When you hear about exhibitions like the “Art In The Streets” show @ MOCA in LA it makes you think that slowly but surly the art world is changing and the days of the studio artist being the main focus of attention for gallery curators have changed. Worldwide there is an obvious shift in public opinion when it comes to art made by graffiti and street artists. We see show after show being exhibited in many of the major galleries around the world that in the past have reserved their galleries to exhibit more traditional art and have chosen not to accept the idea that Graffiti is one of the biggest art movements the world has ever seen!
GRAFFITI is an ART
As time goes by the art world seems to be taking a lot more notice of the art painted around the streets and what seems to be evident is that the next generation of artists and creative thinkers have side stepped the traditional boundaries that have stopped many artists having there work shown or seen by the public and have instead taken their art to the public by painting it directly on to the walls of cities all over the world.
Barry McGee, Houston Street and the Bowery, New York, 2010, photo by Farzad Owrang
APRIL 17–AUGUST 8, 2011 / THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art. The exhibition will trace the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved. Following MOCA’s presentation, the exhibition will travel to the Brooklyn Museum, where it will be on view March 30–July 8, 2012.
Art in the Streets will showcase installations by 50 of the most dynamic artists from the graffiti and street art community, including Fab 5 Freddy (New York), Lee Quiñones (New York), Futura (New York), Margaret Kilgallen (San Francisco), Swoon (New York), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles), Os Gemeos (São Paulo), and JR (Paris). MOCA’s exhibition will emphasize Los Angeles’s role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. The exhibition will feature projects by influential local artists such as Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, and RISK.
A special emphasis will be placed on photographers and filmmakers who documented graffiti and street art culture including Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, James Prigoff, Steve Grody, Gusmano Cesaretti, Estevan Oriol, Ed Templeton, Larry Clark, Terry Richardson, and Spike Jonze. A comprehensive timeline illustrated with artwork, photography, video, and ephemera will provide further historical context for the exhibition.
Art in the Streets will feature several shows within the show. There will be a special section dedicated to the Fun Gallery, which connected New York graffiti artists with the downtown art community in the early 1980s. Co-curated by gallery founder Patti Astor, the Fun Gallery installation will feature the work of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the graffiti artists who shaped the gallery’s history. A section dedicated to the seminal film Wild Style (1983), co-curated by the film’s director Charlie Ahearn, will document its influence on the global dissemination of graffiti and hip-hop culture. The exhibition will also feature a memorial presentation of Battle Station, a rarely seen work by legendary artist and theorist RAMMELLZEE, and a display of graffiti black books and other historic works from the Martin Wong Collection presented in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York. A highlight of the exhibition will be a Los Angeles version of Street Market, a re-creation of an urban street complete with overturned trucks by Todd James, Barry McGee, and Steve Powers.
The exhibition will open with a skate ramp designed by pro-skater Lance Mountain and artist Geoff McFetridge. Skate demonstrations by the Nike SB skate team will be held onsite for the duration of the exhibition.
“Art in the Streets will be the first exhibition to position the work of the most influential artists to emerge from street culture in the context of contemporary art history,” said MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch.
(All images have been taken from the net)
All images below taken from the Arrested Motion website. See more @ HERE
Futura, Lee & Fab 5 Freddie workin on outside wall mural (taken from HERE)
Part of wall by Futura, Lee and others.