Banksy and Beyond:
Exploring Street Art
Arts & Culture
August 14, 2017
The Grand View | Lionshead Village
When the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City in 2014, hordes of city-dwellers and tourists followed him around the city, eager to see his latest installation and hoping to catch a glimpse of the anonymous artist. The NYPD similarly spent the month chasing Banksy around, trying in vain to capture and arrest the artist for vandalism.
While Banksy’s identity remains a secret, his work is renowned world-wide and has brought awareness to the field of street art. In this fireside chat, Bill Rey leads a discussion between Michael and RJ Rushmore – father and son, respectively – both of whom are well-versed in street and contemporary art. Together they will define street art, including how it’s different from other forms of contemporary art, and talk about the future of this field.
This discussion will be moderated by Bill Rey, owner of Claggett/Rey Gallery.
Michael Rushmore’s interest in street art was originally ignited by random exposure to controversial images on the brick walls of East London. Unfiltered ideas presented in sometimes Ilegal work were exciting and current. This interest was further powered by a daily conversation on the topic, or walk down an alley, with the local expert who lived upstairs. Over a period of years, Mike’s collection grew to include work by about 40 artists ranging from unknown vandals to those in carefully curated by museums including Swoon, Os Gemeos, JR, Fairey, Banksy and Haring.
RJ Rushmore has explored contemporary art as a writer, curator, photographer, arts administrator, critic and fan. His work focuses on street art, graffiti, public art and net art. He is editor-in-chief of the street art blog Vandalog and co-curator of Art in Ad Places. He has also written two books on street art and graffiti. RJ became a fan of street art alongside his father when they began collecting art and searching out street art together in early 2008. Since then, RJ has become deeply passionate about promoting disruptive art on the street, on gallery walls, and online.
This program is sponsored by Claggett/Rey Gallery.
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Note! There will be a 30-minute reception at 6:30 p.m. The presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.
The Grand View is located inside the Lionshead Parking Structure.