Michel Gathier

With a literary background, Michel Gathier developed a passion for art very early, particularly during long stays abroad. He has contributed to the magazine “L’art vivant” and now writes in the Côte d’Azur cultural newspaper “La Strada” and in his blog “L’art de Nice”.

Michel Gathier’s Articles

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#NICE Because it apparently refuses to accept the filter of thought and immediately confronts the spectator in a tense face-to-face situation, the painting of Jean-Marc Calvet asserts itself in its formidable power. Its…
#NICE It is not common for men with political responsibility to be involved in the dissemination of art from their own artistic activity. Robert Roux is one of them. Municipal councillor in the…
#MONTE-CARLO To physically experience a work takes on its full meaning when you meet Ettore Spalletti's works. As for defining them, we will always hesitate to identify these objects, a little bit pictures, sometimes…
#NICE If there is a tradition scrupulously respected in contemporary art on the Riviera, it is the traditional "evening visitors" itinerary that the Botox (s) network proposes every year! The weekend of May…
#MOUANS-SARTOUX Sometimes he draws with his eyes closed; his hand slips on the paper to filter out a few strands of memory, the memory of a grass or branch, a tangle of leaves,…
#NICE Resulting from drawing, black and white is not rooted in any natural order but has been enriched by cultural conventions related to photography and cinema. The lead pencil, graphite and the line…
#NICE Often a group exhibition is reduced to the juxtaposition of works resulting from an opportunity of circumstance. A unifying theme is not always enough to construct a narrative loaded with a concept…
#NICE As if from the roots of time, spice decoctions, ochre additions captured by the whims of the sun and the weather permeate the painter's canvas. The light then emerges in the material…
#NICE Far from the angular lines and coloured strata of Cézanne, turning away from Van Gogh's living matter in a quest for the same essence of the world that painting would reveal, Matisse…
#PARIS Everything here is the result of a film that Pugnaire and Raffini made during a Flat Foundation residency in California. "Driving Through" is this filmic account of the American myth in the…
Still lifes such as piles of vegetables or fruits and for their symbolic charge are remembered. They should also be referred to only as their Flemish origin, as "silent lives". And it is…
Freedom and pleasure are inscribed in matter and light for an exhibition from which a torrential life springs forth, without taboos, with no other limits than the scenography that surrounds it "Tainted love/…
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In its relationship to reality as in its framing, photography inherits directly from painting. To this, however, is added this mechanical aspect which jeopardizes any notion of subjectivity, not to make it disappear…
#NICE A scene of interaction between two artists, "Shooter" is the product of their four-month residency at La Station. Each of them is measured by the same space to invest it with its…
#NICE Frédéric Fenoll's drawings are expressed in the plural when each of them, on the same sheet, fits into another as in a game of Russian dolls where each figure tells a moment…
#MONACO Life hangs by a thread, at this suspended time that the Italian artist Nina Carini surprises at its source, in the hesitation of matter or the perception of emptiness. This is the…
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#CHATEAUVERT To think of nature is to engage in a vagrancy, a reverie in which we glean harvest elements, fragments of landscape, associations of ideas in collision with the gaze. And nature then…
#NICE Myths and reality here merge in an atmosphere born of the spontaneity of the present moment that was so decisive for Fluxus. And how can we not also think of Baudelaire's muted…
#SAINT-PAUL DE VENCE The love of art but also friendship shapes the soul of a collection. This is then revealed through these mysterious signs inherited from a story, an encounter and feelings that…