LONDON: When Elizabeth Horn, a Michigan-based artist and photographer, was going through infertility treatments, she kept the news from most people. Because the words wouldn’t come, it was art that let her express her heartache.

Horn began ripping up pieces of paper, to help get her frustrations out, and used the paper in mixed-media pieces with acrylic and beads. The work allowed her to “be in a space where I could just sit with my grief,” she said. “It gave me a way to have something tangible that I could look at and that I could hold and I could see.” Read more

LONDON: It was love at first sight, said Loïc Le Gaillard, a founder of the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (C.W.G.). The design gallery’s London base had been in the Mayfair district for 16 years where, he said, it was anchored in a white cube exhibition space, “having the same language as everybody else.”

Wanting room to hold more ambitious projects and exhibitions, he approached a real estate agent. Read more

LONDON: In April 1992, just before Sejla Kameric turned 16, her hometown, Sarajevo, came under siege for almost four years.

The war in Bosnia, in which her father and two uncles were killed, cast a shadow on Kameric, a multimedia artist who has examined war, peace, belonging and otherness in her oeuvre over the last 25 years. Read more

London: The dusting of charcoal still on her hands hinted that the Kenyan British artist Phoebe Boswell had just finished putting the final touches on the trees she had created in the entry hallway of the London outpost of Ghana’s Gallery 1957.

With the show “Constellations, Part 1: Figures on Earth & Beyond” set to open in a few days, Ms. Boswell, who is “extremely” afraid of heights, had spent a week climbing up a ladder to draw the tall, ominous black trees, which served as a backdrop to three of her charcoal and pastel works of art that were being shown in the exhibition. Read more

PARIS: From the local parks, with their carefully plotted plantings and neatly clipped trees, to the turrets and spires and bridges along the Seine, Paris certainly can be inspiring.

It’s therefore no surprise that the French capital has proved to be a fertile source of inspiration for artists, from Renoir and van Gogh to Picasso, Man Ray and Modigliani.

When they weren’t wandering the city or holed up in their studios, these artists — as well as countless writers, designers and other creative types — took to Paris’s cafes, bars and brasseries to think, drink and draw.
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