Why you should care
Because there’s a new Banksy to check out.
Back in 2011, graffiti and street art culture exploded into the mainstream during the exhibition Art in the Streets, which opened in Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). This was the first showcase of its kind and magnitude, and helped bridge the divide between what some saw as “illegal activity” and others accepted as a unique art form. Seven years later, graffiti and street art figures such as Shepard Fairey (Obey), Banksy and RETNA have moved into galleries and prestigious museums worldwide.
One of the people responsible for this crossover is Roger Gastman, who had a seminal role in putting together Art in the Streets. He returns with Beyond the Streets, featuring the work of more than 100 artists in a 40,000-square-foot warehouse. The exhibition showcases the evolution of graffiti and street art as well as highlights its importance in modern culture. Tracing lineages back to the 1960s, it expands on different eras and on the various personalities that have continued to keep the graffiti and street art tradition alive.
Here’s a look at the Beyond the Streets exhibition, which runs from May 6 to July 6 in Los Angeles.