Dinner With Andre

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Published February 4, 2010

Graffiti artist and nightlife impresario André Saraiva is well known for his Mr. A tag, the ­flâneur-like smiley face he stamps on images of women, ­bottles of vodka, and pretty much ­anything else that gets in his way. “I’m always drawing, and I think a napkin is one of the best kinds of paper,” he says of the quotidian ­canvases for his solo show this month, his first since 2002, which will occupy a “cabinet of curiosities” at Parisian ­boutique Colette. The intimate ink drawings ­evidence Saraiva’s interest in American ­comics and his memories of childhood in Sweden. In one such sketch, Saraiva portrays Nabokov’s Lolita as a larger-than-life book; it looks like a building and is situated conveniently next to Saraiva’s nightclub Le Baron. More info at colette.fr.

WORK BY ANDRE IS ON VIEW THROUGH FEBRUARY 27. COLETTE IS LOCATED AT 213 RUE SAINT-HONORE, PARIS 75001. THE SHOWOPENS TONIGHT.