Could I be anymore excited right now? Probably not. Finally, it’s time to announce what I’ve been planning quietly for a while now.
This November, I’ll be curating an exhibition of jaw-droppingly impressive street art in London. One day, street art will be in the Tate Modern and there will probably be a museum or two devoted to it, but for now, there is London on November 18th. This exhibition will feature original work by some of the top names in street art: Faile, Banksy, KAWS, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Herakut, Barry McGee and many more. Most of the work will come from private collections, but there will be a few brand new pieces direct from the artists. Naturally I’m bias about this whole exhibition, but I think it’s going to look pretty amazing.
Last summer, the Tate Modern put street art outside their museum, and this year the Bristol Museum let Banksy take over for a few months. Those are definite steps in the right direction, but I’m organizing this exhibition to show to the art world and the public that there are great works of art within the sphere of “street art,” and that street artists deserve a place in art history. Unlike any show that a gallery can organize (not that there’s anything wrong with art galleries), the goal of this exhibition is not to sell work, but to publicize it, and the vast majority of the work on display won’t be for sale. It’s on loan from collectors. To help extend that promotion effort even further, Drago Lab will be publishing a companion book to the exhibition.
You might be wondering, why it is that I keep saying “the exhibition” instead of whatever I’ve decided to call this project? I’ve decided to reach out to the greater street art community for suggestions on what I should name the exhibition. I had a few ideas myself, but I figure somebody out there must have a better name for it than I can possibly come up with. So if you have an idea of what I should call this project, just email it to email@example.com and let me know. I don’t want to turn this into a contest, since it’s more about trying to reach out to the global community of street art fans, but whoever comes up with a name will definitely get a shout out on Vandalog.
The exhibition will be open from November 18th through the 22nd of November at Village Underground in London (54 Holywell Lane, London, EC2A 3PQ).
Also, if you’re a UK based street art collector and interested in getting involved with this project, I’m still looking for more artwork to borrow so just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).