During the month of May, we have been writing about dozens of exhibitions that were opening all around the globe. With such a diverse range of shows, it is very difficult to single out any of them. From urban and street art galleries and fine art galleries to travelling and online galleries, our coverage is a representative overview of the recent activities of contemporary and urban art spaces. It is time for us to take a look at the galleries our Widewalls readers visited the most in the month that is behind us. Galleries on our list come from various parts of the world and are presenting a diverse group of artists, both established and emerging ones, and are involved in a diverse range of practices. So, scroll down to see which galleries our readers loved the most in May!
For the first time on our list we have the Kunzt Gallery which was founded in Belgium in November of 2005 by Kris Ghesquière. Committed to promoting, showing and selling art by international artists from all around the world, Kunzt Gallery is one of Europe’s longest-existing online galleries. Cherishing the quality and authenticity of each work, this Miami-based gallery presents art in a way that serves the most experienced art collectors and curators, as well as the new and amateur art enthusiasts. The gallery represents various internationally acclaimed artists including Ai Weiwei, Adrian Piper, Giuseppe Penone, Joel-Peter Witkin, Liu Bolin and Marina Abramovic, among others.
ADDA Gallery is a contemporary art space and a traveling gallery that holds special exhibitions in various cities all around the world. Presenting contemporary artists with a focus on already established artists working within the field of urban art, this Brussels-based gallery represents artists such as Dran, Mark Bode, Okuda San Miguel, Miss Van and Remed. If you are in Brussels, be sure to check out the exhibition Tiens by a French street artist Dran that will be on view from June 11th through July 10th.
A recurring gallery on our list, Hang-Up Gallery in London is a contemporary art gallery presenting a dynamic exhibition program of fresh and forward-thinking works. Located in the vibrant and bohemian neighborhood of Stoke Newington, Hang-Up Gallery features works of both emerging artists as well as the already established ones. Founded in 2008, it has grown into Europe's leading online urban art gallery. The Gallery represents various artists from all around the world including Banksy, BLU, Damien Hirst, DFACE and Jamie Reid, among others. Be sure to check out the exhibition Wondrous Obsessions: The Art of Collecting by the artistic duo Connors Brothers that will be on view until July 3rd.
Founded in 2010 in Amsterdam by Isabelle Vroom and Olivier Varossieau, the main focus of the gallery Vroom & Varossieau is on the urban contemporary and the street art movements. Apart from promoting both emerging and renowned artists working within these fields such as CRASH, Dalek or KAWS, Vroom & Varossieau organizes mural commissions, exhibitions, and other urban art related projects. You should check out the exhibition Amazonia Diet by a Brazilian street artist Cranio that will be on view until June 26th.
Founded in April 2013 by Nick Bargezi, BC Gallery in Berlin is focused on the high-end urban and contemporary art market. With the main goal to provide artists and collectors alike with a reliable and sustainable platform, the gallery features both emerging and already celebrated artists. Constantly researching and developing within the rapidly changing art market, BC Gallery advocates integrity and credibility and supports various institutional projects. Among artists represented are Aitch, Andrea Wan, Axel Void, Brusk and HENSE. The gallery is currently showing an exhibition Hollow by the Argentinean artist Diego Cirulli until July 9th.
Another gallery featured for the first time on our list, Corey Helford Gallery was established in 2006 in Los Angeles by Jan Corey Helford and her husband Bruce Helford. The gallery continues to contribute to the heart of the city's art community by organizing trend-setting exhibitions. CHG represents a diverse collection of contemporary artists influenced by today's pop culture, encompassing the genres of New Figurative, Pop Surreal, Graffiti and Street Art, such as Brandi Milne, Colin Christian, Korin Fought or Lori Nelson. Be sure to check out the exhibition Allure by the street artist Hush that will be on view until July 2nd.
Another newcomer on our list, Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art was founded in Wynwood Arts District in Miami after 20 years of experience in the art market by its owner Gregg Shienbaum. Specialized in contemporary fine art, the gallery features works of art in various media, with a special emphasis on contemporary prints and multiples. Incomparable to most galleries in South Florida, Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art features art by artists such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Jim Dine, among other contemporary masters. The gallery has recently established a publishing company focusing on the teaching and funding of printmaking to emerging artists.
Located in New York, Artemisia Gallery promotes a selection of French and international artists with a goal to present contemporary art to art collectors. In addition to organizing solo, duo and group exhibitions and various live events with artists present, Artemisia Gallery provides a comprehensive portfolio of artwork online. Among artists represented are Carol Peligian, Jean-Marc Calvet, Cedric Bouteiller, Laina Hadengue and Charlelie Couture.
Located in Saarbrücken in Germany, Galerie Zimmerling & Jungfleisch organizes a clear contemporary art program with an emphasis on Urban Contemporary Art. Active in both primary and secondary markets, the gallery provides the artistic consulting to collectors and institutional clients. Besides curating exhibitions, the gallery is active in arranging and supervising facade paintings and connecting artists and muralists with private or business clients. Offering a broad global network, the gallery represents a wide range of international artists including Augustine Kofie, Heiko Zahlmann, L’Atlas and Jean Faucheur. Be sure not to miss the exhibition HIGHLIGHT by artists L’Atlas and Tanc that will be on view until June 4th.
Located in Dortmund, 44309 Street Art Gallery is focused on street art, graffiti, urban and contemporary art. With its diverse and eclectic program of exhibitions, 44309 Street Art Gallery has made a huge impact on the German graffiti and street art scene. In addition to hosting exhibitions, the gallery has curated an extensive mural program in the city of Dortmund. The gallery represents a diverse group of international artists such as Blek Le Rat, Alice Pasquini, Telmo Miel, Steph Cop and Marcus Genesius, among others.