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LAST NOVEMBER FRIENDS SOPHIE DUBOSC, JONATHAN LOPPIN, AND JEANNE TRUONG put together a group show in an abandoned commercial building that a friend had squatted on Impasse Saint-Claude, a blind alley in the Marais. Taking advantage of the French law entitling everyone to a roof overhead, they cleaned the space, painted its walls, hooked up heat and electricity, and named it L’Impasse. The November exhibition was the first of four held on the second floor of the three-story building, in which they featured the work of more than sixty mostly young, unknown artists, as well as a few more familiar ones with an affinity for alternative efforts, like Fabrice Hybert and Claude Lévêque. The buzz grew with each exhibition, and for a time it seemed the space could be made legal. But success drew the attention of the building’s owners, who promptly called the authorities: Police arrived with battering

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