Huge street art exhibition 'Beyond the Streets' to launch in LA ahead of multi-city tour

An immersive exhibition featuring major street artists including Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls, Invader and Kenny Scharf is to launch in Los Angeles in May before heading to New York and other locations.

Curated by graffiti authority Roger Gastman, the show promises to cover graffiti, street art "and beyond," and artists such as Dennis Hopper and Takashi Murakami will also be included in its scope.

In addition to paintings, sculpture and photography, a number of elaborate, site-specific installations are planned, including a full-size, playable handball court featuring work by New York artist Lee Quiñones and a 40-foot by 20-foot double-sided painting by Takashi Murakami that will be hung circularly so viewers can walk inside it.

The premier exhibition will occupy 40,000+ square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space, with Los Angeles-specific highlights set to pay homage to the city's role in art and culture. They include the Venice Pavilion, a fully skateable re-creation of the historic Venice Beach graffiti and skate destination; and an outdoor garden installation by Ron Finley, known for his activism and "gangsta gardening" projects.

Adidas Skateboarding is a co-partner on the Venice Pavilion as well as on a capsule collection of collectibles to be featured at the curated gift shop, which will also offer artist-edition Montana Colors spray paint cans featuring Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and limited-edition Shepard Fairey fiberglass chairs by Modernica.

"Beyond the Streets" is the follow-up to Gastman's "Art in the Streets," a street art retrospective that broke MoCA Los Angeles' attendance records in 2011. The new show will run from May 6 through July 6 in LA, after which organizers plan to bring it to New York and Miami.

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