Urban Contemporary Art Fair
is a fair totally dedicated to international urban and contemporary art.
For its 1st edition Art Fair will take place, from 12th to 15th October 2017,
in the Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design,
Art Fair will take place in an iconic setting on the banks of the Seine in Paris’ 13th arrondissement: the Docks – City of Fashion and Design.
This contemporary urban art event seeks to reflect the diversity of this scene and the different sides of an artistic movement rooted in a common language – subcultures, including street art, pop surrealism and low brow, punk, skate, and tattoo culture.
It will host twenty international galleries representing the various branches of contemporary urban culture.
This culture has recently experienced extraordinary expansion, placing it at the heart of questions about developments in contemporary art. Urban art in all its forms is becoming the great international movement of the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Held in Paris’ 13th arrondissement, Art Fair is part of Street Art 13, a veritable open-air museum. The many projects in this arrondissement, including Street Art 13 and La Tour Paris 13, have been a source of global conversation. The district’s visual metamorphosis and the creation of spaces like the Docks, make the 13th arrondissement the richest scene for street art and urban culture in Paris.
Art Fair is impulsed by Sébastien Boland, founder of SBO and organizer of fairs for more than 20 years. His various projects involved museums, galleries, collectors, publishers and artists.
Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Arnaud Oliveux and Elphège Frémy are in charge of the artistic direction.
Sébastien BolandManaging director
Sébastien is the founder and director of SBO. He created the EXPO4ART fair in 2015, open to painters, sculptors, photographers and object designers.
The MÉTAMORPHOSE annual fair, open to singular artists and of outsider art, has been held in Paris for the past 13 years and has become a must-see event
In the fields of fashion and design, he organized many fairs or events of various formats for 20 years: TMODE, LES SALONS COURT-CIRCUIT, SKATE ME OUT.
He took part in the NUIT BLANCHE in Paris in 2007 and proposed an exhibition with international video makers.
He organized many emblematic exhibitions of contemporary art. ACCESS & PARADOX (Off of the Fiac in 2010) and NOFOUND PHOTOFAIR (Off of Paris Photo in 2011 and 2012) are good examples of installation and photography fairs he put together.
Elphège FrémyArt Consultant Entrepreneur at day, art enthusiast at night, Elphège is intrinsically a free mind that is moved by his artistic inclination. Ceramist and painter (personal exhibition curated by Vincent Sator in 2016 and early 2018) Elphège is also a collector who shares his passion on his blog www.myFactory.net. Close to many artists, gallery owners and private collectors, he is often to be found where not expected. He has contributed to “La Tour 13” book, took place in Djerbahood, and participates regularly in round tables and public sessions on contemporary art.
Mehdi Ben Cheikh
Mehdi Ben CheikhArt Director
Mehdi Ben Cheikh, founder of Galerie Itinerrance, has produced a variety of successful off Main-street projects. He organized Tour Paris 13 in 2013, Djerbahood in 2014, Le Pont des Arts in Paris in 2015, Earth Crisis at the Eiffel Tower in 2015 and Street Art 13 from 2009 till today.
With his unparalleled experience in street art for 14 years, Mehdi Ben Cheikh is a pioneer and an important actor of this artistic scene. In 2009, he created Street Art 13 with the Mayor of 13th district, an open air museum made of murals painted by international artists.
In 2013, Mehdi initiated the Tour Paris 13 that opened its doors for the whole month of October. In the tightest confidentiality, one hundred artists had invested a 9 story building marked for destruction during 6 months. Each artist painted a room transforming it from floor to ceiling.
Thanks to his projects Mehdi’s network extends in the national and international press. He has managed to create strong links with the best artists of the world who follow him regularly.
Arnaud OliveuxArt Consultant Arnaud Oliveux is an auctioneer specializing in contemporary and urban art in one of the top Parisian auction houses. He is the pioneer in France in the development of graffiti and urban art auction sales. He created a whole department dedicated to that art scene in 2006. Through his privileged contacts with some Parisian and international artists, Arnaud put together and led sales which turned into events emphasizing Urban cultures through performances and meetings with the main players of this sector (collectors, gallery owners, auctioneer…).
Adda & Taxie
Adda & TaxieParis, FranceFounded by Valériane Mondot (Taxie Gallery) and Anna Dimitrova (Adda Gallery, Nobulo , and Montana Gallery) united by friendship and with complementary individual skills. Their brand new venue opened in Paris in June 2017 aiming to fit into a movement of innovation, relevance and internationalism: a breath of fresh air in the Paris market.
Exhibitions focus on Street Art and Graffiti as well as on young contemporary creation (photo, video, Pop surrealism, comics), with the sole purpose of showing and defending movements, arts, and artists that they both love passionately. With their long experience in Graffiti and Street Art (over 15 years each), it seemed obvious to both of them that they should form a partnership to defend the relevance of artists and movements they had been representing for many years.
Albin Michel – Beaux Livres
Albin Michel – Beaux LivresParis, FranceFounded in 1901, Albin Michel is one of the last major independent publishers in France. The « Fine Books » collection was launched in 2009 with the publishing as a world exclusive of "Paradis secrets from Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé" which presented for the last time, in it’s original environment, the exceptional art collection of the couple that was scattered during the "sales of the century" at the Grand Palais.
After this, the catalog expended at a rate of dozen books per year, on themes like painting, photography, design or outsider art, offering unique object-books with exclusive contents which built its reputation. At the same time, in 2012, Albin Michel launched the world first digital enhanced fine book – "Mon musée imaginaire" from Paul Veyne – which was a success.
From that on, the digital collection that counts more than ten enhanced works became a reference. In 2014 they created a reference multilingual collection dedicated to Street Art that documents and immortalizes the major events around the world – like "Tour Paris 13" or "Djerbahood" – and offers new monographs created with artists – "C215" la monographie, "OBEY Earth crisis", "INTI".
Some of these books go with box sets of limited editions offering numbered and signed works.
Art In The Game
London, United Kingdom
Art In The GameLondon, United KingdomSince 2015, Art in the Game has been involved in the discovery and promotion of a new generation of artists from around the world.
In addition to supporting promising new talents in all aspects of their career, Art in the Game chooses suitable places to exhibit.
Our gallery aims to offer its artists the best possible showcase around the world by participating in various Art fairs in Miami, London, Paris, New York or Moscow.
Avenue des Arts
Los Angeles, USA / Hong Kong, China
Avenue des ArtsLos Angeles, USA / Hong Kong, ChinaDimitri Lorin started his career as professional tennis player. He played on ATP tournaments during 10 years but Art has always been a part of his life, leading to his passion for collecting contemporary and urban art. High-level competition increased his creativity and his willingness to reach perfection and at the end of his tennis player career, he naturally turned to the Art market and founded in 2013 Avenue des Arts Gallery in Hong Kong.
Representing some of the worlds leading Urban and Contemporary artists, Avenue des Arts Gallery have forged a reputation as the go to gallery in Asia for collectors looking for Urban art and for their experience in succesfully managing street artists in the global market place.
Dimitri Lorin also worked for the launch of HOCA foundation in 2014 with the purpose of promoting and developing awareness of contemporary art in Hong Kong. He organized exhibitions with some top renowned artists as JR, Invader and Aya Takano.
With Avenue des Arts Gallery, he has the vision to create a platform for artists from the East to the West to exhibit and showcase their works, both in the street and in the gallery.
In June 2017, Avenue des Arts inaugurated a 6,000 sq ft new gallery in Los Angeles. Located at the intersection of E 8th Street and S Los Angeles Street, the gallery is in the heart of downtown LA, a cultural and vibrant neighborhood that gathers a large number of museums and galleries such as The Broad Museum, MOCA Museum, Hauser & Wirth Gallery, amongst others.
Collection agnès b.
Collection agnès b.This proposition can be understood as a way to echo the work that Agnes B has been doing for years, through her own collection, her gallery exhibitions, and her involvement with the artists.
This selection of works aims to reveal our desire to view the artist as an ethnologist. Thus, we view these works as testimonies, perspectives on the world and on people, from outer space to human cells. Patterns (abstract or geometrical, print or sample) expose body and gesture, testimony becomes language and movement, dance and calligraphy, to which more accurate details are added, explanatory fact sheets creating a timeless offbeat poetry, an ancestral world we might have missed.
We will complete this selection with artworks related to this intention such as for instance the movie White Spirit showing the artist Shoof during a Whirling Dervishes show at the Quai Branly Museum. Their dance symbolises the motion of planets and aims at an out-of-body experience through meditation, to find boundless love and rapture.
This intuition/intention is a deliberate first step to free all the artistic practices related to urban art and subcultures.
A poetic and intuitive approach to the question seems to us the most relevant if we are to foster complicity and put these artists in a more general artistic context.
Collection VanitéMaking man face his own end and placing death at the heart of any discussion: these are the themes explored by Urban artists who offer a contemporary perspective on vanity. Nothing is more fragile than life, but what remains when it is over?
Bones, skulls, disembodied figures underlining the fragility of existence and the transitory nature of any organism. If it is a threat, it is addressed to all, for no question can be more universal than that of death.
Bom.K's helmet was not enough to save its wearer, screaming in eternity.
The kusillo, a clownish figure emblematic of the work of Inti, is surrounded by macabre symbols.
As for the nihilistic approach of Nat Turner, it deprives any action of a potential meaning. If death is inescapable, what is the point of living?
Vanities, then, are a sinister omen, but they are in themselves an argument in favour of life. Any artistic creation reveals a presence and a thought that survive the passage of time, as Brusk points out with his thinker, Rod 1, in reference to Rodin’s 1880 Thinker.
If death is inescapable, it nevertheless allows us to glimpse an eternal renewal: as evidenced by the foliage, symbol of fertility, over the skull-pineapple of Ludo. Both anxiety and lightness, transient and everlasting, chaotic vision and glimmer of hope, vanities reveal every being’s mortality, but also remind us that death is only possible because of its antonym, life!
Cox GalerieBordeaux, FranceSince 2015, COX Gallery has dedicated itself to exhibiting and championing urban contemporary art from its gallery in Bordeaux. Founder and director Laurent Tritschler has diverted his attentions to street artists whose styles and creative processes blend, clash and combine to present an exclusive panorama of current movement.
Artists of international renown hang alongside emerging talents, creating unique artworks swinging between urban influences and more distant inspirations; figuration and abstraction; spontaneity and search for perfection.
Da-EndParis, FranceOn entering a private art gallery today one generally appreciates, apart from the quality of the works exhibited, the sobriety of the architecture and the neutrality of the space. Thus it is rare for the space itself to make as strong an impression as the works on display. This is the slightly unsettling observation one makes when crossing the threshold of Da-End.
The private art gallery opened its doors this summer in Saint-Germain des Prés (...) composed of three rooms, corridors, alcoves, a few lecterns and easels in which the light and shadows play on the rich colours of the walls.
The space is a hidden gem, « halfway between a cabinet of curiosities and a secret abode » explain the gallery owners, the photographer Satoshi Saikusa and his companion Diem Quynh.
This is an antechamber of an opium den or a boudoir, both of delights and pain. It is as if the spirit of the Symbolists and the Decadentistes, with Huysman at their head, had finally found a place to rest in Paris. A dwelling « à rebours », where the spirits of Verlaine, Baudelaire, Nerval, Poe and Mallarmé mingle with the contemporary works. Da-End signifies oval in Japanese, a term which evokes the intrauterine world, fantasies and nightmares, ecstasy and suffering. Artificialia, Curiosa, Naturalia, Erotica: it is beyond the boundaries of art and the starting point of a new quest: that of the search for the rare, the bizarre and the precious.
Da-End is a marvellous anachronistic place: both dark and brooding where poisonous flowers grow in a greenhouse from which heady fragrances escape." David Rosenberg. Paris, September 2010.
Galerie LJParis, FranceFounded in Paris in 2017 by Claude Lemarié and Adeline Jeudy, Galerie LJ's programme focuses on emerging artists most of them already internationally acclaimed, with strong figurative inclinations using media as varied as painting, bronze, ceramic, block print, drawing, paper cut-out, wood or fabric.
Throughout 10 years of existence, the gallery has had the opportunity to introduce artists little or not yet known in France to the collectors, and support their young international career. Galerie LJ supports for instance Swoon since her early beginnings while Andrew Schoultz is one the most recent artists the gallery has started representing in France.
Hellion GalleryPortland, USASince 2010, Hellion Gallery has introduced a bold mix of both established and undiscovered artists to collectors from around the world. Our mission is to foster new talent and to challenge seasoned artists with new directions and environments.
Hellion Gallery was founded and curated by Matt Wagner. After years of curating and producting shows in Tokyo, Paris, Mexico City, Portland and San Diego, Matt channeled that experience into three published books about international artists and their cities.
Having also curated art events at museums in Portland, Oregon USA and Oaxaca Mexico, as well as bringing artists from all over the globe to Portland for the « Forest for the trees » mural festival he founded and still produces, Matt has established himself as an international curator with an eye for the unconventional.
HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture
HEY! Modern Art & Pop CultureParis, FranceAnne & Julien have been working together in the art market, music industry, comics, and media since 1986, and are now recognized as the founders of HEY!, a multidisciplinary structure combining art magazine, exhibitions, and shows.
2014 sees Anne & Julien imagining and curating the international exhibition « Tatoueurs, tatoués » at the musée du quai Branly in Paris. Contacted by the museum and its President and CEO Stéphane Martin in 2012, the duo brings together, for the first time in a museum, an artistic perspective alongside the traditional approaches to anthropology, ethnology, sociology and history.
« Tatoueurs, tatoués » (May 2014/2015) was the longest temporary exhibition at this national museum, as well as the most popular (750,000 visitors) and is now touring internationally until 2020.
The duo founded the art magazine HEY! Modern art & pop culture, in 2010. From the start, this quarterly bilingual publication dealt with an artistic landscape with little or no representation in Europe. In the wake of the pioneering action of HEY!, they are first invited by the art museum musée d’art brut la Halle Saint Pierre (Paris) in 2011, as curators of : « HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture – Part I », a very successful exhibition running from September 2011 to March 2012.
Two other opuses will follow at the Halle Saint Pierre « HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture - Part II » (2013) and « HEY! Modern Art & Pop Culture - Act III » (2015/2016).
The magazine has become unavoidably influential, and its networks bring together the biggest names on the international pop outsider scene as well as an active and supportive network of thousands of artists around the world.
Galerie ItinerranceParis, FranceLocated in the culturally-dynamic 13th district of Paris since 2004, Galerie Itinerrance presents exhibitions that blend traditional hangings with installations, inviting spectators to live an immersive experience and step into the artists’ worlds.
Since their opening, the gallery has exhibited artworks of several international artists such as Bom.K, Borondo, Brusk, Btoy, David de la Mano, Ethos, Inti, M-City, Maye, Pantónio, Roa, Sainer, Seth, Shoof, Wise 2, Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton and D*Face.
Pure Evil Gallery
London, United Kingdom
Pure Evil GalleryLondon, United KingdomSomewhere between the 1535 execution of Sir Thomas More and the year 2000, Charles Uzzell Edwards became the street artist known as Pure Evil. It’s a pairing of an odd lineage that has produced fanged bunnies and Warhol-esque portraiture famous throughout the streets and galleries of the world.
A child of Contemporary London and Silicon Valley era San Francisco, Pure Evil is also a child of his times. His art of primarily modern icons expresses both biographical signature and western culture critique. His pop culture symbols are spewed, and therefore viewed, along the urban and artistic landscape from Sao Paulo to Sydney. It’s the artistic and commercial success that has allowed his London gallery to host shows for more than 60 independent artists.
The Origins :
Pure Evil was born in the form of Charles Uzzell Edwards in South Wales in 1968. He grew up in a world of art thanks to his father, Welsh painter John Uzzell Edwards. The father’s artwork undoubtedly impacted his son, demonstrated in a range of influences from Cubism to Minimalism, from Picasso to Chagall.
The physical and cultural landscape of the 1990’s U.S. intrigued and beckoned the young Pure Evil–upon completing his studies in graphics and fashion in London he set off for California’s West Coast. He established himself in San Francisco, working for the Anarchic Adjustment clothing label as a clothing designer / pattern cutter / graphic designer. He produced countless t-shirt graphics for screen printing, dropped in on the West Coast rave scene, and travelled to Japan where West Coast Streetwear was a hot item. Pure Evil also became involved in the musical fabric of San Francisco and recorded as an electronic recording artist for Pete Namlook’s ambient electronic music label, FAX (based in Frankfurt, Germany).
Street art of course proved to be Pure Evil’s most important artistic discovery during those 10 years. Inspired by the initial influence of Twist and Reminisce, with a dose of skate culture thrown in, Pure Evil graced freeways with “Dump Bush” slogans and tagged gun stores as “Murderers.” But there was one image he couldn’t fulfil with graffiti or sketches–Pure Evil felt the pull of “Dirty London.”
He returned to his homeland on the cusp of the new millennium. It was no coincidence that fang-sporting bunnies began appearing on the streets of “The Smoke.” The artist explained several years later in a BBC Blast interview that the bad bunny showed up one day in his sketchbook. The image came from a hare that he had killed with a shotgun in his youth and it had returned to haunt him for his past sins. The label “Pure Evil” went bag and baggage with the symbol, and the artist adopted the new name.
Pure Evil always considered the moniker a bit over the top, and it has long since evolved into something of a joke for the artist. It does, however, justify his artistic excursions into the darker side of people and their social ills, a worldview that stems from his Catholic upbringing and is dominated by the theme good versus evil. It is also handy that the bunny takes a mere 5 seconds to create, which keeps you one step ahead of the police if you are marking the streets of a new city.
The symbol proliferated, as rabbits often do, and so did Pure Evil. The artist began an association with the people involved in Banksy’s “Santa’s Ghetto,” and he started creating prints for Pictures on Walls. When the U.S. denied Pure Evil’s application for re-entry it was a ‘Deus ex Machina’ (Gods Machine) moment for him, where his life changed direction in a completely unplanned way. There was no return to the USA. The artist set up shop in a small shed in the Black Mountains of Wales. After a productive period of isolation and soul searching he moved back to London and prepared for his first Pure Evil exhibition in 2006. The success of those shows enabled him to open the Pure Evil Gallery in Shoreditch in London’s East End in late 2007, and the Department Store Gallery opened 2 doors down in 2014.
Paris, France – Bursins, Switzerland
Speerstra GalleryParis, France – Bursins, SwitzerlandFrom the very start, the Speerstra Gallery has always remained true to its artistic mission statement of unconditionally supporting the most talented artists, both in the commercial art world and in people's minds.
Willem Speerstra took part in revealing the first generation of graffiti artists from New York and he continues to nurture and develop their careers. He is also very committed to revealing new artists who have taken their inspiration from urban culture, yet have entered the world of contemporary art; they are present in contemporary artistic fields like urban art, pop art, abstract expressionism etc.
This diversity enables the gallery to offer its public an artistic selection that is both varied and specialised. Only the best talents in each area are selected, and their diverse nationalities help to maintain the richness and sharing of cultures.
The gallery travels and evolves, according to its inspirations, with Monaco in 1984 and the heart of the Marais area in Paris in 2001. In 2006 the Speerstra Gallery moves and offers its artistic vision in Switzerland, opposite Lake Geneva, with a 250m2 area put at the disposal of artists. A new branch in Paris is opening again in September 2017, at the heart of the Marais, 24 rue Saint-Claude.
Willem Speerstra makes it a point of honour to also take on opposing cultural roles by wearing the hats of consultant and curator. He has participated in the development of large scale projects and he promotes his artists' participation in international cultural events.
London, United Kingdom
Stolenspace GalleryLondon, United KingdomLocated in Shoreditch, East London, StolenSpace Gallery, founded by the artist D*Face, is now in her twelfth year, exhibiting a genre of artwork that has been variously labelled as 'Underground Art', 'Street Art' or 'Urban Art'.
Some of our artists have an Urban Art background in Graffiti and Street Art, but not exclusively – all however, are influenced by society's prevailing subcultures such as tattooing, skateboarding, punk to name a few; where there are few rules and anything is possible.
At StolenSpace we continue to offer the life-giving vitality of this environment an alternative artistic home, after being long overlooked by traditional galleries.
The diversity of our Urban Art on show continues to boast why StolenSpace Gallery has such a high reputation internationally as the top destination for Urban Contemporary Art.
StolenSpace works closely with our artists – creating an inclusive and unique relationship with both artist, client and viewer in a fresh, contemporary space.
Street Art Museum of Amsterdam
Street Art Museum of AmsterdamAmsterdam, NetherlandSAMA (Street Art Museum Amsterdam) is an innovative eco-museum situated in the greens of Amsterdam Nieuw-West. SAMA’s mission is to explore, document and preserve the growing democratic movement of street and popular art.
SAMA has started in 2010 as a small neighbourhood project by a group of residents and has grown by 2015 into a recognised public art collection and non-profit institution - more experimental, less architecturally determined, offering a more politicised engagement with our historical moment.
Street Art Museum Amsterdam examines the role of community influence on city development through the use of street art. SAMA works in partnership with street artists from around the globe and numerous local organisations. Over 100 artworks are stretched across a carefully designed path and provide an innovative alternative platform for the range of activities in Amsterdam, outside of the usual centre of our city.
Underdogs GalleryLisbon, PortugalUnderdogs is a cultural platform based in Lisbon, Portugal that aims at creating space within the contemporary art scene for artists connected with the new languages of urban- inspired graphic and visual culture, fostering the establishment of partnerships and collaborative efforts between creators, cultural agents, exhibition venues and the city, contributing to establish a close relationship between these and the public.
Created in 2010 and consolidated in its present form since 2013, The Underdogs Project rests on three complementary areas : an art gallery ; a public art programme ; and the production of original and affordable artist editions.
Yosr Ben Ammar Galerie
Yosr Ben Ammar GalerieTunis, TunisieMostly dedicated to Urban Art, Yosr Ben Ammar Gallery expose several artists from the international scene such as David De La Mano, Btoy and Pantónio. Established in Tunis, the gallery also shown several artists from the Tunisian scene with a huge success. Artworks by ST4, Shoof and El Seed, all from the Tunisian scene, will be exhibited this year for the first edition of 13 Art Fair in Paris.
From 12 to 15 October 2017
Thursday 12th October from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Private viewing :
Thursday 12th October from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Public opening :
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October
from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm,
Sunday 15th October
from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Single price : 10 €
Vélib : Station n° 13020 (15 RUE PAUL KLEE), Station n° 13151 (GARE D’AUSTERLITZ), Station n° 13019 (20 RUE FERNAND BRAUDEL), Station n° 903 (QUAI MAURIAC ANG PONT DE BERCY).
Parking and Autolib: Parking in front of the Docks (29 quai d’Austerlitz 75013 Paris).
PRM access: elevator – 36 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris (côté IFM) / ramp 32 quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris