A couple weeks ago while in sunny and traffic-filled Los Angeles, I visited a showcase that I was dying to experience as soon as I saw people I follow on IG post about it during the grand opening: BEYOND THE STREETS!
It features original works from incredible artists including (but not limited to): Shepard Fairey, Retna, Takashi Murakami, Haze, and more in 40,000+ square feet of space. And let me tell ya, it felt as big as it sounds.
You definitely, definitely, definitely get your money's worth.
Throughout the showcase there are immersive exhibits and environments, especially towards the end. They even have been hosting some panel discussions with featured artists and other events on some dates - you can check out what they have for the remainder of their calendar on the flyer posted at the end of this post.
The first installation you see before you even enter the space is "An outdoor garden installation by Ron Finley, the LA-based artivist and community leader known for ‘gangsta gardening’ projects (deemed illegal by city officials) to bring food sources back to inner city communities." There are sunflowers in there (my fave)!
I really loved reading all the wall labels for every work of art (timely but worth it). You get to learn so much not only about the artists but the history of street art as well (like the one about spray paint imaged below).
There are a handful of artists I was unaware of that I walked away a huge fan of, such as: photographer Martha Cooper, LADY PINK, Stephen Powers, DABSMYLA, Sam Friedman, and Richard Coleman.
If you are a fan of street art, graffiti, history, or just art in general, I highly recommend making it out to BEYOND THE STREETS before they close. The last day of the (already extended) showcase is August 26th!
Please browse the gallery below!