May 01 2018

A Sneak Peek of LA's Huge Street Art and Graffiti Exhibition 'Beyond the Streets'

Los Angeles-Art Inspection
On view May 6th until July 6th in LA's Chinatown before moving onto NYC, Beyond the Streets exhibits the work of hundreds of history's biggest street and graffiti artists and pays homage to the movement's rich cultural landscape with must-see site-specific installations. 

Curator Roger Gastman, the premier street art and graffiti historian and collector, said about the show, "Beyond the Streets has been a motherfucker; 25 years in the making for me." His goal is to celebrate those who have defined the movement—such as icons Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Dash Snow, Jenny Holzer, and Takashi Murakami—in a totally immersive, one-of-a-kind experience. 

Gastman and team gave us a sneak peek of the show. 

And better yet, The Standard, Downtown LA is offering a 
special Beyond the Streets package. Stay May 6 – July 6 using promo code StreetCred and receive two tickets to the show and a 500-page commemorative book.
Paul Insect, Now We Are Far Away, Acrylic and Spray Paint on
Raw Linen, 2018, 98.8” x 71.2”. Courtesy of Paul Insect.

Paul Insect, Now We Are Far Away, Acrylic and Spray Paint on Raw Linen, 2018, 98.8” x 71.2”. Courtesy of Paul Insect.

Left: Stephen Powers, Onward Foward & Deep in The Feels, Photo by Matthew Kuborn of ESPO’s Art World 2; Right: Esquire Study by POSE, Acrylic, Spray Paint & Paper on
ClayboArd Panel, 72” x 72”, 2017
Photos by Lyndon French.
Left: Stephen Powers, Onward Foward & Deep in The Feels, Photo by Matthew Kuborn of ESPO’s Art World 2; Right: Esquire Study by POSE, Acrylic, Spray Paint & Paper on
ClayboArd Panel, 72” x 72”, 2017
Photos by Lyndon French.
Left: Stephen Powers, Onward Foward & Deep in The Feels, Photo by Matthew Kuborn of ESPO’s Art World 2; Right: Esquire Study by POSE, Acrylic, Spray Paint & Paper on ClayboArd Panel, 72” x 72”, 2017 Photos by Lyndon French.
An in-progress shot of what will be a massive wall of vintage spray cans at the entrance of the exhibit.

An in-progress shot of what will be a massive wall of vintage spray cans at the entrance of the exhibit.

Left: L.A. fingers, 1995, Photo by Estevan Oriol; Right: LIL’ CRAZY LEGS DURING SHOOT FOR
WILD STYLE, RIVERSIDE PARK, NY, 1983, PHOTO © MARTHA COOPER
Left: L.A. fingers, 1995, Photo by Estevan Oriol; Right: LIL’ CRAZY LEGS DURING SHOOT FOR
WILD STYLE, RIVERSIDE PARK, NY, 1983, PHOTO © MARTHA COOPER
Left: L.A. fingers, 1995, Photo by Estevan Oriol; Right: LIL’ CRAZY LEGS DURING SHOOT FOR WILD STYLE, RIVERSIDE PARK, NY, 1983, PHOTO © MARTHA COOPER
The Venice Pavilion
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Beyond the Streets partnered with adidas Skateboarding to re-create the iconic Venice Beach skate spot featuring graffiti from legendary artists of the scene. Bring your board and live out your SoCal dreams. 

The Lee Quiñones Handball Court
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NYC street art icon Lee Quiñones recreated one of his most notable works—his 1982 lion mural on a NYC handball court—just for Beyond the Streets. Like the Venice Pavilion installation, the court is totally usable, so get ready to be transported back in time. 

Cosmic Cavern by Kenny Scharf
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Climb into the mind of Kenny Scharf with a trippy day-glo installation full of cartoons. 

Faile Temple
FAILE TEMPLE, Ceramic, Marble, Bronze, Cast Iron, Steel, Limestone
and Mosaic, 2011, 16’ x 30’ x 14’, Courtesy of FAILE.

FAILE TEMPLE, Ceramic, Marble, Bronze, Cast Iron, Steel, Limestone and Mosaic, 2011, 16’ x 30’ x 14’, Courtesy of FAILE.

The interactive life-size temple by the FAILE duo reimagines the religious structure, giving a new perspective on the definition of "street art." 

Large-scale Graphic Banners by Guerilla Girls
A Guerilla Girls billboard for the NYC Public Art Fund, 1989. 

A Guerilla Girls billboard for the NYC Public Art Fund, 1989. 

The badass feminist collective bring giant, thought-provoking banners to the show. 

A Outdoor Garden Installation by Ron Finley
Ron Finley's South LA urban farm. Photo by Shelby Duncan.

Ron Finley's South LA urban farm. Photo by Shelby Duncan.

We're huge fans of "the gangsta gardener" Ron Finley, the urban farming activist based in South LA (read our interview), and are thrilled he's creating a site-specific garden just for Beyond the Streets.