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From Street Art to Contemporary Art: The evolution of a 21st Century art movement

Two-day practical and theoretical course

Short course

  • 2 July 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 3 July 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
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Part of our

Summer Exhibition 2016

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Fintan Magee, “Oceanic” exhibition, 2014.

Photo: RexRomae.

Led by Cedar Lewisohn, internationally renowned curator, writer, artist and expert on street art, this course will introduce the historical origins of street art, focusing both on its evolution and creative approaches, style and mediums, as well as its emergence as a legitimate art movement and its place in the market today.

Street art and artists originate from a variety of commercial backgrounds, and underground cultures, including pop, punk, cyber, comics, fashion, hip-hop and skateboarding. Many artists base their work on iconographic designs and images, but the movement includes a diverse range of stylistic approaches, mediums and creative practices in a genre that is continuously evolving. Grounded in communities of practice, street artists have contributed to the colourful regeneration of forgotten and overlooked areas in both cities and urban landscapes, as well as smaller rural communities. By reflecting and commenting on their environment and society, street artists have gained both local and international attention.

The emergence of street art and its recognition as a legitimate and independent movement is one of the most exciting cultural developments of the past few decades. Today, thirty years after it first started appearing widely in our cities, art experts, along with curators, dealers and collectors have started treating street art as a legitimate artistic movement for the 21st century.

Street art is experiencing growing interest from key players across the art world, evolving into a new sector and marketplace. The move away from the street and into commercial galleries, art fairs and public spaces has generated both supporters and detractors but remains one of the most fascinating developments in the art world today.

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  • 2 July 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 3 July 2016, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The General Assembly Room, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly