Martha Cooper's Lil Crazy Legs during shoot for Wild Styles / Riverside Park, NY 1983
BEYOND THE STREETS, the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, heads to the art form’s epicenter: New York City, on June 21st, 2019. The show celebrates society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with a sprawling showcase of work by more than 150 artists from around the world.
Around every corner of this extensive 2 floor exhibit, there is an example of the actual street that art has walked down to get us to the crossroads we find ourselves today. The Sold Crew met Mike 171 while he was promoting his book and documentary film "Wall Writers" in Denver, CO in 2017, at Colorado CRUSH. Being welcomed by the "History of Graffiti" section of the exhibit was where the education begins. We caught up with Mike, and got his feedback on being included in this once in a lifetime experience:
"Roger Gastman has done his research and displayed the 'Holy Grail' with the History of Graffiti section in the Beyond The Street show."
Continuing its mission to elevate the art form and defy conventions, BEYOND THE STREETS New York will take over two floors of 25 Kent, a new creative office building located on the waterfront in North Williamsburg. The exhibition will be comprised of more than 100,000 square feet of space and feature programming including performances, lectures and films.... stay tuned for more all Summer long!
Curated by graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman, BEYOND THE STREETS examines the fundamental human need for public self-expression, highlighting artists with roots in graffiti and street art whose work has evolved into highly disciplined studio practices, alongside important cultural figures inspired by these art forms. For New York City, the traveling art experience takes an expanded look at the role of music and also the theme of artist activism. Something we are begging for more of at this unimaginable time.
The show features numerous immersive installations, bringing the art forms off the walls and surrounding attendees with tactile experiences, including the US debut of “Facing The Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent,” Shepard Fairey’s 30th Anniversary, a special Beastie Boys installation featuring artifacts and ephemera from the band’s prolific 4 Decade history, oversized sculptures by FUTURA and Cleon Peterson, a wall of Jenny Holzer’s truisms, a functioning tattoo parlor by Bert Krak & Alexis Ross, a room of puppets by Paul INSECT and BAST made of trash, works by Takashi Murakami, Maya Hayuk, Guerrilla Girls and much more.
When asked for his reaction to BEYOND THE STREETS NYC, and how it compared to the show in LA; Shepard Fairey told Sold Magazine:
“This time the exhibit seems to be open, and spaced out well. They got it right the second time around. The LA show could come off a little overwhelming to the audience, the NY version is much more refined."
KATSU, exhibit of the artist to first conquer air rights with "Drone Graffiti"
BEYOND THE STREETS will also feature a curated gift shop with more than 150 items developed exclusively for the New York City exhibition. The shop will feature a variety of apparel, collectibles, prints, books, toys, home goods and accessories, including several limited-edition artist collaborations and a special capsule collection developed with ADIDAS with proceeds benefiting NYC action sports charity Harold Hunter Foundation.
A Kenny Scharf World
The Art of Tattooing
The Magic Touch tattoo porch and parlour by Bert Krak & Alexis Ross brings us back to a time where illegal tattooers worked their craft from their home, maybe on cousin Carmine's front porch. It wasn't until 1997 that New York City allowed legal tattoo shops to take up residency in the 5 boroughs. This sub culture parallels the risks and rewards of graffiti, and has found its way to stay true to its culture despite the mass appeal as of late.
If you're feeling zappy, I recommend this spot for a fresh and memorable Summer '19 piece.
The Art of Boxing
Boxing is highlighted by MTV veteran & hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy & sculptor John Ahearn, who depicts 2 Puerto Rican 11 year old boys "Luis and Jon Kar", on track to a professional boxing career. The piece was featured on a wall near the Plaza in Caguas, PR.
Bill Barminski has a long history of playing with cardboard. A legendary painter and multimedia artist, Barminski's work has spanned innumerable music videos, movies, magazines and advertisements. Some of the most notable include the Absolut Vodka billboard on Sunset, Baz Lurhmann's iconic Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) video, or the security entryway to Banksy's Dismaland. He has been immensely influential over the last 30 years, with work spanning the mediums of illustration, painting, sculpting, animation, music composition, video and fully-immersive large-scale installations. It was the most natural fit ever when Banksy tapped Barminski for Dismaland, where, among other things, Barminski created the entire security entrance set-up with cardboard detectors and body-search wands at the entrance to the park.
“People went through it! I don’t know if they thought it was real or if they were just playing along or what—but they did it!"
Swoon Exhibit on the 6th Floor
The show is developed in partnership with ADIDAS Originals and ADIDAS Skateboarding as a platform for creativity and Perrier, longtime supporters of the art world. The show will be open to the until August, so make sure you add it to your Summer TO DO!
*Additional support provided by Artnet, Modernica, Montana Colors, NPR, NTWRK, Twenty Five Kent and WNYC.
ByteGirl showing her CLAWPRIDE, Claudia Gold & Miss 17 in the stairwell, appropriately placed