Laurie Hurwitz is a curator at the Maison européenne de la photographie in Paris. She has also written on art and design for Art & Auction, frieze, Metropolis, Aperture, Sculpture, Revue Dada and Connaissance des arts. She is Paris correspondent for ARTnews magazine. [November 2014]

Rubber Made with Camille Henrot

Camille Henrot is probably best known for her video Grosse Fatigue (Dead Tired, 2013), a mindboggling, 13-minute history of the universe for which she was awarded the prize for best promising young artist at the Venice Biennial Read More

Ghost Stories in Paris: Kuniyoshi and 19th-Century Gothic

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Retired Emperor Sutoku Sends his Followers to Rescue Tametomo (1851), woodblock, triptych of Oban-format prints, 39 × 79.5 cm. Private collection. Photo: Courtesy of Gallery Beniya.

In the weeks after the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, museum attendance in the city plummeted; visitors to the Louvre diminished by more than a third and attendance at the Pompidou fell by 50 percent Read More

“Digital” Printing

Installation view: “Matthew Brandt: Woodblocks,” Galerie Praz-Delavallade, 2014.

While studying at UCLA for his MFA degree, Matthew Brandt was shooting a series of portraits when a friend posing for him began to cry. Brandt, who was fascinated with historical photographic techniques, had a “eureka” moment: inspired by the 19th-century salt print process, he decided to add his subject’s tears to the chemical baths he was using to develop the photographs. Read More

Master of the Floating World

Katsushika Hokusai, Kudan Ushigafuchi (Ushigafuchi at Kudan) (ca.1804-1807), color woodblock print (nishiki-e), 18 × 24.5 cm. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris. ©BnF, dist. Rmn-Grand Palais / image BnF

Restless, eccentric and obsessive, the Japanese woodblock master Hokusai (1760–1849) created a staggering, multifaceted oeuvre of some 30,000 works depicting a wide range of motifs in a variety of mediums, styles and moods. While he spent most of his life in Edo (now known as Tokyo), he moved a total of 93 times and ceaselessly reinvented himself as an artist Read More

27 Square Meters, 1001 Nights

Yona Friedman, from 1001 nuits + 1 jour (2014), artist’s book. Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier. ©2014 Yona Friedman and mfc-michèle didier.

My studio on the Boulevard Pasteur was small (27 square meters),” reminisces the 91-year-old Hungarian architect Yona Friedman in the preface to 1001 nuits + 1 jour, his new artist’s book. Describing this tiny Parisian atelier, he explains, “I didn’t repaint the walls, but covered them with drawings … of my secret, imaginary world.” Read More

Aldo Crommelynck: Master and Midwife

Portrait of Aldo Crommelynck (2007). BnF, départment des Estampes et de la photographie. ©David Paul Carr / BnF.

This stunning exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France pays homage to the master printer Aldo Crommelynck (1931–2008), a private, laconic figure justly celebrated for his technical virtuosity. Although best known for his long-lasting collaboration with Pablo Picasso, Crommelynck was a transgenerational figure who worked with younger artists, many British and American, first in Paris and later in New York. Read More