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  • RERO’s “GATED COMMUNITY…” in Review

    This past weekend marked the opening of RERO’s “GATED COMMUNITY…” the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. RERO presented new works including, paintings, large scale installations, mixed medium works on wood, vintage book sculptures, and a multi-media video installation. This variety of works in an array of mediums all sought to explore the notions of boundaries and how those boundaries have come to define our society. We are pleased to present several reviews recapping the show. Please see below for links to full articles.

    RERO “Gated Community…”  by Josh Davis of  Hypebeast

    Gated Community by Ana B.K. of Widewalls

    Recap RERO solo exhibition by Graffuturism

    What Boundaries? by Jesse James of Stupid Dope

    The exhibition is up through February 28th.

  • RERO’s GATED COMMUNITY…

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present the first show of 2015, a solo exhibition by French artist, RERO. This will be the second solo exhibition for the artist in the United States and at the gallery.
    RERO presents new work for GATED COMMUNITY…, examining the global proliferation of social and urban partitioning within modern society, through paintings on canvas, mixed media on wood, pieces on vintage books, sculptures, a multi-media video installation and more. While instantly recognizable from his distinctive visual style, his work contains within it an inherent fluidity as he explores myriad concepts.

     

    “The first man who, having enclosed a piece of land, thought of saying ‘This is mine,’ and found people easy enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

     

    For this exhibition, RERO aims to confront the barriers that define the spaces we inhabit, dissolving the rifts between the visible and the invisible, the secular and the sacred, text and their context. As he breaks down these links, the artist explores the effects of modern communication and movement which make delineating borders less and less pronounced. He proposes, “We are more and more frequently in transit between two places, between two properties. Between these two well-defined contexts there is the crossing, the transit – these non-places, these interchangeable spaces where the human remains anonymous as Marc Augé defines it.”

     

    “One must escape the alternative of the outside or the inside. One must be at the borders.” – Michel Foucault

     

    This exhibition comes after a successful year for the artist, having extended his practice in 2014 to major international institutions, from The Centre Pompidou museum in Paris to the Caixa Cultural program in Brazil. GATED COMMUNITY sees RERO embrace an evolving aesthetic, while staying true to his conceptual vision.
    RERO’s entire body of work, shown around the world, is interconnected and constantly in metamorphosis. GATED COMMUNITY is the culmination of the artist’s exploration on the borders of “urban” and “nature,” as he pulls inspiration from the natural landscape, specifically that of the California desert. Having developed a fascination with the relationship between the exterior and interior realms and the boundaries that define them, RERO continues to place himself at the forefront of the urban conceptual experience.
    Opening reception with the artist on Saturday, January 24th from 6:00-9:00 pm.
  • Fabien Castanier Gallery in the News

    Fabien Castanier Gallery was proud to once again be apart of CONTEXT Art Miami 2014. This year we exhibited new works by artists: Speedy GraphitoJonOneREROMark JenkinsMiaz Brothers, and Fidia Falaschetti. We are pleased to report Fabien Castanier Gallery was subject of positive review and was a featured highlight of the fair. Please see below for full articles recapping the various highlights of this year’s art fairs.

    CONTEXT Art Fair by Widewalls 

    Dictator Heads, Earwax, and Butt Trumpets: The Seven Weirdest Things at Basel This Year 

    Miami Day 1 Continues: Context Opens

     

    The gallery was happy to end the year with such a success! We are looking forward to 2015!

     

  • WideWalls covers “Speedy Graphito: Made in America”

    We are pleased to share Bojan Maric’s review of Speedy Graphito‘s newest book, “Speedy Graphito: Made in America,” on WideWalls.

    There simply isn’t enough room to write about the achievements of Speedy Graphito within the field of urban and street art. The artist is one of the pioneers of the movement in France and Europe (find out more on the street art subculture in France – read History of Street Art in France and 10 Urban Artists From France). Known for a wide range of methodological output – from painting and sculpturing to installation, video and photography – Speedy Graphito has been evolving as an artist and a creative individual since the period of the beginning of the 1980s. In this regard, he represents a remarkable witness of an entire era and an entire movement. As time passed by, the artist became more and more skillful both in the urban and studio space, rendering his work to be a symphony of visual expression… It is with this cultural capital that the artist takes upon a role of an extraordinary chronicler…

    Read the entire article here.

  • Speedy Graphito: Made in America

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to announce the release of Speedy Graphito: Made in America, the preeminent volume that chronicles the artist’s work in the United States from the past four years. This 240 page book presents an exclusive look into the exhibitions, special projects, and performances that Speedy created while on his journey to become an established presence in the American art world. Included in the book are full-color images of Speedy’s paintings, sculptures, multi-media works and performances as they developed over the course of his time in the U.S. With an introduction by Fabien Castanier and an essay by Los Angeles art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, the book explores the artist’s creative evolution and transition on his rise to prominence in the international contemporary art world. Excerpt from the essay by Shana Nys Dambrot, “Speedy Graphito: The Making of an American”: “Enjoying what has been a glorious and global 30-year career, the boyish-at-50 French-born artist Speedy Graphito has the next 30 years in his sights. So he did what a lot of people do when they develop an appetite for reinvention — they sail to America. Speedy has spent the last three years on a journey of expansion and evolution[…] His time in America has been action-packed and every detail in the history of the change it has wrought is chronicled in the work he is producing here…” The book is available to purchase from the gallery, please contact us for details.

  • 2014 CONTEXT Art Miami

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is pleased to announce the gallery will be exhibiting once again at CONTEXT Art Miami 2014. CONTEXT is a part of Miami Art Week (Dec. 2-7), one of the most important weeks for contemporary art in the United States. This art fair brings together seventy-eight international galleries from forty -three countries with over four hundred and sixty artists represented. This fair in tandem with Art Miami allows for artists, galleries, and collectors to develop an open dialogue and share new ideas about contemporary art.

    Fabien Castanier Gallery has exhibited with CONTEXT since its launch in 2012. This year we are exhibiting both established and emerging artists including: Speedy Graphito, JonOne, RERO, Mark Jenkins, Miaz Brothers, Fidia Falaschetti. We are particularly excited about showing new works from artists Speedy Graphito and RERO as well as working with emerging artists Fidia Falaschetti and the Miaz Brothers. In addition to new work there will be a special launch for Speedy Graphito’s new 200 plus page book, “Speedy Graphito: Made in America”. Be on the look out for more information about the book launch coming soon.

    CONTEXT begins December 2nd for VIPs at 5:30pm and General Admission begins December 3rd at 11:00am. The fair is located at The CONTEXT | Art Miami Pavilion Midtown | Wynwood Arts District 2901 NE 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33137.

    Fabien Castanier Gallery booth number E36.

    For two complimentary tickets click here and follow instructions.

    For more information about CONTEXT and Art Miami please visit their website www.contextartmiami.com.

  • BARCU Festival

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is honored to be a part of the first edition of BARCU arts and culture festival in Bogota, Colombia. We are incredibly excited to be present at this cultural event. The gallery will be showing the works of JonOne and Speedy Graphito. Speedy Graphito will be making an appearance along with his new artworks.

    Here is a bit about the festival:

    “BARCU 2014 is born with the intention to create scenarios that are in tune with new dynamics of our contemporary world, offering its public not only a gaze into the visual arts but also into other cultural expressions such as cinema, music, theatre and architecture amongst others. Counting on various locations, we have selected a circuit of houses situated in the city’s historical center, La Candelaria. This special neighborhood has managed to trap the magic of arts and culture throughout its 476 year of existence.”

    This event will be held in the historical center of Bogotá D.C., La Candelaria Center, from the 23rd until the 28th of October and is opened to the public.

    For more information please visit  www.barcu.com

     

  • Miaz Brothers and the Masters, Exhibition Extended

    This weekend marks the end of Fabien Castanier Gallery’s exhibition of the Miaz Brothers and the Masters. This is the first exhibition in the United States for the artists and as the show comes to a close we would like to share a bit more about their incredible new series of portraits.

    The Miaz Brothers have set a new precedent for portraiture. The siblings work in tandem to conceptualize and create large-format pieces on canvas using aerosol paint. The “Antimatter Series”, as their body of work is known, has incorporated  diverse range of subjects, and for this exhibition they focused on figures from the Renaissance – the “Masters.” The Brothers play with the ideas of temporality and transcendence. Their paintings consist of large haunting images, primarily portraits, of evanescent figures that are scarcely there. These works are based on the “Old Masters” however the viewer is given little other context. The artists give you the materials to complete the narrative. With this little context they are also playing with the ideas of perception and how perception differs so drastically from person to person. Each viewer sees exactly what they want to in their portraits, whether its an old friend or a historical figure, everyone has associations that are in turn projected onto a blurred canvas.

    In addition to interests of perception, the duo are concerned with the ephemerality of life and art and thus they playfully toe the lines between figurative and abstract works. “Ethereal” is a term used often in reference to their works, something there yet not quite there but none-the-less evocative. The idea that everything in our world is made up of constantly moving parts or “particles” is a constant theme throughout the “Antimatter Series”, from the techniques of aerosol spray paint to the liquid suspended “Holy Spirit” sculpture, the ideas of making something static is uninteresting to the brothers, they like the ever-changing, movement of our existence and have tried to present this through various mediums. The Miaz Brothers have explored and altered the ideas of classical portraiture.

    The show has now been extended and is on display at Fabien Castanier Gallery through October 18, 2014.

  • Two Solo Exhibitions by Fidia Falaschetti and Diana Thorneycroft Open November 8

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce two simultaneous solo exhibitions that will both open November 8 and run until December 6. “POL-ETHICALLY CORRECT” from the Italian artist Fidia Falaschetti will be the artist’s first exhibition in the U.S. And, in the gallery’s project space, Canadian photographer Diana Thorneycroft presents “Canadians and Americans (best friends forever…it’s complicated).”

    POL-ETHICALLY CORRECT: solo exhibition by Fidia Falaschetti

    Falaschetti presents a wide range of multi-media pieces that delve into the concepts of commercialism, consumerism, pop culture and the globalization of mainstream media. For this exhibition, the artist explores the relationship between digital and analog, appropriating materials and elements of the past and transforming them into impactful contemporary objects.

    As an artist with a commercial and design background, Falaschetti brings something different to the realm of socio-political art. He has witnessed the effects of commercialism and mainstream media and has now taken a step back to critique and analyze the consequences on both consumers and the art world.

    For more info on this exhibition, click here.

     

    Concurrently, the gallery will have a solo exhibition for Canadian photographer Diana Thorneycroft in the project space. For more information about her show, click here.

    Canadians and Americans (best friends forever… it’s complicated) : solo exhibition by Diana Thorneycroft

    In the gallery’s project room, Diana Thorneycroft transports us to a surreal dimension, where staged totems of American culture and identity collide with allusions to her native Canada. With the series, “Canadians & Americans (best friends forever… it’s complicated,” Thorneycroft presents chromogenic print photographs and a special installation of these provocative tableaus, each piece dripping with dark humor and a subversive whimsy.

    Apparent in the artist’s photographs is a dialogue on mass media and popular culture. Specifically she finds herself dissecting the Canadian-United States socio-political dynamic. Employing the use of action figures, toys, and familiar imagery, Thorneycroft unveils a fanciful world full of irony and at times heavy subject matter. Moments of absurdity are cunningly juxtaposed with layers of serene landscapes and backdrops, interspersed with both somber and lighthearted characters. Her photographs depict violence, sexual tension, and the tenuous fraternity between contradictory cultural icons; these elements work collectively to convey a message of satire, all rendered within the artist’s meticulous environments.

    For more info on this exhibition, click here.

  • Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco, Oct 9-12

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce our participation in Art Miami’s new International Contemporary and Modern Art Fair on the West Coast. Opening October 9-12, 2014 and centrally located between Silicon Valley and San Francisco, the fair will showcase important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with more than 75 of the world’s most respected galleries and art institutions.

    Art SV/SF will bring the first comprehensive, centrally located exhibition of top-quality International Contemporary, Emerging and Modern art to the communities of the SF Peninsula, while remaining convenient to the collectors, curators, art advisors, designers and tastemakers of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

    The Fair takes place at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, conveniently located at the crossroads of U.S. 101 and CA 92 freeways and just 10 minutes south of San Francisco International Airport.

    The VIP Preview will be a two-tier evening, providing limited early access for Platinum VIP cardholders on October 9th from 6:00pm-7:30pm and continuing for all VIP Cardholders from 7:30pm – 10pm.

    Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco runs October 9-12, 2014

    San Mateo County Event Center

    Expo Hall

    1346 Saratoga Drive

    San Mateo, CA 94403

    For more information on Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco, visit their official site: http://www.artsvfair.com/

  • The Miaz Brothers Solo Exhibition Opens September 13th

    Fabien Castanier Gallery announces today that “Miaz Brothers and the Masters,” solo exhibition by the Miaz Brothers, will open September 13 and run until October 11. This will be the first exhibition in the United States for the Italian duo.

    The Miaz Brothers present a radical new take on portraiture. The siblings work in tandem to conceptualize and create large-format pieces on canvas using aerosol paint. The Antimatter Series, as their body of work is known, has incorporated a diverse range of subjects, and for this exhibition they will focus on figures from the Renaissance – the “Masters.”

    “We look to provide a visual experience that activates our awareness that compels the viewer to recognize and re-establish the limits of his or her own perception, to regain control of the real.”

    With these evocative, ghost-like portraits, the brothers explore the notion of perception rather than representation. They have broken down the material – the details and the texture of faces and expressions – and literally blurred everything truly tangible about the image. Thus, the artists hope to present the viewer with an exercise in memory and personal association, rendering the soul of the portrait rather than any concrete signifiers. Their paintings are ethereal and mysterious – stirring interpretations of familiar figures.

    The artists will be in Los Angeles prior to the opening of the exhibition. For press inquiries, interviews, and additional requests, please contact the gallery.

     

    Miaz Brothers and The Masters : Solo Exhibition by the Miaz Brothers

    September 13 – October 11, 2014

    Opening Reception :: Saturday, September 13th  6-9pm

  • JonOne Solo Exhibition : West Side Stories, Opens June 7th

    Fabien Castanier Gallery announces today that “West Side Stories,” solo exhibition by JonOne, will open June 7 and run until July 12. This will be the second solo exhibition for the internationally acclaimed artist at the gallery, celebrating his return to the West Coast. “West Side Stories” also marks the occasion of the second exhibition since Fabien Castanier Gallery’s relocation to Culver City.
    JonOne is the quintessential urban contemporary artist. One who has broken the boundaries of his genre and has successfully re-imagined his roots as a street artist with paintings that place him at the very forefront of the movement. For the past 25 years, JonOne has developed an impressive body of work built on the foundation of his youth in New York during the 1980s. Unable to contain his drive for artistic expression, he was quickly drawn to Paris, where he found the freedom and inspiration to create his most notable works and establish a burgeoning artistic career.
    Reminiscent of Jackson Pollock or Jean Dubuffet, JonOne’s unique form of abstract expressionism seeks to redefine the limits of the street artist’s calligraphy. For his return to Los Angeles, he brings paintings that display his signature mastery of color composition and unparalleled energy. The work for “West Side Stories” represents JonOne at his most daring, as he explores once again the ineffable spirit of the West Coast.
    Since his first solo exhibition in L.A., “A Beautiful Madness,” in November 2012, which garnered international attention from the public and from top collectors, JonOne has quickly risen as a key figure in urban contemporary art. His global acclaim has only increased as his roots in New York, Paris, and now Los Angeles have brought him expanding interest on the international and national art market. From Paris to Shanghai, Casablanca to Hong-Kong, JonOne continues to make his mark on the cultural landscape.
    The artist will be in Los Angeles for three weeks prior to the opening of the exhibition. For press inquiries, interviews, and additional requests, please contact the gallery.

    WEST SIDE STORIES : Solo Exhibition by JonOne
    June 7 – July 12, 2014
    Opening Reception :: Saturday, July 7th 6-10pm

  • IN SITU: Group Exhibition

    This premier exhibition will highlight the new work of American sculptor Mark Jenkins and Chinese photographer Liu Bolin, two internationally acclaimed artists who explore the ways in which the individual must carve out an identity in the urban landscape.

    “IN SITU” will also feature work by Speedy Graphito, RERO, and JonOne. This will be the first exhibition since Fabien Castanier Gallery’s relocation to Culver City and will inaugurate the gallery’s new space in the city’s thriving arts district.

    Mark Jenkins is a sculptor and installation artist who’s invented his own technique of casting objects using packing tape and plastic wrap. With it he has created a range of characters from clear ducks, dogs and babies to clothed hyper-realistic anthropomorphic beings molded from his own body. He describes his work as “absurdist” and with the idea “to create situations that turn the world into a stage.”

    Liu Bolin was born in China’s Shandong province in 1973, belonging to the generation that came of age in the early 1990s, when China emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution and was beginning to enjoy rapid economic growth and relative political stability. Also known as “The Invisible Man,” Liu Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series; photographic pieces that began as performance art in 2005.

    IN SITU
    May 10-31, 2014
    OPENING RECEPTION | SATURDAY, MAY 10TH 7-10PM

  • SCOPE NY 2014, March 6-9

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present work by contemporary artists Speedy Graphito, Mark Jenkins and RERO at this year’s SCOPE New York art fair, March 6-9, 2014. The VIP Opening will take place Thursday, March 6.

    With over 64 art shows spanning more than a decade, SCOPE has solidified its position as the premier showcase for international emerging contemporary art and multi-disciplinary creative programming. SCOPE’s extesnive reach enables an unrivaled opportunity for networking with art patrons, creative professionals and a culturally relevant public audience. Renowned for presenting the most innovative galleries, artists and curators, SCOPE Art Shows in Miami, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons have garnered extensive critical acclaim, with sales of over $700 million and attendance of over 900,000 visitors.

    SCOPE NY runs March 6-9, 2014
    Skylight at Moynihan Station
    New York City Main Post Office
    312 West 33rd Street
    New York, NY 10001
    Fabien Castanier Gallery Booth A05

    For more information on SCOPE, visit their website, www.scope-art.com.

  • HYPNOTIC: Speedy Graphito Pop-Up Show in Miami

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce HYPNOTIC, a pop-up exhibition in Miami by renowned contemporary urban artist Speedy Graphito, February 14 – 18. The exhibition is co-organized by FAAM, Fine Art Auctions Miami, the leading fine art auction house in Florida since 2011. This exhibition is part of a series of events organized in conjunction with FAAM’s major Street Art auction on February 18. HYPNOTIC is also being presented in partnership with SANDOW, which builds innovative, design-driven brands and businesses across luxury, design and beauty. The host of this exhibition, SANDOW’s Chairman and CEO Adam I. Sandow, has long supported the contemporary art and design communities and has been instrumental in helping to introduce Speedy Graphito’s work in the United States.

    HYPNOTIC will feature all new work by Speedy Graphito, works that explore the transformation of images we see in the media and popular culture. The artist has created paintings, sculptures, video installations and more for this exhibition and will perform live during HYPNOTIC’s opening reception. Parallel to HYPNOTIC, Speedy Graphito will be featured at the Art Wynwood art fair on Fabien Castanier Gallery’s booth, Booth #B30. In addition, he will perform live during the VIP opening night of the art fair, February 13th.

    HYPNOTIC :  Pop-Up Exhibition by Speedy Graphito
    On View February 14-18
    L.M.N.T. Midtown
    59 NW 36th Street
    Miami, FL 33127
    Cocktail Reception | Saturday Feb 15, 8-11pm
    Please RSVP to : rsvp@castaniergallery.com

    Speedy Graphito will be working in Miami for one month prior to the opening of the pop-up exhibition. For any press inquiries for the artist or additional questions/comments, please contact Claire Lem : claire@castaniergallery.com.

  • Art Wynwood 2014 | Feb 13-17

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to present new work by Speedy Graphito, JonOne, Mark Jenkins and Tilt at the 2014 Art Wynwood art fair, February 13-17, with the VIP Preview on February 13. Speedy Graphito, JonOne and Mark Jenkins will be present at the fair.

    In addition, during the VIP opening reception on Feb 13, Speedy Graphito will do a live painting performance. He will create a large mural, 8 x 12 feet, entitled “Escape.”

    Art Wynwood 2014 will feature 70 international galleries presenting emerging, cutting edge, contemporary and modern works and will have its own distinct identity and design. A unique feature is the highlight of street art, murals, pop surrealism and other genres from the contemporary underground movement. Art Wynwood is perfectly positioned to further the growing worldwide recognition of this movement by providing the enthusiast and seasoned art world traveler alike a distinctive opportunity to explore, learn and collect one of the most significant art movements of our time.

    Art Wynwood 2014 will coincide with the 26th edition of the prestigious Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach (based less than five miles from the Art Miami Pavilion), which transforms Collins Avenue into a multimillion-dollar presentation of yachts and super-yachts. The Boat Show is known to attract qualified buyers from all over the U.S. and around the globe, including France, Brazil, China, Colombia, Russia, Argentina, Mexico, Italy and Sweden.

    Art Wynwood runs February 13-17, 2014
    The Art Wynwood Pavilion
    Midtown Miami | Wynwood
    3101 NE 1st Avenue
    Miami, FL 33137
    Fabien Castanier Gallery Booth #B30

    We will have complimentary general admission tickets, please contact us for more info.

    For more information on Art Wynwood, visit their website http://www.artwynwood.com/

  • 2013 CONTEXT | Art Miami, Dec 3-8

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to present new work by contemporary artists Speedy Graphito, JonOne, RERO and Mark Jenkins at the 2nd annual CONTEXT Art Miami fair from December 3-8, 2013, with the VIP Preview on Dec 3rd. This will be the first time JonOne and Mark Jenkins will be exhibited at Miami Art Week and they will both be present at the fair.

    In addition, the gallery will showcase a selection of historic graffiti works from the 1980s, considered one of the most important eras of the movement. The gallery will present pieces from three influential graffiti artists, Futura 2000, Dondi White, and Rammellzee. The works exhibited will be some of their signature pieces, quintessential artistic statements that would be the driving force of graffiti art from that decade and beyond.

    Special Projects: CHECK OUT
    In partnership with LaRete Art Projects for the CHECK OUT special exhibition, Fabien Castanier Gallery will present an installation by Mark Jenkins. Known for his provocative site specific work, Jenkins will create a piece entitled “High Noon.”

    Click here to download the gallery’s press release.

    CONTEXT – the sister fair to Art Miami, now in its 24th year as the longest-running art fair in Miami – is committed to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists. Providing the ultimate platform for established and emerging galleries to present cutting-edge works, CONTEXT creates a meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors. In its second year, sixty-five international galleries, vetted by a selection committee of contemporary art professionals, will exhibit highlights from their gallery programs, solo artist exhibitions and curated projects. From December 3rd to 8th, 2013, CONTEXT will take place in a freestanding 45,000-square-foot pavilion directly adjacent to the Art Miami pavilion; the two fairs will be joined by an outdoor café, lounge and curated open-air art exhibition.

    CONTEXT | Art Miami runs December 3 – 8, 2013
    The CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion
    Midtown, Wynwood Arts District
    3201 NE 1st Avenue
    Miami, FL 33137
    Fabien Castanier Gallery Booth #E45

    For a complimentary general admission ticket for two, click here and follow the instructions.

    For more information on Art Miami, visit their website www.contextartmiami.com.

  • Artworks for the Cure: Oct 11-13

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to announce our support of ARTWORKS FOR THE CURE, an eclectic and offbeat show that will take place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13. At this event, the gallery will auction off works by Speedy Graphito, JonOne, Tilt, and Charlie Anderson.

    Over 150 contemporary artists are represented, painters, sculptors, photographers and mixed media artists from all over the globe. A number of the artists from MOCA’s ART IN THE STREETS show will be represented, including Shepard Fairey, Mister Cartoon, RISK, Estevan Oriol and Todd James. There will also be an exhibit focusing on the graffiti that was on both sides of the Berlin Wall and, maybe best of all, you will have a chance to try your hand at tagging street art.

    The benefitting charity, the T.J. Martell Foundation, originated in the music industry, and there is definite musical influences in some of the work, including a superb collection of rock photography and the visual art of many music artists including Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Edward O’Brien (Radiohead), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), both John and Julian Lennon and Yoko Ono, Leonard Cohen, Grace Slick and Janis Joplin.

    There will be at least 50 artists, present on opening night, Friday, October 11th, for the VIP MEET THE ARTISTS RECEPTION. LA CONFIDENTIAL is the Media sponsor. You can get the first look at the art, plus there will be a Red Carpet, live music, wine, beer and hors d’ oeuvres by the owners of Crustacean and Tiato Restaurants.
    We are able to offer our friends a $25 discount on the $75 Friday ticket if you buy in advance by visiting: www.2013artworks.org, and using the promo code AGY. Friday tickets are good for free re-admission Sunday.

    Saturday night is a dinner for the Foundation’s Honorees and guests and Sunday afternoon the show continues with art, music, wine, beer, gourmet food trucks and $25 tickets. Tickets for both are available at: www.2013artworks.org.

    The T.J. Martell Foundation, 501(c)3 with a 3-star Charity Navigator rating, has raised over $250 million for early stage, “angel” research into cancer and leukemia at twelve leading research hospitals across the country. Over $27 million has been granted to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for its pediatric cancer research.

    Click here to download the full event flyer.

  • Metallic Tissue: exhibition by RISK, Nov 2 – Dec 15

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce, “Metallic Tissue”, an exhibition featuring new work by Kelly “RISK” Graval, which will open on November 2 and run through December 15. This exhibition will be curated by graffiti historian, Roger Gastman.

    Graffiti writers have always managed to leave their mark, literally on the urban landscape and perhaps more profoundly on the subsequent generation of artists that follow them. And in Los Angeles, no other artist has had such a major impact on the evolution of graffiti than RISK. This historic exhibition signifies RISK’s imprint on society – tracing his influence on Southern California as well as on the worldwide stage.

    With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. He has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemproary art world.

    For “Metallic Tissue,” the artist will explore his versatility with various mediums and styles. For the past few years he has been painting large outdoor murals in a series called “Beautifully Destroyed,” with pieces that present color fields rather than lettering or imagery. Working with these aesthetics, he pushes the boundaries of traditional graffiti, deconstructing letters into abstract forms. While the majority of his recent work graces the walls of cities around the world, RISK sees the gallery space as a venue with no limits.

    Metallic Tissue | Nov 2 – Dec 15
    Opening Reception | Saturday Nov 2nd, 7-10pm

  • PARALLELS: L’Atlas + Thomas Canto, Sept 21 – Oct 20

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce our next exhibition, PARALLELS, featuring new work by L’Atlas and Thomas Canto. The show will open September 21 and run until October 20.

    This exhibition brings together two French artists whose aesthetics draw from their mastery of geometry in space. Both L’Atlas and Canto have developed a keen sense of spatial awareness through street art, and have taken their inspirations to transcendent levels. The artists examine the intersection between abstraction and precise patterning, expressing their ideas with geometric forms through paintings and installations for their first exhibition in Los Angeles.

    Opening Reception with the Artists | Saturday, Sept. 21 7-10pm

  • HPM Project Launch :: Sat. June 29th

    Fabien Castanier today announced the launch of HPM Project, a unique destination for hand-painted multiples from today’s most important and influential urban contemporary artists. To celebrate the launch of HPM-Project.com, Fabien Castanier has partnered with CARTWHEEL for a kick-off event, Saturday June 29th.
    HPM Project is an on-going collaboration and artistic venture that brings together an un-paralleled collection of limited editions from the world’s foremost urban artists. For each project, the artist creates a very limited edition set of pieces, only eight for each series. These HPM are produced exclusively for HPM Project and cannot be found anywhere else.
    Every HPM begins with high quality Khadi 640g paper, handmade in India. Because every sheet of paper is produced one at a time, the individual pieces have their own unique character. The artist then hand-paints each screen print to create the limited editions. The quality and rarity of these pieces makes the HPM Project collection an ideal place to find the most iconic imagery from some of the best urban artists.

    The launch party will be held from 6-9pm at
    The Daily Dose
    1820 Industrial Street #103
    Los Angeles, CA 90021
    in the Downtown L.A. Arts District

    About Cartwheel
    CARTWHEEL is an informational, forward-thinking art venture that provides consulting services for corporate and individual clients, along with connecting artists, galleries, collectors, and enthusiasts through projects, events; and a magazine-style website that covers current, contemporary, and emerging art.

  • Art Southampton 2013: July 25-29

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce our participation in this year’s Art Southampton fair in New York. Our gallery’s booth will feature new work by JonOne, RERO and Speedy Graphito.

    Art Southampton, presented by Art Miami, is the premiere international contemporary and modern art fair taking place in the Hamptons at the peak of its season, July 25 though 29. The fair features a carefully selected group of 85 international art galleries with a strong focus on works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Fabien Castanier Gallery, Booth #A51
    Art Southampton Pavilion | Southampton Elks Lodge
    605 County Road 39
    Southampton, NY 11968

    For more information on Art Southampton 2013, visit their Official Website.

    Our gallery has a number of complimentary general admission tickets to Art Southampton. Please contact us if you’d like to receive one. Or you can download an e-vite, good for two people, here.

  • NEWWORLDS: solo exhibition by Speedy Graphito, May 11 – June 8

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is very excited to announce NEWWORLDS, the second solo exhibition at the gallery by renowned contemporary urban artist Speedy Graphito, May 11 – June 8, 2013.

    Always at the forefront of the cultural landscape, Speedy will present all new work that explores the mutation and perception of the image. In the age of digital over-consumption, myriad channels of communication have transformed the planet into a formidable distribution network, invading the world and our everyday lives on an intimate level.
    While the confusion sets in between the physical and virtual realities, one must find a place in these new worlds…

    The Opening Reception with the artist will be held Saturday, May 11th from 7-10pm.
    An online catalog of the exhibition will be available, please contact the gallery for more information.

  • Between the Lines: Alex Kizu, Mist and Smash137 | March 30 – April 28

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is very excited to announce our next show, Between the Lines, March 30 – April 28, 2013. This exhibition will feature new work by Alex Kizu (aka Defer), Mist and Smash137.
    Three artists, originating from three different countries, will exhibit work that reflects the continuing evolution of graffiti artists around the world. Each finds inspiration in the letter, transforming their individual typographical mastery into complex work that bridges their graffiti roots with contemporary abstraction.

    The Opening Reception with the artists will be held Saturday, March 30th from 7-10pm.
    An online catalog of the exhibition will be available on March 30th, please contact the gallery for more information.

  • Scope NY 2013: March 6-10

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is excited to announce our participation in this year’s Scope art fair in New York. Scope will take place March 6-10.

    Widely regarded for its influential voice in the emerging art market, Scope New York 2013 will feature 55 international galleries alongside 20 Breeder Program galleries, selected by curatorial panel. Hailing from four continents and eighteen countries, Scope exhibitors represent the best and brightest contemporary work from emerging and mid-career artists.
    Scope’s extensive reach enables an unrivaled opportunity for networking with art patrons, creative professionals and a culturally relevant public audience. Renowned for presenting the most innovative galleries, artists and curators, Scope Art Shows in Miami, Basel, New York, London and the Hamptons have garnered critical acclaim, with sales of over $300 million and attendance of over 500,000 visitors.

    Scope Pavilion
    Skylight at Moynihan Station
    New York City Main Post Office
    312 West 33rd Street
    New York, NY 10001

    For more information on the Scope NY 2013 fair, Click Here.

  • SEEN solo exhibition, [UN]SEEN, Feb 23 – March 24

    Fabien Castanier Gallery is very excited to announce our next show, [UN]SEEN, solo exhibition by SEEN, February 23 – March 24.
    Opening Reception with the artist, Feb 23rd 7-10pm.

    Often referred to as the “Godfather of Graffiti,” originating from New York, SEEN is one of the most respected and established graffiti artists.
    It has been 8 years since SEEN’s last solo exhibition on U.S. soil, and [UN]SEEN will mark the return of the legendary artist to America since moving to Europe in 2007. For this show, the artist will exhibit never-before-shown abstract paintings created in Paris from 2007-2012.

    For more information on this exhibition, Click Here.

    Click to read Fabien Castanier’s exclusive interview with SEEN, January 2013.