Monday, March 21, 2011

First Major Historical Survey of Graffiti and Street Art Coming to Brooklyn Museum Next Spring

Posted by on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Installation view, Todd James, Steve Powers and Barry McGee, Street Market

Jeffrey Deitch, formerly of New York's most street art-savvy gallery Deitch Projects and now director of Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art, has taken his brand of populist, youth-courting art west (see last year's Dennis Hopper retrospective), and he'll continue in that vein when the first major museum survey of graffiti, street art and street art photography, Art in the Streets, opens there next month. Better yet, the exhibition will be coming to the Brooklyn Museum next year, from March 30 to July 8, 2012.

Combined with the likely arrival of the National Portrait Gallery's controversial—but by all accounts excellent—Hide/Seek at the end of this year, it's shaping up to be a very exciting 2011-12 season at the Brooklyn Museum.

A centerpiece of the exhibition in L.A. will be a re-installation of Todd James, Barry McGee and Steve Powers's massive Street Market installation from 2000 (pictured), originally mounted at Deitch's 18 Wooster Street space in Soho. The original installation featured two over-turned trucks, a series of tagged-up storefronts and innumerable pieces by each artist. Seems like the kind of thing that would fit perfectly in the Brooklyn Museum's newly renovated Great Hall, no? (art21)

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