This past weekend on the advent of the Summer Solstice, another experience - perhaps religious - but no doubt meaningful opened in New York City. We are of course talking about Beyond The Streets: NYC. After the huge success of the LA show in 2018, the team took the show to the birthplace of modern Graffiti - New York City.
Dubbed "THE PREMIER EXHIBITION OF GRAFFITI, STREET ART & BEYOND", the show more than lives up to the breadth and scope that it has attempted to capture in one location. With more than 125 participating artists from a wide range of backgrounds that combined together make up the diverse facets of graffiti culture, this is a show of just enormous undertaking.
Roger Gastman - Lead Curator
What really sets apart this show from previous graffiti overviews, is the curatorial effort lead by Roger Gastman. Gastman's roots are deep within graffiti culture and has worked tirelessly to shine the light not only on new up and coming artists, but properly document the history of this multi-faceted art form. Having successfully partnered in MOCA's Art In The Streets exhibit a number of years back, the Beyond the Streets exhibits are 100% his brain child and guidance, which is shown in its careful artist selection from multiple graffiti touchpoints. With help and support from Ian Mazie (producer) and co-curators: Evan Pricco, David CHINO Villorente, and Sacha Jenkins SHR - this team has really deepened what it means to be a graffiti exhibition.
A Photo Review of Beyond The Streets: NYC
In case you are not able to make it to New York City in the near term (aka this summer). We had the Spray Planet / Montana Colors team at the Beyond the Streets opening to document the exhibit and give you at least a taste of what you can see. Granted visiting over the summer will mean more crowds, perhaps less artists from the show on hand - but the graffiti sensory submersion will be there for your enjoyment.
How to See Beyond The Streets: NYC Exhibit
If you are planning on being in New York City between June 21-August 2019, you definitely need to add visiting Beyond the Streets to your itinerary. With over 100,000 square feet of graffiti, street art and related artists works on display, you'll kick yourself if you miss it. The curated museum quality experience is located at:
25 Kent Ave, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (NYC).
The exhibit is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am - 8pm and closed Monday & Tuesday. The price is reasonable at $25/person. If you do plan on going, this is not a quick drop in, but instead should be something you plan on spending 2-3 hours at in order to fully experience it.
Shepard Fairy OBEY x MTN Colors Limited Edition Can Release
In conjunction with the opening of Beyond the Streets: NYC, Shepard Fairey, BTS and Montana Colors collaborated to release three (3) all new OBEY Limited Edition spray cans. Released on June 21st, they commemorate the new exhibition launch.