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Massive “Beyond The Streets” to Open this May in LA, Curated by Roger Gastman

Posted on March 19, 2018

We’re starting the week off by announcing a new Street Art and graffiti inspired exhibition opening May 6th in Los Angeles called Beyond The Streets. Curated by author and graffiti historian Roger Gastman, the show is said to be a dynamic follow-up to Art in the Streets, the graffiti and street art retrospective at MoCA Los Angeles in 2011.

Martha Cooper’s classic photo of Lil Crazy Legs during the shoot for “Wild Style” in 1983 NYC (photo ©Martha Cooper)

That one was supposed to come to Brooklyn but was cancelled and Gastman tells us that he is planning to bring this new show to New York, possibly elsewhere, as a sort of traveling exhibition. Running in LA for about 10 weeks, the success of that show will most likely help determine how far it can go.

With a footprint that requires an estimated 40,000 square feet in LA, the exhibition sounds expansive and able to give ample space to the expanse of styles and disciplines indicated by the eclectic artist list. The possible locations for moving the show to New York is a list we’d like to see as pop-up shows this size can be an appreciable undertaking. In any event we’ll be happy to see the Faile Temple here again – as it has already been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum. But we are getting ahead of ourselves!

FAILE. Temple. “Faile: Savage/Sacred Young Minds” Brooklyn Museum, July 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Beyond The Streets is said to showcase paintings, sculpture, photography, installations, and performances indoor and outdoors, and will include works by an array of artists that may not have a lot in common except that they come from the streets or have interacted meaningfully with street culture sometime in the last five decades.

The mission statement says in part that it, “celebrates the global movement of graffiti and street art, exploring fundamental human themes: mark making and rule breaking.” It will be interesting to see how their works and scenes are tied to one another cohesively to help tell a complex story – one that now more readily acknowledges the contributions of conceptualists, muralists and even art school kids than it did only a decade ago. Onward!

Organizers are saying there will be over 100 artist included, and here’s the artist list so far:

Al Diaz
Alicia McCarthy
André Saraiva
Andrew Schoultz
Anthony Lister
Barry McGee
Ben Jones
Bill Barminski
Bill Daniel
buZ blurr
Charlie Ahearn
CHAZ Bojórquez
Claudia Gold
COCO 144
Craig Costello
C.R. Stecyk III
Dan Witz
Dash Snow
Dennis Hopper
Eddie Martinez
Estevan Oriol
Felipe Pantone
Gajin Fujita
Globe Poster
Gordon Matta-Clark
Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins
Guerrilla Girls
Henry Chalfant
Herbert Migdoll
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jenny Holzer
Jim Prigoff
John Ahearn
KC Ortiz
Keith Haring
Kenny Scharf
Kilroy Was Here
Kristofferson San Pablo
Lee Quiñones
Mark Mothersbaugh
Martha Cooper
Maya Hayuk
Michael Lawrence
Mister Cartoon
Pat Riot
Patrick Martinez
Paul Insect
Randall Harrington
Richard Colman
Ron English
Ron Finley
Ruby Neri
Sam Friedman
Sayre Gomez
Shepard Fairey
SJK 171
Stephen Powers
Takashi Murakami
TAKI 183
Tim Conlon
Timothy Curtis
Todd James
Victor REYES

Beyond the Streets will charge $25 a ticket and will open to the public in Los Angeles on May 6, 2018. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase in advance at BEYONDTHESTREETS.COM.


BSA Images Of The Week: 03.18.18

Posted on March 18, 2018


A quick recap of two big stories of the week in cold New York: Revok’s lawsuit against retailer H&M for using his work, done illegally, in an ad campaign was answered this week by a counter lawsuit from them. It set off a backlash among Street Artists on social media and elsewhere, garnering a large number of stories in media outlets large and small. Others have said everything we would have – except that whether this suit is withdrawn or not, there is still question whether the matter of illegally done artworks will be copyright protected in the future or not. We like how Juxtapoz has covered the topic HERE.

Secondly, Banksy has been in New York pulling our chain again, putting up new works in the city and announcing them on his social media, then putting them up without announcing them? Regardless, photographers and fans are racing to capture images. Who knows how long this visit lasts or what trick is up his sleeve next.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets (and elsewhere), this week featuring Adam Fujita, Banksy, Don Rimx, Hox Hoh, K-Nor, Naomi Rag, Timothy Curtis, and Zehra Doğan

Top Image: Banksy? We’ll have to wait…(photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy. Detail.  A tribute. A plea. A denunciation. A well used example of the artist’s platform to bring awareness of the plight of artists who dare to set themselves free with their art. Depicted here is Ms. Zehra Doğan an editor and journalist from Turkey. She is presently serving time in jail for painting Turkish flags on a painting showing destroyed buildings and posting the painting on Social Media.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy. Free Zehra Doğan. NYC Houston/Bowery Wall. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy. Detail.(photo © Jaime Rojo)

Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Naomi Rag. Red Rose in Spanish Harlem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem
It is a special one, it’s never seen the sun
It only comes out when the moon is on the run
And all the stars are gleaming
It’s growing in the street right up through the concrete
But soft and sweet and dreaming…” Jerry Leiber & Phil Spector

Naomi Rag. Hope for the Spring… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Toy Ass…Toys are Not Us… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don Rimx (photo © Jaime Rojo)

HOX XOH (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)

K-Nor (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Timothy Curtis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Charles…Home Run… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. March 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Elara Elvira Community Mural for Contorno Urbano 12 + 1 in Barcelona

Posted on March 17, 2018

Illustrator, muralist, stop-motion animator, and co-founder of FURRR Studio in Barcelona, Elara Elvira gives us “No title” for her new piece for the community mural program Project 12+1.

Elara Elvira “No Title” Fundacion Contorno Urbano/Kaligrafics. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Alex Miró Blay)

Organic shapes and patterns found in nature create the abstract composition, perhaps owing to her spare line-drawn aesthetic in her lo-fi illustration work. A native of this city who studied fine art at the university, Elvira has lived in Berlin and Nantes while participating in residencies, exhibitions, and interventions.

At the moment she’s just completed a rock-n-roll themed stop animation with her team at FURR – a teaser for the song “Motosaurio” from Gigatrin – which we post at the end of this post for your entertainment.

Elara Elvira “No Title” Fundacion Contorno Urbano/Kaligrafics. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Alex Miró Blay)

Elara Elvira “No Title” Fundacion Contorno Urbano/Kaligrafics. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Alex Miró Blay)

Elara Elvira “No Title” Fundacion Contorno Urbano/Kaligrafics. 12 + 1 Project. Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain. (photo © Alex Miró Blay)


BSA Film Friday: 03.16.18

Posted on March 16, 2018


Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :
1.”On the Road” With Street Artist Add Fuel
2. Wandelism in Berlin
3. Flamingo Cave with Rymd
4. SNIK / Amsterdam Street Art Museum


BSA Special Feature: “On the Road” With Street Artist Add Fuel

“I’ve started a new series called ‘On the Road’ which looks at life behind the scenes in street art culture,” Doug Gillen tells us about this debut episode. Look forward to Doug’s unique perspective on Street Art festivals, art fairs, and studio visits as he expands to the world of urban contemporary.

Not typically who you think of as a Street Artist, here we see Add Fuel and Doug talk about his first book and you see examples of work from this tile maker who infuses traditional Portuguese techniques and pattern making with pop-modern cultural references and cartoon archetypes.

Wandelism in Berlin

On the street change is constant and in this scene when you stand still you get blown by. The ingeniously constructive and cooperative Street Art and graffiti community again gather to blow your mind with a new show in a newly abandoned building, opening tomorrow for hundreds of guests. We’ve seen many of the installations already, and no one is doing it like the Berlinians!

Flamingo Cave with Rymd

The briefest video contest is still afoot, with this one clocking in at little over a minute. Soon videos will be one second long, or, a picture. This missive from Stockholm graffiti writer Rymd has a nice tight bass clicking beat under it from Robin Carlheim that emphasizes without overwhelming the can action here in Flamingo Cave.

SNIK / Amsterdam Street Art Museum

The SNIK duo go to Amsterdam to create a canvas for the nascent Street Art museum that is coming! A really well executed stencil that has the flowetry you hope for when spraying out the layers.


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