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First Show of 2020: “WALLS” A Collective Exhibition Featuring 30 International Artists

For their first show of 2020, Urban Spree Galerie presents « WALLS », a collective exhibition featuring 30 international artists. 

Expanding the historical timeline and geographical scope beyond the Fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago, “WALLS” explores the notion of the wall, from Antiquity to contemporary issues, viewed through the lens of artists committed to the public space and whose work is closely related to walls.

Curated by Fabrice Douar and Cyrille Gouyette (Le Louvre Museum, Paris) and co-curated by Pascal Feucher (Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin), « WALLS » invites prominent artists from the comics & street art scenes to create graphic works of fiction related to walls, interpreted either as simple architectural elements, ominous symbols of segregation, canvases and vessels to convey meaning, textures, or imaginary playgrounds and labyrinths. 

Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Painting on a fragment of a wall

 

While some antique artefacts appear in the show to testify of their immortal, silent presence, in the 21st Century, the Minotaur doesn’t wait at the center of his realm but has clearly moved outside, demultiplied its presence, and is building more walls.

The exhibition’s direction is therefore resolutely multifaceted, contemporary and graphic-oriented, spanning several topographies (Europe, South Korea, Middle East, Hong Kong, Cuba…), and art forms (painting, photography, installations, videos).

 

Philippe Echaroux – Amazonia, Petit Chef – c-print mounted on Alu Dibond, 84 x 150 cm, 2016

30 Artists: Alias, Andreas, Jim Avignon, Bault, Enki Bilal, Broken Fingaz Crew, Isaac Cordal (installation), Hendrik Czakainski, Christian Durieux, Philippe Écharoux (mapping installation), EVOL, Jean Faucheur, Flix, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Miles Hyman, Kim Jung Gi, Levalet, Stéphane Levallois, Loustal, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Mode2, Alexandra Novosseloff, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Michal Škapa, Pen So, Thom Thom, Sam Tse, Santiago Valenzuela, Lars Wunderlich, Zevs.

 

Bault – Rond Point de la Tour de Babel, Acrylic on Canvas

In cooperation with Galerie David Ghezelbash, Galerie Huberty & Breyne, and Galerie Lelong & Co.

 

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WALLS

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Vernissage: Friday, January 17th, 2019 from 18:30

Exhibition: 17.01.2019 – 29.02.2019

Wed – Sat –  12:00-18:30 or by appointment

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Info: galerie@urbanspree.com

Download the Press Kit: 
https://www.urbanspree.com/press/

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List of available artworks: 
https://www.artsy.net/show/urban-spree-galerie-walls

Cpt.Olf x arte Tracks

Berlin’s most adventurous and skilled urban photographer, Cpt.Olf – whose maiden exhibition “Cpt.Olf x Paradox 16-19” was with Urban Spree Galerie last October – is now being featured in an 8-minute documentary filmed by the urban magazine Tracks (arte). The reportage is in French or German.

Olf’s only book to date “CPT.OLF 16-19” is available at Urban Spree as well as a selection of limited edition photographs on our artsy page.

MURS: A group show celebrating freedom

Urban Spree Galerie participates this week toMurs, a group show curated by Cyrille Gouyette and Fabrice Douar (Le Louvre Museum, Paris) which premieres at Galerie Huberty & Breyne in Bruxelles on November 9th, 2019.

30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the exhibition features 31 artists who pay tribute to those fighting for their freedom and explores the very notion of the “wall”.

The international line-up is a crossover between established comics artists, photographs, and street artists, such as Enki Bilal, Nicolas de Crécy, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Levalet, Kim Jung Gi...

Urban Spree contributes to the exhibition through 3 Berlin-based artists, ALIAS, EVOL, and Hendrik Czakainski before hosting the show in Berlin from January 17th to February 29th, 2019. 

 

“Expensive Ass Pastrami” by Jonni Cheatwood

Urban Spree Prints releases Jonni Cheatwood’s exceptional screen print “Expensive Ass Pastrami” on Tuesday, October 22nd at 09:00 PDT (LA) / 06:00 pm CET (Berlin) on the Urban Spree website and in our Berlin shop.

The print is a 30-color+ hand-pulled silk screen print produced in Berlin by master printer Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker / Urban Spree Studios).

This print was built closely with the artist and in total trust, based on a canvas of the same name painted in Berlin and exhibited during Jonni Cheatwood’s solo show “Tyger Tyger” at Urban Spree Galerie in July 2019.

 

We were certainly heading for an ambitious print, working on all the matters, vibrant colors and fabric-like textures that Jonni incorporates into his canvases; however, during the whole screen printing process. it was clear that something more was happening: a dialogue was silently building up between the painting and the screen printer.

Dolly started an immersive relationship and at some point, lost count of all layers and colors after 30, trying to reach perfection, not as in a perfect “reproduction”, but as in a perfect symbiosis between the art of the painter and the art of the screen printer (or, in that perfect example, the art of the “screen painter”.)

Having built a relationship in Berlin during the artist’s summer residency at Urban Spree for a month helped a lot to understand how the painter works and intuitively translates this into a screen printing vocabulary, replacing some of the techniques used by Jonni by innovative ones such as layers of puff ink, a special ink that “puffs” when heated and adds real texture to the print.

“I enjoyed working on this print so much because I paint myself. I like to work on pieces by painters because I can understand, I can almost see how they build it up. I’m improvising on an intuitive feeling of what’s need to be done, what’s need to be brighter, what needs to be stronger, softer, push parts backwards, pull parts forward. You can’t pre-plan it from the beginning.”  // Dolly Demoratti

 

“Expensive Ass Pastrami”

30+ color hand-pulled silk screen print

Limited Edition of 75

70x 90 cm (27 1/2″ x 35 1/2″)

Hand-deckled edges

Printed in Berlin by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker Printing)

Edited by Urban Spree Prints

2019

Shipping with tracking number and insurance

 

CPT.OLF 16-19: BOOK RELEASE AND EXHIBITION

“CPT.OLF 16-19” – The Exhibition – shows for the first time the exceptional photographs of Cpt.Olf shot during his 4-year stint as resident photographer of Paradox, Berlin’s most secretive pixação writer and urban climber.

 

 

In addition to original artworks contributed by Paradox, the show will also display Cpt.Olf’s urban exploration photographs.

“CPT.OLF 16-19” – The Book –  is the companion photobook to the exhibition, published in a limited edition of 500 books.

Published for the first time, the photographs of Cpt_Olf represent a milestone in urban photography as well as a first-hand account of the gest of Paradox.

 

Links to purchase the book (Regular Edition or Collector Edition with a signed and numbered 15×21 cm digital c-print)

http://bit.ly/Cpt_Olf_16-19_Regular-Edition

http://bit.ly/Cpt_Olf_16-19_Special-Edition

 

“CPT.OLF 16-19” – The Exhibition:

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening: Friday 18.10.2019 at 19:00

18.10.2019 – 16.11.2019

Exhibition: Tu-Sa – 12:00 – 18:30

“Here Comes the Bad News”: New Solo Show with Jim Avignon

Jim Avignon returns to Urban Spree Galerie for his second solo show “Here Comes the Bad News”, 2 years after « Permanent Jetlag ».

In his only exhibition in Berlin for the year 2019, Jim Avignon describes the mood in the world and in Berlin in particular with his usual wit.

Gentrification, Global Warming, Surveillance Capitalism, Alt Right… here comes indeed the bad news. His paintings are a mash-up of cartoony figuration, expressionistic composition, – a maximum of expression with a minimum of lines.

Jim Avignon is a painter, illustrator and conceptual artist. Always ready to confront the establishment he is torn between pop art, street art, Picasso on acid or simply being the fastest painter in the world. His signature style consists of vivid colours, a biting humor, unpretentious materials and a mind numbing output. His art works like pop music in DIY mode.

According to the legend, the artist became stranded in the Provence city of Avignon at some point in the ’80s when his car unexpectedly broke down. He resorted to painting Dali images onto pavements, gradually raising money to repair his car. The name stayed.

In the early 90s, he became an ubiquitous painter of the techno movement, designing makeshift clubs and Love Parade trucks.

By creating a colorful flood of affordable, rapidly-produced works, Jim disrupts the well-oiled art market and pervades it with black humor and self-irony. Avignon’s images caricature the modus operandi of the art market and are also aimed at people who are bored or deterred by the gold-framed aura of so-called high art. “Good Artists Go To The Museum, Bad Artists Go Everywhere”.

 

Jim Avignon

“Here Comes the Bad News”

Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Friday, August 09th, 2019

Exhibition: 09.08.2019 – 08.09.2019

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Info and catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com