A conversation with... Catherine Millet

Friday, 4 November 2016

On the theme of the Water Lilies, leading figures from the art world are invited to share their admiration for Monet and talk about how they found sources of inspiration in the painter’s work for their own creations. These talks will be led by Philippe Piguet, art historian and journalist.

Catherine Millet was born in 1948, in Bois-Colombes, in the Paris region.
She is a writer and art critic, Managing Editor of art press, a review that she co-founded in 1972.
She is the author of various works on contemporary art, including Yves Klein (ed. art press/Flammarion, 1982), L’Art contemporain en France [Contemporary Art in France] (ed. Flammarion, 1987, new, updated edition, 1994 then 2005, 2015), L’art contemporain, histoire et géographie (ed. Flammarion 1997, new expanded edition "Champs Flammarion", 2006), Dalí et moi [Dali and Me] (Gallimard, 2005), Le Corps exposé (Cécile Defaut, 2011).
As exhibition curator, she has produced the following among others: Baroque 81 (Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1981), Douze artistes français dans l'espace [Twelve French Artists in Space] (Tokyo, Seoul, 1985). She was also curator for the French section of the Bienal de São Paulo in 1989, which received the Grand Prize for Best Pavilion, and curated the French Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 1995.
In 2001, she published, with the Éditions du Seuil publishing house, La vie sexuelle de Catherine M. [The Sexual Life Of Catherine M], which has been translated into over forty languages, then in 2003 she published Riquet à la houppe, Millet à la loupe with Éditions Stock, followed in 2008 by Jour de Souffrance [Jealousy: The Other Life of Catherine M.], with Éditions Flammarion.
D’art press à Catherine M., a book of interviews with Richard Leydier was published in 2011 with Éditions Gallimard.
Several events and publications marked the 40th anniversary of art press in 2012 and 2013, particularly a retrospective album by the La Martinière Groupe publishing house and three days of meetings, conferences and concerts at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Catherine Millet published her third autobiography, Une enfance de rêve [A childhood dream], in April 2014.