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Flow – Remi Rough x CRASH


Bronx-born CRASH has been bombing subway cars since the 70s. His work is in the permanent collections of MOCA and The Brooklyn Museum of Art and has been featured in numerous publications.


UK-based Remi Rough grew up creating abstract murals in South London. He made his exhibition debut in 1989 and has since gone on to show work in London, Paris, Perth, Tokyo, Santander, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Berlin, Ibiza and more. One of his most notable New York street projects was his involvement in the Underbelly Project in 2010.


In 2010, a 30-year retrospective of CRASH’s drawings was Dorian Grey Gallery’s inaugural exhibition. In this reunion with the gallery, CRASH has collaborated with Remi Rough on a new series of exciting work representing the next stage in the evolution of graffiti and street art.


Flow – an Exhibition by Remi Rough & John ‘Crash’ Matos opens January 16 – February 23, 2014 – There will also be a brand new, limited edition collab print to accompany the show – Opening Reception: January 16th from 6-9PM – RSVP: doriangreygallery@gmail.com




Tokyo Art in The Streets – MOCAtv

This thought-provoking short film introduces contemporary street art in Japan through the imagery and thoughts of three internationally renowned artists: ESOW, AIKO, and the duo KAMI & SASU, who also go by the name HITOTZUKI. Each of them speaks about their culture and what compels them to create art in the streets while Tokyo’s sights and sounds, expertly recorded, provide a sensory view of the metropolis.

Video of the Day: RETNA at MOCA

Check out this video of VNA issue 20 cover artist RETNA, made by the artist and long time collaborator G. Lewis Heslet in which he talks about his inspiration behind painting “The Falcon Before and After – 2013” and “Para Mi Gente, Los Pintores de Nuestra Alma” at The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s Grand Ave Location for their 2013 Gala.

RETNA also discusses his experience with the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Program in which he was a mentor and helped the teens produce three canvas’ focusing on their view of what it is like to be an adolescent, what it is like to be a teen, and what it is like to be an adult. The paintings were unveiled at MoCA’s Teen Night, which is an event organized and run by teens in the program for their peers.

He Who Dares…

This is an interesting moment for street art in a global context. Undeniably, whether you like the term ‘street art’ or not, it has become a worldwide phenomenon, going from the gutters of suburbia to the walls of millionaires overnight.

As with all underground trends, graffiti got scooped up, rebranded and repackaged to sell to a bigger audience as something a lot tamer. Marketing companies all over the world fought for scraps of authentic cool to help sell their products, some artists gladly gave over their creative talents for the big bucks of the advertisers. And why wouldn’t you?

Now it seems the coin is set to flip again as Australian artist, RJ Williams, sticks it to Madonna for ripping off his artistic copyright. In April this year, Madonna released a new fragrance, ‘Truth or Dare by Madonna’. A great coup for the international pop artist as she brands an entire collection including footwear, handbags and accessories.

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'Art in the Streets' Cancelled at the Brooklyn Musem

The word is out, and the officials at the Brooklyn Museum have cancelled the AITS exhibition that was due to open its doors early next year. Why? Brooklyn Museum director Aronld Lehman stated the “current financial climate” as the reasoning behind the abandonment of the traveling exhibition.

I find this hard to believe. The Brooklyn Museum should see AITS as an  investment just by looking at the LA MOCA’s opening weekend ticket sales. The controversy lies in the show itself and what apparently, according to Deitch, comes along with it. After the “rise of vandalism” in the surrounding LA MOCA areas, in a poor attempt to defend the show Deitch put his tail between his legs and said “it goes with the territory”. Regardless if that is true or not, Deitch essentially let LA officials wag their pointer finger in his face and blame AITS instead of defending the show, the movement, and or the act behind said “rise of vandalism”.  Basically, his response was negative and could have easily been more positive and pointed in a direction of understanding instead of blame.

Brooklyn Museum has shown Basquiat retrospectives and other graffiti/street art exhibitions of sorts in the past. Is it possible their money buckets pulled out last minute due to the controversy of the show in LA? NYC’s strict graffiti laws and clean up services may also have something to do with it. The funding could have been pulled by the same people who for the last decade have been trying to keep the city clean.

Pointing fingers doesn’t take away the disservice that has sadly occurred to Brooklyn and the surrounding areas by the abortion of AITS. It would have been interesting to see its transformation into the city which held the birth of the movement.  Oh well, I hope the Brooklyn Museum changes their minds and funding gloriously appears so the show can be on view for many others to learn from.