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.
Opera Gallery was founded by Gilles Dyan in 1994 in Paris, and now has offices in London, Geneva, Monaco, New York, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong, Seoul and Dubai. It’s one of the leading dealers in modern and contemporary American, European and Asian art, with the aim to offer and promote high quality artworks. It also evaluates authenticity for the benefit of the collector. Here you can find works by iconic artists such as Claude Monet, Salvador Dalí, or Pablo Picasso, as well as of the most exciting artists of today like Takashi Murakami and Damien Hirst. Moreover, the gallery opens its doors to fresh forms of artistic expression, so here you can run into artists like Jef Aérosol, C215, Speedy Graphito, Paul Insect and many more.
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.
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.
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.
Another fabulous gallery with amazing shows located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris was founded in 1999. The gallery specializes in street art, visual art and digital art. Its goals are to promote and support emerging artists and favor a larger access to contemporary art on an international level. Since its opening, the gallery has hosted artists from diverse backgrounds such as graffiti, drawing, art installations, video and digital painting. As such, it discovered artists whose names are now known throughout the world, like Shepard Fairey, JonOne, Miss Van, Ray Caesar and Ultralab. Magda Danysz Gallery in Paris has its sister gallery in Shanghai, which focuses on presenting works from emerging Chinese artists, but also the ones from established international names. Magda Danysz galleries work a lot on curatorial projects and collaborations with other galleries worldwide.
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.
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.
Itinerrance Gallery was founded in 2004 by Mehdi Ben Cheikh, with the goal to support street artists and allow those who found success on the street to continue to exercise their passion and speak on different surfaces. Each show at Itinerrance Gallery is an opportunity to pay tribute to the new masterpieces that adorn the streets of the world. It exhibits artists whose reputation is well established, including Roa, C215, Jana & Js, and Sten and Lex. The gallery works a lot on other projects and collaborations outside its space, such as La Tour Paris 13, its well-known and successful project.
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.
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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