Motion Study is a new series profiling cultural pioneers and tastemakers in Seattle. The first post features Anne Couillaud, an independent art curator who recently moved from New York to Seattle. Her most recent curatorial projects were “Day to-day” at Martos Gallery, NY, “Mythologies” for Visual Aids, NY and “Solitude(s)” at LMAK Gallery, NY. She also shares her vision through articles (“Smell like Night Spirit” for Maker Magazine’s first issue), essays (“Trajectories“ about Vincent Lamouroux’s recent works) and a Huffington Post blog. Anne advises collectors and was previously in charge of an internship program for MFA students in New York.
NAME: Anne Couillaud
OCCUPATION: Independent curator
BIRTHPLACE: Parthenay, France
CURRENT OBSESSIONS: So many (I am quite obsessive)… Ranging from Nest Magazine that I wish would resuscitate to Nicholas Nixon’s Brown Sisters to Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House to Markus Hansen’s Other People’s Feelings Are Also My Own.
PLACE MOST WANT TO VISIT: Benesse Art Site, Naoshima, Japan
DAILY UNIFORM: Leggings + black or navy turtleneck + scarf (always a scarf)
PROVISIONS: Liquorice, ear plugs, lavender oil, goat cheese, ginger, chocolate, honey, bread, avocado, lemon sorbet
DRINK: Coconut Pouchong tea by Golden moon, Thé des Moines by Palais des Thés and… a good Aperol Spritz!
FAVORITE FILM SCENE: Anna Karina saying text from Paul Eluard’s Capital of Pain in Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville.
READING LIST: A few favorites - Alexandria’s Quartet by Lawrence Durrell, Extinction by Thomas Bernhard, The Sailor of Gibraltar and Practicalities by Marguerite Duras, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.
MUSEUMS: Ludwig Museum, Donald Judd House, Dia Beacon, La Maison Rouge in Paris because they always put together very interesting exhibitions, Centre international d’art et du paysage in Vassivière, France.
GALLERIES: Dominique Levy, Cheim and Read, White Columns (though not technically a gallery), Klaus Von Nichtsagend, Spruth Magers, Kurimanzutto, Anne Barrault, Pilar Corrias, Francois Ghebaly, James Fuentes, In Situ, Art Concept, ShugoArts, Balice Hertling, Maccarone, Murray Guy, Supportico Lopez.
LIFE THEME SONG: Right now, I would say People have the Power by Patti Smith, Get Lucky by Daft Punk P, Dixit Dominus by Haendel and my motto, “For nothing was simply one thing” by Virginia Woolf.