AO On Site – Paris: Galleries Night Out, featuring events at Thaddaeus Ropac (Alex Katz, Banks Violette), Emmanuel Perrotin (Takashi Murakami, Xavier Veilhan, Wim Delvoye), and Chantal Crousel (Thomas Hirschhorn, Wolfgang Tillmans), October 20, 2011

October 22nd, 2011

Musicians play in front of a work by Alex Katz at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, where the painter’s show Face The Music runs through November 19th, 2011. All Photos by Caroline Claisse for Art Observed

Thursday evening, October 20th, Parisian galleries across the city participated in what is called Nocturne des Galeries (Galleries Night Out). Hosted by FIAC, the event is an opportunity to survey the French art scene, as well as to “step up the commitment and increase the visibility of galleries focused on 20th century furniture conceived by architects and and contemporary design work.” The galleries are divided into five different sections: Louvre/Saint Germain, Champ Élysées, Eastern Paris, Louise Weiss, and Marias, which boasts the largest number of galleries. Art Observed was on site for openings at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Galerie Chantal Crousel and Emmanuel Perrotin.

Xavier Veilhan, opening of Orchestra at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin through November 12.

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Dance performance by Hervé Robbe and Johana Lemarchand at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Alessandra of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac gave Art Observed her own first-hand description of the performance: “The dancers started quite naturally, making space for their performance amongst the public that was gathered in the main gallery space to see Alex Katz’s show. People slowly moved to the sides of the walls leaving an oval space for the dancers to move in, Hervé Robbe traced an imaginary line on the floor to delineate the space in which they would dance. They danced for 20 minutes, while people stood around them, motionless, some even sat on the floor.
I spoke to the dancers afterwards and Johana Lemarchand said, ‘I felt immense pleasure while performing in the space with the public in such close proximity.'”

Banks Violette, (Drawing space) Nine Patriotic Hymns For Children, on view at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac through November 19th.

Banks Violette, Budweiser triptych, (2011) Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Thomas Hirschhorn, Equality Float, on view at Galerie Chantal Crousel through November 25th.

Wolfgang Tillmans on view at Chantal Crousel Gallery through December 3rd.

Wim Delvoye at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.

Xavier Veilhan, Alice (2011)

Xavier Veilhan, Mobile n°4 (2011)

Xavier Veilhan, La Turbine (2011)

Xavier Veilhan, Stabile (2010)

Takashi Murakami, Homage to Yves Klein on view at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin through January 7th.

– J. Lindblad

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