While tattooing has a long history in both technical and aesthetic terms, one that has already been largely studied and described, the tattooers and the tattooed are its spokespeople in everyday life. For the first time, the approach adopted by a major exhibition at the Musée du Quai Branly focuses on its practice as a form of artistic expression and pays tribute to contemporary pioneers: artists who have taken the art of tattooing to new heights, but whose role has never been fully acknowledged. Created specifically for the exhibition, 13 "volumes" – hyperrealistic prototypes reproducing parts of the human body – have been made especially for the exhibition out of an experimental material, and tattooed by master tattoo artists including Tin-tin (France), Horiyoshi III (Japan), Filip Leu (Switzerland), Jack Rudy (US), Xed LeHead (UK) and Chimé (Polynesia). Also on show are 19 "body suits": tattoo designs painted on kakemonos by professionals who combine respect for their art with decidedly modern inspiration and the desire to highlight genuine originality in their work.
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The Louvre is thinking big. With its new spaces dedicated to art from Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, the Parisian Museum provides a lesson on style, paying splendid homage to the French way of life and expertise. From the strong hues of the absolute rule of the Sun King to the livelier, more varied colours of the "Beloved's" reign and the softer tones of his successor's times, the Musée du Louvre’s new rooms dedicated to the arts of three Louis of France lack neither panache nor typically French rigour as far as museography is concerned.…
While the capital takes its summer break, auctions wend their way to the seaside. Monaco stages its traditional jewellery, vintage and modern/contemporary art sales, and Deauville a number of events focusing on the horse.
Asian week produced some substantial results, particularly with Chinese objects; also some excellent bids for ethnic and contemporary art.
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