Mena

 


Aviva Brooks KrugerSalinas
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Aviva came to Paris 16 years ago with a cigar box full of oil paints. With no real formal training, what started out as a hobby has now become her passion. Aviva's paintings are inspired by Hopper and Hockney. She captures a moment of everyday life and magnifies it: a transplanted American who appeases her mal du pays by depicting scenes of her home country, urban architecture and people on the street.
When the legend is greater than the truth, print the legend.
- Maxwell Scott

Contact:
Tel: 06 08 41 07 85
Email: avivabrooks@mac.com
Website: http://homepage.mac.com/avivabrooks/PhotoAlbum2.html

Image shown: Salinas


Devorah BoxerHérrison
Born Troy, NY, 1935, attended Emma Willard School, B.A '56 Brown U. MFA '59 Yale U. Lives, works in Paris since '59. From 1980 group shows: Paris, France, international. Solo shows: Paris, Chartres, Maubeuge, Zurich, Jerusalem, Luxembourg. Committee member of Le Trait, La Taille et le Crayon; member XYLON-France. Prints edited by print associations; articles, prints reproduced in periodicals and books. Recent awards: Prix Hasegawa, Fondation Taylor, 2003, Prix de la Gravure, Paul-Louis Weiller, Institut de France 2006. Catalogue raisonné of prints (1959-2005) to be published September 2006.
Contact:
Tel: 01 70 08 46 19
Email: dboxer@club-internet.fr

Image shown: Hérrison


Jonathan ShimonyStatesman, Horseman, Warrior
The presence of the classical world and the Renaissance reinterpretation of it that one finds throughout Europe is what impressed him most upon his arrival in France. Working with the same techniques and materials, he has tried to enter into this tradition while retaining his American culture... Confronted by the terrible realities of our world, he has endeavored to make visible the transformations that time and history have forced upon us. Jonathan's hope is that by representing the inescapable, one is able to better live with the tragic aspects of our modern world. Truth and beauty, so often hidden or forgotten, should be the redeeming features of human life. The search for these two ideals motivate his work.
Contact:
Tel: 01 46 63 31 83 / 06 85 74 59 31
Email: jonshimony@hotmail.com

Image shown: Statesman, Horseman, Warrior


Patrick LoughranTes Yeux
Patrick Loughran was born in 1948 in Bethlehem, PA and has been living and working in Paris since 1991. He has degrees in political science and fine arts from Columbia University in New York City, and teaches at ENSA Limoges-Aubusson and at the Ecole Municipale des Beaux-Arts in Châteauroux. A few recent exhibitions: 2005 The Museum of French Ceramics in Fuping, China. 2004 "Biennale d'art Contemporain", L'atelier, Mitry-Mory. 2003 "Fragile" The Museum of Fine Arts, Reims; "Miscellanea", MACC Fresnes. 2002 "Solo Show", The Museum of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux. 2001 "About Clay", Galerie Corinne Caminade, Paris; "Ordered Chaos", Galeries du Rutebeuf, Clichy
Contact:
Tel: 01 40 09 74 08
Email: patrick.loughran@wanadoo.fr

Image shown: Tes Yeux


Keith LongReady to Wear
Keith Long was born in Chicago in 1940. He lives and works in New York and Paris, and currently exhibits with OK Harris Gallery in NYC and Galerie Lélia Mordoch in Paris. His constructed wall-relief sculptures, which combine natural and man-made forms into abstract, biologically symmetrical compositions, are often constructed from the discards of contemporary culture, which are incorporated into the construct and perceived in a formistic way, though they often retain a recognizable original character. These works have a totemic, icon-like presence, and are sometimes humorous and often brooding.
Contact:
Tel: 01 48 05 10 46
Email: keith@keithlong.com
Website: keithlong.com

Image shown: Ready to Wear


Marie-Louise CusackTea Time
Born in Toronto, Canada in 1959, Marie-Louise is an independent artist specializing in oil paintings. She has studied, received scholarships and has paintings in private collections in Japan, Canada, USA, Italy and France. Her one-woman shows include the Mairie de Paris, Société Générale, McCann Erickson in France; the Alliance Française, Koffler Gallery, Heliconian Club, Elmwood Club in Canada; Fortnum and Mason, Dartmouth House in London. With participation in numerous group exhibitions, Marie-Louise has also completed International poster commissions for film, symphony and jazz festivals.
Contact:
Tel: 01 53 69 09 21
Email: marie-louisecusack@club-internet.fr
Website: marielouisecusack.com

Image shown: Tea Time


Tim MellageRadiator, detail
Tim Mellage, presently living in Paris, started sculpting in the late 80s while living in Boston. The sculptures on display here have been produced in the spirit that Tim refers to as postformalism. Postformalism refers to an increasing number of contemporary artists whose creativity and originality have not been shaped by the learned responses of a formal training. For Postformalists there are no rules or guidelines in art making as there were in the past, thus allowing the elements of traditional formalism that surround us to be reworked and reinterpreted to produce new, fresh art-forms.
Contact:
Tel: 06 80 83 31 19
Email: timmellage@hotmail.com
Website: mellage.com

Image shown: Radiator, detail


Karen ArcherThe Other Side of the Mirror
Karen Archer, an American painter, illustrator and author, has lived in Paris for over 25 years. She has taken part in several group exhibitions presenting both works for children's books and oil paintings and mixed media. She has written and illustrated six children's books in French and in English which still await a happy home with a publisher.
Contact:
Tel: 01 42 21 32 06
Email: k.archer@noos.fr

Image shown: The Other Side of the Mirror

 

 


Joe NeillUrban Dream
From the gothic cathedrals of France to the modern "Babels" of the American cities, a tower has always fulfilled the desire of humans to rise up to be in higher place. A tower is a gesture of hope. It creates the desire to see the world below differently. They offer an utopian vision that allows a poetic opposite to the mercantile demands of today's world, which is the challenge that the artist addresses to his fellow citizens. Finally, they remind us, in their positive form, that the world is rebuilt every morning.
Contact:
Tel: 01 43 40 71 45
Email: joe.neill@tiscali.fr
Website: joeneill.com

Image shown: Urban Dream


Felice PanagrossoReading
Felice (Phil) Panagrosso has painted and studied in Paris for the past four and a half years. In his landscapes and cityscapes he strives to capture a sense of place and time without depicting recognizable landmarks. All of his landscapes in this exposition have been executed en plein aire.
Felice has studied painting at the Lyme Academy in Connecticut, and at Parsons Paris. He has recently moved to Brooklyn, New York, to pursue a Master's Degree at the New York Academy of Art.
Contact:
Tel: (718) 938-8863
Email: philpanagrosso@yahoo.com
Website: panagrosso.com

Image shown: Reading


Harriet FrankelBinic Lighthouse, 1982
"Les Mouettes" in Binic is still in the family and Harriet continued to paint there until the early 90's when her eyesight began to fail. The watercolors and oil paintings marked by Harriet's firm hand and discerning vision as well as her passionate love of the place: the ever changing view, her son Charles "the fisherman" crossing the port, the garden path, the open window.
Contact:
Email: Chris_Frankel_gra@msn.com

Image shown: Binic Lighthouse, 1982

 


Joan Neuhof Muller Fleur de Desert
Born in NYC, Joan began her art studies at Tyler Art School in Philadelphia and then with Hans Hoffman in NY. She participated in her first group show in 1949 in New York City. Joan arrived in Paris in 1950 and was helped and influenced by Germaine Richier and Giacometti and began exhibiting in 1952 in the Salon de Mai. Since then, she has participated in numerous exhibitions and art fairs, notably in Basel and Stockholm, along with galleries in the US and France. Joan's work is included in private collections in France, Germany, Sweden, England and the US.
Contact:
Tel: 01 43 31 92 61

Image shown: Fleur de Desert


Nanci Boivin RivièreFlamme
After graduating from the University of Florida, Nanci worked as an interior designer. In 76, she left for Paris where she studied fashion drawing. In evening courses, she discovered how to work with clay and it was just a question of time before sculpting marble and limestone. In 1998, she organized an outdoor sculpture exhibition which turned into what has become one of the first groups of women sculptors in Paris with their own workroom and calendar of events. Nanci returned to Paris this past October from New York where she presented her latest installation at Columbia University.
Contact:
Tel: 01 47 22 11 82
Email: nanci@atelierdelachapelle.com

Image shown: Flamme



A Bicultural Palette: les artistes franco-américains
from June 21 to July 21, 2006
Mona Bismarck Foundation
34 avenue de New York, 75116 Paris
Email: info@monabismarck.org
www.monabismarck.org

Days and opening hours:
From Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on weekends and holidays
Telephone: 01 47 23 38 88
Admission: Free
Metro: Alma-Marceau, Trocadéro
Bus: 72 – 63 – 94

Petit Journal:
20 pages, color and black and white, 2 euros

Press Contact for further information, texts or photos:
Wendy Thomas – wendythomas@noos.fr

Programs Coordinator: Kristina Didouan
info@monabismarck.org

Photo: Kim Powell, "Hanging by a Thread"
kphotoparis@aol.com

Scenography: Christian Roy
scenographe@monabismarck.org

Graphics: Dianne Henning
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