In recent years, the street art movement has made great strides in demonstrating its undeniable social appeal. The demand for its aesthetic has spread in a myriad of directions.
There is incredible demand for art on surfboards, limited edition sneakers, toys, apparel and more. Commissions by big names like Louis Vuitton (in San Francisco based artist Reyes’ case) have also become reality. Passionate organizations such as Viva La Art are marrying art with philanthropy to establish a deeper connection to the community.
Then came groundbreaking recognition by traditional art institutions. MOCA’s Art in the Streets was the first major U.S. museum study of graffiti and street art. The exhibition featured work by 50 prominent artists, including Retna, whose poetic typography is seen throughout the streets of Los Angeles. This show marked the highest exhibition attendance in the museum’s history, beating previous records set by Andy Warhol and Murakami. In response to the unprecedented demand, Pasadena Museum of California Art held its own exhibition, “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas.” Most recently, Doyle Auction House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side (one of the world’s largest auctioneers/appraisers of fine art), held its first street art auction in the U.S. on Oct. 16; curator Angelo Madrigale selected 46 works by top artists, including Banksy.
When it comes to providing cultural enrichment, revitalization of the urban landscape and connecting with the community it shares public space with, here are the prominent players in the L.A. street art scene that support the outrageous talent it has cultivated for so many years. Here’s to making sure that street art continues to transcend former perceptions.
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-Joy Bitonio, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles