“Art In The Streets” at MOCA

Posted by The G on May 31, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy, Street Art | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Any Person Found Painting Graffiti on These Premises Will Be Reported - To The Nearest Art Dealer by Banksy.

Prior to the opening of the “Art In The Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the exhibit.  MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch ordered the removal of a mural he sanctioned, the final list of included artists was missing many legends in street art and many artists were getting busted by police.  I had mixed feelings going into the exhibit but from the second I set foot until the moment I left, all I can say is that if you are a fan of street art or graffiti, you cannot even think about missing this exhibit.

Keith Haring

First off, the “Art In The Streets” exhibit is enormous!  There are approximately 65 sections featuring different periods and artists in this urban movement and each portion is more amazing than the one before it.  Alleyways and the influential New York art space Fun Gallery have been recreated, large scale murals are featured everywhere, and there are photos, paintings, sculptures and films throughout the exhibit.  This is in fact one of the rare instances where the catalog of the show is worth getting.  Ironic, since they allow photography (without the use of flash) inside the museum.  Typically, museums will not allow photos so that you will buy the book, but I will certainly mention this exhibit the next time I enter a museum and they try and stop me from taking pictures.

Fun Gallery

Some of the artists that are prominently featured are Rammellzee, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, Banksy, Jamie Reid, Crash, Futura, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy, Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Lee Quinones, Roa, Eine, Craig Stecyk III, Gusmano Cesaretti, Retna, Chaz Bojorquez, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Ed Templeton, Kaws, Larry Clark, Craig Costello, Terry Richardson, Mark Gonzales, Cheryl Dunn, Neckface, Freedom, Andre, Os Gemeos, Mister Cartoon, Saber, Revok, JR and so many more!  You will definitely need several hours to attempt to take it all in.

Os Gemeos

 “Art In The Streets” is on display until August 8, 2011 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles and you should not miss it under any circumstance!

Partial view of "Art In The Streets" at MOCA

The Spray Paint Hall of Fame

Saber – The Amercian Graffiti Artist

Posted by The G on May 5, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Saber.

Saber - The American Graffiti Artist

Saber - The American Graffiti Artist. Now showing at The Opera Gallery in New York.

Saber is a graffiti legend.  His 1997 work on the bank of the Los Angeles River was the largest graffiti painting ever.  Spanning  250 x 55 feet, it remained visible (from the ground or via satellite) for 12 years!  The artist has a new solo show at the Opera Gallery in New York entireld “Saber – The American Graffiti Artist.” 

Saber - The American Graffiti Artist

Saber - The American Graffiti Artist

The opening night reception drew an all star crowd including Ron English, Jon Burgerman, Anthony Sneed, Beau Stanton, Sweet Toof and of course the guest of honor – Saber.

There is so much detail and color in Saber’s works, you will definitely want to swing by the Opera Gallery and see these wonderful works of art in person.  The Opera Gallery is located at 115 Spring Street in Manhattan.

Saber - The American Graffiti Artist

Saber - The American Graffiti Artist

G Meets Artist SABER

Posted by The G on June 6, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

Photo taken with my hand.

SABER and G.

Artist SABER had already been known as a legend in the world of graffiti but in 1997, he became an international superstar.  He covered the sloping cement bank of the Los Angeles River, making it the largest piece of graffiti ever created!  The piece is the size of a football field and he used 97 gallons of paint and completed the project over 35 nights!  When I met SABER at the launch for the book Beyond the Street, which is an amazing book, by the way, he was super cool and posed for a photo with me.  SABER just released a book of his own called SABER: MAD SOCIETY.  Check out his stuff, it’s really awesome!  Thanks SABER!

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