Real grafﬁti is no longer found just on streets and in alleyways, these urban art-speciﬁc spots in Los Angeles, Helsinki and Denver show how far it has evolved.
HAM GRAFFITI EXHIBITION
To get schooled on the art form, Grafﬁti (till Sept 9) at the Helsinki Art Museum delves into the historical roots of grafﬁti art, while tracing its development and contemporary manifestations. The exhibition is divided into two sections: the ﬁrst explores grafﬁ ti as a subculture, lifestyle and art form, while the second takes a look at art in the public space.
BEYOND THE STREETS
That there will be a fully skatable recreation of the Venice Pavilion (the legendary grafﬁti and skate destination in Venice Beach, California) is just one reason to visit Beyond The Streets (till July 6 at the Werkartz studio in LA). Curated by grafﬁti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman, the exhibition involving more than 100 artists includes everything from paintings to sculpture, photography and installations, all celebrating the subculture of grafﬁti and street art.
Hip design hotels know the value of site-speciﬁc work, hence Montreal-based urban art gallery Station 16 Gallery will open its permanent second outpost at Denver’s The Source Hotel. With anemphasis on street art and grafﬁti, the gallery will be an open-to-all art space featuring a roster of localand international urban artists, so you know the lobby will be buzzy and full of scenesters.