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Jonas Mekas at Galerie du Jour agnès b.

Maxim Northover at FAD writing for I V Y paris

Couv A few doors from Maison de la Poésie on rue Quincampoix, a still modest street of galleries in Paris, is the Galerie du Jour agnès b. Often overlooked for her sincere contribution as a curator agnès b. (fashion designer for the modern, European homme et femme) demonstrates a classically Parisian flexibility when it comes to multi-métier activities.

Suitably so, Jonas Mekas exhibits works of poetry, video, sound recordings, stills, installation and artefacts all seamlessly conversing with one another. Mekas still lives the avant-garde, and is still largely impoverished due to his un-wavering commitment. His notes on the gallery walls are a poet’s monologue.

The exhibition includes posters from his underground cinema screenings with Kenneth Anger and John Cassavetes in 1960’s New York. Tacked-up are video-stills of Patti Smith, her unmistakable profile and tousled hair, another figure who hasn’t drifted from her poetic intensity.

Across the galleries courtyard is room of fervent and hectic video. Screens are stacked-up, turbulent with vibrant video-collages of different cities. Parts of the gallery walls are illustrated in red and blue by Mekas’ own hand. The dangerous sounds of hot video continue to protest as you slip down into the cool basement. The video 1001 nights plays in the corner and in a room opposite sound recordings provide vivid memories of places and people we may never have even seen. We share a dark space with the sounds of New York City, followed by the singing cigales on an evening in Provence, an aural experience that is exceptionally sensitive.

Mekas is a gentle natured man of sixty-five but his work is still fiercely avant-garde. With all the intellectual complexity of an established artist combined with a fresh visual-modesty of a fledgling.

His poetic nature remains unblemished after his foray in to the excess of the Warhol factory. He still writes tender letters, or seeks moments of fleeting Eden depicted in Summer Manifesto. Wistfully, just like those moments that we may never relive, many of the works in this exhibition may never be re-exhibited. Particularly the pages copied direct from his diaries. It is highly likely that this will be our only chance to witness such gifts that Mekas has chosen to share with his Paris friends. But this exhibition’s brevity accentuates its jewel-like value.

Now through July 13th, 2009

Galerie du Jour agnès b.
44 rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris

Bonapart Paris apartments

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Microcinema International

Hello Maxim.

This exhibit sounds amazing. I work for Microcinema Interntional. We curate, exhibit and distribute the moving image arts. Jonas Mekas is an artist from one of our labels. We are so happy you are also promoting this exhibit. I recently posted a link to this event on a Facebook Film Page called, "Walden-Diaries, Notes, and Sketches" by Jonas Mekas.

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I hope you're having a wonderful week!
Warmest Regards,
Valarie
Microcinema International

susie

according to Maxim, Agnes B herself read this piece.

whoah

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