Joana Vasconcelos looks like in person. Strong presence and big smile of the empress, this Portuguese artist, born in Paris in 1971, was the first and only woman invited to the palace of Versailles in 2012 to assert his world. His reign insane there lasted a summer. It was baroque and rugged, all in excess, and in the insolence of women, to the image of his helicopter gilded-covered with ostrich feathers roses. Humor is his weapon. With an aplomb worthy of the pioneers and strong theme, it combines reflection on the sculpture and re-appropriation of popular arts to invent his creatures, monsters softened by the hook, beads, fringes and colors more vivid. In 2013, for the 55th Venice Biennale, it was taken on a journey by a ferry in the distant Douro river to the lagoon, the lining of azulejos blue as a facade in Lisbon, transforming the hold in the cave of the sirens.
It is thus the fantasy of the imagination and the taste unbridled conquest that is alive in a blazing fire, Joana Vasconcelos. His surname does him he promises not already,”go to heaven”? After Ai Weiwei in 2016, the Japanese Chiharu Shiota, in 2017, the Argentine Leandro Erlich in 2018, the Mediterranean, and argumentative as a Parisian, invests the beautiful Art deco space on the cheap. The white and monochrome remain the sine qua non of this invitation. A challenge, therefore, for this artist of colour who has splash on the primary and the shades in his interlacing of chimeras suspended last summer, in the great hall, designed by Frank Gehry at the Bilbao Guggenheim.
In the tradition of Valkyries tentacles hung in the gallery of Battles and of his Mary Poppins in the staircase, Gabriel, in 2012 at the palace of Versailles, here’s Simone, the forms of which plump, clear and silvery embrace of the escalator in the Good Market (30.5 m long, 12 m wide, 10 m high). Funny satellite pom-poms that shimmer in all its LED at night. And a Map of white snow stretching its legs like a spider and the bottom almost in this chic, smooth, flawless. Those who regret its joyous explosion of color are invited to find Joana in the baroque gate of Clignancourt, where it has installed its centre of Paris , between Paris and Puces de Saint-Ouen. Big red heart that flashes like a beacon city, it is the female of a genus hitherto strong manly. Joana is not afraid of anything.
The Good Market, 24, rue de Sèvres (Vii). Opening hours: lun., mar., wed, fri., sam., from 10 h to 20 h, game., from 10 h to 20: 45 p.m., sun., de 11 h à 19 h 45. Until 17 feb.