The nature of street art is ephemeral, it gets easily destroyed due to weather conditions and the human lack of appreciation. The good news is that the rising number of galleries around the world has started to exhibit and focus their work on urban and contemporary art. If you are travelling this summer, don't hesitate to visit as much galleries as possible, if you have the opportunity. They are becoming new meccas of street art.
This is the list of Top 10 Galleries from our Galleries section, based on our readers online visits this month. Scroll down to find out why they were attracting so much attention.
Geraldine Banier is a gallery which is located in Paris. Since its establishment in 2010, the gallery has been focused on emerging contemporary artists. It represent around 20 of them and provokes the dialogue between their different artistic languages. Apart from solo exhibitions, in Geraldine Banier you can see several group shows with a specific theme per year. This June, it hosts Frédéric Garnier's solo exhibition Ecce Homo, which is centered on the human ambivalence, and a group one called Mini Maxi, which gathers 8 artists and gives them the task to question the notion of size in their works.
Galerie Zimmerling & Jungfleisch is situated in Saarbrücken, Germany. The gallery is the place where you can find contemporary art program with an emphasis on urban art. Jef Aerosol, Reso and CRASH are some of the represented artists. The gallery is active in both the primary and secondary markets. The reason why Zimmerling & Jungfleisch sparked an interest this month is the fact that it hosts an interesting group exhibition titled Ambiguity. The exhibition features four renowned urban artists who share the fascination with abstract Art: Remi Rough, Augustine Kofie, LX.One and Poesia.
Open Walls is one of the top German galleries. Located in Berlin, this internationally renowned gallery is an urban art mecca. The gallery offers services such as guided gallery tours and street art tours, workshops and art consulting. In June, Open Walls hosted Okokume’s exhibition titled Ikimono. But that's not the most important news. After five years of its existence, the gallery is moving from Stattbad to Berlin-Mitte, the very center of Berlin. The grand opening was on July 3rd. For that special occasion, Open Walls brought New York based urban art pioneer Jordan Seiler and Berlin based art activist Vermibus for a very special show, which will continue to run till August 28th.
Pretty Portal was founded in 2007 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Owner and curator, Klaus Rosskothen focuses on both established artists and up-and-coming talents. He sees Pretty Portal as the place where the street and White Cube meet. The gallery exhibits paintings, drawings, prints, collages, photographies, video installations and sculptures. This June, it hosted the exhibition A Matter of Time by the Austro-French couple Jana & JS. Jana & JS showed a new series of works that have been painted this year.
Established by Lisa Dolby Chadwick in San Francisco in 1997, Dolby Chadwick Gallery displays the variety of subject matters, approaches and styles that range from photorealism to abstraction. The gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists, who work in the traditional and hybrid media, including oil painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. It hosted over 155 exhibitions and curated shows. In July, you will be able to see two exciting exhibitions in this gallery: Jennifer Kent's Hyperspace and James Kennedy's C O N T I N U U M.
Jonathan Levine Gallery, committed to exhibiting new and cutting edge art, played an important role in developing the careers of artists such as Shepard Fairey, Invader and Olek. The gallery, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in February, is the premiere spot on the urban, and especially street art scene. It all started with Jonathan LeVine's passion for punk, underground music and countercultural aesthetics, and continued with the establishment of the gallery that promotes underground art. If you are in New York, be sure to visit the gallery and see the exhibition Unreal Estate by German artist EVOL and the group show Trifecta, curated by Yasha Young, which brings together three contemporary international female artists: Handiedan, Mimi Scholz and Sandra Chevrier.
In 2008, Robert Fontaine set up his first gallery, which went on to become one of the top urban galleries in Miami. Now, Robert Fontaine Gallery is the platform representing a vast array of artists, approaches and periods. It covers both fresh talents and renowned artists, whose works range from Post-War period to today. Peter Combe, Henrietta Harris (who recently had an exhibition) and Nick Gentry are some of the names. To gain the better insight into this fantastic place, which opened the same day the banks collapsed, read our exclusive interview with Robert Fontaine.
44309 Street Art Gallery is not just one of the top urban galleries in Germany, but also an agency. The gallery exhibits the works of international street and contemporary artists, such as MadC aka Claudia Walde, BELIN, Mark Gmehling and RESO. It hosts between 6 and 8 solo and group shows a year. The reason why all eyes were on this gallery in June is the exhibition titled Glove Stories, by Telmo & Miel, the Dutch artistic duo renowned for their murals and combining spray painting styles with classic Realism, Abstraction and Surrealism.
One of the leading, Berlin-based galleries is situated in a vast post industrial compound. What makes this gallery special is the Creative Lab, the first floor of the Urban Spree Gallery, where artists in residence produce works for the Gallery and craft limited edition series for the store. In August, the gallery will host an exciting event that is a must-see for any art lover - DRUCK Berlin Festival, the silk-screen print festival which exhibits the works by some of the most renowned artist, such as Banksy, Oskar Rink and Morgan Betz.
Me Collectors Room in Berlin (another one!) is certainly not a traditional gallery. It is a 1300 square meters big exhibition space and a platform for private art collections. The Olbricht collection, which includes works from the early 16th century to the most recent contemporary art, has made me Collectors Room its home since May 2010. One of the gems of this collections is Wunderkammer Olbricht, a temporary exhibition which consists of more than 200 valuable objects from the Renaissance and Baroque. In addition to this, numerous temporary shows take place. Until the 30th of August, the first ever exhibition gathering solely female artists is on display. The exhibiton entitled QUEENSIZE – Female Artists from the Olbricht Collection represents a third of all women artists featured in the collection.
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