n°156/ Debutante Balls

February 2015

by Nathalie Azoulai

Year after year, a Debutante Ball is supposed to celebrate both French heiresses and international socialites and to present them to society-no doubt they've been out before. Even though it's an old fashioned ritual, some contemporary artists such as Sofia Coppola, Raf Simons for Dior or young painter Claire Tabouret like to reconsider it and represent their own way. Born in 1981, Tabouret is currently showing nine of her paintings at the Bugada &Cargnel Gallery in Paris. Inspired by official photographs, she blurs away the outlines of the girls' gowns, suggesting that these magnificent costumes could be prisons to them. She also uses intense fluorescent colors that make the characters ardent figures just staring at you. And suddenly this staring blows away the figurative scene to welcome a more abstract serial vision reminding of Monet's Water Lilies...Mesmerising. Till February, 7.

 Claire Tabouret