An interesting phenomenon occurs every summer - the entire art sphere goes silent. Galleries usually close their doors for the slow season and only the most eager ones continue their activities. Still, with a lot of human movement that the vacation period implies, a lot of travel, tourism and people exchanging locations worldwide, some of the top art galleries saw the potential in keeping up pace. The hot season of the year might be a slow time for the usual collector, but it still opens new prospective in alluring new art lovers into their world, offering them artwork of high quality often wrapped in a summer special. Widewalls is proud to include and present galleries that are active, each in their own right, during the summer, and which engage and inspire our readers to return to them.
With the frequent new print editions, new and upcoming artists, alternative art styles or just following the hype of the street art season, we give to you the top art galleries of July 2016, as selected by you!
Feature image Mr. Brainwash. Courtesy of Addicted Art Gallery
Dedicated to presenting art in an friendly accessible way, Addicted Art Gallery is one of the most active art platforms online. The passion for, or rather the addiction to, art was ignites when the gallery's owners purchased their first piece in the late 90s. Ever since, they've been dedicated to distributing their energy and love for art in the only way they believed to be the right one. The diverse portfolio of the Addicted Art Gallery includes various pieces of Contemporary Art, focused on the South-East Asian scene, Pop Art works, Vintage Posters and Art Deco inspirited pieces that awaken nostalgia and contemplation. Purchasing from the Addicted is an entire online art experience, expecially having their adopted moto in mint that - “The earth without art is just ‘eh’.” – Unknown
Feature image Nicole Pon Horvath - Soft Air And Old Age, 2012 Courtesy Addicted Art Gallery
Ever since 2006, Corey Helford Gallery has been stirring up the scene with a very progressive curatorial approach. Its artists encompass the biggest names in urban and street art, as well as the greatest stars of Pop Surrealism. Combining the ideas behind the social activity and the polished aesthetics, this space has managed to establish a reputation as one of the exciting spots to present the very contemporary art, created in and inspired by the now. Operating in Los Angeles, Corey Helford Gallery offers pieces by artists such as Shepard Fairey, Ron English, D*FACE, Ray Caesar, Mark Ryden and Ben Eine, amongh others. And having in mind the fact that they are active all through the summer season, it's perfectly clear why CHG stays a favorite art space.
Feature images: HUSH - “Affectation” acrylic paint, screen print, spray paint & ink on linen, 40” x 60; Corey Helford Gallery Opening
A young space of the Berlin's BC Gallery has established something remarkable in the three years, since it's been active in the art market. Focusing on the high-end urban and contemporary art, the gallery engages its prospective collector with a serious and rich program, consultations and institutional projects, which vouch for the quality represented by the space. With a serious and dedicated approach, the BC Gallery can easily be considered one of the Berlin's urban art keepers, although it's still a young enterprise. The broad picture is one of the guidelines of the space, since the founders always keep the intellectual, political and cultural importance of the arts in the society in mind.
Featured images: BC Gallery; Jan Kalab at BC Gallery
An online art gallery with an attitude, GraffitiStreet is the premiere place where a collector can enrich their urban art collection via the web. Completely immersed in the world of graffiti and outdoors, this gallery offers a sense of the outdoor and the rebellious through a comprehensive series of prints and artworks by some of the most famous street artists today. Born as the brainchild of passionate street art collectors in 2013, GraffitiStreet continues to bring the intoxicating atmosphere of the street into the lives of all the collectors, new or experienced. So, express your individuality through collecting, find new talent and help a charitable project, all with the help of GraffitiStreet!
A vaulted space in the lovely town of Montpellier, Galerie Nicolas Xavier has become a landmark for all collectors interested in contemporary French art, especially in the very developed street and urban art scene. Color, calligraphy, geometry, abstraction and even twisted figuration all overlap in the works of Bom.K, Humus, Eackone and other artists represented by the gallery. It's always a challenge to curate an original portfolio in such an elaborate market, but Nicolas Xavier manages to keep the watchers excited with a very original and diverse approach. Having welcomed visitors all throughout the July, the gallery earned a spot among one of the most favorite ones this time.
One of the liveliest art places in the urban contemporary world, the Hang-Up Gallery in London is rightfully found on this list! It's portfolio includes all the most exciting names of the British street and urban art, while they continuously strive to present new expressions, mixing up influences of design and the classical. Having started as an online gallery, the space still has a very strong web presence, enriched with a space where all the exhibitions happen. The popularity of this space might come from their approach, which is always accessible and clear and always seasoned with a good dose of humor. Perhaps they picked it up from Banksy, who is one of the gallery's top artists.
Hang-Up Gallery Space. Pure Evil - Elvis
One of the most impressive concepts in the Berlin's gallery world, the me Collectors Room represents an exhibition platform for international collections. The Olbricht Collection, featuring a brilliant collection of pieces of old masters and contemporary art has been situated at the space permanently since 2010. In addition, the space established a very unique segment of its program, the Wunderkammer Olbricht, where curiosities from Renaissance and Baroque are on display. Alluring to both the contemporary art enthusiasts and the art history lovers, me Collectors Room in Berlin is a must-see space for all who venture to the German capital. With a comprehensive Cindy Sherman exhibition on view at the moment, the space's presence on our list of favorites is not surprising at all.
If you've ever wondered about the art space in Berlin that embodies the very urban spirit and the casual moments, Urban Spree Gallery would be the place! With its dynamic program that features both the biggest stars and the most promising young hopes of street and graffiti art, this charming gallery raises interest in the ones who are already into the arts and in those who just interested, thus cultivating new collectors with each step. During the winter, there are two gallery spaces to host the exhibitions - the main one and the Ecke Gallery, while during the summer a lovely garden to enjoy the hours of leisure among artworks is added to the experience. Living it to the fullest throughout the slow season, Urban Spree is clearly one of the beloved spots of our readers.
Operating as the source for urban contemporary art, Gerard Seiwert Gallery is active across Brussels, Luxembourg, Monaco and Geneve. Its portfolio is bursting with color, as it includes artists such as Crash, Babs, Romero Britto and the legend, JonOne, among others. One of the most interesting features are the small sculptures by Deesse, which fit the gallery's portfolio perfectly and can easily inspire prospective collectors as well as interior decorators. The Widewalls Gallery Network provides a source for the complete portfolio of the Gerard Seiwert Gallery, one of the new exciting resources for urban art buyers.
Street & Pop Art Exhibition detail at Gerard Seiwert Gallery
Oriented to catering to both experienced and new art collectors, Artemisia Gallery represents an embodiment of the art business approach and daring ideas. The space is a regular participant at various art fairs, while its exhibitions are well-curated and innovative. Figuration dominates the portfolio of Artemisia Gallery, but it spans across a wide range of styles and expressions. Focusing on French contemporary artists primarily, the space is located in New York, thus contributing to the cultural exchange of two art developed markets. The gallery exhibits painting, sculpture, objects and even urban art.
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