• "NOTES ON BAROQUE LIVING "- installation detail of monumental exhibtion,. 3 floors / Company gallery - nov, 2021/feb 2022, NYC

    notes on baroque living - reconstruction of living environment with colette sculpture- face & torso by CsjJsa Von Zeipel.
    Over a 40-year career, Colette—also known at different points in her career as Olympia, Justine, Mata Hari and the Stolen Potatoes, Countess Reichenbach, the Beautiful Dreamer, and Lumière—has created a complex oeuvre of performances and staged photographs. She has also pioneered trends in art, design and fashion, including the Victorian Punk look. As she has reinvented herself as an artist, she has seen her ideas filter into the commercial world through designers, decorators and clothing lines. Today, her influence on pop entertainers from Madonna to Lady Gaga, and visual artists like Cindy Sherman is clear. Beginning in the mid-1970s, she staged a number of sleep pieces, which are still reverberating in the work of artists today, including Tilda Swinton’s The Maybe, which is currently being re-performed at MoMA." (.intro to interview by Katie Peyton for Bomb Magazine 2013)




    https://cdn.sanity.io/files/t26bgxe5/production/e53dea79eae16f5f451203ea286d3e4b7dc539e4.pdf (2013)


    https://www.youtube.com/user/colettetheartist (video channel)



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    Laboratoire Lumiere relocated in Paris

    @ArtExplora till end of February .2024

    project ;""after midnight Paris Drawings "&

    My 'wonderful life' in Paris " work in progress



    "horror vacui "

    curated by Julia Trotta and Emilie Irving

    Solo Presentation @Xenomania ,

    nov 18 to dec 20 2023. (extended ) NYC ,

    (Special thanks to Kenta Murakami & Company Gallery )


    (selected works from My History)

    left- "love in the Closet"/ the "Bavarian Adventure "series

    "'the Secret Lives of Count & Countess Reichenbach"'/

    "The Bavarian Adventure "86/1991


  • "the portrait painter' installation /performance .in one of the rooms in "Lumiere Occupies the Lowen Palais I

    Colette;s " metaphysical portraits " began emerging in the 70's , at the beginning of her career as an artist and continue to be part of her artisitic ritual They are usually created at night, Ex; BerlinNight Drawings (exhibited at Susanne Albrecht gallery Berlin_

    othersolo shows featuring portraits : "thats all she wrote " Destination art space -2010 /Metaphysical portraits & other experiments undercurrent .2014,

    After Midnight Paris Drawings." created during her stay in Paris @ArtExplora sept 2023 - feb.2024; while in the process of manifesting a new series of worksalready conceptualized "My wonderful life in Paris "

    "Colette's "metaphysical portraits" go back to a style recalling her earliest paintings, and like them echo a strong spiritual energy ..in them she interprets her subjects soul."

    Michael Houser 2012/for brochure :Lumiere travels through Springfield' @Brinkerhoff Home /Benedictine Univeristy ,  

    Colette's Berlin night draiwings look like cosmological maps ;like she is trying to map the constellations of stards hypotheticalllyappearing in ,or comprising,our dreams..

    " Richard Milazzo ( brochure for 2018 exhibition -Susanne Albrecht, Gallery berlin,

    ":"fight terror with glamor"..my motto
  •  installation  detail "recently discovered ruins of a dream "company gallery . basel  2023


    recent article,

    Waking Dreams: Colette’s Performance Art David Getsy-Oct.2023



    ARTNET more extensive site -70's up to 2017- art net .http://www.artnet.com/awc/colette.html


    Solo Exhibitions:


    Horror Vacui: Colette Lumiere curated by Julia Trotta & Xenomania ..NYC (nov.18-dec 20.)


    "recently discovered ruins of a dream "(solo presentation) (Special thanks to Cajsa Von Zeipel for sculpting the face and figure of Colette Sculpture )

    ART basel 2023/ Feature Section/Historic Projects .Company Gallery. (selected best 10 booths by artnet &10 best artworks by artsy)





    ."Thirteen Women"./Orange County Museum _ February to August 2023
    "New York is for lovers "curated by Sophie Morner @CFHILL Gallery ( may /aug 2023 )Stockholm Sweden

    Baroque/curated by TaylorTrabulus & Lucy Chadwick @champlacombe france (july to sept 2023. )

    Notes on Baroque Living downstairs space III/ the messenger Lightbox fragments of tomb 78


    Graffiti.July 2022. Public Access NYC
    Masks .moderated. by Ksenia.m.Sobolova / may 2022/.zoom conversation -guggenheim museum nyc.

    Solo exhibition: "Notes on Baroque Living "/ "Colette in her living Environment"large scale exhibition . 3 floors

    Company Gallery. NYC. curated by Kenta Murakami.

    .Nov.20.2021 to feb.12. 2022   


     link to short film by Phil Cox- berlin 2019- lumiere and the lowen palais :               https://companygallery.us/artists/colette-lumiere

    . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3hl9t2F-9U ( i phone documents" lumiere occupies the lowen palais II /2017"berlin-2017/berlin )

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    "SPECIAL DELIVERY" Solo Exhibition London @DarlingPearls & Co./May 15 /Aug.15 /2021""diary of a pandemic. 2021/ ( selection of art works from 70's-2020) & New Short video/may2021. https://darlingpearls.co

    "Notes on Baroque Living "/ "Colette in her living Environment"large scale exhibition . 3 floors

    Company Gallery. curated by Kenta Murakami.

    -https://companygallery.us. Gallery Artists: Colette lumiere

    145 Elizabeth St,NYC.Nov.20.2021 to feb.12. 2022
    link to short film by phil cox- berlin 2019- lumiere and the lowen palais :               https://companygallery.us/artists/colette-lumiere

     Group SHows:

    lady finger &figmcflurry july 2021 august 202156 henry st. gallery .monroe st. lower eastside

    "ALIEN NATION" CURATED BY KENTA MURAKAMI@ VON AMMON GALLERY _ WASHINGTON DC >JUNE 20 TO JULY30 2021 NdBJJh4U8rFLo__fwgzi8 . 2https://www.instagram.com/p/CQv9y12DpGu/?fbclid=IwAR02R_5Q9qQJgCTKvMz4m2pfxvlS8s3bQE-hs_



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    Above image; the "ApARTment,@ HPGRP Art Space, NYC 2007.may to august 2007 (with 2 colette mannequin sculptures/ (a colette is dead co .product /living doll 78-82 ) that replaced Colette's presence in some of her installations since the early 90's-during her reign as House of Olympia )

    Since the 70's , "Clearance sales" & Thrift shop installations that display my personal belongings , furniture, clothes and my art within the environment. have been a recurring theme .

    ex; "clearance sale" ;Gillesbie Delaage Gallery 1977. Paris, .. More recently a recreation of justines' thrift shop @company gallery 2021/22 .( theme;-justine of the colette is dead co,/Soho Zat thrift shop installation/performance with window display 1-dec -march 1981)- /"The new me". Montreal Biennale 2002. /etc..

    "One thousand and one night "thrifth shop -part 2 of Clean up Time solo exhibition @Foundation Starke/Lowen Palais/ Berlin 2020



    Kickstarter Project Campaign Dec.2020/january2021was launched by #people-of_victory to save" the living environment" . ! interviews in Ingenue magazine, the artsnewspaper, the Ob dazzeddigital, Flauntmagazine :https://theingenuemagazine.com/kindred-spirits/?environment

    "A thousand And One NIght thrift Shop" installation /Clearance Sale -Lowen Palais,/Foundation Starke - Jan- feb. 2020

    "Coffee & Cake " art presentation in Lowen Palais's "Colette Lounge" &trhoughout the Lowen Palais..organized with ALda Balestra Stauffenberg, Feb.2020


    All of Them Witches "Jeffrey Deitch Gallery . L.A. Feb. April "

    InternTimeS AutoPORTRAIT Lachenman Gallery . Frankfurt nov 2019/till february20202019June/Aug/2019


    installation detail- artbasel booth , 2023.
    Large Scale Solo Presentation /New Works / "The Eye Never Sleeps Festival " Municipal Gallery Bydgoszcz, Poland.
    ."CLEAN UP TIME -lumiere occupies the loewen Palais III @ Stiftung Starke Gallery /Berlin - with tableau performance;"the Vampire repellent "(later renamed "the corona repellent " nov.. dec. 2019


    GROUP shows

    2019. June Basel . video installation .(reviewed in the art newspaper etc. )( courtesy Mitchell Algus Gallery
    Masterpieces- group show at Mitchell Algus Gallery .Sept 2019 .)june/august 2019
    VivianHoran Fine Arts . solo presentation. Nov .2019 -
    Live Presentation/Interview with Jens Pepper9 @ Barbiche/Berlin -april 2019 ( In German)


    "Lumiere & the Lowen Palais short film by Philip Cox - screened @"GalleriaGalerieLubyanaSlovenia- march 2019/ Palace Ostromecko, Poland -july 2019 /Vivian Horan Gallery NYC -sept .2019 &Foundation Starke Berlin. feb.2020


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    "The Rehearsal II". multi media presentation/performance @ Lowen Palais/Berlin March8 2019 /recent interview in German :ghttp://www.obstundmuse.com/colette-lumiere/
    Berlin Night Drawings @Susanne Albrecht Gallery -May 8 to June 9 Berlin /Charlottenburg "
    Brochure with images of drawings and text by Richard Milazzo
    The Berlin Diaries @Seven Star Gallery . April 27th to May 30th(solo)Berlin Mitte
    "Lumiere in Zulu Land"  I @"Stockholm Auction House-Jan.21- Feb.4th .2018(Organized by Thanda Art Projects (- all works sold to benefit Star for Life Foundation)
     an nstallation view - from exhibition/ installation ./ sept oct. 2017 @MitchellAlgus Gallery


    "Love in the Attic..Mermaid in the Closet" / installation detail of exhibition .

    colette mannequin sculpture with Wall fragment from "there is mermaid in the attic .MoMaPS1 .june dec. 2016

    (wall fragment exhibited march 2020 JeffreyDeitchGallery LA.)

    selected best of 2017 by Art Forum . Dec. issue. @Mitchell Algus.NYC.)

    http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2017/10/colette-at-mitchell-algus/@MitchellAlgus Gallery. Sept 12/Oct15 images;http://mitchellalgusgallery.com/colette-exhibition-page/



    some works also available at Vivian Horan Fine Art .NYC

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    March 2017. "Lumiere Occupies the Lowen Palais II " The Rehearsal"I (.central room-)Exhibition of NEW WORKS.in gallery space - &installations in other spaces in building not normally open to the public Ex;"Mata Hari & the Stolen Potatoes" room Berlin -84-85 /m in Basement - &the "Dial 'C'for Scandal Series' in the Colette Lounge ( Countess Reichenbach Munich Persona -the Bavarian Adventure 86/91 i)

    @Stiftung Starke Foundation Gallery Space ./Berlin



    PMagazine .march 2017.https://www.instagram.com/p/BR9dso2FRJ1/?tagged=colettelumiere

    Night Italia.back cover may 2017.etc:



    ..pic of installation from Lumiere Occupies Lowen Palais II.:"the Screening Room on the

    Front & Back Cover of the Pathos of Communication By Richard Milazzo.Sept.2017.

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    installation entire attic &/performance"Homage to Duchamp's" ettant donne.'" with art works and archival material over 4 decades displayed throughout the attic . on floor . trunks wall. vitrines etc

    Frankfurter Allgemein Feuilleton . June.26. 2016.

    .https://www.domusweb.it/en/news/2016/07/09/_forty_at_moma_ps1.html/ etc etc


    Instagram - June 2016:/Pic &text before the opening "Mermaid In the Attic " for #40 .:


    klausbiesenbach MoMA PS1/Video

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    26 pages- on lenght article on" the beautiful dreamer" Oct.2016:by Sarah Tshinkel



    Artiopoeus live interviews. may 2016& June 2016 ( currently off line ) "Shes the Nikola Tesla of the Art World "

    Other Exhibitions& activities 2016-2017

    Active ingredient /Lisa Cooley gallery NYC/Jan/feb.2016

    Action/Performance/documentation/ 70's early 80's/Mitchell Algus Gallery.NYC feb. april 2016

    "Dream Catcher 2016. the Wurfel @ Neumeister Bar Am.Gallery .Berlin( image above)

    "Vis A Vis."Johanna Breede /Photo Kunst/ May7/july8/Berlin2016




    THANDA ART PROJECTS/ STAR FOR LIFE FOUNDATION -NOV.2016.(curated by Johan Falkman)




    "ME MYSELF AND I " 68 projects. Berlin Mata Hari Room open to the public at Foundation Starke Berlin .nov. 2016:



    Baroness Magazine( 14 pages).Dec. 2016.( baroness launch, exhibition/

    http://www.sleek-mag.com/2016/12/14/indie-erotic-art-magazine-host-one-night-exhibition-berlin- )

    PS1 Archivial show .2017

    Summer Show-Art Von Frei. Berlin June/Aug. 2017

    group show Ruter Von Den Marmorklippen curated by Martin Kwade and Mikolai Sekutowiz

    Möckernstraße 120, 10963 Berlin

    works on view upon request @Vivian Horan Gallery. NYChttp://www.vivianhoran.com/artists/colette


    "Eric's Tape " on the geneology of a found cassette- an interview of Colette by Andy Warhol. (Screened in Paris theaters. Summer 2017.etc) film by Callisto McNulty& Anne Destival


    "the Pathos of Communication front and back cover. (installation"the Screening Room" In.Lumiere Occupies PalaisII.)https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/opYJyZ4iu8/fi-52fb3c4c-5d5b-49cb-a9dd-bb5fc98b93a4/fv-75419e25-ba42-4101-a558-7641cb64aa13/obs_zine_3-5.pdf ( BY Richard Milazzo)

    berlin night drawings(2016-2018) , susanne albrecht gallery berlin . 2018


    Solo/s 2014 -2010

    vPic . of Alexandra.

    " metaphysical portraits & other experiments from Laboratoire Lumiere "solo exhibition at Undercurent NYC 2014-..http://artnet.tumblr.com/post/79258978917/spotlight-on-colette-colette-is-the-most


    & "Thas All she wrote " @#destination art space & window .march april 2010 NYC ( portraits included in the installation )

    link to oneof the published stories ;



    pic of myself with "edition the woman with the golden mask" series. images takes on different sizes. forms .mediums . berlin theme - 2015-2017.

    "The Woman With the Golden Mask" Series /Berlin 2015-2017

    the woman with the golden mask , is a central image ( from a previous performance ) that initially appeared in post ups throughout the city when I first arrived in 2015. It is an emblem for "the Unknown Artist" of Berlin, my response to the city overpopulated by artists all aiming to gain notoriety . From 2015 until now, this image has been altered and recycled in many forms, from post ups to photo works, to individual mixed media art pieces, in color and black& white.

    ”One collector entitled her as "My Marilyn,”referring to Warhol'siconic image of Monroe.
    ( quote taken from interview with Stephanie Susberich -;"the woman with the golden mask" -)

    Group Exhibitions. 2015/2017

    Berlin &-NYC

    2015 / 2016 Group Exhibitions:

    "The Proud Collector "@The Grand.(curators:Olaf Schirm, Tilman Woeske, Peter Ungeheuer,)

    "Displaced" Shlacten Festival curated by Emily Pueter /also in panel discussion at the intersection between Art& Science.

    "Microcosmi."( group show berlin -image above) Sept .2015 wall fragments/

    & foto editions;sleeping in Glass Cabinet. 91/Wake of Madame Recamier.74 .

    curated by Pascual Jordan & Petra Dragger.


    "the Downtown Decade" Rare´Gallery NYC. Sept .2015

    "Transitions": Olympia practices being 2 places at one time""(sleeping in glass cabinet.)Werktadd Galerie . Sept- Oct. Berlin

    Open Studios @Foundation Starke."lumiere goes about her Business' nov. 7. installation performance with art works.

    Time Lies. International Kino. curated by God's Dogs .Nov.2015


    The Colette Lounge @ The Lowen Palais Berlin. .2015  ( previously the colette salon in the 90's )

    One of the art works in " THE COLETTE LOUNGE "" DIAL C for SCANDAL SERIES "-(bavarian adventure - 87-90 )m& other works - 2015- 20020

    @ the Lowen Palais . Berlin /Paintings & Sculptures/

    .previously the Colette Salon /95 to 2000.-

    -are displayed

    Part of the 2015. SOLO exhibition

    "Lumiere Occupies Lowen Palais I"-In the central rooms of Gallery -installation of the "C.I.A. the Colette Institute of Art offices -(on site installation-& art in hidden spaces of The Lowen Palais usually not open to public were on view.

    records from the story of my life.  68 projects /kornfeld gallery berlin . 2016/7 ( series ..1978 - 2019.)l

    records from the story of my life. lp size mixed media unique works that document my life and art 1978- 2020

    (pic from "me myself & I " @68 projects /berlin . nov. 2016- feb. 2017)



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    "The Bedroom entire floor HPGRP fashion building Ginza ,Tokyo. 2004- 2006

     enviroment/paintings/light sculptures/ furniture/ fashion/multiples/t-shirts/CDs/etcs

    Colette Salon /Lowen Palais Berlin 90's/ Colette Salon Stifftung Starke 94-2000
    Public Speaking: guest professor.;NYU /The Institute of Architecture The Art Akademie Dusseldorf.Columbia University NYC/THe Banff Center Canada/Yale University /The Art institute of Chicago/The Brooklyn Museum .etc etc.
    professor: drawing at SVA from 2011 to 2014 /sculpture/NYU 1982-83
    "the transformation of the Sleeping gypsy. 1973 .Stefonatty Gallery nyc. installation and sleeping perfomrance.

    "Spring Fever" @HAgn. installation detail )Light boxes. Sculptures. "Records from the Story of my Life" Series and on right collettesized commission portrait of James Mc Laren ./ Berlin . March/April 2015 .


    Colette retrospective. Opening performance. 1981. Munster kunstverein. curated by Thomas Deecke

    "The Making of Olympia"1981.@ Munster Kunstverein - foto work-

    (opening tableau performance/retrospective)curated by Thomas Deecke

    -Monograph by Gian Carlo Politi

    texts by Arturo Schwarz, Peter Selz, Jeffrey Deitch .


    THE COLETTE INSTITUTE OF ART :PROTECTS, SHARES AND PROMOTES COLETTE VISION, HISTORY &.TRADEMARKS..( ex; "minimal Baroque".1973 "Deadly Feminine". 1978..victorian punk 78- disco punk 79.. etc

    MOTTOS: such as "great artist dont kiss a77ss" "i love my life , I live my art , so fuck the critics, 79 "

    "fuck art lets dance "" 1980 ( title of installation @Danceteria)

    No Money No Art ,2004 " Fight Terror with Glamor ".2004. "Beware of Women in Pink "" 2004" etc.all copyright colette The Artist.


    FACE BOOK C.i.A. Page .:https://www.facebook.com/CIA-The-Colette-Institute-of-Art-265104940193840/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=622770571&pnref=lhc

    C.I.A. is looking for publisher for a CoffeeTable Book with images of installations etc. 1970s till now

    (Colette 's installation/performances -are available in Foto editions .).

    11 monographs .(1981-2016) "

    street works from the 70's ". limited edition was published by Antoine Lefrebre editions. 2016.

    We Are In process of Organizing a travelling retrospective with catalogue.; and seeking for the proper home for the "Colette Archive" "as well as her dismantled " Legendary environment"in 83. .

    'Colettesized Berlin Family Portrait" 1985 .120 by 180 centimeters mixed media.

    "Colettesized Portraits"Comissions/

    Colette's involvement with the commisioned portrait began early in her careet but bacame highly publicized with the solo exhibitions "The Aristocrats" at Carol Johnssen ( Munich 2001) & "Intriguing Faces" at Vivian Horan ,NYC.2007.Her portraits involve an alchemical process, which she defines as "Colettesizing". using photography.,paint, resin and other materials./also available "Metaphysical portraits " paintings on canvas,(link below )



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    "Homage to Colette the Artist/the Reverse Pop Series .78/83 curated by IFAC.2014.

    performance/ 'Laboratoirelumiere Lumiere Private Offices""Colette stamps archivial documents in her office"

    exhibition ,curated by IFAC.: Lee Wells Gregory DeLaHAba,( Delancey st. NYC. Jan.Febr.2014

    installation view of  of selecected "Records from the Story of  My life " 78/2007 . for "lumiere Occupies the owen Palais. 2015.


    "autobiographs. foto editions 70's +/with wall fragment with foto.

    pic /Black& white gallery Williamsburg. 2011. .. foto editions with Wall Fragment of living Environment ...(basic instinct title of show )

    (POSES . exhibition dedicated to staged photographs and foto editions @Kim Foster. Gallery NYC 1999)

     Colette's work is in the Collection of Guggenheim .N.Y.C , The MOCA L.A, The Museum Ludwig Cologne , The Brooklyn Museum NYC, Bar Harbor Museum of Art LA, The Aldrich Museum Connecticut , F.I U. Museum Miami,The Wolfsburg Museum , Germany, The Berlinshe Gallery Berlin, The Orange County Museum.LA. etc

    She has exhibited in those museums as well . Other museums that presented her works: The Musee Dart Moderne Lausanne, The New Museum NYC.The Grey Art Gallery NYC. The Neue Gallery Vienna, The Museum of Comtemporary Art Houston,Texas,The Woflsburg Museum Germany etc. etc.The Berlin Kunsteverein, The Munich Kunstverein , the Museum of Modern Art ,Finland, Musee National De Montreal ..& the Munster Kunstverein ( pic above of opening Performance 1981.) etc


    detail of my living environment , during one of its last t detail of my living environment in one of its  ransformations & myself as part of it . 1981.


    I have been told that Colette's environment - and it took ten years for it to grow to what it is now - is in danger of disappearing due to the total lack of support from museums and institutions. This would be a real tragedy. It would deprive New York of one of its last poetical spots. I cannot believe that New Yorkers would allow this to happen. I refuse to think that they could be blind to art and deaf to the harmony of loveFor love has nested in Colette's apartment.Politi Monogram 1981 .Arturo Schwarz



    "Colette is perhaps the only person who has reached the objective sought by the artists who look for the integration of life and are. She defines both identically as her own living space."
    Erica Billeter, Kunsthaus Zurich - 1979 


    Since the 70's I began using the streets as my canvas ,and simultaneously transformed my home into a continuous work of art. Soon after , I began staging similar soft fabrics environments with different themes in well known galleries and museums. ( Stefonatty Gallery NYC. 1973. the Clocktower NYC 1975/6 Moma . 1977 Palais de Tokyo for Paris Biennale. 77 Whitney 1978- PS.1 Moma 1978 etc ). I appeared in my installations as a central element , usually laying still or sleeping. and had myself photographed. Simultaneously , I continued to create these living tableaux in alternative, unorthodox locations, : the streets , department store windows and clubs.

    In 1978, Fiorucci invited me to do an installation . performance in the windows of its famous boutique on 59th. This started the trend of live models in windows. A year Later, Recognizing the influence of my vision and unique style Fiorucci commissioned me to create a line of clothes . I presented the "Deadly Feminine "line in the store windows , as a limited edition from the Colette is Dead Co. with a multi media performance at the Mudd Club.

    " As Colette has become increasingly renowned in art circles, she watched her ideas filer int he products of designers, decorators and others in the commercial world. In her 1978 performance the Last Stitch at the Whitney Museum ,she declared herself Dead arranging to be born again as Justine: an energetic entrepreneur , ..ex limited edition of the beautiful Dreamer lp "...

    Jeffrey Deitch for Politi Monograh on Colette . 1981.

    ( the album was rereleased by DFA label . 2011.)

    Justine of the Colette is Dead Co. (Reverse Pop series) was the first of a series" Living Personas ".Her Sucessors were : Mata Hari &the Stolen Potatoes Berlin 1984.85 / The Countess Reichenbach , Munich (86-91) The House of Olympia ( when NYC once again became her permanent residence .(91/2000 ) and Lumiere since 9/11 .


    for reference of earlier history and art works :

    ARTNET more extensive site up to 2017 : ww.artnet.com/awc/colette.html




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    "Metaphysical Portraits &

    other experiments...@Undercurrent Projects.

    NYC. 2014