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Work on paper by Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca Morgan
Woods Walker, 2014
Graphite on paper
100h x 72w in

July 17—August 30, 2021
Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, New York
Curated by Evan Pricco & Kim Stephens


Opening on July 17, 2021, in Southampton, BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER, is a new exhibition featuring over 500 works from over 80 artists. The exhibition brings together an alternative perspective on the shifting dialogues in contemporary art. Hosting the show is the Southampton Arts Center, a non-profit in an historic 150 year-old building with over 6,000 square feet of exhibition space and over three acres of grounds.

BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER is both a historical homage to the earliest mark makers and rule breakers and a celebration of an essential practice seen throughout contemporary art. The show explores experimental processes to imaginative works seen on paper from artists who trained in, and were inspired by, graffiti, street art, hip-hop, punk rock, zines and underground art. The exhibition explores that, with a democratization of materials and surface, the intricateness of the ever-growing movement is both unique and revolutionary.

One of the defining traits of the underground art movements presented in this showcase are their historical roots in creating a space of inclusion and acceptance. As the contemporary art world excelled in a sort of gatekeeper curation, the art coming from these outsider cultures was immersed in shattering the status quo's definition of what art was and will be. BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER champions the legacy of that historical challenge to authority, presenting a contemporary dialogue of individual expression through a powerful and self-governing community. That the works are on paper, a medium of intimacy, immediacy and the seeds of this culture's growth into an international phenomenon, makes for a fresh approach to understanding the immense changes we have seen in contemporary art and society over the last 50 years.

In the past, in two massive shows in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, BEYOND THE STREETS has helped create an entirely new historical lexicon for which to look at contemporary art. In our conversations with artists and friends over the last 16 months, a sentiment we continued to hear was both the desire to, and obligation, to create more intimate and immediate artwork. The idea of going back to the drawing board spawned this exhibition dedicated to paper. From emerging artists to some of the most influential names in art, this is about studying a centuries  old practice and allowing the generations to speak to each other on equal ground.

BEYOND THE STREETS on PAPER will feature over 80 artists from around the world, some of which have never shown works on paper. With the support of partnerships, including VistaPrint, admission to the exhibition will be free.

Artists include: 45RPM, Action Bronson, Addam Yekutieli, agnès b, AIKO, André Saraiva, Andrew Schoultz, Andy Rementer, Aryz , Bert Krak, Broken Fingaz, Bryant Giles, Camille Walala, CES, Cey Adams, Charlie Ahearn, Chloe Early, Chris FREEDOM Pape, Clark Fox, Cleon Peterson, Cody Hudson, Conor Harrington, Craig Costello, CRASH, Cristina BanBan, DABSMYLA, Daniel Rich, David “Mr StarCity” White, DAZE, DEFER, Darren Romanelli, Dr Lakra, Egle Zvirblyte, Emily Manwaring, Eric Haze, Ermsy, Escif, FAILE, Faith XLVII, Greg "SPONE" Lamarche, Guadalupe Rosales, Gustavo Zermeno, Hilda Palafox, HuskMitNavn, Ian Reid, Icy & Sot, Jaime Muñoz, Jamilla Okuba, Jane Dickson, Jeremy Shockley, Jillian Evelyn, John Tsombikos, Julian Pace, KC Ortiz, Kelsey Brookes, Khari Turner, Kime Buzzelli, Kunle Martins, LeRoy Neiman, Linas Garsys, Lucy McLauchlan, Lujan Perez, LUSH SUX, Maripol, Mark Mothersbaugh, Martha Cooper, Marshall LaCount, Matt McCormick, Maya Hayuk, Michael Vasquez, Mister CARTOON, Neena Ellora, Nehemiah Cisneros, Nettie Wakefield, POSE, Rebecca Morgan, Reko Rennie, Rello, Rewina Beshue, Richard Colman, RISK, Ron English, Ryan McGinness, King Saladeen, SANESMITH, Scott Campbell, Senon Williams, Shantell Martin, Shepard Fairey, Sofía Enriquez, Snoeman, Spacebrat, STASH, Stephen “ESPO” Powers, SWOON, Todd James, Troy Lamar Chew, Umar Rashid, VHILS, Victor Reyes, Wasted Rita, Wulffvnky, Yarrow Slaps, Yusuke Hanai, ZESER and ZOER.

This will be the first exhibition in an ongoing collaboration between BEYOND THE STREETS and Southampton Arts Center in the coming years.