Tom Holland, serial killer version in The Crowded Room
How does Danny Sullivan (Tom Holland) get involved in a shooting at Rockefeller Center in New York City in 1979? This is what the fine psychologist Rya Goodwin (Amanda Seyfried) will try to discover by going back to the past of the suspect. Punctuated by a series of interrogations, interspersed with memories of the hero, The Crowded Room slowly installs its narrative to never let go of the viewer. The result is a gripping psychological thriller for which actor Tom Holland, also executive producer of the series, has transformed into a kind of disturbing Joker, and where he stands out for the first time in a dark and complex character. Inspired by the real life of Billy Milligan, arrested for rape in the 1970s and diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, the series is also reminiscent of M. Night Shyamalan's film, Split, adapted from the same story. As Tom Holland said in an interview, playing Danny Sullivan's character has allowed him to better manage his own mental health, including recognizing stress triggers. Indeed, the young actor revealed in Spider-Man had left social networks in August 2022 for his psychological well-being. M.G.
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Xavier Veilhan, at the Perrotin Gallery
L'Oiseau n°1 by Xavier Veilhan, 2023. 40 x 40 x 2.5 cm VEILHAN ADAGP, Paris, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.
We know his feats of arms: "The Rhinoceros" red kiss that tumbles into the hall of the Centre Pompidou, "The Carriage" ultra-violet that caracoles in the courtyard of the Palace of Versailles, faceted sculptures that renew statuary art. Since? He was the artist who represented the France at the 57th Venice Biennale, in 2017, with his Studio Venezia, a participatory recording place at the crossroads of disciplines. It should be noted in passing that Xavier Veilhan, DJ, mixes as well in a nightclub in Tokyo as on the roof of the Cité radieuse, in Marseille, when he is not on stage as in Compulsory Figures (2019), a show mounted with skater Stephen Thompson and scenographer Alexis Bertrand. For his solo exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin entitled Portrait mode, he presents a set of marquetry alongside blurred sculptures and a new series of other works, where external objects that are part of his daily life are invited, such as a racing motorcycle, an armchair by Vico Magistretti, the cello by Yu Lin Humm, a chair of the workshop created by Rick Owens... The artist, who drew during the lockdown, has moved from his famous faceted sculptures to more organic sculptures. Confession: "It is common to associate the notion of freedom with the practice of the artist. For me, it's more about encounters, people, objects or technologies that shape what you discover." L.C.
"Xavier Veilhan. Portrait mode", until July 29, at the Galerie Perrotin, Paris.
Visionary and enthusiastic
Gustave Caillebotte, the Unknown Impressionist, by Stéphanie Chardeau-Botteri. Editions Fayard. Press
It is a fascinating story, at the heart of the Impressionists, from their beginnings, in the face of opprobrium and poverty. Among them, Gustave Caillebotte, visionary and innovative artist, first collector of his peers and patron. Caillebotte pays and regatta on the Seine. Their paintings are finally flying, Durand-Ruel and his American buyers have something to do with it. The Caillebotte collection is dizzying. When he died in 1894, the State and its little marquises refused and stammered about his initial legacy – 66 paintings by Degas, Cézanne, Manet, Monet... retaining only 38. What a pity. His great-great-grandniece, an expert in nineteenth-century works, signs an almost intimate book on the life of a poorly known and yet central enthusiast. V.B.
Gustave Caillebotte, L'Impressionniste Inconnu, by Stéphanie Chardeau-Botteri. Editions Fayard. 364 p. 24€.