We just returned from Paris to attend Urban Art Fair at Le Carreau du Temple in Paris. Its 2nd edition was in full swing and it was the occasion to catch up from last year and see with our own eyes what we have been missing.
For this year’s edition, Urban Art Fair gathered around thirty French and international galleries specialised in urban art at the iconic « Le Carreau du Temple » in the capital. As an international fair entirely dedicated to urban art, the first edition of Urban Art Fair took place in 2016 gathering 33 galleries of which 22 were French and 11 international, presenting the works of around 200 artists. The first edition was a huge success attracting more than 20.000 visitors. It was so huge among critics, buyers, sellers and the public, that the Urban Art Fair prevailed as the rendez-vous for the urban art market.
This year, the fair lasted one extra day and welcomed a selection of even more prestigious international and French galleries specialised in urban art.
Numerous galleries that exhibited last year were back at the fair in 2017 including Galerie du jour agnès b., Galerie Ange Basso, Galerie Artistik Rezo, Galeries Bartoux, Galerie Berthéas les Tournesols, Galerie Brugier-Rigail, David Pluskwa Art Contemporain, Galerie 42b, Green Flowers Art, Joël Knafo Art, Lézarts Urbains, PDP Gallery et Galerie Wallworks for the French galleries ; Vroom & Varossieau, Urban Spree et Urban Art Gallery among the international galleries.
Twelve exhibitors presented for the first time at Urban Art Fair: Avenue des Arts (Hong-Kong), Galerie Bel Air Fine Art (Geneva), Art in the Game (London), Pretty Portal (Düsseldorf), Galerie Mathgoth (Paris), Openspace (Paris), NUNC ! / Critères Éditions (Paris, Grenoble), Le Grand Jeu (Paris), Galerie Géraldine Zberro (Paris), Galerie Lelia Mordoch (Paris), Galerie Saltiel (Aix-en-Provence), H Gallery (Paris).
Urban Art Fair showcased a panorama of urban contemporary artist including: Jana & JS, David Walker, Findac, Cope2,Seth, Erell, Levalet, London Police, Cranio, Banksy, Obey, Nowart, Monkey Bird, C215, Stew to name a few.
Entitled «Graffiti Art Cover Collection», an exhibition organised in partnership with the legendary Graffiti Art Magazine presented ten iconic pieces that were on the cover of the contemporary urban art magazine.
A cycle of screenings around urban art history took place in the Auditorium: from the beginning of the graffiti in NYC to contemporary muralism. Each projection started with an introduction by art historian Christian Omodeo and was followed by a conversation.
Urban Art Fair was also the occasion to see live performances on different galleries booths.
Thank you for the Urban Art Fair Team for having us. See our highlights and full coverage from the fair below.
Photos and coverage by Julie
Openspace Gallery booth. Many artists were presented including Mode 2 featured here
Book singing with the Monkey Bird Crew on NUNC Galerie booth
Photos and coverage by Julie