A young urban contemporary art fair, District 13 debuted last year in Paris by offering the public a curated selection of some of the most prominent international galleries and representatives of the world of Urban art, reflecting the various subcultures revolving around the movement. Building on the success of the first edition, the fair returns this September, gathering galleries, artists and art books editions to offer a global portrait of urban art across the globe.
The District 13 Art Fair 2019 will gather 9 French and 17 international galleries, offering connoisseurs and collectors alike a new moment in the global urban art market calendar. In addition to presenting the works of some of the most renown international street artists, the fair will also host a talks program and a range of workshops for children aged under 12. The fair takes place at Drouot, the oldest public auction institution in the world which has become the central place to contemporary art. District 13 seeks to strengthen the attractiveness of Paris on this art market by celebrating the creativity and energy of this burgeoning movement.
In 2019, at District 13 there will be 13 newcomers and 13 returning galleries. While the French galleries continue to be strongly represented, the fair will also welcome those from the United States, Chile, Tunisia, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Spain.
Be sure to check out the booths of Galerie Itinerrance from Paris, presenting exhibitions that blend traditional hangings with installations; Yosr Ben Ammar Gallery from Tunisia, mostly dedicated to supporting Urban Art; Dorothy Circus Gallery from London, dedicated to the most intriguing avant-gardes of contemporary art; Galería Lira from Recoleta, engaged in the process of promotion, valorization and accessibility of urban art; Swinton Gallery from Madrid, showing the talent of artists with a base of influence in street art and other independent art styles related to the urban culture; Fousion Gallery from Barcelona, presenting a fine selection of Pop Surrealism, Urban & Street Art, Illustrations and Indefinable Art Jewels; and StolenSpace Gallery from London, representing artists influenced by society’s prevailing subcultures where there are few rules and anything is possible.
The ambassadors of this year's edition will be renown street artists Swoon, Maye and Ardif who will promote the fair by sharing their experiences and thoughts on urban art and its market with the media and the public.
Seeking to create a sharing and immersive environment and forge stronger connections between the gallerists, artists and visitors, the fair will present its talks program which will take place every day of the fair. Among participants will be Mono Gonzales, Hush and D*Face who will speak and focus on topical issues.
On the occasion of the fair, the publishing label Albin Michel will premier its new spectacular book dedicated to D*Face, published six years after his last monograph. The artist said of the publication:
I don’t only talk about the long hours spent at the studio, nor the 12-hour days my team and I spend on our murals. There’s also the moments of the days, or nights, that I spend thinking, creating, undoing and criticizing what I paint. It is not just about work. It is my entire life.
The fair didn't forget the youngest ones, who will enjoy workshops with the Pure Evil Gallery from the UK. The workshops will allow children a smooth step into street art and allow their parents to enjoy the rest of the fair.
Among highlights of the program will be a public auction bringing together galleries and an auction house as the audacious cohabitation of different means to support and promote urban art artists. Presented by the Drouot Estimations, of the Drouot Group and lead by auctioneer Marion Martino, the event will offer around 50 works of art.
District 13 Art Fair 2019 will take place at Drouot in Paris from September 26th until September 29th, 2019. The VIP and Press Preview will take place on September 25th, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., while the Preview will take from 6 to 10 p.m.
The doors of the fair will be open to the public from 11 a.m to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The public auction will take place on Sunday, September 29th, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The price of the 1-Day Pass will be 10€, while the price of the 4-Day Pass will be 15€.
For more information, visit the official website of the fair.
Featured imaged: Jessica Hess - Underpass II, 2016 © Plastic Murs; C215 - Samourai, 2019 © Mazel Galerie. All images courtesy District 13 Art Fair 2019