(with Case, above)
All these artists hit Portsmouth, New Hampshire for the Outside/In
and Street A.K.A. Museum
shows, that were curated by LeBasse Projects
for the Portsmouth Museum of Art
- details here
artists: Alexandros Vasmoulakis
, Shark Toof
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
thanks to Bumblebee for the images
This show couldn't fail with the talent that's involved, and in parts it is really great. The Os Gemeos, Barry McGee and Steve Powers sections stood out for me. Banksy's section is good; it's great to see the classic stencils mixed in with newer pieces (for me it's really special to see the simple stencils that first got me into street art in London - 'Buried treasure'
and 'This is not a photo opportunity'
). This show will go down as an important event, and it will help broaden recognition of street art.
But Art in the Streets
is a missed opportunity: the show focuses so heavily on graffiti that it ignores so many of the important street artists that have been active in the last 10 years, without whom this show would not have happened. The 'street art movement' of the last 10 years is minimally represented; of the hundreds of artists that have appeared on Unurth, only about 12 are represented in this show (of ~95 total). Some people say that's necessary to give a historical perspective; but it's hard to make that case when the most important influence (Blek le Rat) on the most acclaimed artist in the show (Banksy) is absent.
And the Blu debacle
matters; the show is much poorer for his absence, and the spirit that he represents.
The Banksy gallery:
Shepard Fairey, Neckface, Kaws, Swoon, Andre, Retna
Keith Haring, John Fekner, Steve Powers/ ESPO, Barry McGee, Amaze, Futura
Roa, Space Invader
MOCA's information on the show
Fauxreel's latest installation, a convincing illusion of abandoned store fronts, is for an exhibition at Toronto's Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
. It is inspired by a project he did with Specter
in 2008 called 'A City Renewal Project'
, whereby they recreated abandoned storefronts 'as artistic monuments and documenting their history amidst the gentrified frenzy of urban change'.
See more by Fauxreel
, and my interview with him
opened an amazing looking show at the Brazilian Art Museum (MAB-FAAP) last night. Check out lots of great images here
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