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BEYOND THE STREETS & CONTROL GALLERY PRESENT GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73: AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM GORDON MATTA-CLARK

Featured Artwork ©1973 Gordon Matta-Clark
Free    |  Mar 27, 2024  |  11:00AM - 6:00PM

MARCH 1, 2024 - APRIL 13, 2024
BEYOND THE STREETS
Wednesday – Saturday |11AM - 6PM
Sunday – Tuesday | Closed
Extended Hours During Frieze | Open Sunday, March 3, 11AM - 6PM
434 N La Brea Ave. | Los Angeles, CA 90036
www.beyondthestreets.com | www.control.gallery

Opening Reception
MARCH 1, 2024 | 6PM - 9PM

BEYOND THE STREETS & CONTROL Gallery are pleased to present EXHIBITION 010: GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73, an unprecedented glimpse into the raw, untamed world of New York City's graffiti scene during the pivotal years of 1972 and 1973. Curated from the late artist Gordon Matta-Clark's photographic archives, the show presents over 200 carefully selected photographs, many of which have never been revealed to the public until now.

Through the lens of an artist, not of a scholar, Matta-Clark documented graffiti that was fresh, full of adolescent fun and creativity, and incorporated many of the early standard hallmarks of graffiti today: 3D, characters, arrows, and connections between the letters. Gordon Matta-Clark was among the select few who recognized and actively documented the burgeoning graffiti movement between 1970 and 1975, capturing over 2,000 images of New York City graffiti between 1972 and 1973.

Working closely with the estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, BEYOND THE STREETS brings this remarkable collection to light. The exhibition also includes original, vintage artworks from artists whose work is immortalized within Matta-Clark’s photographs, including two dozen large-scale paintings and drawings from the early 1970s by SNAKE 1, SJK 171, LEE 173rd, WICKED GARY, TRACY 168, and STAY HIGH 149, amongst several others.

Simultaneously in the CONTROL Gallery, Los Angeles-based artist Guillaume Ollivier presents a new collection of works, Cheap Thrills & Tons of Smoke for Maximum Joy. Bringing to life a unique assemblage of everyday objects, Ollivier’s paintings find beauty and joy in the excesses of modern life, embodying the global, interconnected exuberance of the present age. For his latest body of work, Ollivier pays homage to the intricate cultural and historical journey leading to our present era, marked by constant fusion and transformation.

The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6PM - 9PM. These shows run through April 13, 2024. To coincide with the show, BEYOND THE STREETS Publishing will be releasing a new 408-page hardbound Gordon Matta-Clark book featuring 550+ images, including photos from the exhibition, edited by Roger Gastman, with essays from Carlo McCormick, Caleb Neelon and Chris Pape.