Private Choice

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Last year I spent October feeding my soul at the major art fairs, like the FIAC. where I ran into the genitalia lady. The fairs are a blast, but after three seasons, I was looking for something different and I found it when Mary Kay from Out and About in Paris told me to about Private Choice, the brain child of the exceptional curator Nadia Candet.

Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 7.23.11 PMThe exhibition is in a private home that was once the atelier of Impressionist artist Berthe Morisot. The building is still in her family and it is now a private home that is flooded with air and light, creating a haven of tranquility just steps away from bustling Paris. The space is so extraordinary that it inspired Madame Candet to use it as an exhibition space. She spent six months hunting down the perfect art, even commissioning a piece when she had a vision of how it could fill the space.

Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 6.26.20 PMThis is a gallery, so everything is for sell, including the precious furniture that was brought in, the Sophie Calle designed dishware and the even the silverware, although I didn’t ask about the kitchen sink!!!

The art work is remarkable, too. In the first room my friend recognized a wall piece by Argentenian Julieta Hanono, while I was fascinated by a neon sculptures by Dominique Blais and we both stopped at a rug that spelled TROUBLE by Phillipe Cazal. An assistant had to clarify, that its was trouble, in the French sense, and not trouble by the English definition.

Screen shot 2013-10-24 at 6.26.56 PMWe were already enthralled and had just scratched the surface! We went downstairs, then climbed upstairs. Diptyque candles scented the air, we were invited to a delicious tea. This wasn’t feeling like an art gallery, but more like an adventure at a friends home. Especially when we were invited to climb the floating staircase, sans banisters, up to the glass roofed bedroom and out on to the deck, where we stood there dreaming…. about art, about love and about dreams.

The gallery is open until Oct 28. Visits are free, but by reservation only. You can reserve your Private Choice visit on their site.

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