treet art goes from graffiti to gallery at this exhibition in Shanghai, which is showcasing pioneers of the art form for the first time in mainland China.
On now till April 24 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Post Contemporary Urban Graphics 7019 exhibit brings together eight graffiti artists from the US and Europe whose works appeared everywhere from the streets of France to the US presidential election.
The artists range from Shepard Fairey, known for his iconic Obama “Hope” poster and the streetwear label Obey, to John Matos Crash, who’s vibrant, cartoon-like images have appeared on New York building walls and Eric Clapton’s guitars.
Alongside them is Christopher Aghirre Schwarz, better known a Zevs, who’s dripping depiction of well-known brands make up his Liquidation series, Thoma Vuille and his grinning cartoon cat called Monsieur Chat, the geometrical lithographs of L’Atlas aka Jules Dedet Granel, and the life-like wall chiselings of Alexandre Manuel Dias Farto, who goes by the moniker of Vhil.
Long considered a deviant art form, graffiti has now been elevated to everyday fashion and high-end galleries, and the exhibition examines it from a new perspective while addressing issues such as urban humanism and street culture.
“For me, working in the public space is an opportunity to work directly with the city, a way of contributing to the wellbeing of its citizens while helping to embellish the environment they live in,” Vhils told Shanghai Daily.
“An exhibition like this one helps clarify this issue to the public, to help them understand the vitality and diversity of the movement. What it also shows is that art is art, regardless of the context in which it’s being created or presented,” he added.
Post Contemporary Urban Graphics 7019
Now till April 24, 10am to 6pm
¥40 for students with valid ID
Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Shanghai
Gate 7, People’s Park, 231 Nanjing Xi Road
Nearest metro station: People’s Square