Sten & Lex exhibition at Magda Danysz Gallery

by The Alternative Parisian on October 19, 2012

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

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