One morning last fall, American graffiti artist Cope2 (real name: Fernando Carlo) walked up the Rue Oberkampf in Paris to a bare wall abutting the century-old Café Charbon. A bald, thickset man dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans and work boots, he contemplated the surface while a crew of helpers tested a ladder for weight and unpacked bags of spray paint. Donning a protective mask, the 45-year-old practitioner of New York’s so-called Wildstyle shook the day’s first aerosol can and confidently began a billboard-sized composition consisting of the word Cope rendered repeatedly in blue and green balloon letters outlined in black.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s ex-wife is set to recover a Matisse painting returned by Cornelius Gurlitt, the German art collector who for decades hoarded hundreds of works in his Munich apartment and in a house in Salzburg.
Cornelius Gurlitt, the art collector who for decades hoarded hundreds of works in his Munich apartment and in a house in Salzburg, has instructed his court-appointed adviser to hand back items looted from Jewish owners.
To celebrate Claude Monet at the Grand Palais in Paris, the organizers have assembled 169 canvases, loaned from 75 museums and private collections. It’s the biggest solo show devoted to the Impressionist master.
The western facade of the Rouen cathedral, painted by Claude Monet at different times of day and in different light, is a trademark of Impressionism. To discover 11 of the 28 versions hanging side by side at Rouen’s Musee des Beaux-Arts is alone worth the trip.