Looks Good: Born In The Streets

July 10, 2009

graffitiFor anyone in Paris right now there is a must-see exhibition that just opened up at the Fondation Cartier. “Born In the Streets: Graffiti” is about the energy and artistry of graffiti art from its heyday in the 70s and 80s through art of the present day. Instead of showing a bland retrospective comprised of photographs of tags arranged in a grid on a wall, the Fondation has transformed itself into a canvas upon which artists of today and yesterday are leaving their vivid marks. One of the galleries contains a train car upon which artists have reproduced a famous piece from the 80s, another space features digital projections of a graffiti taxonomy project that analyzes the different letterforms used by writers across the world. The process of making graffiti is as much a part of the show as the product and there will also be live demonstrations as well as films featuring the different styles found around the globe.

"Born In The Streets" Exhibition Catalog

"Born In The Streets" Exhibition Catalog

Artists (clockwise from top left): Part One, Oliver Kosta-Thefaine, Barry McGee, Gerard Zlotykamien & Basko Vasko

Artists (clockwise from top left): Part One, Oliver Kosta-Thefaine, Barry McGee, Gerard Zlotykamien & Basko Vasko

My sister who is studying in France, has been working on this show as a part of her masters program. I wish I could be there in person to see it but even from here I can tell what a success it is. Congratulations Mer, it looks amazing!

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