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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.

Martha Cooper photograph of Lil' Crazy Legs in Riverside Park in 1983. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Martha Cooper photograph of Lil’ Crazy Legs in Riverside Park in 1983. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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.

Photo courtesy of "BEYOND THE STREETS."

Photo courtesy of “BEYOND THE STREETS.”

“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:

A-ONE

AIKO

Al Diaz

Alexis Ross

Alicia McCarthy

André Saraiva

Barry McGee

BAST

Beastie Boys

Bert Krak

Bill Barminski

Bill Daniel

BLADE

Broken Fingaz

Buddy Esquire

buZ blurr

Carlos Mare

Carl Weston

Cey Adams

C.R. Stecyk III

Charlie Ahearn

CHAZ

Claudia Gold

Cleon Peterson

COCO 144

Conor Harrington

Corita Kent

Craig Costello

CRASH

DABSMYLA

Dan Witz

Dash Snow

DAZE

DEFER

Dennis Hopper

Dondi White

Doze Green

EARSNOT

Estevan Oriol

Fab 5 Freddy

FAILE

Faith XLVII

Felipe Pantone

FREEDOM

FUTURA 2000

Gajin Fujita

Glen E. Friedman

Gordon Matta-Clark

Guerrilla Girls

HAZE

Henry Chalfant

Herb Migdoll

Husk Mit Navn

INVADER

Jane Dickson

Jason REVOK

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jenny Holzer

Jim Prigoff

John Ahearn

John Fekner

John Tsombikos

Joe Conzo

José Parlá

KATSU

KC Ortiz

Keith Haring

Kenny Scharf

Kilroy Was Here

LADY PINK

LAZAR

LEE Quiñones

Lisa Kahane

MADSAKI

Maripol

Mark Gonzales

Mark Mothersbaugh

Martha Cooper

Maya Hayuk

Michael Lawrence

MIKE 171

MISS 17

Mister CARTOON

Nina Chanel Abney

NOC 167

Pat Riot

Patrick Martinez

Paul Insect

POSE

PRAY

Rammellzee

Randall Harrington

RETNA

Richard Colman

Richard Hambleton

RIME

RISK

Ron English

SABER

Sam Friedman

SANESMITH

Sayre Gomez

Shepard Fairey

SJK 171

SLICK

SNAKE 1

SNIPE1

STAY HIGH 149

Stephen Powers

SWOON

Takashi Murakami

TAKI 183

TATS CRU

TENGAone

Tim Conlon

Timothy Curtis

Todd James

Trash Records

UGA

VHILS

ZESER

“BEYOND THE STREETS” will be on view at Twenty Five Kent, 25 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, beginning June 21, 2019. 

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