February 15, 2015

Shabby Paris 2

This is another of my shabby photos from 1983, taken at the corner of rue de Seine and rue Jacques Callot. It shows the restaurant La Palette and a bit of the outside of Galerie Lara Vincy when the artist Ben (Ben Vautier) covered the outside of the gallery with colored writing for his Boîtes et Idées exhibition.

Here’s a close-up of one part of the writing. The right side got cut off, but the very top three lines read:

il faut oser etre soi meme

et celui ci  c’est du sous – ? 

(écrit avec une intention)


I had another photo that showed more of the writing, but it’s been lost to Time. If you want to see what the outside of the gallery looked like, I was able to find a photo online.  Here’s a link.


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About Maureen Gibbon

Writer. Author of the novels Swimming Sweet Arrow, Thief, Paris Red.

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