New York City, once the world’s foremost graffiti mecca, will soon play host to a massive exhibition celebrating the history of street art, curated by graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman. The show, “BEYOND THE STREETS,” is Gastman’s follow up to his hit 2011 exhibition “Art in the Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles.
The show is set to open in an office building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on June 21. It will showcase street art’s storied history, including, for example, Martha Cooper’s classic photos of graffiti on the streets and subway cars of 1980s-era New York.
It will go on to explore the work of more than 150 artists, from Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring to Takashi Murakami and José Parlá, showing the art form’s evolution from a symptom of urban blight and decay to a lucrative facet of the blue-chip art market. Other boldfaced names include Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Maripol, Maya Hayuk, Gordon Matta-Clark, Rammellzee, Nina Chanel Abney, Swoon, INVADER, Jenny Holzer, the Guerrilla Girls, and Kenny Scharf.
The exhibition will also pay tribute to the 30-year career of Shepard Fairey, who will debut a mini retrospective titled “Facing The Giant: Three Decades of Dissent.” In addition, there will be a special focus on the intersection of street art and music, with a section featuring artifacts and ephemera from Brooklyn rap trio the Beastie Boys. Gastman will also highlight the long history of activism among street artists.
At LA MOCA, the “Art in the Streets” retrospective set an all-time attendance record of 220,000 visitors. Gastman first staged “BEYOND THE STREETS” in a 40,000-square-foot Los Angeles warehouse last spring. The New York edition stands to be even bigger, taking over two floors—over 100,000 square feet in total—of what’s being billed as a “creative” office building.
On the East Coast, the show will include “a curated gift shop” offering more than 150 items, according to the press release, which is a somewhat ironic addition considering that Gastman was the co-producer on Banksy‘s film Exit Through the Gift Shop.
“I’m really excited to bring this show to the art form’s epicenter: New York,” Gastman told amNewYork. “The city plays such a pivotal role in the origin and evolution of the culture—the iconic images of covered subway cars made graffiti famous worldwide.”
Here are all the artists appearing in the show so far:
C.R. Stecyk III
Fab 5 Freddy
Glen E. Friedman
Husk Mit Navn
Kilroy Was Here
Nina Chanel Abney
STAY HIGH 149
“BEYOND THE STREETS” will be on view at Twenty Five Kent, 25 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, beginning June 21, 2019.
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