Art Inspection

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

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

The Venice Pavilion

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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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