The recent rise in popularity of urban and street art has been mirrored by the amount of contemporary art galleries specialising in those areas. With urban and street art evolving into respected art forms and making its way into the mainstream via retail outlets such as furniture giant Ikea, it is important that there are quality art galleries out there presenting exhibitions. Read more about such issues in Ikea Loves Street Art, Graffiti Hits the 21st Century and Is Hyundai Stealing from Street Artists. Contemporary art galleries have always been important in bringing new talent to the fore, with many now offering urban and street artists the chance to combine successful studio careers alongside their street art offerings. You can explore a whole range of contemporary art galleries in the Widewalls Galleries section and here we present a rundown of the most visited gallery pages by our readers during April.
The unique Open Walls gallery, based in Berlin, is recognised for representing many artists with their roots in the local graffiti and street art scene. With a focus on urban art, they aim to give street artists a voice in the contemporary art scene while also providing artist studios and silkscreen printing facilities. Open Walls has presented exhibitions such as Fragmented by Alias, the group show Hope Dreams Desire by young Persian artists and Joy is Here by Spanish street artist Aïda Gómez.
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The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is a long established name in the world of contemporary art and played an important role in developing the careers of artists such as Shepard Fairey, Invader and Olek. Jonathan LeVine Gallery originally grew out of a passion for punk and underground music, a passion that has evolved in to exploring the many avenues of art they now explore. Exhibitions have included All My Bones by Josh Agle, Oh, The Places We Have Been: Rediscovering the Past and Metazoa by acclaimed street artist ROA.
Miami based Robert Fontaine Gallery has a broad reach, covering everything from Post War art to the latest emerging artists using digital media, conceptual installations and urban interventions. The gallery also presents artists from a wide spectrum, from those who are emerging, to master artists well established. Robert Fontaine Gallery recently presented the wonderful works of Australian artist Anthony Lister in Black Door Limousine, Synthetic Daydreams by Nick Gentry and new works by Ashley Oubré.
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The Dortmund based 44309 Street Art Gallery is and art gallery and agency focussing on street art, graffiti art, urban art and contemporary art. 44309 Street Art Gallery boast a remarkable number of talented street artists that they currently work with, including Alice Pasquini, MadC, Nawer, Pener and Chad Hasegawa. Recent exhibitions include the fascinating Urban Pott group show, showcasing prints created by street artists, Night and Day by MadC and Breaking Borders by Rodrigo Branco and L7m.
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Cluster Wall is not your typical contemporary art gallery; the Brooklyn based company born very much for the modern world and existing as an online gallery specialising in street and urban art. Cluster Wall has opted to provide the work of some of the most innovative contemporary street artists in the form of unique limited edition screen prints, created with the best materials and often hand-embellished by the artists themselves, along with original works. Check out more about their affordable and unique approach to contemporary street art in this Cluster Wall article.
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Culver City based Fabien Castanier Gallery originally opened its doors in 2011 at a location in Studio City. 2014 saw a relocation to the Arts District of Culver City in California, where it concentrates on an interdisciplinary programme of contemporary art exhibitions that cover photography, painting, installations, sculpture and new media. Find out more about what they exhibit by taking a look at Made in America by Speedy Graphito, Pol-Ethically Correct by Fidia Falaschetti and the wonderful West Side Stories by JonOne.
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Established in 2007, the Dusseldorf based Pretty Portal Gallery, has become an important focus on the development of urban art, regularly presenting both established artists and those new to the scene. The gallery has worked with a long list of international artists including Btoy, Fin Dac, Natalia Rak and Pixel Pancho. Currently they are showing the amazing solo exhibition Shooting Angels by Guy Denning while previous shows have included Wummenizer by Wolfgang Krell and group show, Stencils Only.
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The Woodward Gallery has been a New York institution for over 20 years, having been established in 1994. The 5000 square foot gallery boasts two floors of exhibition space, the first floor featuring rotating exhibitions, while the second floor gallery offers a more intimate experience for special events. Woodward Gallery specialises in contemporary and modern masters, such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat while also holding an extensive collection of prints by New York ‘80’s East Village Artists such as Keith Haring. The most recent exhibition at Woodward Gallery was Both Ways by Susan Breen and Margaret Morrison.
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The wonderful Vertical Gallery was established in 2013 and is committed to promoting urban, contemporary and street art. The gallery works hard at breaking down barriers between traditional institutions, galleries and viewers by offering exciting exhibitions by a range of international artists. Currently showing is the Flying High solo exhibition by Dean Zeus Colman, while they also recently celebrated their second anniversary with the 2 for 2 group show. The gallery also exhibited the work of My Dog Sighs in the Lost and Found solo exhibition.
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Dolby Chadwick Gallery was established in San Francisco, 1997, with a view to representing emerging and mid-career artists working in traditional and hybrid media. The Dolby Chadwick Gallery embraces diverse subject matters, covering everything from abstraction to photorealism within the mediums of oil painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography. The 5000 square foot gallery has been home to over 155 exhibitions and curated shows, including the recent On The Surface by Barbara Vaughn , A Fever in Matter by Jaq Chartier and the sculptures of Ann Weber.
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