Top 10 Galleries of May
As we enter June, it is time to take a look back at significant happenings in the world of contemporary and street art that took place during May. In this article, we will focus on galleries and we are going to present the list of the most visited gallery pages (on our Widewalls Galleries section) by our readers during May. For many, the previous month was a month of art fairs and other big art events (opening of the Venice Biennale). We had an amazing art week in New York City (with several important art fairs, such as Frieze New York 2015); London hosted Art15 Art Fair, and so on. Yet, we wrote about so many interesting exhibitions held both in some of the world’s most renowned galleries and in those more oriented towards street art and underground culture. So, the top 10 galleries of May weren’t included in the list just because some of them participated in some art fair, but also because they organized some truly amazing shows.
The rise of popularity of street and urban art may be identified in the fact that more and more galleries are becoming interested in street artists. We wouldn’t make a mistake if we said that street art has become a part of the mainstream within contemporary art. As so many contemporary art galleries opened their doors to the street artists and their works, urban art has become more reachable for collectors, art lovers and dealers. Don’t be surprised when you see our list; many of the galleries you will find here are specialized in street art. So, scroll down, and take a look at the most visited gallery pages on our Widewalls Galleries section in May.
OPEN WALLS Gallery Berlin
A unique art space in Berlin – OPEN WALLS Gallery is an amazing place for discovering emerging artists with the background in graffiti and street art. Certainly one of the galleries that must be visited if you are in Berlin, OPEN WALLS is well-known for its pop-up shows and exhibitions of extraordinary urban artists. During its five years of existence in Berlin, the Gallery has evolved into a forward-thinking platform for contemporary urban art. Being recognized at vibrant Berlin contemporary urban art scene, OPEN WALLS moves a step forward by relocating its space from Stattbad to the very center of the city. This new chapter will be celebrated with the exhibition of amazing Spanish artist Okokume, opening on June 4th and lasting until June 27th.
Galerie Zimmerling & Jungfleisch in Saarbrucken
City of Saarbrucken, the capital city of Saarland (near the border with France), should be proud of its rich cultural and art scene. When it comes to urban contemporary art, Saarbrucken is also quite interesting, thanks to the Galerie Zimmerling & Jungfleisch. This Gallery pursues a clear contemporary art program with an emphasis on urban art. Apart from curating exhibitions and selling art, Zimmerling & Jungfleisch arranges façade paintings and works with businesses or private clients. If you find yourself in or near Saarbrucken, be sure to visit the group exhibition of LX.One, Remi Rough, Poesia and Augustine Kofie called Ambiguity, that is on view from May 28th until July 18th.
Galerie Geraldine Banier Paris
It’s almost impossible to list all the great art galleries in Paris. To name them all, we would need a lot of space. It’s Paris, after all, one of the global art centers. One of the galleries that position the city of light at the very center of global contemporary art scene is Galerie Geraldine Banier. With its five years of existence, this gallery presents about twenty contemporary artists stemming from the emergent scene. One of the main features of the Galerie Geraldine Banier is its focus on the plurality of the artistic languages. Focused on the question of the transversality of arts, the gallery often hosts live performances executed by artists, dancers, musicians and actors. For everyone who likes the plurality of art expression, Galerie Geraldine Banier is the perfect place to visit.
Robert Fontaine Gallery Miami
Located in the one of the main hubs of the world of contemporary art, Robert Fontaine Gallery is one of the most recognized galleries in Miami. The gallery provides a platform for a wide scope of different types of artists – emerging ones, mid-career, established and master artists. Robert Fontaine also represents some big names in the world of contemporary art, such as David Walker or Nick Gentry. Recently, the gallery organized an exhibition of wonderful works by Henrietta Harris.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery New York
Since 1980s, when he was quite young, Jonathan LeVine recognized the appeal of countercultural aesthetics including punk flyers, comics, graffiti and tattoos. When LeVine became independent curator, he started to promote underground art (that eventually became mainstream). So, when he opened Jonathan LeVine Gallery, the orientation of this amazing art space reflected the owner’s previous personal tendencies. As a result, the gallery became one of the best New York urban art galleries that is to committed to new and cutting edge art. In May, the visitors of the gallery were able to see the beautiful works by Eloy Morales and Scott Musgrove.
me Collectors Room Berlin
One of the most recognized platforms for international private art collections to present themselves in Europe, me Collectors Room is another amazing spot on the Berlin extraordinary art scene. The Olbricht Collection, which features works from the Renaissance up to the present day, has had its permanent home here since May 2010. The space is often shared with other international collectors who are invited to give the public an insight into their collections in broadly themed group shows. me Collectors Room is preparing to host an exhibition of works by the amazing Cindy Sherman, beginning on September 16th, 2015.
Dolby Chadwick Gallery San Francisco
Definitely one of the most renowned galleries in San Francisco, Dolby Chadwick Gallery represents an international roster of emerging and mid-career artists working in traditional and hybrid media, including oil painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and photography. Although the gallery embraces a wide range of subject-matters, styles and art movements, it is obvious that special attention is on artists with a dedication to craft, observation and materials. Amazing artists have been exhibited at Dolby Chadwick. We recently wrote about Mayme Kratz’s exhibition Lost Light that will be on view from June 4th until July 3rd, 2015.
Pretty Portal Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf-based gallery Pretty Portal has become one of the most important urban art galleries in Germany. It was founded in 2007 and is focusing on urban contemporary art. As the gallery describes itself, Pretty Portal is presenting and documenting a fast-moving, radical new art direction (urban art). Gallery owner and curator Klaus Rosskothen sees Pretty Portal as a fusion of street and White Cube, a metalevel where urban art meets gallery visitors and collectors. The gallery has worked with a long list of international artists including Btoy, Fin Dac, Natalia Rak and Pixel Pancho.
Art is Just a Four Letter Word Soest
Probably one of the galleries with the most interesting name, art is just a four letter word is an terrific art space located in Soest, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The gallery was founded by Patrick Droste and David Radon, who themselves come from an urban art background. Since the founders of the gallery were street artists, they know perfectly well the problems that young urban artists are facing, and the gallery attempts to help them. We recently wrote about the exhibition of Bates, entitled Style in Progress, taking place at art is just a four letter word.
44309 Street//Art Gallery Dortmund
Dortmund-based 44309 Street//Art Gallery focuses on urban contemporary art. Being one of the most renowned urban art spaces in Germany, 44309 Street//Art Gallery also serves as an agency focusing on street art, graffiti, urban and contemporary art. The gallery is representing international artists and run between 6 and 8 solo and group shows per year. The gallery has been a home to the Telmo & Miel: Glove Stories exhibition that will be on view until June 13th, 2015.
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