Open Walls Gallery invites you in Stattbad to kick off Berlin Art Week with an Urban Art auction on Sunday. Feat. artworks by Alias, Blo, Just, Marok, Vermibus, Anton Unai, YZ, Various & Gould, Giacomo Spazio, Clemens Behr & Niark1 to name a few.
»More and more, Street Art is leaving the walls of the city behind and entering homes, galleries and collections through the front door. More than 40 years since its emergence, the previously underground outlaw movement now excites the entire art-loving public, from major collectors to ordinary viewers.
Street Art is undergoing a transformation into Urban Art. Images and works pass by as artists come and go ; galleries grow and die at a dazzling pace. There is frenzy reminiscent of the stock market in this new artistic Eldorado. Institutions and dealers are increasingly recognizing and appropriating the most open and popular movement in the history of art. The money has arrived and come out into the open.
Some purists question the legitimacy of new arrivals straying too far from the roots of the movement. They cry foul when works are not created in the street, with adrenalin pumping, in defiance of the authorities. The dismay of the old guard and defenders of authenticity in and for the street is understandable. However, all artistic movement carries in their genes the principle of their evolution. Public recognition and earning money are not symbols of compromise.
The street is not – or no longer – an end in itself. It is a place for expression and existence among many others. Urban artists incarnate the protean 21st century creator, combining technical progress with traditional techniques, embracing new methods of reproducing and distributing images to explore new destinations, adopting new media to dare every conceivable folly and create their own languages, codes and styles. Their legitimacy as artists depends less on their « street » roots than their ability to keep the spirit of the street alive.
Despite a blasé institutional context in the art establishment, where the view is that everything has already been done and that all work must be intellectually reasoned and justifiable, urban artists preserve and stimulate their spontaneity, instinct and individuality by keeping well away from explanation and theorization. All the artists selected for this auction demonstrate brightly their ability to reinvent themselves continuously and to keep stimulating public enthusiasm with their accessibility, their freshness, their eclecticism and their rich imaginative worlds.«
Auction: Sunday September 15th at 16:00, Vernissage: Saturday September 7th from 19:00 onwards, Preview Exhibition open daily (14:00-19:00) from 10.09. onwards
Admission to the vernissage, the exhibition and the auction is free
Stattbad Wedding, Gerichtstr. 65, 13347 Berlin, S+U Wedding, S Humboldthain