TEN PIECES GALLERY: Art of Today and Tomorrow

gallerist in his gallery

Ten Pieces Gallery is located at number 106 of the Marché Dauphine of Puces de Paris, a glass-roofed hall built in the early 1990s in the Baltard spirit. It is a place of discovery suitable for arousing curiosity and questions.

Charles Gaucher, the gallery owner, started his journey as a gallerist in May 2021. Charles graduated from Ecole du Louvre, specialising in the art of the 20th century. 

His academic background provides him with a solid professional foundation and aesthetic taste. At the same time, by nature, he found himself drawn to contemporary cutting-edge artworks and artists. He then chose to follow his heart, jumping out of the field he specialises in. For that, he decided to open his own gallery, representing young emerging artists, just as he said, “It is risky.”

The artists represented by this gallery are one of a kind, just as Charles himself. The artists he is looking for are those who dare to break with traditional patterns and concepts. Taking risks is an inevitable choice that follows. We have to admit that when people’s senses are overstimulated nowadays, the conventional mode of creating and representing is not working as well as it was in the good old times. Innovation is the only way.

Ten Pieces Gallery is a space around 20m2, and the limitation of size is also part of Charles’s concept. 

When he travelled in Tokyo, he observed many mini-boutiques on the roadside with a steady stream of customers. The limited space is actually easier to narrow the distance between customers and products, and more direct communication with merchants provides customers with a better shopping experience.

We can not help but think of the difference between traditional big galleries and emerging small galleries. The well-established sales system and operation management of traditional prominent galleries have greatly improved sales efficiency. However, at the same time, it also increases the distance between artworks and the public audience. When we visit exhibitions in prominent galleries, the artworks are more likely to be tall figures, and the artists are mysteries hidden in the exhibition description.

Ten Pieces Gallery perfectly shows us a new possibility in the art business. It displays a rotating selection of ten pieces in limited space. 

It presents the artist as a piece of art. Their creations summarise their experiences and emotions on this artistic journey. It represents a state and a concept, not just a name. It refuses to present individual artworks in isolation from the artist. 

Ten Pieces Gallery perfectly satisfies the modern public’s curiosity. People want to know the story, experiences, and emotional experiences of the person who is behind this painting.

People want to know “why” and “how comes”, rather than just a simple general description of the artwork and the exhibition experience of the artist.

Ten Pieces Gallery knocks down the wall erected between the artwork, the artist and the audience. It is showing us a new possibility in the art business.

Caused by the widespread use of social media, countless pieces of information flood us at a rapid rate every minute. Can the young artists seize this best and worst timing to be seen by the public audience?

It is far less than enough for the artists just to create artworks now. It is also crucial to combine the works with their personal background, experience, philosophy, logic, and attitude to present to the audience.

I said the age of social media is the best and the worst for artists because it provides everyone an equal opportunity to be seen and heard by a broad audience. However, the artists must have another character other than artists. They have to be actors as well. The difference between them and real actors is that their role to play to the extreme is themselves.


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