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London Art Gallery hits the Marais District of Paris

The New York Times “In Transit” travel blog, posted about a new gallery in Paris showing London art. Excerpts:

A Gallery Brings London’s Grit to Paris
Paris and London might be a tunnel away from each other, but it often seems there is little dialogue between the two art worlds. One brand-new gallery aims to change that: the Lebenson Gallery in the Marais, which has the sole aim of introducing Parisians to London art.

The space (56 rue Chapon; 33-1-42-74-75-61; www.lebensongallery.com; Métro: Rambuteau) is particularly focused on London’s East End — an area that’s home to internationally renowned artists like Gilbert and George and Tracey Emin.

“Between the French and the Brits, it’s the eternal ‘Je t’aime moi non plus’ — ‘I love you me neither,’ ” said Stéphane Lebenson, the gallery’s founder, quoting the singer Serge Gainsbourg, “It’s two parallel worlds which don’t meet. Paris is a myth, but London is in constant motion. It’s dirty, it’s less old-school — and there’s a lot for the French to learn from that.”…

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