By it’s name and nature, street-art is typically viewed in the great outdoors. A quick outing into London—be it to Hackney, Camden, or the Southbank—will more often than not greet you with swathes of expression across a range of surfaces.
But street art isn’t confined to the walls outside, nor to the thoroughfares of London; as this exhibition celebrating the worldwide movement will vouch for. Backed by success in New York City and Los Angeles, Beyond The Streets arrived in our capital for Londoners to check out.
Showcasing work from over 150 artists and icons, the giant Beyond The Streets exhibition marks the first time in eight years that a single show has occupied the whole of the Saatchi Gallery—meaning visitors can look forward to 70,000 square feet of street art.
Running until May 9, 2023, and supported by Adidas Originals, Beyond The Streets showcases a treasure trove of work paying homage to the movement. Surround yourself in the worlds of graffiti, street art, hip-hop and punk rock, and learn about the artists who defined them.
Street art on show at the exhibition
Those attending the exhibition can discover the development of public perception on underground art and culture through painting trains, fashion and the music we listen to. While the existence of some street art and graffiti may be short and temporary, the potential impact it delivers can be seismic.
Global creative revolution and rebellion are showcased through “original art, rare ephemera, photography, immersive and site-specific installations, archival fashion, and surprises”. Since the act of graffiti is often inherently secretive, the line-up of artists was kept pretty hush-hush until its opening, and we’ll let you head along yourself to find out more. Another intrinsic element of this culture is a means to challenge authority and leave a mark on an eclectic set of canvases, so you’d be sensible to assume the roster of work reflects this.
Roger Gastman, founder of Beyond The Streets and curator of this exhibition, said: “The story of graffiti and street art can’t be told without highlighting the signiﬁcant role London, and the UK in general played in revolutionising these cultures and continuing to spread the word of their existence.
“Pushing the global narrative has always been of importance to us and we’re honoured to continue telling our story at Saatchi Gallery, whose prestige and impact are unmatched in the UK.”