agnès b. was born in Versailles. From her earliest days, her lawyer father shared with her his love of music and art, and her adolescent dream was to become a curator. At age 17, she married the publisher Christian Bourgois, a man passionate about books and cinema. She has always kept the initial of his last name which became her signature as a designer: agnès b. In 1973, she established her own brand and opened her first store in 1976 in a former butcher shop at 3 rue du Jour in Paris. In 1984, she opened a gallery next door, the Galerie du Jour. In 1997, the gallery moved to 44 rue Quincampoix and added a bookshop, La Librairie du Jour. In the same year, along with artist Christian Boltanski and curator Hans Ulrich-Obrist, she created a hybrid periodical, Point d’ironie, with 100,000 free copies that are today distributed internationally.
In 2018, the gallery and the bookshop became briefly nomadic, before joining La Fab., which opened on February 1, 2020, on Place Jean-Michel Basquiat in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. In this new building, designed by Augustin Rosenstiehl of Agence SOA Architects as social housing and intended as a place for all, agnès b. organizes thematic exhibitions in a 1,400 square meter space, drawn from her collection of over 5,000 artworks. Also located here are the Galerie du Jour agnès b., her famous bookshop, and the seat of the Fonds de dotation agnès b., devoted to social action and philanthropic solidarity. agnès b. has, in addition, personally supported the scientific Fondation Tara Expéditions for 14 years.
Photo credits: Ryan McGinley