For its upcoming exhibition, San Francisco’s Modern Eden Gallery put the image of the black cat in front of a stable of artists as inspiration.
Modern Eden’s invitational group show ‘Le Chat Noir‘ pays homage to that special black cat that was the visual hallmark of Paris’ great cabaret of the same name in the 1890s. Modern Eden’s le chat noir runs the famous cat that advertised the touring troupe of entertainers in the posters of Théophile Steinlen through the contemporary canvas of modern artists.
Modern Eden explains the history of ‘Le Chat Noir’ —
‘Beginning in roughly 1871, the peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish, and many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual art gained international recognition. The Belle Époque was named, in retrospect, when it began to be considered a ‘golden age’ in contrast to the horrors of World War I. Le Chat Noir (French for ‘The Black Cat’) was a nineteenth-century entertainment establishment in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. Le Chat Noir is thought to be the first modern cabaret but historically best known now by its iconic Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen poster art.’
‘Le Chat Noir’ opens on Saturday October 18th with a reception from 6PM – 10PM.
The show runs until November 1st, 2014