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The New York Times - ‘Beyond the Streets’ Embraces the Sprawling World of Graffiti

An epically scaled exhibition flaunts the art form’s pioneers as well as its provocateurs.


Article originally published August 22, 2019 on The New York Times

Admirably, the traveling exhibition “Beyond the Streets” tells both of those stories side by side, and sometimes all at once. Curated by Roger Gastman, it takes up two floors of a huge new development in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Less a narratively driven exhibition than a themed amusement park of all things graffiti and post-graffiti, it embraces the movement’s many tributaries — even ones that seem at odds with one another, via an epically scaled show that takes in historical images and contemporary art, hyper-stylized abstraction and gut-level immediacy, news accounts and ephemera.

Beyond the Streets

Through Sept. 29 at 25 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn;

Jon Caramanica is a pop music critic for The Times and the host of the Popcast. He also writes the men's Critical Shopper column for Styles. He previously worked for Vibe magazine, and has written for the Village Voice, Spin, XXL and more. @joncaramanica