Spotting Street Art in Paris
June 11, 2013 MuseumChick
Street art is especially valuable because it exposes non-museum dwellers to the benefits and expressionism of art. The year that I lived in Paris was beneficial for having that extra time to be able see areas of the city known for their street art and explore places that I wouldn’t if on a shorter vacation. It’s not too difficult to find art on the streets and Paris is a city that never fails to inspire artists all over the world. Here are some of my favorite:
110 Rue Jeanne d’Arc
Parisians take street art seriously. This is why tourists can find bits and pieces of magnificent art work in different parts of the city. The most notable street art here are the ones by duo Jana & Js. Five story high apartments buildings are the “canvas” for Jana & Js realistic stencil technique that depicts people doing activities such as taking pictures and laying in crouched positions in nooks on the building.
Corner of Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint-Maur, 11e Arrondissement
On the corner of Rue Oberkampf and Rue Saint-Maur, 11e Arrondissement, art lovers will find works by artists from different walks of life. These paintings exude the Parisian’s love for eclectic art. Here you can find realist stencil art, pop art and graffiti art.
Around the 6th Arrondissement
My personal favorite Parisian street artist, and considered one of the first, the stencil graffiti artist, Blek le Rat can be seen on many of the street corners in the 6th and 5th Arrondissement. Last time, I was in Paris I also spotted this Salvador Dali Sundial next to a bagel cafe.
Located at the 10th Arrondissement in Paris, Point Ephémère has become a center for local music and arts. Artists from different genres showcase their craft here. It’s also a venue for concerts, art exhibitions, and various shows.
I have impressed myself with actually being able to pick ONE favorite restaurant out of all the great places I ate in Paris. My favorite is Le Petit Cler on Rue Cler in the 7th Arrondissement for its charm, great prices and my favorite gazpacho.
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