Wow, I am truly excited about this upcoming exhibit! From June 17 onwards, Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Haring and so many others are all going to participate in the upcoming Street Art Show at the Opera Gallery. Street Art has definitely arrived in the shores of the famous and posh Bond Street spraying cans of love to the (supposedly) elite art audience. From an underground phenomena years ago, graffitti art is now as mainstream as can be. And there´s no turning back.
As an underground genre, graffiti art is really created for the general public, but perhaps, the prospect of being able to exhibit in an established gallery is (consciously and subconsciously) an objective of every artist, underground or not. Though catering to an elite audience, private galleries ensure that their artworks are taken care of and documented, which the merciless streets unfortunately cannot rightfully defend and conserve. Read More »
Better late than never. I have just seen Banksy´s documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop which was already shown at the Sundance in 2010. After seeing some works of Mr. Brainwash at the Opera Gallery the other day, I just had to see it. It´s supposed to be the story of his evolution from an eccentric French shop keeper to a world-renowned street artist.
I love underdog stories like these. I do find myself cheering for people who came out of nowhere and then boom, suddenly being tossed in a sort of X-factor limelight. I guess it just gives me some form of catharsis. But you know what´s different about Thierry Guetta, a.k.a Mr. Brainwash? Well aside from the fact, that he didn´t look young and hip, he didn´t plan to be an artist. It just came to be.