Give My Regards to "Art In the Streets"

Trina Calderon

Jeffrey Deitch's groundbreaking "Art In the Streets" exhibit finally opened its doors last week at the MOCA Los Angeles, spawning a number of other graffiti-related exhibits. With all of these hot street art shows in town drawing steady crowds, it seems like the city is high on spray paint fumes. If you're in L.A. and find yourself wanting more after visiting MoCA LA, here are some of your best bets for street art and graffiti art offshoot shows happening around town.
L.A. Freewalls Project
The L.A. Freewalls Project, helmed by curator and street art advocate Daniel Lahoda, consists of 47 murals throughout L.A.'s Art District in Eastern downtown. About a third of the artists showing at "Art In the Streets" have work in this ongoing installation as well, which Lahoda says makes his project "pretty representative of the current zeitgeist in street-art and graffiti. The goal is to create the largest outdoor museum in the world, and we're well on our way." Artists involved include SABER, Shepard Fairey, Martha Cooper, SWOON, Kid Zoom, Ron English, Augustine Kofie, Lady Aiko, and others. Go for a stroll in the neighborhoods just south of MOCA and you're bound to run into one of their amazing pieces.
Lahoda Fine Arts, LLC. 652 Mateo St.


Kathy Grayson (former director of  Manhattan galleries The Hole NYC and Deitch Projects) curated this fun pop-art-meets-street-art show around re-imaginings of the human face, which Grayson calls "the universal element of human perception." The show combines several East and West Coast street artists, including "Art in the Streets" participants SWOON, KAWS, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and Barry McGee along with Takashi Murakami, Jane Moseley, Clare Rojas, David Shrigley, Gary Webb, and many others. Re-interpreted faces are shown in an intriguing range of mediums including sculpture, silkscreen prints, cutouts, 8-bit animations, and even a piano. This is also the first time a show at space Royal/T (which has been a home to mostly cool pop-up shows and other Hollywood events) has featured art work that is all for sale.
Royal/T Café, 8910 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, through May 31.
Martha Cooper Remix
Photographer Martha Cooper is well-known for her amazing documentary photos of the New York graffiti scene as well as her definitive book on the topic, Subway Art, (co-authored with Henry Chalfant). Cooper's photos include a who's who of important graffiti artists including Dondi, Crash and Lady Pink, and "Remix" features original interpretations of these classic images in a range of media. Participating "Remix" artists include Anthony Lister, Aeon Blade, Claw, Daze, Jane Dickson, Dr. Revolt, Fumakaga, Lee Quinones, Swoon, T-Kid, Terror161 and more.
Carmichael Gallery,5795 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA, Tues.-Sat: 12 pm-6 p.m. and by appointment.

Art, Access & Decay: New York 1975-1985
Curated by Peter Frank and Lisa Kahane, this exhibit showcases a new DIY art movement that emerged in New York City from 1975-1985. At its core, artists involved in the movement were rebelling against academia and the commercialism of the elite SoHo art world, favoring guerrilla tactics that would later be appropriated in high-art. Participating artists include John Ahearn, Liza Bear CRASH, Jody Culkin, DAZE, Jane Dickson, Julie Harrison, KOOR, Richard Miller, Joseph Nechvatal, and others.
Subliminal Projects Gallery, 1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m; Sat., 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Through April 30.

Blurring the Lines

Roger Gastman, co-curator of "Art in the Streets" and co-author of the newly released book The History of Graffiti, is bringing an epic graffiti show to Corey Helford Gallery. New works by noted graffiti artists CRASH, FREEDOM, and RISK will be showcased in yet another contemporary art convergence of West Coast and East Coast street artists. CRASH is a legend of New York subway artist and FREEDOM became well-known after he painted for 16 years in an abandoned, two-mile stretch of New York subway tunnel later dubbed "Freedom Tunnel."  RISK, whose amazing bus installation outside MOCA LA has been a much buzzed-about piece from "Art in the Streets," will unveil his work, "Styles for Miles,"  featuring works on canvases made from vintage license plates. Also of note at this gallery is" Going Nowhere Fast," a show by UK street artist D*Face on view through April 27th. It features a collection of new works of sculpture, painting, and installations that explore fame, power, and materialism.
Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City, Tues.-Sat.,12 p.m.-6 p.m. April 30-May 18.        

Above the Radar

This show at Crewest -- a gallery that champions underground graffiti artists and art that's relevant to the West Coast street experience -- celebrates the global network of lesser-known street artists and features works in 3-D, vinyl toys, stencils, prints, and more. Artists include: 2wenty, Chor Boogie, DCYPHER, DENZ One, El Niño Elvis, Homo Riot, IROK, Max Neutra, Sahl, Scotch!, Septerhed, Sergio D, SMEAR, Thomas the Messenger, and more.
Crewest, 110 Winston St. Tues-Thur., 12 p.m.-7 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Through  May 1.

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