Graffiti has been with us for decades - and a drive around pretty much any urban environment in the world is testament that the artform is here to stay.
Now a fat book and a big show in Los Angeles is paying the long overdue respect to street art and its most prominent and promising artists.
Los Angeles' first graffiti artist-owned art gallery, Crewest Gallery is showing "GRAFFITI WORLD" Art Exhibition until March 27th.
The artwork in this exhibition is selected from some of the world's most respected and upcoming graffiti and street artists featured in "GRAFFITI WORLD: Street Art from Five Continents", the recently published art book by Nicholas Ganz and edited by Tristan Manco (published by Abrams Books, November 2004).
Crewest Gallery art gallery is owned and operated by Man One, a leading Los Angeles graffiti artist. Crewest Gallery has hosted local and world renowned urban artists since its 2002 inception. The gallery operates as an advocate for underground artists featuring monthly exhibits including the promotion of local DJ's, bands and more.
Crewest's mission statement clearly defines the need to expose the best unknown artists while educating the public and enhancing the artistic culture in Los Angeles. "We promote only the most talented underground artists, known and unknown, from the West Coast and beyond.
From graffiti to digital art, from paint to sculpture, our art exhibits are focused on what's
current, relevant, and happening now. Our purpose is to promote gifted artists whose work may be too edgy and non-conventional for other elitist venues. "We cater to art that speaks to the heart and soul as well as the mind. We believe in bringing raw and powerful artwork to
the people of Los Angeles," states Man One.
"GRAFFITI WORLD" Art Exhibition
Date: 25th February - 27th March 2005
Place: Crewest Gallery, Alhambra, CA
Text: Reto Caduff