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.
Fabien Castanier Gallery was proud to once again be apart of CONTEXT Art Miami 2014. This year we exhibited new works by artists: Speedy Graphito, JonOne, RERO, Mark Jenkins, Miaz 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.
The gallery was happy to end the year with such a success! We are looking forward to 2015!
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…
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.
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.
Fabien Castanier Gallery is honored to be a part of the first edition of BARCU arts and culture festival in Bogota, Columbia. 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
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.
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).”
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.
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.
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
1346 Saratoga Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
For more information on Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco, visit their official site: http://www.artsvfair.com/
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
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
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.
May 10-31, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION | SATURDAY, MAY 10TH 7-10PM
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.
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
59 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Cocktail Reception | Saturday Feb 15, 8-11pm
Please RSVP to : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : email@example.com.