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Upcoming Exhibition: « Graffiti without Graffiti » by The Grifters

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URBAN SPREE GALERIE is proud to present its next exhibition, « Graffiti Without Graffiti », a solo project by the European collective « The Grifters ».

THE FIRST PHOTO-BLOG BY THE GRIFTERS popped up on the Internet almost ten years ago, a project drawn from the psyche of a focused Eastern European. With the help of his friends, armed with nothing but point and shoot film cameras, The Grifters began documenting and reporting on the lifestyles of the people that surrounded them. Punctuating these reports with humor and irony, sarcasm and provocation, all the while captured with beautiful photography, The Grifters revealed a wholly new perspective on the current generation. The Grifters took an approach that nobody else was taking at the time, by portraying everything surrounding the act of graffiti, whilst avoiding the resulting graffiti itself. Highlighted by this approach is the realization that there are many more interesting moments and emotions to capture, other than only graffiti…
The Grifters started out as a graffiti-like blog with an alternative and fresh point of view, taking pride in their selection of the most prolific graffiti writers. Within a few short years it had developed into something much bigger than just one photographer’s journal. The Grifters, in establishing one of the most recognizable Internet platforms for urban culture, opened a door for a whole new way of documenting and presenting the stories of people who were once labelled as outcasts. They developed these narratives into something philosophical, romanticized and sophisticated. The Grifters not only showed the darker side of society through their beautiful photography and video, but also added a sense of morality, by way of the provocative messages and quotes that we see in their publications…

IN MAY 2014, AFTER BEING SET UP BY THE FRENCH VANDAL SQUAD, the creator and head of The Grifters was sent to prison, accused of crimes including Terrorism and Conspiracy. Good Guy Boris was to spend four months remanded in custody in the largest European prison, for merely filming people doing graffiti and posting this on the Internet. This “low blow” on behalf of the police, gave way to The Grifters rising even more in popularity.

VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE AWARE that during the time Boris spent in prison, he invited four new people to join the platform of The Grifters. This was the first step taken in developing The Grifters into an art collective. He called upon other young and talented photographers, an illustrator and a writer to join with him to form the collective that The Grifters is currently comprised of today, namely the 1992 CollectiveBadYear85EewanGood Guy BorisJames Hattrick & Thorfine. Quickly after the return of Boris from his “holidays”, The Grifters had organized a series of successful exhibitions in Paris, the capital of art and fashion, and their next target is establishing a milestone before the birth of their latest form of evolution – The Grifters Journal.

GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI
The name of the exhibition reveals the rationale behind the evolution of The Grifters. This work is a comprehensive and psychoanalytical dissection of the experiences found in the graffiti culture and lifestyle, without the graffiti itself, effectively mirroring the credo of The Grifters. This exhibition is the embodiment of something that The Grifters have been documenting and doing, for almost a decade. The highlight of this exhibition is the limited edition book “GRAFFITI WITOUT GRAFFITI”, a landmark in the saga of The Grifters, and the first project released by them as an art collective. Each artist has been challenged with a task, to use only 36 pages to show us graffiti without the ability to depict the graffiti itself.The mix of exclusive footage, confrontational illustration and sophisticated text, helps reveal the charade surrounding Graffiti culture. This photbook will be the closest explanation to date of what The Grifters is truly about, with a limited edition print run of only 500 copies. The book will be presented exclusively during the exhibition “GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI” held at Urban Spree Galerie in Berlin, Germany. Save the date of 16 July 2015 at 19h and join The Grifters for this milestone exhibition and book release, where you will have the chance to meet the artists and enjoy the good vibes that The Grifters bring with them wherever they go.

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin

http://www.urbanspree.com
http://www.thegrifters.org

Vernissage: Thursday, July 16th, 2015 in the presence of the artists
Exhibition: July 17th – July 31st – 12:00-19:00 and by appointment
Info/Catalogue: galerie@urbanspree.com



Upcoming solo show: Futura « The 5 Elements »

Urban Spree Galerie and Art-Together are proud to announce “Futura: The 5 Elements”, a solo exhibition of new works by Lenny McGurr, a.k.a. Futura 2000.

The Opening Reception will be held in Berlin on Friday January 11th, 2019, in presence of the artist, at Urban Spree Galerie.

The exhibition is one of the largest solo exhibitions of Futura to date with more than 60 original paintings on display.

 

“The 5 Elements” is not a retrospective show. On the contrary, Futura worked specifically on a large museum-style conceptual exhibition, tackling the ambitious theme of the Creation of the Universe, confronting himself to the cosmos, the planets, the infinitely small, the Big Bang and the fundamental elements, producing a corpus of works that becomes a path to the exploration of the universe as well as providing a backdoor into Futura’s internal galaxy.

The works have been produced in early 2018 in Lille, France, during a  residency organized by Art-Together, a newly launched ambitious platform for the development of urban contemporary arts.

A set of 4 silk screen prints are being released on the Opening Night. The set is based on the painting series “Pure”. Each 8-color screen print is hand-pulled by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), signed and numbered by Futura. The 50 x 50 cm prints are only sold as a limited edition of 100 sets.

A 128-page companion book titled “Futura, les 5 éléments”, will also be released in Berlin on the Opening Night and will be signed by the artist. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book intends to share the creative path of the residency and provides scientific guidance to the series of paintings.

 

About the artist:

Futura is an American visual artist, born Lenny McGurr in NYC in 1955. He is recognized as one of the first modern-era graffiti writers, and the pioneer of the abstract graffiti genre. Passionate about science fiction, he chose his moniker “Futura 2000” when he started graffiti at 15 in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey”.

He started painting the NYC subways in the 1970s and was the first writer to paint a whole car in the abstract graffiti style which became his signature. He was part of the famed exhibition “New York/New Wave” in 1981 at the P.S.1 (Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc.) together with Basquiat (a.k.a. SAMO), Haring, Blade, Crash, Quik, Dondi and Kenny Scharf. Futura has often collaborated with music labels and bands  (The Clash, Unkle) and is quite active in streetwear (collaborations with Nike, Supreme, Converse, Bape, Stussy…), toys (Medicom), and also though his own brand, Futura Laboratories. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is widely collected.

 

 

Futura: The 5 Elements

11.01.2019 – 03.03.2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 18:00 in presence of the artist

Opening Hours: Tu-Sa 12:00-19:00 // Su: 12:00-18:00

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

D-10245 Berlin

Info & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



Futura: The 5 Elements

Urban Spree Galerie and Art-Together present: « Futura: The 5 Elements », a solo exhibition of new works by Lenny McGurr, a.k.a. Futura 2000.

The Opening Reception will be in Berlin on Friday January 11th, 2019, in presence of the artist.

The exhibition is one of the largest solo exhibitions of Futura to date with more than 60 original paintings on display.

 

« The 5 Elements » is not a retrospective show. On the contrary, Futura worked specifically on a large museum-style conceptual exhibition, tackling the ambitious theme of the Creation of the Universe, confronting himself to the cosmos, the planets, the infinitely small, the Big Bang and the fundamental elements, producing a corpus of works that becomes a personal path to the exploration of the universe and of course of Futura’s internal galaxy.

The works are displayed starting by the Big Bang, going through the birth of the solar system and to our perception of the 4 elements.

 

The works have been produced in early 2018 in Lille, France, during a  residency organized by Art-Together, a newly launched ambitious platform for the development of urban contemporary arts.

A set of 4 exclusive silk screen prints are being released on the Opening Night. The set is based on the painting series « Pure ». Each 8-color screen print is hand-pulled by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), signed and numbered by Futura. The 50 x 50 cm prints are only sold as a limited edition of 100 sets.

A 128-page companion book titled « Futura, les 5 éléments », will also be released in Berlin on the Opening Night and will be signed by the artist. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book intends to share the creative path of the residency and provides scientific explanation to the series of paintings.

 

 

About the artist:

Futura is an American visual artist, born Lenny McGurr in NYC in 1955. He is recognized as one of the first modern-era graffiti writers, and the pioneer of the abstract graffiti genre. Passionate about science fiction, he chose his moniker « Futura 2000 » when he started graffiti at 15 in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s movie « 2001 – A Space Odyssey ».

He started painting the NYC subways in the early 1970s and was the first writer to paint a whole car in the abstract graffiti style which became his signature. He was part of the famed exhibition « New York/New Wave » in 1981 at the P.S.1 (Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc.) together with Basquiat (a.k.a. SAMO), Haring, Crash, Quick, Dondi and Kenny Scharf. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is also actively involved in street wear and fashion.

 

Futura: The 5 Elements

11.01.2019 – 03.03.2019

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 18:00 in presence of the artist

Opening Hours: Tu-Sa 12:00-19:00 // Su: 12:00-18:00

Free Entry

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

D-10245 Berlin

Info & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com



The Grifters: Graffiti Without Graffiti

Graffiti_without_graffiti_exhibition-and-book-release-the-by-thegrifters-urban-spree-berlin_1024x1024THE FIRST PHOTO-BLOG BY THE GRIFTERS popped up on the Internet almost ten years ago, a project drawn from the psyche of a focused Eastern European. With the help of his friends, armed with nothing but point and shoot film cameras, The Grifters began documenting and reporting on the lifestyles of the people that surrounded them. Punctuating these reports with humor and irony, sarcasm and provocation, all the while captured with beautiful photography, The Grifters revealed a wholly new perspective on the current generation. The Grifters took an approach that nobody else was taking at the time, by portraying everything surrounding the act of graffiti, whilst avoiding the resulting graffiti itself. Highlighted by this approach is the realization that there are many more interesting moments and emotions to capture, other than only graffiti. The Grifters started out as a graffiti-like blog with an alternative and fresh point of view, taking pride in their selection of the most prolific graffiti writers. Within a few short years it had developed into something much bigger than just one photographer’s journal. The Grifters, in establishing one of the most recognizable Internet platforms for urban culture, opened a door for a whole new way of documenting and presenting the stories of people who were once labelled as outcasts. They developed these narratives into something philosophical, romanticized and sophisticated. The Grifters not only showed the darker side of society through their beautiful photography and video, but also added a sense of morality, by way of the provocative messages and quotes that we see in their publications.
IN MAY 2014, AFTER BEING SET UP BY THE FRENCH VANDAL SQUAD, the creator and head of The Grifters was sent to prison, accused of crimes including Terrorism and Conspiracy. Good Guy Boris was to spend four months remanded in custody in the largest European prison, for merely filming people doing graffiti and posting this on the Internet. This “low blow” on behalf of the police, gave way to The Grifters rising even more in popularity.
VERY FEW PEOPLE ARE AWARE that during the time Boris spent in prison, he invited four new people to join the platform of The Grifters. This was the first step taken in developing The Grifters into an art collective. He called upon other young and talented photographers, an illustrator and a writer to join with him to form the collective that The Grifters is currently comprised of today, namely the 1992 CollectiveBadYear85EewanGood Guy BorisJames Hattrick & Thorfine. Quickly after the return of Boris from his “holidays”, The Grifters had organized a series of successful exhibitions in Paris, the capital of art and fashion, and their next target is establishing a milestone before the birth of their latest form of evolution – The Grifters Journal.
GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI.
The name of the exhibition reveals the rationale behind the evolution of The Grifters. This work is a comprehensive and psychoanalytical dissection of the experiences found in the graffiti culture and lifestyle, without the graffiti itself, effectively mirroring the credo of The Grifters. This exhibition is the embodiment of something that The Grifters have been documenting and doing, for almost a decade. The highlight of this exhibition is the limited edition book “GRAFFITI WITOUT GRAFFITI”, a landmark in the saga of The Grifters, and the first project released by them as an art collective. Each artist has been challenged with a task, to use only 36 pages to show us graffiti without the ability to depict the graffiti itself. The mix of exclusive footage, confrontational illustration and sophisticated text, helps reveal the charade surrounding Graffiti culture. This book will be the closest explanation to date of what The Grifters is truly about, with a limited edition print run of only 500 copies. The book will be presented exclusively during the exhibition “GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI” held at Urban Spree Galerie in Berlin, Germany. Save the date of 16 July 2015 at 19h and join The Grifters for this milestone exhibition and book release, where you will have the chance to meet the artists and enjoy the good vibes that The Grifters bring with them wherever they go.

 

THE EXHIBITION
From 16 to 31 July The Grifters will occupy the space of Urban Spree to expose artworks and installation to expand the story of the book – “GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI”.
The opening night and the book release will take place on 16th from 19h, in presence of the artists.
You can request the exhibition catalogue by emailing to galerie@urbanspree.com

 

THE BOOK – GRAFFITI WITHOUT GRAFFITI*

Graffiti without Graffiti is self-copublished by The Grifters and Urban Spree in a collector’s Limited Edition of only 500 signed & numbered copies, published exclusively for the exhibition at Urban Spree Galerie. The book features photographs and artworks from 1992 Collective, BADYEAR85, Eewan, Good Guy Boris, James Hattrick & Thorfine.

200 pages, hardcover, housed in a black book slipcase. 21×26 cm.

The book can be ordered on the Urban Spree webshop here and in our store in Berlin.

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This Place

5272408557be2field-trip_6In 2014, MACK will publish 12 monographs as well as an exhibition catalogue as part of a large photographic project called ‘This Place‘.

This Place explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, as place and metaphor, through the eyes of 12 internationally acclaimed photographers (Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington).

Initiated by Frédéric Brenner, the project follows in the tradition of such projects as the Mission Héliographique in 19th-century France and the Farm Security Administration in the United States, which gathered artists who use photography to ask essential questions about culture, society and the inner lives of individuals.

The museum exhibition, curated by Charlotte Cotton -former chief photography curator at LACMA- will be touring Europe in 2014.

Field Trip by Martin Kollar and ‘An Archeology of Fear and Desireby Frédéric Brenner have already been published and are available in the Urban Spree webstore and in the Berlin bookshop.

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Publik-Privat Austellung. Vernissage

After several years in the making, a few months of intense preparation, and a few days of feverish accrochage, yesterday was the long-awaited vernissage of the Publik-Privat exhibition by Bilbo Calvez.

The numerous visitors had the possibility to wander through the installation, and thus confront themselves face-to-face with the 62 portraits displayed, turning around the 31 portraits forming the « Publik » side on one way, and the 31 portraits shaping the « Privat » side on the other way. Please refer to this previous post for a detailled explaination of the procédé used in this photographic series.

The exhibition catalogue was also released yesterday and visitors could have it autographed as most of the portrayed personalities had made it to the vernissage and were usually seen in close range from their own portrait.

The catalogue as well as the photographic diptychs (each pair in an edition of 5 – 45 cm x 45 cm) are for sale in the gallery and will soon be available online in the artworks section of the Urban Spree website.

The exhibition runs until April 13th, 2013. Geöffnet Dienstag bis Samstag 12:00 – 18:00.