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Beyond the Street – New York City Launch

Posted in Publication, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by wallkandy

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this already, maybe I imagined I had or maybe I just can’t see for looking.  It’s a great book with plenty to keep you occupied with over 100 interviews & plenty of accompanying images.

Beyond the Street
Editors: Patrick Nguyen, Stuart Mackenzie

Release: April 2010
Price: € 49,90 / $ 78,00 / £ 45,00
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 400 pages, full color, hardcover, quarter-bound with hot foil embossing
ISBN: 978-3-89955-290-4

Amazon Price £37.75 inc delivery, buy your copy Here

Here’s the publishers blurb

Comprised of interviews with 100 key players from around the world, Beyond the Street offers a comprehensive examination of street and urban art. Insiders Patrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie question each of their subjects on every conceivable aspect of the genre – from the past to the future, from the artists’ ideals to their daily lives, from working in complete freedom to working in the art and commercial worlds. The thought-provoking range of answers make the 400-page book an incomparably extensive source of direct, unfiltered information.

Beyond the Street features interviews with leading artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon, and Os Gemeos. The book also offers the views of representatives of the most important sales outlets for street art including Jeffrey Deitch and Jonathan LeVine Gallery. In addition, curators from auction houses such as Christie’s and Phillips de Pury comment on the development of street art in a classical art context. Interviews with key commentators, collectors, and enthusiasts such as Martha Cooper, Wooster Collective, and Agnes B. provide further insight. Brought together, these separate and distinct perspectives create a uniquely authentic collective portrait of street and urban art that is captivating, informative, and entertaining.

Each interview in Beyond the Street is richly illustrated with photographs of an inspiring collection of work. In addition to presenting outdoor work, the book also features the pieces that the artists have created for exhibitions and other indoor spaces. The commercial aspect of the street art movement is rigorously documented for the first time. Among the photographs featured are a number of images of the artists’ studios or the artists themselves at work, providing a rare glimpse into their methods and environments.

Features: 12ozProphet. Aaron Rose. Agnès B. Akay. Alexandre Farto (a.k.a. Vhils). Alëxone Dizac. A.L.I.C.E. Gallery. Andipa Gallery. Anthony Lister. Bast. Beejoir. Black Rat Press Gallery. Blek le Rat. BLK / MRKT Gallery. Blu. Boris Hoppek. Boris Tellegen (a.k.a. Delta). Brad Downey. Carmichael Gallery. Christie’s. Circleculture Gallery. Conor Harrington. Dan Witz. Dave Kinsey. David Choe. Deitch Projects. D*Face. Dolk. Doze Green. Dzine. Eine. Elbow-Toe. Ericailcane. Escif. Faile. Futura. Gaia. Galerie L.J. Galerie Magda Danysz. Galleria Patricia Armocida. Herakut. HuskMitNavn. Iguapop Gallery. Invader. Jonathan LeVine Gallery. José Parlá. JR. Judith Supine. Juxtapoz Magazine. kennardphillipps. Know Hope. Labrona. Lazarides Gallery. Logan Hicks. Lucas Price (a.k.a. Cyclops). Lucy McLauchlan. Mark Jenkins. Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant. Matt Small. Miss Van. Mode 2. Momo. N2 Gallery. New Image Art. Nick Walker. Nuart Festival. Nuria Mora. Os Gêmeos. Other. Patti Astor. Pedro Alonzo. Phillips de Pury & Company. Retna. Ron English. Saber. Sam3. Shepard Fairey. Sixeart. Slinkachu. Sotheby’s. Souled Out Studios. Speto. SpY. Stelios Faitakis. Stephan Doitschinoff (a.k.a. Calma). Steve Powers (a.k.a. ESPO). StolenSpace Gallery. Studio Cromie / FAME Festival. Subliminal Projects Gallery. Sweet Toof. Swoon. Tate Modern. Titi Freak. Todd James. Tristan Manco. V1 Gallery. WallKandy Art Forum. Walter Nomura (a.k.a. Tinho). WK Interact. Wooster Collective. Zevs.

Reception: Thursday, May 27th, 6 – 8 pm

Deitch Projects
18 Wooster Street
New York, NY  10013

Kindly RSVP by May 26th,

PLEASE NOTE: Although this is an open event, guests must RSVP at the above email address. Guests are recommended to show up early — the gallery has a strict policy of a maximum of 189 people on its premises at any one time.

Book signing with featured contributors including 12ozProphet / Allen Benedikt, Dzine, Elbow-Toe, Faile, Gaia, Henry Chalfant, Jonathan LeVine, José Parlá, Labrona, Logan Hicks, Martha Cooper, MOMO, Patti Astor, Pedro Alonzo, Ron English, Saber, Sweet Toof, WK Interact and Wooster Collective / Marc and Sara Schiller.


Interview with Mike Snelle of Black Rat Projects

Posted in Gallerist Interviews, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by stuey09
By Stuart Mackenzie
Opening night Photo © Black Rat Projects

If you tried to list the names of influential street artists during the previous 30 years, the chances are you’d just about recite the roster that Black Rat Press have put together for Now’s The Time, their current exhibition.  We caught up with BRP’s Mike Snelle to discuss the latest show.

Now’s The Time, has brought together work from some significantly influential contemporary artists.  What made you decide to host this show?

This is a show I have wanted to do for at least two years but when we were running a gallery schedule with ten exhibitions a year I couldn’t find the time necessary to try and put it together. At the risk of sounding trite now was a good time for me personally and the gallery to attempt to put this show together as well as feeling like the right time in the wider sense. I feel like during the intensity of the previous couple of years a show like this would have been a bit lost amongst the barrage on street art related events and news. Now things are a little calmer and the dust has settled I think it is fair to say that within the wider street art movement (and I am not sure that expression is entirely correct or meaningful) are a number of artists whose cultural impact and lasting significance is hard to deny. This list is incomplete and to some extent subjective but this was an early stab at putting a show together where the importance of each artist’s contribution to our culture was undeniable. I think there are other artists that would be on my own more subjective list but I felt it important to try and put together an exhibition where there would be the widest possible agreement that the artists on show are influential and important.

It’s interesting that in the past 12 months, which has been during a less hyped and speculative period, there have been more Museum interest that during the more frenzied time. I also know that there are a number of other Museum shows planned for the coming twelve months. I think we will see an increasing number of exhibitions, both commercial and public which attempt to put contemporary street artists in an art historical context.

Barry McGee Untitled – 2004

BRP has previously been very proactive over the previous couple of years in showcasing new work from major street artists.  Any hesitation in your first art show of the year featuring secondary works?

In short, no. BRP as a gallery has been open not even 3 years and it’s been a steep learning curve. I think we have made some mistakes along the way but have learnt a huge amount being such a young gallery involved in the art world at a time in which things have changed so much. The street art world and community is unrecognizable from 5 years ago when I first got involved. One of the things I guess we have learnt is that people will criticize you whatever it is you choose to do and that following what you believe and not being swayed by that criticism is both the only way to stay sane and to run a gallery that you hope will win respect long term.

Representing artists is both the most challenging and rewarded part of running a gallery. I have learnt more about art from conversations with artists we have worked with that in the 7 years before I got involved in the primary part of the art world. Working directly with artists is a privileged part of what we do and we will continue to be heavily involved.

in that. However for some exhibition ideas to work you have to look outside your own circle of artists and friends.

Also we want to be involved in more projects like Swoon’s Swimming Cities, and full gallery installations which are not financially viable as freestanding projects. Matt Small would like at some point to do an exhibition of work based of his Zambia experience where part of the proceeds go back to the school we worked with.  These are things we would like to be involved with but they are financially draining and using secondary market sales in artists we believe in but don’t represent to help finance them seems to be a natural way to find a balance. If you look outside our own part of the art world and at any major contemporary gallery they use this balance between primary and secondary markets to facilitate ambitious projects by the artists they represent.

And what of the future, what’s coming up for BRP?

We have various projects planned, both in our space and other things for 2010. Exhibitions include the infamous (but not yet in our corner of the art world) Australian artist Adam Cullen, a Matt Small Zambia show and solo shows by Matt Small and Swoon.

Now’s The Time’, (named after a Basquiat painting of the same title), is an exhibition which brings together the most important and influential street artists of the past 4 decades and will run until May 20th.

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‘Now’s The Time’ – Black Rat Projects

Posted in Art, Shows, Events & Venues with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by wallkandy

This week Wallkandy will be visiting Black Rat Projects (formally Black Rat Press) who have their first show of 2010 opening on Friday.

From Black Rat Projects

‘Now ‘s the Time’ features important works by arguably the most influential artists ever to have worked in the streets. We will be exhibiting works by artists including Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Banksy, Barry McGee, Faile and Os Gemeos. The exhibition opens on April 23rd.

We will post Gallery photos later this week but you can check out other shows at Black Rat by visiting my gallery sets

Photos will also be posted on

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