Graffiti Gone Global By SushiSamba

From Dec 4th through 6th, 2009.

Curated by James and Karla Murray, authors of best-selling titles Store Front-The Disappearing Face of New York, Miami Graffiti, Broken Windows and Burning New York, Graffiti Gone Global will feature a selection of work from today’s top street artists. This groundbreaking exhibition, set to take place in a 4,000 square foot venue in the Midtown Arts District, will be the largest of its kind in Miami.

Exhibiting artists include: 131 Projects (Argentina), Aiko Nakagawa (Japan), Armogedon 2057 (Armenia), Billi Kid (Colombia), Crome (Miami), Cycle (NYC), Doze Green (NYC), Ewok One 5MH (NYC), Ghost aka Cousin Frank (NYC), Lady Pink (Ecuador), Nina (Brazil), Shiro (Japan), Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico), Suiko (Japan) and Vitché & Jana Joana (Brazil).

Reaching beyond the typical white walls of an art fair, SushiSamba has commissioned Miami-based architect HOX (Douglas Hoekzema) to design a sprawling, Brazilian-inspired favela structure for Graffiti Gone Global. HOX’s exhibition design consists of interlocking components of wood and steel that may be detached and sold as separate units, some of which will bear a signature graffiti piece. In addition, custom furniture designed by the several of the participating artists will be available for purchase.

Shimon Bokovza, concept developer of SUSHISAMBA restaurants, Sugarcane Lounge and Graffiti Gone Global, along with partners Danielle Billera and Matt Johnson, has consistently demonstrated his support for street artists. In addition to producing and underwriting previous exhibitions such as Gainzatropicalia, he has commissioned site-specific street art in SushiSamba restaurants throughout the country.

For the last 15 years, married authors and photographers, James and Karla Murray have been documenting the streets of New York and Miami, publishing three best-selling books on the graffiti scene, Miami Graffiti (Prestel Publishing 2009), Broken Windows (Gingko Press 2002) and Burning New York (Gingko Press 2006). Faithfully documenting the generations-old stores and shops of New York’s neighborhoods resulted in their critically acclaimed book, Store Front -The Disappearing Face of New York released by Gingko Press in 2009. Their photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Stern, Mass Appeal, and Time Out New York. James and Karla Murray were also the subjects of numerous documentary programs, “Around Town with Cat Greenleaf” on WNBC TV in May 2009, “NY Style” and “NY Streets” on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in April 2009 and February 2007.

Graffiti Gone Global
3252 NE 1st Ave, Suite 101
Miami, FL 33127
http://graffitigoneglobal.blogspot.com

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