Title: The Tall Trees of Paris: 42 Artists Share Their City and Their Work
Author: Matt Wagner
Genre: Art and Photography
Containing close to three hundred pages of breathtakingly beautiful images and handwritten artist interviews, Matt Wagner’s The Tall Trees Of Paris [Overcup Press, April 2016] paints an intimate, exceptional portrait of everyday life for forty-two contemporary Parisian artists.
Written in French and English, the art curated for this remarkable coffee table book features parts of Paris not found in any travel guide — and shatters popular myths and misconceptions that surround Parisians, their culture, and their vibrant artistic community.
A veteran art director, gallery owner, and curator — and author of The Tall Trees of Tokyo (2012) and The Tall Trees of Portland (2014) — Wagner reveals why the City of Light captivated and inspired him to create this latest release with Overcup Press.
“Paris is the foundation of contemporary art, the requirement for graduation,” says Wagner. “Accordingly, it’s also easily overlooked. Like arches that support an ancient aqueduct, nobody even notices them as long as the water is flowing. But without Paris, the flow of art would have stopped. Paris is good at art. Good enough that people have stopped noticing and just take it for granted.”
“Ultimately, the Tall Trees books are about people,” he continues. “The questionnaires introduce the featured artists to readers, detailing their favorite things about the place they live and work. We become invested in the artist’s wellbeing like that of a friend.”
Making the world a smaller place and inspiring an “insider” type of travel, The Tall Trees of Paris sees its subjects open up about their favorite cafes, museums, bars and weekend happenings — much to the credit of the friendships Wagner has established with each one of them.
I loved this book and it brought back memories of when I last visited Paris. The concept is brilliant: 42 artists show you their Paris through art and words. The artwork is beautiful and ranges in mediums. This is a Paris you’ve never seen and it makes a beautiful gift!
A must own for world travelers and artists, not to mention those of us who promote and support the arts.
Thank you to Netgalley and Overcup Press for giving me a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
My Rating: 5 stars
Buy it now:
- Pre-order now to get Signed copy of this hardcover art book featuring cover art by Koralie, handwritten responses detailing each artist’s favorite things about Paris, and over 500 full-color images.
- Limited Edition set of postcards featuring artwork from artists showcased in the book. This is limited to the first 100 books sold through Overcup Press.
- Bilingual in English/French
- 288 total pages with over 500 full-color images, including a visual index, introduction, and an afterword by Matt Wagner
- Includes a discount code for 30% off the other books in Matt Wagner’s Tall Trees series – The Tall Trees of Portland and The Tall Trees of Tokyo.
Matt Wagner is the founder, owner, and curator of Hellion Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Born, raised and educated in Indiana, after moving west, Wagner fell in love with Portland and learned the ropes at several galleries before opening Hellion in 2010. The Tall Trees of Paris is his third survey of international contemporary art with Overcup Press, preceded by The Tall Trees of Tokyo and The Tall Trees of Portland. Today Matt, his wife of 22 years, and their dogs live life to the fullest in the “king of mid-size cities” and enjoy breaking down barriers through art.
Reviewed by: Mrs. N