BEYOND THE STREETS, the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond, will debut Shepard Fairey’s 30th anniversary show, “Facing The Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent,” when it opens in Brooklyn on June 21st.
A retrospective of the pioneering street artist, “Facing The Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent,” surveys over 30 artworks that demonstrate the evolution of Fairey’s art and concepts over the last three decades. The show represents a dialogue between his 19-year-old punk beginnings and his current life as a 49-year-old artist, activist, punk, father, and husband who’s journeyed through trials both metaphorically and literally.
Featured artworks, selected in collaboration with curator Pedro Alonzo due to their importance aesthetically and conceptually, address recurring topics in the artist’s career such as phenomenology, self-empowerment, rebellion, abuse of power, environmental destruction, racism, gender inequality, xenophobia, campaign finance reform, the military industrial complex, propaganda, war and peace, and economic imperialism.
For the first time, Fairey will showcase many of works as 30 x 41-inch hand painted multiples, a medium that has long been unavailable on the primary market.
Continuing its mission to elevate the artform and defy conventions, BEYOND THE STREETS New York will take over two floors of Twenty Five Kent. Fairey will join more than 150 of society’s most pervasive mark makers and rule breakers with additional immersive installations from the likes of Beastie Boys, FUTURA, Cleon Peterson, Jenny Holzer, Paul INSECT, BAST, Takashi Murakami, Guerilla Girls, a functioning tattoo parlor by Bert Krak & Alexis Ross and much more.
Curated by graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman, BEYOND THE STREETS examines the fundamental human need for public self-expression, highlighting artists with roots in graffiti and street art whose work has evolved into highly disciplined studio practices, alongside important cultural figures inspired by these art forms. For New York, the travelling art experience takes an expanded look at the role of music and the theme of artist activism.
BEYOND THE STREETS opens at 25 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY on June 21st for a limited time. For tickets, hours of operation and more information, please visit: BEYONDTHESTREETS.COM.