That '70s show

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Running till Dec. 5 at New York's Diesel Denim Gallery is "A Midnight Summer Dream," Paris-based illustrator Stephane Manel's first solo exhibition. Manel's "illustrations of people often look elegantly negligent, with many details left partially uncolored," according to Formavision, the curating agency that organized the show. As for Manel's languidly preoccupied women, "he takes his inspiration from distant memories of '70s soft erotica, with its dose of sensual innocence and glowing Technicolor, displayed to awaken our purest desires." In addition to works on paper, Manel also executed a large-scale wall painting, "mixing sketchy illustrations of young women with pop-colorful shapes." The name of the exhibition, incidentally, is double-puckish-it's a reference to a single from 1982 Stranglers album called La Folie, claimed by Manel as a childhood inspiration. Though he hasn't worked with this band, Manel has done album covers for Serge Gainsbourg, Dimitri from Paris, Bertrand Burgalat and others.

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