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Top & Bottom: Installation image, Beyond the Streets. Photos by Edward Goldman.

If you saw or heard of graffiti art 50 years ago, it was considered to be a blight of the city streets. But now, decades later, it’s quite a different story. Thanks to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, street art started to acquire a certain amount of respect. When MoCA Los Angeles opened its groundbreaking exhibition Art in the Streets in 2011, it still felt mildly scandalous. But the exhibition, with its messy, explosive, and joyful energy, was a resounding success with the public. It was what I described then as “art behaving badly!


Top & Bottom: Installation image, Beyond the Streets. Photos by Edward Goldman.

Last weekend, another bigger and even more adventurous street art exhibition, Beyond the Streets, opened in a sprawling industrial space in Downtown Los Angeles, about a half-mile from Union Station. The curator, Roger Gastman, is not only a collector, graffiti historian, and urban anthropologist – he also was co-curator of MoCA’s Art in the Streets 7 years ago.


Top & Bottom: Installation image, Beyond the Streets. Photos by Edward Goldman.

I was invited to have a walk-through with Gastman a day before the official opening. Most of the artworks were already installed – with some artists still adding finishing touches.


Top & Bottom: Installation image, Beyond the Streets. Photos by Edward Goldman.

Entering the exhibition’s huge industrial space, I felt high from the get-go. And it was a happy and healthy high, thanks to all the interactive installations, paintings, sculptures, and photography covering 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.


Cover of the catalog for Beyond the Streets. Courtesy Beyond the Streets.

Just as MoCA’s 2011 exhibition brought street art’s energy into a museum, the Beyond the Streets extravaganza brings museum-quality presentation to street art. It’s an absolute must-see exhibition that runs through July 6.

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