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Paris’s Avante Garde Art Scene: Dorothy’s Gallery

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Yesterday I rhapsodized about the Impressionist treasures of the Musee Marmottan and began to gently nudge you into exploring Paris’s (and the world’s) present day treasure trove of digital art – which brings me to Dorothy’s Gallery a home base for digital artist nomads. Home for these nomads is 27 Rue Keller in Paris 11th arrondissement, Metro: Bastille. Tel. 01 43 08 51.

To get to Rue Keller, follow Rue de la Roquette to #74 and then turn on Rue Keller. Summer hours are Tues- Saturday, 1 pm to 8 pm.

The premise of Dorothy’s Gallery is to democratize art, that is, create affordable digital, signed prints of original works. Although I haven’t yet seen the current exhibit by Cyril Anguelidis (running until September30th,07), I stumbled upon Dorothy’s Gallery through the work of digital photo artist, Jean-Francois Rauzier.

Rauzier, a Parisian area resident (Suresnes) was recently featured in Adobe Magazine’s June issue for his work in creating ‘patchwork’ panoramas. He is one of the artists that has exhibited at Dorothy’s Gallery. If you’d like to read more about his ‘stitching’ technique, check out Dave Willis’s article in Digital Photo Pro.

For any of you who caught Rauzier’s scene of the dancing maidens Farandole in the forest – in Adobe Magazine’s June issue, you’ll know that his forests are filled with living creatures – there for the observant eye.

Dorothy Polley is an American living in Paris. With roots in American literature and linquistics – her Parisian life started as head of a linguistic center – and now, since 2006 , she’s the heart and soul of Dorothy’s Gallery. Her website is in French – so it looks like she’s totally assimilated (a bi-lingual site would be helpful for some of us less linguistically versatile folks!). Here would be a good place to drop in and discover the Monets and Matisses of the 21st century.