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BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON the most comprehensive graffiti & street art exhibition to open in the UK ever.

Beyond The Streets London
Fight Back Estate of Roger Perry

BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON will open at Saatchi Gallery with over 100 international artists this February. The exhibition supported by adidas Originals, will be the most comprehensive graffiti & street art exhibition to open in the UK ever taking over all three floors of the gallery.

The exhibition will feature new works, large-scale installations, original ephemera and extraordinary fashion that capture the powerful impact of graffiti & street art across the world and follows successful exhibitions in Los Angeles & New York. Graffiti historian Roger Gastman will curate BEYOND THE STREETS LONDON.

“With every exhibition we’ve put together I always learn something new and London is no exception. The amount of stories and historical moments–some of which may have been forgotten and arguably unknown until now–are what will make our Saatchi Gallery show such a spectacle. We really hope to educate and inspire through a curious lens that digs into the nooks and crannies of all these subcultures and the massive role London played in bringing them to light on a world stage”

– Curator, Roger Gastman

Confirmed artists:

Beyond The Streets London
Wall Posse B Girl, St-Pauls Carnival, 1986, Beezer Photos

10Foot, AIKO, Alicia McCarthy, André Saraiva, BÄST, Beastie Boys, Beezer, Bert Krak, BLADE, BLONDIE, Bob Gruen, Brassaï, Broken Fingaz, C. R Stecyk III, CES, Charlie Ahearn, Chaz Bojórquez, Chris FREEDOM Pape, Christopher Stead, Conor Harrington, CORNBREAD, Craig Costello, CRASH, DABSMYLA, Dash Snow, DAZE, DELTA, DONDI, Duncan Weston, Dr. REVOLT, Eric HAZE, Escif, Estevan Oriol, Fab 5 Freddy, FAILE, Felipe Pantone, FUME, FUTURA2000, Glen E Friedman, GOLDIE, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gregory Rick, Guerrilla Girls, Gus Coral, Henry Chalfant, HuskMitNavn, IMON BOY, Jaimie D’Cruz, Jamie Reid, Janette Beckman, Jason REVOK, Jenny Holzer, Joe Conzo, John Ahearn & Rigoberto Torres, José Parlá, KATSU, KAWS, KC ORTIZ, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, KING MOB, LADY PINK, Lawrence Watson, Lisa Kahane, Malcolm McLaren, Maripol, Martin Jones, Martha Cooper, Maya Hayuk, Michael Holman, Michael Lawrence, Mister CARTOON, MODE 2, Ozzie Juarez, Pablo Allison, Pat Phillips, Paul Insect, POSE, PRIDE, PRIEST, Richard Colman, RISK, Robert 3D Del Naja,Roger Perry, Shepard Fairey, SHOE, Sophie Bramly, STASH, Stephen ESPO Powers, Stickymonger, SWOON, TAKI 183, Toby Mott, TOX, Tim Conlon, Timothy Curtis, Tish Murtha, Todd James, VHILS , ZEPHYR and more to be announced.   

About the Exhibition:

Beyond The Streets London
Todd James, Vandals Bedroom NYC 2019

On entering the Saatchi Gallery you will be greeted by Todd James’s installation The Vandal’s Bedroom. In the first chapter ‘Music & Art Converge’, visitors will explore the socio-political turmoil of the late 70s and 80s, where the decline of cities met artistic resistance, a shift which was felt in both the US and UK.

Youth culture responded by graffitiing walls & trains in an explosion of artistic expression on the streets. It was about identity in the face of oppression, self-awareness, and self-discovery in a moment of a depleted economic outlook. 

Beyond The Streets London
Lil Crazy Legs Photo © Martha Cooper 1983

You will be able to view works including FUTURA2000’s legendary 30 ft. painting, made on stage with The Clash. Contributions from Malcolm McLaren, MODE2 and Martha Cooper. Browse and enjoy records at Trash Records, an interactive installation within a fully recreated record shop. 

Beyond The Streets London
The Clash: A large stage backdrop created during the Radio Clash tour by graffiti artist Futura 2000 at the Lyceum Ballroom, London,October 1981,

You will be able to view a wall of Jenny Holzer’s truisms; Henry Chalfant’s photography of NYC train writers in action; together with AIKO’s timeless stencilling of delicate silhouettes and Gordon Matta-Clark’s extraordinary archive of graffiti photography.

Beyond The Streets London
KASE2 ELKAY photo by Henry-Chalfant

The Dream Galleries

The ‘Dream Galleries’ chapter focuses on a selection of American and European originators, photo documentarians and cultural icons who helped contextualize and spread graffiti culture around the world. In André Saraiva’s Dream series, there is a visual articulation of how graffiti, street art, hip-hop, punk, fashion and break-dancing all sprung from the late 1970s and early 1980s into the 90s and today, and became a hybrid celebration of underground culture.

A collection of pioneers like these in one place is rare. Being able to exhibit with such respected artists is something I don’t take for granted! I hope London is ready for a real glimpse into L.A. street art culture.


Featured artists also include Mister CARTOON, most famously known for his tattooing and Los Angeles murals; an extraordinary Beastie Boys installation featuring fashion and ephemera from the band’s prolific history; and LADY PINK’s feminist murals, illustrations and paintings.

The Legends

The ‘Legends’ chapter will present icons such as legendary NYC artist, Eric HAZE, a torch bearer for generations to come; a new large-scale painting by abstract expressionist artist José Parlá; advertisement posters by KAWS, a prominent creative force; and unique ephemera by Keith Haring, one of the most popular street artists of the 1980s.

The Blockbusters

Beyond The Streets London

The ‘Blockbusters’ chapter will include works commissioned specifically for this exhibition by graffiti trailblazers Shepard Fairey, LA-based activist, and FAILE, a Brooklyn-based artistic duo taking over the streets of NYC since the late 90s. 

Larger Than Life

Beyond The Streets London
Kenny-Scharf, Closet 42 Bestest Ever Photo by Charles White of JW-Pictures 2022

Larger Than Life’ chapter will include a site-specific large-scale installation by Kenny Scharf who will present the largest to date Cosmic Cavern; an immersive and interactive installation consisting of Day-Glo paintings, ephemera, and reused materials found in the streets of LA. This chapter will also feature the signature puppet characters made from recycled materials by Paul Insect, one of London’s original street art pioneers.

The Timeline

The ‘Timeline’ chapter will take a deep dive into street culture history through archival photography, ephemera and fashion to contextualize the cross-pollination of influences across music, fashion and film. This chapter will also include a large wall vinyl by Guerrilla Girls.

Social Commentary: Graffiti as a message’; ‘Art with Conscience’  & ‘Consideration Into innovation’ 

FAB 5 FREDDY Spray Paint on Canvas

Works by Fab 5 Freddy will feature in ‘Social Commentary: Graffiti as a message’; ‘Art with Conscience’.  Plus ‘Consideration Into innovation’  will feature VHILS, who will use repurposed materials to reimagine city walls.

The Next Phase

FELIPE-PANTONE, Optichromie-114, Photo ©FPSTUDIO-2019

In the final chapter ‘The Next Phase’ you will be able to engage with new op-art works by Felipe Pantone.

BEYOND THE STREETS, 17th February – 9th May 2023, Saatchi Gallery, saatchigallery.com/tickets

Full details: Tickets £25; Concessions* £15; Children Under 5*, Free; Children Aged 6-16, £10; Family Ticket*, £55; Saatchi Gallery Members Go Free. *T&Cs Apply


Inspired by the rich sporting heritage of adidas – one of the world’s leading sports brands and a global designer and developer of athletic footwear and apparel – adidas Originals is a lifestyle brand founded in 2001. With the adidas archive at its foundation, adidas Originals continues to evolve the brand’s legacy through its commitment to product innovation and its ability to filter the creativity and courage found on courts and sporting arenas through the lens of contemporary youth culture. Marked by the iconic Trefoil logo that was first used in 1972 and championed by those that continue to shape and define creative culture, adidas Originals continues to lead the way as the pioneering sportswear brand for the street. adidas.co.uk/originals



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