If street art and graffiti is today’s definition of contemporary art, the new BEYOND THE STREETS exhibition in Los Angeles acts as a “temporary Louvre”. Over the years, the medium of graffiti has evolved form being a sign of defiance and independence of the inner city to be being the most influential and in-demand form of creativity. Be it on purpose or not, street art and graffiti has moved “beyond the streets” and into museums, studios, fashion, and advertisements, among other things.
BEYOND THE STREETS features work from over 100 artists in, including big names like Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, and BANKSY, in a 40,000 square foot warehouse near Chinatown. The exhibition is curated by Roger Gastman, an influential and long time player in the space. He’s the same person who co-organized the Museum of Contemporary Art’s popular “Art in the Streets” exhibition in 2011, the U.S.’ first-ever graffiti and street art retrospective, and also co-produced the Oscar Award-nominated Banksy documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop”.
BEYOND THE STREETS showcases a very impressive collection from a diverse set of artists spanning a number of mediums. Upon entering, guests are walked through graffiti culture in New York City, as taggers bombed trains across the 5 boroughs. However, rather than dedicating its entire focus to the history of street art and graffiti, the exhibition aims more to educate visitors on the different players that have helped transcend the culture from the building walls and sidewalks. The cool thing about BEYOND THE STREETS is that it gives a number of artists major installation spaces to fully show their work and allow guest to interact (and take pictures) with.
If you’re in Los Angeles, this is definitely worth checking out. Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased here . Don’t wait long though, as BEYOND THE STREETS is only open until July 6, 2018.