For its first edition, urban art fair will be gathering around thirty international galleries specialized in urban art in « Le Carreau du Temple » in the North Marais, giving them the opportunity to show the work of some of this movement’s most emblematic artists.
Given the artistic, economic and social phenomenon that urban art represents, it is essential these days to see it as a deep cultural root for our societies and to dedicate a major professional and cultural rendez-vous to it.
Since the first generation of self-taught artists who opened a breach at the end of the 60s by defying established conventions, « a new form of writing » appeared. Tagging, wildstyle, ego trip, self-portraits by name, vandalism art, urban collages, diversions, muralism, calligraphy or spray can typography are all means of expression which are interchangeably identified as « urban art » or « street art ». urban art fair will invite the public to learn about the history of one of our main contemporary art forms and will collaborate with the greatest market experts.
Fabiola Naldi and Claudio Musso are Italian professors and art historians, specialized in urban contemporary art. They will be the curators for the conferences held Saturday, April 23 at the auditorium of « Le Carreau du Temple ». This day’s program of conferences includes five topics :
« Graffiti History », « Memory by Photography », « The Urban Art Market », « Urban Planning Through Art » and « Critics and Curators ».
As a pioneer, patron, urban art collector and founder of « La galerie du jour », agnès b. is a kind of godmother of graffiti. urban art fair will pay homage to her historical commitment to alternative cultures, of which urban art is an integral part.
During the four days of urban art fair, artistic performances and installations will take place at « Le Carreau du Temple ». The conferences, meetings and projects organized at urban art fair will be a unique opportunity to explain the basis of this movement and to draw an overview of an ever-growing phenomenon.
Rising stars, historical artists, private collections, solo and group shows, institutional presentations, patrons and experts are urban art’s major actors and will be, as such, promoted by urban art fair, for the first time giving them the space for recognition and action that they deserve.