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Beyond the Streets

André Saraiva's street art featuring his popular figure "Mr. A"

Beyond the Streets is the definitive showcase of graffiti and street art whose exhibition is now open to the public in Los Angeles until July 6. 

The graffiti and street art collection includes a variety of immersive exhibits and environments showcasing French artists Invader, Maripol, and André Saraiva. The exhibition will also include work from A-One and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The collection is curated by collector, curator, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gatsman; Gatsman curated this new grafitti-street based collection as a follow-up to his previous collection “Art in the Streets,” which broke MoCA Los Angeles’ attendance record with over 200,000 visitors from around the world.

The French artists showcased at the Beyond the Streets exhibit contradict the stereotypical connotation of graffiti and instead create positive images throughout urban settings. Invader, for example, attempts to "invade" cities --which is where the name originated-- with about 20-50 creative, art installations. Invader currently has 3669 invasions in 76 cities. 

Similarly, André Saraiva takes a positive spin on street art creating friendly, utopian pieces. Saraiva primarily creates pieces for his "I Love Graffiti" and "Mr. A" collections, which feature the uncommonly used color pink and smiling, content faces. 

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