June 5-July 10, 2021
at 127 rue de Turenne 75003
Paris always had, it seemed, Perrotin, Almine Rech and Kamel Mennour. More recently and due in large measure to Brexit, the city has added White Cube, Levy-Gorvy, Zwirner, and Continua to its roster of art world heavy-weights. But one special gallery without the impressive name has cultivated the careers of a number of young artists, painters mostly, for ten years strong now. Galerie L’Inlassable opened in 2011 by John Ferrère in a window-only space at 18 rue Dauphine in the Saint Germain des Près district. From this petite spot on the art-world map, Mr. Ferrère traversed the globe bringing his choice artists with him. Art fairs from Paris to Miami, and pop-ups in New York ensued. And, after ten years, Galerie L’Inlassable has not only managed to survive through the pandemic but has expanded. Apart from their window display they now have a showroom and office space at the same address. And in 2017, a new project was born, Monteverita, in partnership with Aurelien Jacquin. This large exhibition center located at 127 rue de Turenne in Le Marais offers a program focused on multidisciplinary art with the intention of “making exhibitions more alive, vibrant and accessible to all”, according to Mr. Ferrère.
PM: Are you still working with some of the artists from your first show ten years ago?
JF: I have continued to work with many artists since the beginning, Caroline Corbasson, Marcella Barceló or Gaspard Maîtrepierre among others. We had the chance to grow and learn together.
PM: Tell us about some of your current artists?
JF: Many exciting new collaborations such as Colombian Artist Francisco G. Pinzón Samper, and Paris based, Victor Pus-Perchaud. Also, some American artists like Kevin Perkins and Matthew Cole. These new artists further strengthen the place of importance for painting and drawing as the main medium presented at the gallery.
PM: How would you describe your gallery’s program?
JF: The name “Galerie L’inlassable” means the tireless gallery, so it’s quite a task to present a program that never bores, that’s why I organize one exhibition per month in the window, visible 24 hours a day. I work better with less sleep anyway.
I’m also updating a performance program initiated in 2011 called “Week of Performance” bringing together several artists each day in the window, addressing directly to the passersby who for the most part are unaware of these contemporary art performances. Quite funny actually.
For Monteverita, the program is open to artists at all times and does not have the purpose to solely represent them. It is as much an incubator of ideas as it is a showroom for them.
PM: What is your current exhibition?
JF: I am currently exhibiting in the window space an installation of ceramics by Welsh artist, James Rielly, teacher at the Fine Art School of Paris until next week.
Giulia Andreani, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Bianca Argimón, Marcella Barceló, Pierre Bellot, Elvire Bonduelle, Charlie Boisson, Kai-Chun Chang, Matthew Cole, Caroline Corbasson, Nicolas Gaume, Stephen Dean, Anne Deleporte, Célia Gondol, Arthur Grosbois, Angelique Heidler, Frédérique Loutz, Gaspard Maîtrepierre, Simon Martin, Audrey Perzo, Kevin Perkins, Francisco G. Pinzón Samper, Tatiana Pozzo di Borgo, Victor Puš-Perchaud, James Rielly, Edgar Sarin, Morten Viskum & Justin Williams.
Then will follow successively, the first solo exhibition of Victor Puš-Perchaud and Francisco G. Pinzón Samper in the window at L’inlassable.
PM: How has the art world changed since you first started?
JF: When I started in 2011, it was still a period severly affected by the economic crisis of 2008. I saw the market restart gradually with the affirmation of art fairs as a key market place and then, with the emergence of multinational galleries.
PM: Has your rent gone up?
JF: Although rents in Paris have been rising for some time, many spaces have become available with the crisis of the Covid.
PM: Is there one artist anywhere in the world that you’d like to show in Paris?
JF: Thom Corn, a little-known Afro-American artist and musician who passed away a few years back, a great figure on the Lower East Side who inspired me into the field of curation.
PM: That’s awesome. Everybody downtown loved Thom. I’ll be publishing a book later this year with Pulpo Gallery in Murnau am Staffelsee featuring the photographs of Tom Warren who set up shop on the Lower East Side beginning in 1979. He captured every artist and dealer imaginable, Thom Corn among them. Will get you a print.
JF: Gregory, this is great news. Would love that.
PM: Are you planning to do any art fairs this year? Miami? Or will you wait it out another year?
JF: I will indeed wait until next year and my next fair projects are Material Art Fair in Mexico City, Outsider Art Fair in New York, Art Brussel and Drawing Now in Paris.
PM: How is the art world in Paris doing these days—post pandemic?
JF: Since the opening of the new private foundations such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Lafayette Anticipation or La Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection and American Galleries that have moved to Paris following Brexit, the Art World in Paris has rarely known such an intense period for a long time. It’s thriving and so am I.
PM: Congratulations, John. We’re delighted with your gallery’s milestone, we love your program and we wish you many years of continuing success. Can our collectors buy your artist’s works online along with your special edition book?
JF: Of course. Please have them visit us online at: https://www.galerielinlassable.com/editions/
JF: Merci, Gregory.
Interview by Gregory de la Haba for Portray Magazine, 2021