JonOne tags up Eric Cantona’s Rolls-Royce for Artcurial

JonOne, the New York train graffiti artist who, many, many moons ago, settled in Paris, has painted a Roll’s Royce donated by Eric Cantona as a publicity stunt for the ArtCurial urban art auction taking place this afternoon.

A little bit of vomit appears in this writers mouth, too, but before swallowing, make note that the money raised from this graffitied Rolls-Royce will all go to the Abbé Pierre Foundation, which is a charity helping the utterly impoverished.

Exorbitant prices are staple at Artcurial, a private company with an annual turnover of €127 million in 2011, but Eric Cantona’s second-hand Rolls-Royce Corniche II covered with tags by JonOne is being flogged quite cheaply – bidding starts at just €20,000.

Today, nearly 330 works of street art are going under the hammer at the auction house in the Hotel Marcel-Dassault. Starting bids are at €400 and going up to €120,000, including the work ‘Kiss’ by Banksy’s protégé, Mr Brainwash.

Of course, Banksy’s work is represented at the Artcurial show, as well, with one work with a starting price of around €100,000. Banksy’s works are all sourced from the secondary market, however. Banksy generally does not participate in these sorts of bourgeois art affairs directly. Although, we hear from the Bankrobber gallery in London that he does feed the upper tier auction houses in the UK in an agreement to keep them from selling his ‘illegally’ gotten street pieces. In France it is actually illegal to take works from the street.

The Rolls Royce belonging to Kung Fu Kick Cantona, was painted by graffiti artist JonOne live on TV last November and will go under the hammer this afternoon. Artcurial has waived all fees and charges for the sale of the 1984 Roller, a Corniche model, which Cantona oversaw being ‘tagged up’ by JonOne on the French TV station Canal+ in June 2012. Cantona said (via a translation by Google): “I decided to donate it because it’s the ultimate symbol of wealth, and will help those in ultimate poverty.” Going on to add  (also, via a translation by Google): ” This Rolls Royce painted by the world-renowned street artist JonOne has a real coherence and a lot of force.” Not dissimilar to one of Cantona’s flying kicks, this writer imagines.

In the courtyard of Marcel Dassault yesterday sat the Rolls-Royce the former footballer bequeathed to Artcurial to benefit the Abbé Pierre Foundation that the American artist JonOne painted in November 2012 live on the Grand Journal show on French TV station, Canal +. The Roller is the largest of the 300-work sale, which is expected to raise around €1 million. In 2012, sales amounted to €1 million including costs, against €555 700 in 2011.

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JonOne paints Eric Cantona Rolls-Royce for Artcurial urban art auction in Paris (15)

 

JonOne paints Eric Cantona Rolls-Royce for Artcurial urban art auction in Paris (13)

 

JonOne paints Eric Cantona Rolls-Royce for Artcurial urban art auction in Paris (17)

 

Among the other artists and artworks present are “Chinese Soldiers” by Shepard Fairey (with an estimate of €30,000 to €40,000), “Flying copper” by Banksy (with an estimate of €90,000 to €120,000). France’s Space Invader is represented by a number of mosaics available at starting prices of €800 to €12,000

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Shepard Fairey aka Obey showing room at Artcurial. Photo of Fairey holding up image in by Philippe Bonan, taken in Paris in June 2012. See our film coverage of when that photo was taken, here.

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‘Flying Copper’ by Banksy

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 Work by pioneering New York street artist, Keith Haring

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 Graffiti artist, Crash from New York

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 Photo of COPE2, the infamous New York graffiti artist

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 Jana of street art couple, Jana und JS, painting live at the event, yesterday

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Spanish artist, Pez (top), middle bottom is by Chanoir. Top right work by FKDL aka Franck Duval. Bottom left work by Happy Seizewallmaker

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 Top right work is an original poster from the 1968 Paris riots, produced at the Beaux Arts, Atelier Populaire

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Snap back to JonOne, a main figure in Parisian ‘street art’ (he admits he has not painted outdoors for a long time): JonOne is first and foremost from New York, where he learnt the original style of the subway graffiti movement, which he imported to France. Born in 1963 in New York, JonOne began to write his name in the city in the 70s, before getting into painting onto canvas in the late 80s. His work today is a blend of his graffiti roots – tagging – combined with an abstract expressionism, brightly coloured, often including tribal patterning, and to some extent free of the conservatism of ‘hip hop’ graffiti. The movement, however, he still defends strongly.

JonOne developed his style alongside graffiti artists, A-One and Phase II, drawing inspiration from the New York subway graffiti movement. Many graffiti artists would denounce his canvas work, however, due to the additional influences of non-graffiti painters such as Matisse and Kandinsky, and abstract expressionists, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell.

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JonOne canvas painting

Real name John Perello, JonOne was born in New York’s Harlem neighborhood to parents from the Dominican Republic. He first came into contact with graffiti aged 17, first tagging his name Jon with the suffix 156. Around this time he came into contact with graffiti artist, Bando. Following an invitation from Bando, Jonone moved to Paris in 1987, beginning his canvas work at a former hospital building converted into a squat, the Hôpital Ephémère (Ephemeral Hospital), located in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, painting alongside artists, A-One, Ash, Jayone and Sharp. A notable exhibition from his early days in Paris was the 1990 show at the Gleditsch 45 gallery in Berlin

His ties with the annual Artcurial Urban Art auction extend to its roots. In 2007 a canvas made at the Hôpital Ephémère in 1993 named Match Point, sold for almost €25,000 to a collector from  New York. It remains the highest bid ever received for a piece of French graffiti art.

JonOne mastered the stylistic conventions of graffiti during his New York days, but is ill at ease conforming totally to this school of art. Even before arriving in Paris in 1987, JonOne’s output  had never matched up to the archetypal notion of the graffiti artist. When he would rock up to a subway train in New York, he is known to have brought with him paintbrushes in addition to spraycans. Through the graffiti artist, A-One (Anthony Clark), JonOne, had a direct connection to Jean-Michel Basquiat, or, rather, a link between the graffiti world and the gallery world. Allowing himself to adopt mainstream ideas and techniques into his artwork, JonOne’s pieces show great movement, intense mixtures of colour, freestyle and precise strokes, repetition, all balanced to create a dynamic visual experience. (This last sentence is mostly plagiarised from the Wikipedia article on JonOne).

One of JonOne’s most significant paymasters, Artcurial (he is also represented by the top two Paris urban art galleries, Galerie Le Feuvre and Galerie Magda Danysz) is the foremost French auction house, and is fronted by three auctioneers: Francis Briest, Hervé Poulain, and François Tajan. It is an independent business, with shareholders including the Dassault Group, which owns among many other enterprises, the French newspaper, Le Figaro. It was located at 9 Avenue Matignon (which now houses Britain’s largest auction house, Christie’s), but is now based out of the  Hôtel Marcel Dassault at 7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées, owned by Dassault. Artcurial holds more than one hundred sales per year, across 20 specialties. Formerly holding the monopoly on auctions in France, a change in the law in 2000, opened up the market, and saw the arrival of British auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Artcurial’s first partner and founder, Francis Briest, works with Hervé Poulain, and François Tajan, with auctions all being held at the 2,000 m² headquarters and open to the public.

Artcurial’s departments of expertise include Modern and Contemporary Art, Art Deco, Tribal Art, Asian Art, Eastern Archaeology, Islamic Art, 19th Century paintings and drawings, antiquarian books, autographs, engravings, antique cars, wines and spirits, among a number of other fields. It also sponsors and organises events, including the Artcurial Book Award for Contemporary Art and the Marcel Duchamp Prize.

It also controls four subsidiaries in France: in Toulouse, Deauville, Marseille and Lyon, as well as Artcurial China in Shanghai. In total it manages eight auction houses worldwide.

Head auctioneer, Hervé Poulain, was also an amateur race driver and has participated in eleven of the 24 Hours of Le Mans races, the the famous endurance race, held annually since 1923 and is the inventor of the “Art Cars ” concept, whereby artists decorate cars participating in Le Mans. Previous designs have been made by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Poulain is also the author of a number of books on art, including, Art, Women and Automobile (1989) and Pop My cars (2006).  He is the founder and president of SYMEV (the French national union of auction houses).

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Artcurial Urban Art Auction

January 22nd, 2pm

Artcurial

7 Rond-point des Champs-Elysées, 75008

www.artcurial.com

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To download the catalogue for the urban art element of the Artcurial auction, click, there >>>> here.

Da Cruz makes Le M.U.R. a cure for Paris’ damp and grey skies

Paris graffiti artist, Da Cruz’s artwork can be spotted mainly in the district of La Villette, between Crimee and Ourcq in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, but since yesterday, he is now also highly visible in the 11th arrondissement, having been invited by the l’Association Le M.U.R. to ‘do the honour’.

Quickly, for those unfamiliar with Le M.U.R., it’s a project which revolves around a three by eight metre billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art.

Da Cruz’s iteration is done in his typical, colorful style using very simple shapes, which show strong Latin American and African influences. To keep your attention, we might add here that Da Cruz has previously been invited to exhibit by that other grand contemporary art organisation, Centre Pompidou. (You will find a video about that at the end of the post).

Da Cruz’s playful spray painted artworks he says are “tribal” Latin American-inspired (Mayan, perhaps?) graphics which spring from his many trips to South America and Africa, and his own ethnic heritage. It might make you cringe to mention it, but we will anyway: his street artwork fits perfectly with the neighborhoods in which he paints which also have multiple cultural roots.

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 (L-R) Da Cruz and co-founder and Secretary of Le M.U.R., Thomas Scmitt

Da Cruz was involved in a graffiti spectacle, the painting of an old customs house on the Canal de l’Ourcq, which we charted back in September.

Da Cruz has in the past been involved with Paris Face Cachée, an intermittent series of French-language tours that show people Paris’ hidden wonders, including its graffiti and street art. Paris Face Cachée looks brilliant, but if you would like to take an expert graffiti and street art tour in English (as well as French and Portuguese) you should check the tours and workshops offered by us, at Underground Paris.

 

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Le M.U.R. an acronym for l’Association ‘Modulable, Urbain et Réactif’), is at the junction of Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint Maur in the 11th Arrondissement, and is refreshed every two weeks. 

The Le M.U.R. association was conceived in 2003 by Jean Faucheur and Thomas Schmitt, and has been a formal association since 2007.

Interview with pro golfer turned artist, Ken Sortais

Artist, Ken Sortais – most visible for his huge graffiti present all over Paris - is currently exhibiting indoors at the London-based, Galleries Goldstein, one year after his solo show at Palais de Tokyo, a consequence of his winning at the 56th edition of Le Salon de Montrouge.

Part of the vanguard Parisian graffiti crew, Peace And Love (PAL), along with Horfe, Sortais’ work is to be found everywhere in the streets of Paris, and most often high up on the rooftops of buildings. Check out our interview with Sortais filmed at the vernissage of his debut London exhibition at the Galleries Goldstein, Princes of Darkness, as follows:

Directed: Hal Arnold

Camera: Adam Singodia

Edit: Matt Owen

Music: Pali Meursault

Research: Fernanda Hinke

Producer: Demian Smith

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Sortais’ art evokes the style of Walt Disney, mixing pop and esoteric references and offering a rich and mysterious world in which to lose onself.

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (2)

Photo: lesmysteresdeparis.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (1)

Photo: lesmysteresdeparis.com

The description of the exhibition available on Galleries Goldstein’s website reads, as follows:

“If your indisposition is a burden, if it affects your life, if it tyrannises you and annihilates your desires, here is an ancestral remedy to cure almost everything, but be careful, it is precarious. This method is not taught in any books and can not be accessible to everyone. To make it work, you need to believe in it. Believe blindly.

“You have to devote yourself to the spirits you will try to call. From this moment, such an act of submission is not accessible to all : prudes, cowards and religious people may rebuff. This is nothing else but black magic, magic that has harmful repercussions on your life and on the ones close to you. In order to act, there is no other choice but to empty yourself from your consciousness : you must sedate it.

“Firstly, you will give birth to eighteen entities, each of them symbolizing evils buried since the beginning of Humanity. Eighteen apostles of evil whom you will know nothing about, whom you should not try to give meaning, but rather materialise as soon as you detect them. These spirits can take different forms, and their representations change according on the person considering them. Their nature is never-changing, buried in the most archaic layer of our minds. Once materialisation is operated, you have to prove allegiance by exposing these evil faces : these forces arrogantly feed themselves vicariously through the individual’s attention, here is the secret of this unusual recovery.

“By flattering the egos of these insatiable visages, you will allow them to enter their own process of creation, and the magic will happen. By entrusting them with a feeling of independence  you will fully prove that you are only the hand submitted to their will… I must recall that this is not an entirely safe experience for you and your loved ones, but past recoverings (sic) have proven the cure’s efficiency… Therefore, after a period of gestation, these small evils will concentrate their energies, all carrying a common will for revenge and you will see, nights after nights, the birth of their univocal venger (sic) arbiter : the golem.

“Protean, and largely capricious, the golem’s power of healing is immense. Traditionally  the spirit would penetrate darkest abysses of individuals to make them vomit on the surface. Do not be shocked or the magic would be shattered. Embrace the interpretation of your real nature. Do not fear recovery anymore.”

Indeed!

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (10)

 Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (3)

  Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (4)

  Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (5)

  Photo: galleriesgoldstein.com

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (6)

  Photo: Adam Singodia copyright 2012

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (7)

 Photo: Adam Singodia copyright 2012 

Ken Sortais exhibition London. Paris graffiti artist Cony show in London after exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and winning of Le Salon de Montrouge (8)

 Photo: Adam Singodia copyright 2012

The exhibition at Galleries Goldstein also includes an accompanying print edition, available through the gallery shop, editions.galleriesgoldstein.com.

To see Sortais’ exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo last year, which took place after he won the Prix du conseil général des Hauts-de-Seine at the prestigious Le Salon de Montrouge, check out the coverage by these guys.

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Galleries Goldstein

20 Coronet Street London, N1 6HD

info@galleriesgoldstein.com

+44 (0) 789 174  6965

Show runs until 12th January, 2013

Palais de Tokyo entrails painted by Lek, Sowat & Dem 189

Abstract graffiti on the ceiling, floor and walls, mostly in black, red and white, tags everywhere. Few dashes of colour in drained graffiti and a soft pallet in the room beside of it, make this space in Palais de Tokyo a messy temple of graffiti culture.

Dans Les Entrailles Du Palais Secret [In The Entrails Of The Secret Palais] is an intervention created in the basement of the museum, and the next step after the astonishing Le Mausolée project presented earlier this year by French graffiti artists (not street artists) Lek & Sowat.

Inside the massive Palais do Tokyo complex, the project has been realised in the passages leading to the emergency exit, a space that has never been open to the public before, let alone used to show art. The space has been purposely chosen in an attempt to stay loyal to the original roots of graffiti, even inside the environs of a rich and powerful contemporary art museum.

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (2)

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (10)

 

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (9)

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (3)

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (12)

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (8)

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (5)

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (1)

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (4)

Firstly, about the artists leading the project: Lek, one of the first generation of Parisian graffiti art, learned his craft between the north-east Parisian districts of La Chapelle and Stalingrad, where French street culture emerged. Nowadays, he works with the crews French Kiss, LCA, GNS, RAW and 1984, with a focus on abstract graffiti, graffiti futurism, post-graffiti – whatever you want to call it, but directly connected to the artistic culture that started on the sides of New York subway cars in the 1970s and 1980s – graffiti, not street art.

Meanwhile, Sowat is a Franco-American graffiti artist who grew up between Marseille and Los Angeles. He was inspired by Chaz Bojorquez, an important figure in the Californian graffiti scene, who developed “Cholo writing”, a calligraphy used to mark the territories of Latino gangs in Los Angeles. Sowat works with one of the most sophisticated graffiti crews in Paris, Da Mental Vaporz.

Both artists are practitioners of Urbex, short for Urban Exploration, a discipline that consists of finding abandoned spaces, and in these artists cases, creating artistic interventions. The curatorial idea of this project was to reproduce the feeling of Le Mausolée, inviting artists from other generations with different artistic practices, to work together as a collective.

Palais de Tokyo Graffiti exhibition - Dans les entrailles du Secret Palais - Lek, Sowat et Dem 189 - Le Mausolee. Photo: Fernanda Hinke Copyright 2012 (11)

Other artists who were involved in the creation of Dans Les Entrailles Du Palais Secret at Palais de Tokyo, are as follows:

ALËXONE, AZYLE, BABS, BOM.K, COKNEY, DEM189, DRAN, HONDA, HORFÉ, KATRE, LEK, OUTSIDER, RIZOTE, SAMBRE, SETH, SOWAT, SWIZ, VELVET, WXYZ, ZOER

The Palais de Tokyo installation is inspired by Lek & Sowat’s, Le Mausolée project – one of the most astonishing ever illegal graffiti interventions, which was unveiled in 2012. Produced over a year long period by 40 of France’s best graffiti artists at a 430,000 square foot abandoned supermarket at Porte de Pantin in north Paris, you can watch a stop-motion video of the event, below:

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Palais de Tokyo

13 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75016 Paris

www.palaisdetokyo.com

Runs until 1st September, 2013

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 4) FKDL & Göla Hundun interviews

The fourth and final day of the Paris salon to street art, Le M.U.R. de l’Art, and artist interviews with H1010, Mosko et associes, Jana und JS, Göla Hundun, No Rules Corp, Bustart, Beerens, Missy, Kashink, FKDL, Alber, Rensone, looking at the what the future of the street art movement holds in store, and live painting performances.

Sound by
Pail Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Just a note about the footage of the last few days:

It’s been of a commercial artwork exhibition by artists recognised for producing artwork in the streets for free. There is nothing wrong with selling artwork off of the back of a reputation built up in the streets, but the exhibition was nothing to do with street art. When an artist is speaking to people who may want to buy their work the element of generosity inherent in un-commissioned street art – produced as art, rather than as publicity – is removed

The exhibition was organised to raise funds for Le M.U.R., an important platform to promote street artists. The effect of being invited to make Le M.U.R. can be an increased public demand for artwork produced by the artist. All of the artists involved in this exhibition are a particular breed of street artist. Street art is not savvy to the art market, or at least it shouldn’t be in our opinion.

Every one of us must make money to live, and there is a very strong argument that street artists selling artwork to live is better for street art than them working in unrelated jobs that, perhaps, leave not enough time to spend making art.  But commerce degrades the legitimate intentions of unsanctioned street artwork and the last four days we’ve covered this commercial exhibition must be viewed only through these goggles.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art is not street art. Long live Le M.U.R. (and all the fantastic artists involved past, present and future).

Love, peace and prosperity!

 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 3

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

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Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles Devoyer, Richard Beban, Fernanda Hinke, Pali Meausault, Cecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 3) Alber & Macay interviews

Phew! Saturday and the third day of  Le M.U.R. de l’Art organised by l’Association Le M.U.R., happening in the trendy Le Marais district in Paris, where fashion meets art and falafel. Check out the below footage, including interviews and performances by Alber, Macay & No Rules Corp.

Sound by
Pail Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Home of orthodox jews and the biggest gay community in the French capital, Le Marais is also the stage for the infamous graffiti artist Kidult and many of his sharp sentences, written on the shop fronts of luxury fashion retailers, with a paint-filled fire extinguisher.

The show is, of course, a contrast, the contrast being that the show is inside, while street art is expected to be outside. An issue for street art universe, that we have been discussing with the artists during the event in our studio at Rue de Rosiers in Le Marais, for a documentary on street art on which we are working, currently.

During the event we could often see children delighting in watching artists using their spray cans – a generation that will grow up without any judgment or prejudice of this way of making art.

Today, Sunday the last day of the French salon for street-art. If you are in Paris don’t miss it!

Below, are some of the best moments of from yesterday at Le Mur de L’Art 2012: live performances, artists working and signing for fans in their booths, and some pictures of the interviews for Alternative Paris documentary.

Kenor_Zosen_H101_Gola_Saturday Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 GÖLA HUNDUNPhoto: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

The-Room-Saturday Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay-Mural-Three Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay mural. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay-Mural-One Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Macay. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Mural-One Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

No Rules Corp. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Corp-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

No Rules Corp booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

JS-und-Jana Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

JS und Jana (Jana und JS) Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Chanoir-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Chanoir. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Volunteers_One Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Team Le M.U.R. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Rensone-in-Rensone-and-Missy-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Ella-and-Pitr-Booth Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Ella & Pitr booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

————

Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 2) Bustart & Zozen interviews

The second day of the grand Parisian street art exhibition, Le M.U.R. de l’Art, organised by l’Association Le M.U.R., in Paris’ Le Marais district, and yet more footage of live art performances and interviews with some of the street art high society, including Rensone & Missy, Bustart, Zozen, Kenoir, H101 & GÖLA HUNDUN.

Sound by
Pali Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Zozen-Kenoir-H101-Gola-Two - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 Gola. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Zozen-Kenoir-H101-Gola-Three - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Zozen Kenoir H101 Gola. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

YZ - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 YZ Yseult Digan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Woman-with-Kashink-Cow - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Woman with Kashink Cow. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watching-Rensone-and-Missy-Work - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Watching Rensone and Missy work. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Thom-Thom-Photo-of-the-Day - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Thom Thom – Photo of the Day. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Surfil-Signs-for-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Surfil signs for a fan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Stoul - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Stoul. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Smoles-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 Smoles booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

SIXO-Draws-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 SIXO draws a fan. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

SIXO - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 SIXO. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Reading-the-Entrance-Wall - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Reading the entrance wall. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Paellas-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Paellas booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

No-Rules-Corp - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

 No Rules Corp. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko-Spying-on-Mesnager - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko spying on Mesnager. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Missy-of-Rensone-and-Missy - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Missy of Rensone and Missy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Mesnager-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mesnager Mural from Thursday. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Le-Cyklop - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Le Cyklop. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka-with-a-Fan - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Kouka with a Fan - Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink mural from Thursday. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Kashink-Mural-From-Thursday - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Mosko. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

FKDL - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

FKDL. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Fan-Posing-for-SIXO - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Fan posing for SIXO. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Entering-Paellas-Booth - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Entering Paellas booth. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Gilbert. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Considering-Some-Mosko-Tigers - Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Considering some Mosko Tigers. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Cecile-Filming-Rensone-and-Missy - Gilbert - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Cecile filming Rensone and Missy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart_Two - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart_One - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bustart. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Bob Jeudy - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Bob Jeudy. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Best-Fashion-Look - Le M.U.R de l'Art expo l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux - Paris street art exhibition - Alternative Paris. Photo: Richard Beban and Paris Play copyright 2012

Best fashion look. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 1

Watch the footage from Day 3

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

————

Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art exhibition (Day 1) Beerens & Kashink interviews

The film of art exhibition Le M.U.R. de l’Art in Paris’ Le Marais district  includes footage of live art performances by French street artists, Beerens and Kashink, and interviews on the current commercial trends in the street art movement.

Le M.U.R. de l’Art, organised by l’Association Le M.U.R. - footage from day one of the ‘Paris Salon’ to street art – coverage and artist interviews by Alternative Paris.

Sound by
Pali Meursault

Filmed by
Jonathan Edwards
Cécile Ney

Edited by
Cécile Ney

Le M.U.R. de l'Art 2012 (Day 1) French street artists Beerens & Kashink. Photo: Richard Beban (Paris Play)

French street artist, Kashink, performance. Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play copyright 2012

Watch the footage from Day 2

Watch the footage from Day 3

Watch the footage from Day 4

l’Association Le M.U.R.

Mur is, of course, the word in French for ‘wall’ and the association heads up the three by eight metre former billboard advertising space, at 107 rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissment, which has had a different street artist create artwork onto its surface every two weeks since 2007.

What is essentially an institutionalised space for urban art is, however, not a product of bureaucrats trying to funnel teenage angst, but rather born from an ongoing campaign of intelligent, yet illegally and aggressively realised street art, made by some of Paris’ high-minded individuals who produce street art for a number of reasons, one being to demonstrate against the appropriation of public space by commercial advertisers,

Jean Faucheur and  Thomas Schmitt  founded Le M.U.R., and helped orchestrate illegal art campaigns such as the illegal billboard hijacking of 2002 , Une Nuit, which involved 60 billboard-sized artworks prepared by 60 or so artists over three months, pasted up just in the 11th arrondissment in one night (and a day).

This grand illegal street art campaign was a forerunner to the organisation, which established itself officially in 2007 and now exists with the support of the Mairie de Paris. Each artist who makes Le MUR is given a stipend of €500 to cover travel and materials expenses, and each new artwork is realised in place of the previous, thus continuing the principle of ephemeral street art. The exhibition, Le M.U.R de L’ART, fits into the logic of the association continuing to promote artists.

Since Le M.U.R. became an official association, more than 120 artists have been invited to produce artwork at the wall, and in 2012 the project has launched in other places. The 13th arrondissement (with an already sympathetic position towards mural art by those recognised for illegal street art – see Alternative Paris’ article and interviews and documentary on Shepard Fairey’s recent 13-storey high Paris mural) was born at Quai François Mauriac in July, and another one appeared in Normandy, on the beach of Arromanches. And a fourth wall was inaugurated in Marseilles in September.

The Le M.U.R de L’ART Exhibition

Located on rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, l’Espace d’animation des Blancs Manteaux is a unique venue in Paris and has a very rich yet quite unknown history. Constructed in the 15th century, the building has always evolved, and has never remained fixed into one singular activity. It is now dedicated to the arts and sports, but was at times a hotel, a hospital and even a convent garden.

Artists taking part in Le M.U.R de L’ART, as follows:

ALBER

ASTRO

BABOU

BUSTART

CHANOIR

COLORZ

DOMINIQUE LARRIVAZ

ELLA & PITR

EVER

FANCIE

FKDL

GÉRARD ZLOTYKAMIEN

GILBERT

GÖLA HUNDUN

H101

JANA & JS

JEAN FAUCHEUR

JEAN MODERNE/RCF1

JÉRÔME MESNAGER

KASHINK

KATRE

KEFLIONE

KENOR

KOUKA

LE CYKLOP

MARDI NOIR

MACAY

MICHAËL BEERENS

MISSY

MODULE DE ZEER

MOSKO & ASSOCIÉS

NASTY

NICE ART

NICOGERMAIN

NO RULES CORP

OX

PAELLA CHIMICOS

RENSONE

RERO

RUE MEURT D’ART

PAUL SANTOLERI

SHAKA

SIXO

SMASH 137

SMOLE

SPEEDY GRAPHITO

STOUL

SURFIL

TANC

Tarek Benaoum

TEURK

THOM THOM

Voodoöo / Weirdfarm

YZ

ZOSEN

————

Alternative Paris’ team helping document Le M.U.R. de l’Art 2012, includes: Charles DevoyerRichard BebanFernanda Hinke, Pali MeausaultCecile Ney, Jonathan Edwards & Demian Smith.

Sten & Lex exhibition at Magda Danysz Gallery

Sten & Lex opened their first solo exhibition last night at Paris’ most venerable street art dealership, the Magda Danysz Gallery. The produce by this duo from Rome and Taranto in Italy, is slick as expected, and with price tags to match.

Considered as the pioneers of urban stencil art in Italy, their work is a mixture of stencil and op art, formed from thousands of strips of paper which comprise portraits of people either photographed by the artists, found among family albums or merely anonymous people – these portraits we understand are in the latter category, photos from the 60s and 70s.

Prices were between €1,800 and €20,000.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (13)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (5)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (14)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (8)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (6)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

Sten & Lex take impressionism as a starting reference in describing their works: “painting en plein air was particularly important to the impressionists,” said the artists in a statement about their work published on the Magda Danysz Gallery website. They added, however, that they are mainly influenced by silk-screen printing and pixel-based printing.

Earlier in the year Alternative Paris featured Sten & Lex when they made the prestigious Le M.U.R. (Association Le Modulable Urbain Reactif) in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, the Parisian art project which revolves around a three by eight metre billboard set aside by the city council for the purpose of promoting street art. See their Le M.U.R. here.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (9)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

Gallery owner, Magda Danysz, opened her first art space in 1991 and has published an extensive anthology about street art entitled From style writing to art. In addition to her career as an art dealer, she has pursued a consulting career working for the likes of French retail group Carrefour, and had appointments with the Ministry of Culture, Christie’s, the Theatre Marigny, the Nantes Museum, and the Louvre. Since 2001 she has also taught cultural policy and economics at Sciences Po in Paris.

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (4)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (12)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (3)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (10)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (7)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (1)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (11)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

 

Sten & Lex exhibition Paris - Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (2)

Sten & Lex solo exhibition in Paris at the Magda Danysz Gallery. Photo: Fernanda Hinke (mylifeonmybike.com) copyright 2012

The show runs from 18 October, 2012 to 10 November, 2012
Magda Danysz Gallery – 78, rue Amelot, Paris 75011

Madame (Moustache) Paris exhibition vernissage

A vernissage-cum-soirée with Madame (Moustache) at clothing shop, d’Hotel Manufacture, last night and a meeting of two of Paris’ most talked about wheatpaste street artists.

Madame wears no moustache, rather, she is feminine and attractive in tight denim jeans. Fred le Chevalier, the first knight of Paris street art, a fan, was also on hand, giving support – both artists currently working hardest at decorating Paris’ public spaces.

The intent of these photos, taken by Richard Beban & Paris Play, is to honour Madame’s stylistic conceit for the black and white in her artwork. Some of the photos are by Guetteur Urbain.

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 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

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 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

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Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

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Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

Madame expo Paris - poster street art - Alternative Paris. Photo: Guetteur Urbain (http://www.facebook.com/guetteur.urbain) Copyright 2012

Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

The artworks on display: a mixture of collage and painting - Madame using posters with the addition of her distinctive moustachioed logo stenciled on afterwards using spray paint. Her street art uses the medium of the paste-up to its fullest effect.

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Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

Madame expo Paris - poster street art - Alternative Paris. Photo: Guetteur Urbain (http://www.facebook.com/guetteur.urbain) Copyright 2012

Photo: Guetteur Urbain Copyright 2012

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 Photo: Richard Beban & Paris Play Copyright 2012

Madame exhibition Facebook page

d’Hotel Manufacture

56 rue Volta 75003 Paris

Métro Arts et Metiers/Temple

www.madamemoustache.fr