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Paris and Urban Art Galleries - 10 Venues You Should Visit

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June 7, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art, involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure.

Paris and urban art galleries in it are blossoming. For centuries, this city was a mecca for artists. One might say that the City of Light has lost its status of the world’s art capital, which belonged to it in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. It may seem that Paris was overshadowed by New York or Berlin, but a considerable number of the finest galleries and art centers showcasing highly popular temporary exhibitions disprove this prejudice. It’s still a home of exciting contemporary artists and a place where new talent can be recognized and well introduced to the audience. Old masters, new masters, Paris has it all.

Find out which art spots made our list of 10 best galleries in Paris!

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Perrotin - Discovering Talents

Galerie Perrotin is one of the city’s hottest contemporary art galleries, founded by Emmanuel Perrotin in 1990. It is located in the hip Marais district. In the March 2014 issue of W Magazine, Perrotin was described as the one who is responsible for making Takashi Murakami a superstar and launching the career of Damien Hirst. Today, Perrotin continues to work with young artists like KAWS and JR. The gallery also collaborated with musicians such as Feist, Massive Attack, and Pharrell Williams. In May 2012, the gallery opened the space in Hong Kong, and the following year one in New York.

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Yvon Lambert - Presenting Both Acclaimed and Upcoming

Another great gallery in the lovely Marais district. Yvon Lambert has been at the forefront of the Parisian art scene for over 45 years. Founded in 1966 by the art dealer and collector Yvon Lambert, the gallery has a strong tradition of presenting artists’ projects that are ambitious and innovative. Starting in the early 70′s, Yvon Lambert boldly chose to present pioneers of minimal art, conceptual art, and land art such as Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Lawrence Weiner, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Today the gallery continues to represent both historically significant artists, and an upcoming generation of artists such as Vincent Ganivet, Shilpa Gupta, and Nick Van Woert. The main space shows internationally acclaimed artists, while newcomers are featured in the basement.

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OPENSPACE - Highlighting the Diversity

Located in the heart of the 11th arrondissement, OPENSPACE is the recent place for the promotion of diverse urban art in Paris. It is a nice and friendly gallery. Its aim is to highlight the diversity of urban contemporary art scene and to stimulate and promote its creation through presentation of original works of artists such as Velvet, Zoer, C214, PRO176, Jana & Js, duo Sobekcis, to name a few. OPENSPACE also approaches wider audience through multiple publications of books on the subject.

Wallworks - Collaborating With Graffiti Scene

Film producer for twenty years, Claude Kunetz created the production company Wallworks to develop the policy of producing feature films. After a number of films and art projects involving collaboration with the students of Fine Arts and graffiti artists like Kongo and Lazoo Colorz, Kunetz decided to open an exhibition space, where he could do the same activities as in cinema, from financing to distribution and from production to promotion. Wallworks gallery offers a program of four to five major exhibitions a year focusing primarily on performers of French and Indonesian graffiti scene.

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Le Feuvre Gallery - Excelling at Street Artwork

Galerie Le Feuvre was founded by Franck Le Feuvre in 2005 and ever since it has been successfully building a name for itself as one of the most important urban art venues in Paris. The gallery presents various artistic styles, guided by the words of Fernand Léger: “Figurative or abstract, no matter if it is good.” However, judging by the names that are exhibited in the gallery, it covers mostly graffiti and street artwork. Here you can run into exhibitions by JonOne, Sickboy, Stohead, or SMASH137.

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Galerie Mathgoth - Presenting Street Art

The success of the 400ML project in 2008 led Mathilde and Gautier Jourdain to create an art gallery. They work with two ideas in mind: to support artists and to provide the means to collect. Mathgoth Gallery organizes exhibitions five to six times a year, presenting a variety of artists from the world of street art such as David Walker, A1ONE, JACE, COPE2 and many more. Since September 2012, the gallery has started releasing limited edition lithographs, with help to enhance every event.

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La Maison Rouge - Showcasing Private Art Collections

La Maison Rouge is a private contemporary art foundation, established in 2004 by the art collector Antoine de Galbert. It is dedicated mainly to showing private art collections through monographic or thematic exhibitions. It spreads over 2000-square-meter space, occupying an old factory building that was renovated by the architect Jean-Yves Clément and the artist Jean-Michel Alberola. La Maison Rouge has an adjacent bookstore run by Bookstorming and a branch of Rose Bakery, an organic English style cafe that renews its entire decoration with each exhibition.

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