One of the nicest things about living in a city that prides itself on being cultured and gastronomic is that sometimes, these things converge in a glorious effusion of FREE SHIT! Yah! In France, getting into a preview is as easy as turning up and helping yourself to wine and canapés. This could be down to a continued respect for Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité or simply because the pavements are too small for a door bitch to handle an eager crowd. (L'Art and La Révolte go hand in hand).
Do a bit of research on the next preview of your favourite galerie, bone-up on the featured artists and enjoy a cheap, charming soirée! (Looking suitably fabulous in Spring 2014 Couture, of course.)
The top gallery in Paris for Bande Dessinées (BDs - comics), Daniel Maghen is collaborating with Christie's for the auction houses' upcoming first sale of Comic Illustrations.
Galerie Daniel Maghen, 47 Quai des Grands Augustins, 75006
This beautiful 400 m2 space is known for showing up-and-coming artist alongside established figures such as Giacometti. It is in a charming part of the 6th that is replete with little galleries. Tool down the Rue de Seine afterwards for a peek.
Galerie Kamel Mennour, 47 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006
Pop in to this contemporary art gallery before heading to the Pompidou next door. With two spaces in Paris, one in Brussels and presenting at art fairs in New York, London and Berlin, she represents up-and-coming international artists.
Galerie Nathalie Obadia, 3 rue du Cloître Saint-Merri 75004
Rue Vieille du Temple in the Marais is a popular destination for shops, restos and bars and also features this modern art gallery with a little gem of a bookshop.
Galerie Yvon Lambert, 108 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris