Posted on August 7, 2012
Street Artist Curly Steps Indoors, Curates “This Art is so Street” at Stupid Easy Gallery
Curly, one of North America’s most prolific sticker artists, will make his first foray into the mainstream art world by curating This Art is so Street at Philadelphia’s Stupid Easy Gallery. Tired of boring and uncomfortable gallery experiences, Curly has set out to make This Art is so Street an unsurpassable group show of street artists’ work. Opening September 7th, This Art is so Street is sure to be a can’t-miss affair.
This Art is so Street brings the work of eight of the world’s top street artists together for the first time under one roof. For some of these new contemporary masters, it will be their first time exhibiting in Philadelphia. In addition to Curly’s own paintings, there will be never-before-exhibited artwork by Mr. Brainwash, LNY, NoseGo, Don Pablo Pedro, Darkclouds, The Yok and Sheryo. The international lineup represents street artists from around the globe, including Philadelphia’s very own NoseGo and France’s favorite-son Mr. Brainwash, who also starred in Banksy’s film Exiting Through the Gift Shop
When Stupid Easy Gallery owner Thomas Buildmore offered Curly a solo show at the gallery, he turned it down in an effort to help out his fellow street artists. Instead, Curly decided to curate This Art is so Street and show the work of other great street artists by curating the best group show of street artists to have ever been seen in a gallery.
The reclusive and anonymous Curly has this to say about the show: “When Buildmore approached me about showing at Stupid Easy, I thought it was beneath me. After all, I can just sell my work privately directly to clients. Then I realized that there are a lot of street artists out there who don’t have that privilege and intricate understanding of the art market. So I figured that it was time to enter the gallery world, if only to shepherd along a few of my friends. This Art is so Street is, without a doubt, the best show I could have possibly put together. You will be blown away and buy things, lots of things.”
Thomas Buildmore says, “I could not be more excited about This Art is so Street. Putting together a group show of artists who do street art was a brilliant idea. Street art, or urban art as some prefer to call it, is the most important art movement since cubism, and the artists in This Art is so Street are at the forefront of the movement. Curly is a genius in both art making and curating.”
This Art is so Street opens September 7th with a private view from 5pm to 8:30pm and runs through September 30th. Stupid Easy Gallery is located at 307 Market Street, Philadelphia PA, 19106 and is open by appointment (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information on This Art is so Street or to arrange an email-interview with Curly, please contact Laurence Feinberg at email@example.com.
After years of dabbling in street art, Curly got serious in late 2010 and began a mission to saturate the streets of Philadelphia with his stickers. Since then, thousands of unique handmade Curly stickers have wound up on newspaper bins and signposts around Philadelphia and other cities around the world. Thanks to his winning combination of humor and style, Curly considers himself to be the world’s greatest living street artist. In 2012, he even branched out to digital art,