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From June 21 to sometime in August, LA’s premier street art and graffiti exhibit will call Brooklyn home. “BEYOND THE STREETS” is a multimedia art exhibition that takes up two floors of 25 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and is the biggest showcase of street art to date. With art by the likes of Fab 5 Freddy, The Beastie Boys, and the late Keith Haring, the exhibition celebrates the history of graffiti and street art and also examines public art as a means of protest and self-expression.
“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,” the team stated.
Curated by Roger Gastman, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist, the exhibition features over 100 artists. The exhibits take the form of murals, mixed-media sculpture, and even a fully functional tattoo parlor. BEYOND THE STREETS also marks the US debut of “Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent,” by Shepard Fairley, as well as a special installation featuring artifacts and ephemera from the Beastie Boys.
“You only get a chance to debut in New York once, so we wanted to do it right,” said Gastman in an opening speech.
Those interested in seeing “BEYOND THE STREETS” can visit their website and book tickets here.
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Neighborhoods : Williamsburg